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The Russian River is eroding an area near Geyserville. So the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved spending about $250,000 on emergency repairs. There’s about 400 residents in the area, so if the river were to totally erode the shoreline, it could wipe out a road leading to the wine grape growing area of Alexander Valley to Highway 128. River Road washing out could mean the county needing to buy some valuable vineyard property for as much as $7 million. So the area needs to be shored up quickly after the heavy rains caused the river to swell and erode the banks. There’s a reported three-foot loss along the river bank that happened during a storm the middle of last month. Transportation officials have reportedly been watching the area for the last three years and an inspection Monday showed they needed to move fast because River Road is the sole access point in and out of the neighborhood. The work should take about two weeks.

Lawmakers are looking to help new parents, allowing state workers to bring infants to work for six months after they’re born. A similar bill popped up before but didn’t make it to Gov. Brown. The Assembly Bill would mean new parents could bring their infants to work to promote parent-infant bonding time and breastfeeding. The newbies between 6 weeks to 6 months, or until the infant can crawl, whichever happens first, then the baby would have to have medical clearance from a physician and a surgeon. Right now the state’s Family Rights Act lets some employees take off for up to 12 weeks, but it’s unpaid. There’s other laws too for new mothers to get time and private space for pumping breast milk. There was a similar bill last legislative session, but it died due to the cost of equipping state buildings for the infants, which included child proofing.

The Lake County Health Dept. says it expects an uptick in flu activity in the next several weeks. This from past history and the fact the flu is circulating around the state. The Interim Public Health Officer, Dr. Erin Gustafson says it’s not too late to get a flu shot after the state dept of Public Health announced the flu was widespread and increasing across the state. Two children have died this season from the flu. That was in Stanislaus and Riverside Counties. Last year the state said 8 out of 10 kids who died from contracting the flu were not vaccinated. They say to limit that, everyone six months and older, including pregnant women, should get the flu shot yearly.


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