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.

Marzipan, The Sweet Taste Of The Holidays In Madrid

Dec 22, 2016

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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The Mendocino County Department of Transportation has scheduled major repairs to a retaining wall on the Philo-Greenwood Road, or County Road 132, at MP .96. The road will be closed from MP .10 to MP 1.8, starting on September 18, 2017, and ending October 10. The road was briefly closed by landslides and toppled trees during heavy rains in February.

Cannabis is the top agricultural crop in Round Valley.  Locals sometimes refer to it as Ground Zero for marijuana cultivation in Mendocino County. Despite the amount of such farming in Covelo, many residents feel they have been poorly represented in local cannabis policy shaping and they want their concerns and opinions voiced.  Dan Young reports. 

courtesy of Cal Fire Mendocino Unit

 

The air quality in Mendocino County is likely to be affected by wildfires for weeks to come, according to the Mendocino County Air Quality District. 

 

Ongoing high pressure and northerly winds are expected to continue bringing smoke from southern Oregon and Northern California until the fires are out and southwest winds bring cooler temperatures.

 

Living With Wildlife

Sep 5, 2017

Mountain lions, coyotes, and bear have been feasting on livestock for decades.  These cunning predators usually find a way to outwit ranchers and agricultural scientists who continually employ creative tactics to either kill the predators or scare them off.  Reporter Sarah Reith reports on the latest predator control strategies. 

Water board officials heard an earful from Lake County residents at Lakeport City Hall on Monday, August 28 2017.  The topic of discussion was regulating the pollutant and nutrient loading of the massive water body, Clearlake. Many questions and concerns were raised by members of the public over the lack of management of the lake. 

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Events

This Sunday September 17th at 10am tune in for a unique event. KZYX will be broadcasting the sheep dog trials live from the Mendocino County Fair in Boonville. Former trial winner Kevin Owens will be joined by program director and sheep rancher Alice Woelfle to provide commentary of all the action from the grandstand at the fairgrounds.

You can stream the commentary live online at www.kzyx.org.

Yes, that's right- the amazing Scottish neo-traditional band that has been electrifying audiences all over the world, is returning to Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg on Friday the 29th of September!

Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3050632

Also available now at Out of This World in Mendocino, and soon at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg.

Program Showcase

Consider This - September 15th, 9AM: Doughnut Economics

4 hours ago

My guest on this program is renegade economist Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist.

This month Ana Loreto Rojas joins Cal Winslow to co-host “Talking about California.” Together they are presenting a special series marking Hispanic Heritage Month focusing on today’s crisis: The Trump presidency and its attacks on millions of workers and their families. This attack is best symbolized by Trump's vilification of Mexicans – and by implication all Latinos – and by his revoking of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA and his supporters’ racist chant, “Build that wall.”

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said on 7 September that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.