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A man with his newborn son in the car crashed into three cars in as many crashes on a major Healdsburg route. Police say Robert Harrison of Geyserville had an open beer in the car with his 2-month-old son inside when he crashed his pickup. He and the child were taken to a hospital for what looked to be minor injuries. The baby reportedly fine. Harrison cited for driving with an open container, but he passed field sobriety tests. He had a blood‑alcohol test which showed him to be well under the legal limit of 0.08.

Logging operations have been stopped in the Gualala River watershed until after a court case ends. The judge in the case has granted a preliminary injunction coinciding with an earlier temporary ruling siding with environmentalists who the judge ruled had a strong enough case to allow the work to stop. The judge said the work to fell trees in the area near the coast by the Sonoma-Mendocino county border, would change the environment in a way it could not be changed back if the plaintiffs in the case won their lawsuit and got approval to withdraw the logging plan. A fight against the logging of 330 acres of redwood forest along the lower river known as the Dogwood harvest plan.

A young man from Hopland has died during a high speed chase west of Santa Rosa. Police say 19 year old Maclovio Romero with two other people in the silver Toyota Avalon Sunday during the crash. The others also had major injuries, one of them ejected with Romero, the other stuck in the smashed up car. They say they don’t know who was driving. Police tried to make a routine stop, but the car kept going at speeds of up to 80 mph. It went over the barrier, went airborne, then rolled several times.

More info’s come out on the study of white trees known as albino redwoods. Scientists say they’re genetic mutations attaching to the roots and branches of healthy redwood trees then suck sugars off the huge host trees to live. They say they’ve found about 400 in California, especially in Santa Cruz County. A researcher in San Jose says the “ghosts of the forest” also have high levels of toxic heavy metals like nickel, copper and cadmium. The trees found along 400 miles from the Oregon border to Big Sur.

A recent assessment of several of the top health priorities in Mendocino have been identified. Five teams met to come up with their objectives to solve problems in five areas, poverty, housing, mental health, childhood obesity/family wellness and childhood trauma. Healthy Mendocino met last week to find solutions to the health problems found as part of a Community Health Needs Assessment this past summer.

The costliest wildfire in California’s history continues burning along the Big Sur coast. The fire has cost more than $200 million in firefighting costs. The National Interagency Fire Center says the fire’s past the previous high of $165 million from a fire in 2002 that burned in Calif. and Oregon. The fire is only 67 percent contained and could take weeks to get it totally surrounded. The 200 million number does not take into account how much damage has been done to homes, that’s just the cost of putting it out. The U.S. Forest Service says the fire’s cost $8 million/day at its peak, and now more like $2 million since it’s calmed. The fire started by an illegal campfire July 22nd.

The Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law regulating greenhouse-gas emissions he says are caused by dairy cows and landfills.


This goes further than other efforts to fight global warming including methane and other pollutants. The category known as short-lived climate pollutants, which create more damage to the environment even though they themselves have a short life in the atmosphere.

A two faces calf’s been born to a cow mama in central Kentucky. Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville says he first thought it was twins, then noticed something a tad strange. The female calf emerged with two noses, two mouths and four eyes, but the middle two eyes don’t work. The calf can walk, but McCubbins says it goes in circles and falls over. They also say calves with this sort of genetic mutation are usually stillborn, but this one is eating and seems healthy.

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