The holiday season is a time when lots of people take to the air, flying to see relatives or go on vacation. But when it comes to seasonal travel, humans are totally outnumbered by insects.

That's according to a newly published study in the journal Science, which found that more than 3 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England each year.

There was no shortage of sad news in 2016.

And because we're a blog that covers global health and development, we covered a lot of those sobering stories: the toll of diseases like Zika, the bombing of hospitals in conflict zones, the suffering caused by poverty and by discrimination against women.

But we published a lot of hopeful stories as well. We asked our team at Goats and Soda to pick some of the stories from this year that inspired them the most. We hope you're inspired too.

In the midst of multiple fundraising attempts that raised questions about whether the Trump family is selling the promise of personal access to the highest bidder, Eric Trump says he will stop directly raising money for his personal charity.

"As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire," Trump told the New York Times.

When he was in prison, Lorenzo Palma strongly suspected he was an American citizen. He had spent his whole life in the United States, and he knew his grandfather was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1914.

Palma had served five years for an assault conviction and was about to be released on parole, but immigration officials had stopped his release because they wanted to deport him. They said he wasn't a U.S. citizen.

There are three constants during the holiday season in Madrid: tourists ogling light-bedecked thoroughfares; supermarket aisles stuffed with seasonal treats like turrón and polvorón, the Spanish shortbread. And, everywhere, marzipan.

With a manhunt and a $100,000 reward aimed at his capture, more details are emerging about Anis Amri, the chief suspect in Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Revelations that the authorities had monitored Amri — and marked him for deportation — are also fueling anger in Germany.

The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties.

The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, including various types of infections, blood clots, bed sores and falls. This year the government also examined the prevalence of two types of bacteria resistant to drugs.

Evacuations continue from east Aleppo, as remaining rebels and civilians wait in freezing weather for transportation out of the city.

The end of the evacuations may be coming soon: NPR's Alice Fordham reports that regime forces might be entering the tiny enclave that has been held by rebels as early as Thursday evening.

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad has been a foregone conclusion for weeks now. The question was whether civilians and fighters would be allowed to leave.

Ikea has reached a $50 million settlement with the families of three toddlers who died after unsecured Ikea dressers tipped over, according to lawyers for the families. The furniture giant confirms a settlement has been reached but describes it as "tentative."

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Cultural Services Agency A Go

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Over strenuous objections, the Board of Supervisors signaled their intent to form a Cultural Services Agency, which would combine the libraries, parks, and county museum under one director. Budgets would remain separate. Friends of the library and the several advisory boards say they were left out of the decision making process.

County Workers Having A Tough Time

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- County workers showed up at last week's budget hearings with harsh words for supervisors, who voted themselves a substantial raise while many rank-and-file are struggling. We'll hear from a union rep and a 19-year-old worker, who supplements his full-time job at the county with a shift at Chipotle to make ends meet.

A Place To Call Home: James Hoffman

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Today we'll hear from James David Hoffman about his experiences being homeless in Ukiah. Hoffman, or Jimbo, as some people call him, is from the Redwood Valley Rancheria, is profoundly hearing impaired, and has struggled with addiction since puberty. He told me his story on May 11, shortly after he got out of jail. He spoke about a searing trauma in his youth, the beauty of sign language, and how he believes the spirit of his lost daughter has guided him away from death. It was a privilege to be the recipient of his story.

O. Hope McKenney

Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the country last Friday to stand against the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. southern border, a big departure from past practice. The local inland Mendocino protest happened in front of the courthouse in downtown Ukiah at 5pm, the height of after-work traffic on State Street. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. 


Angelo says the cost of running juvenile hall makes it financially unsustainable for the county to continue to support. She is recommending contracting with Sonoma County for local juvenile offenders to be moved to their Juvenile Hall.

 

Juvenile Hall on Low Gap Road in Ukiah has a 2.3 million dollar budget that comes out of the County General Fund. It is currently on track to exceed that amount by close to half a million dollars.

 

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Cultural Services Agency A Go

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Over strenuous objections, the Board of Supervisors signaled their intent to form a Cultural Services Agency, which would combine the libraries, parks, and county museum under one director. Budgets would remain separate. Friends of the library and the several advisory boards say they were left out of the decision making process.

County Workers Having A Tough Time

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- County workers showed up at last week's budget hearings with harsh words for supervisors, who voted themselves a substantial raise while many rank-and-file are struggling. We'll hear from a union rep and a 19-year-old worker, who supplements his full-time job at the county with a shift at Chipotle to make ends meet.

A Place To Call Home: James Hoffman

Jun 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Today we'll hear from James David Hoffman about his experiences being homeless in Ukiah. Hoffman, or Jimbo, as some people call him, is from the Redwood Valley Rancheria, is profoundly hearing impaired, and has struggled with addiction since puberty. He told me his story on May 11, shortly after he got out of jail. He spoke about a searing trauma in his youth, the beauty of sign language, and how he believes the spirit of his lost daughter has guided him away from death. It was a privilege to be the recipient of his story.

O. Hope McKenney

Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the country last Friday to stand against the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. southern border, a big departure from past practice. The local inland Mendocino protest happened in front of the courthouse in downtown Ukiah at 5pm, the height of after-work traffic on State Street. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. 


Angelo says the cost of running juvenile hall makes it financially unsustainable for the county to continue to support. She is recommending contracting with Sonoma County for local juvenile offenders to be moved to their Juvenile Hall.

 

Juvenile Hall on Low Gap Road in Ukiah has a 2.3 million dollar budget that comes out of the County General Fund. It is currently on track to exceed that amount by close to half a million dollars.

 

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Program Showcase

Ecosexuals

Jun 12, 2018

Host Dr. Richard Miller interviews Ecosexuals, Dr. Annie Sprinkle and Dr. Beth Stephens. Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle have been pollinating the ecosex movement through art, theory, practice and activism since 2004, they’ve produced numerous performance art works, ecosex symposiums, weddings to nature entities, workshops, walking tours, and art exhibits. Their award winning documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story played many film festivals and is on iTunes. Beth is an Art Professor at UC Santa Cruz, Annie earned Ph.D. in Human Sexuality.

Rat Poison in the Forest Ecosystem

Jun 10, 2018

Rat poison is killing a lot more than rats. Anticoagulant rodenticides have spread throughout the food web in California forests, even in remote areas. How are these poisons getting into the ecosystem? On The Ecology Hour - Science Edition, Dr. Mourad Gabriel of the Integral Ecology Research Center talks with Tim Bray and Dr. Robert Spies about his investigation into poisoned Pacific Fishers and many other animals. That's Tuesday June 12 at 7:00 PM here on KZYX.

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Good to Know Mendo

Apr 30, 2018

GoodToKnowMendo.com

GoodToKnowMendo.com is part of a county-wide effort to educate residents and visitors about using marijuana safely and legally in Mendocino County. The site answers questions about who can purchase marijuana, the basics about how it is used, and other legal- and health-related issues.