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An inmate who walked off from a minimum security conservation camp in Mendocino County last week is back behind bars. Agents from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation picked up 31 year old Jonathan Washington Monday afternoon in Valejo. Officials say Washington, who had been serving part of a three year sentence imposed in King County, was last seen at the Chamberlain Creek Camp on Friday morning and was reported missing after a routine head count later in the day. No word on how he made the 150 mile trip to where he was eventually found. He could have been out on parole next March but now he’ll likely do more time.

The world’s biggest privately owned giant sequoia forest in the Sierra Nevada has been sold to a preservation group. A non-profit group called Save the Redwoods has paid 15.6 million dollars for the 530 acre property Tulare County that has 483 giant trees, some of which have trunks more than 6 feet in diameter and are hundreds of years old. Eventually, the land will be transferred to the U S Forest Service and added to the Sequoia National Monument so the public can have access. The forest has been in private hands since the 19-40s and only a few trees have been taken down since then. Save the Redwoods calls the purchase a once in a generation opportunity to protect some of the most majestic tress on the face of the earth.

California’s biggest wildfire so far this year is almost fully contained. The U S Forest service says the Walker Fire about 150 miles northeast of us in Plumas and Lassen counties has burned about 54,000 acres. Officials say the weather continues to cooperate in that area and that full containment could come later this week.

President Trump has started a two day trip to California. His first stop is a big-ticket fundraiser for his re-election campaign in the Bay Area. The location was kept secret until the last minute but now protesters will likely show up as well at the Silicon Valley mansion owned by the multi-millionaire founder of Sun Microsystems. After that event, the president heads to Southern California for more money raising.


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