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Cancer-sniffing puppies join the team at UC Davis Cancer Center


At four-months-old, Alfie and Charlie are the youngest team members at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. They're also the furriest.

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly


The Sacramento Public Library is getting some attention for a great idea that makes it easier for teens to help themselves with problems like depression, abuse and eating disorders.

Justin Azevedo, a librarian at the Arcade branch put together a list with issues teenagers sometimes deal with but are difficult to talk about. Next to each topic is the code that leads you to a self-help book.

"Whether it's something as seemingly mild as acne or whether it's something more serious like being in an abusive relationship," Sacramento Public Library teen librarian Molly Milazzo said. "These are the kinds of topics, especially when you are young, that you want to be able to handle quietly."

Wragg Fire Fighting Efforts Supported by Yolo County Airport

Wragg Fire Fighting Efforts Supported by Yolo County Airport

For the second year in a row, Yolo County is grateful for the hundreds of men and women in the fire service that successfully battled the 6,900 acre Wragg fire in western Yolo County and eastern Napa County this past week.  Their efforts were supported by many, including Yolo County’s Sheriff’s Department, Office of Emergency Services and Airport.

The Yolo County Airport was utilized for deployment of helicopter fire suppression with helicopters and support vehicles from various agencies and states making their way from the Yolo County Airport towards the city of Winters and beyond, into the rugged mountain areas surrounding the Monticello Dam.

Woodland to residents: Chromium Six levels exceed state standard


WOODLAND - Woodland residents will soon be receiving a letter telling them the level of Chromium Six --a known carcinogen -- will be higher than the new state standard for drinking water.

Should they be worried?

"Our concentration is above the new limit. We're just letting you know. And it's not an immediate health risk of any kind," Woodland Principal Utilities Engineer Tim Busch said. "It's not a notice of violation. The state does know we are in construction with a solution already."

That solution is a new $228 million Surface Water Project, a filtration plant that will draw Sacramento River water starting in May or June of 2016.

The federal government requires Chromium Six levels to be at or below 100 parts per billion. The allowable California state level, which formerly stood at 50 parts per billion was changed to 10 parts per billion in 2014.

Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

 Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

Community Business Bank announces that it now ranks even higher on the list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America developed by DepositAccounts, an online publication focused on banking and savings information for consumers.

The 2015 list ranks Community Business Bank sixth in the nation - up two spots from 2014. The bank is one of only 49 out of nearly 7,000 federally insured banks to be listed in the top ten percent for the second straight year.

“We are very pleased to again be nationally recognized as one of the top 10 healthiest institutions across the U.S.,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “The fact that we have been ranked even higher on the list this year speaks to the dedication of our staff and directors, as well as to our commitment to the communities we serve.” 

Low-income Woodland farming families go solar


Like many Americans, Alex Hernandez lost his home and his job in the aftermath of the recession. The former contractor, now truck driver, has four kids, and his paycheck goes to them.

Hernandez lives in a four-bedroom apartment with his family in a Woodland complex, but it's not like the other apartment buildings -- this one is 100 percent solar powered.

That means big savings for Hernandez and everyone else who lives here.

"I went from 257 bucks a month to $7," Hernandez said. "And, I have my A/C on all day!"

Sounds too good to be true, but it's not. It's called Mutual Housing at Spring Lake. It's a community built specifically for low-income farm workers and their families. Their rent is reduced, and so is the utility bill thanks to solar panels built on the rooftops.

Davis police: Teens abusing popular cold medication to hallucinate


Davis police sent an alert Tuesday afternoon warning parents that teenagers were abusing a popular cold remedy that didn't require a prescription to buy. Several Davis middle school students were already contacted after using the drug.

One student required medical attention, according to police.

Police said that teens call the drug combination, which involves over-the-counter medication Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, "Triple C."

"Triple C" contains dextromethorphan (DXM) that, when taken in large doses, produces hallucinations and a sense of dissociation similar to those experienced with PCP or ketamine, according to police.

"They take pills by the handful, sometimes three to six, sometimes more," Davis Police School Resource Officer Keirith Briesenick said. "It's like being drunk; it's a dissociate hallucinogenic state where they kind of stop feeling."