AM News for Tuesday, 10.15.13
Researchers working primarily in the Ukiah and
Hopland areas have discovered the key role that the western fence lizard, also known as a blue-belly, plays in cleaning Lyme disease bacteria out of
ticks that transmit it to humans.
“It’s an incredibly simple system,” said Robert Lane, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of medical
Simply put, the lizard’s blood contains a protein that
kills the Lyme disease bacteria in the gut of an
immature western black-legged tick, which then molts into a disease-free adult tick.
While Sonoma County has more confirmed cases
than any other county, Mendocino and Humboldt counties rank second and third.
California’s overall Lyme disease infection rate of 0.2 cases per 100,000 pales compared with rates of 50 to 70 cases in New England, but without the lizard’s
presence it would likely be higher, Lane said.
The little lizard, which kids and cats are fond of
catching, “serves a protective function,” he said. “It’s
reducing the likelihood that you or I would be bitten
by an infected adult tick.”
It’s range is the far west, and primarily California.
Federal, state, and tribal officials have agreed to an
ambitious program of cooperation to fight fish
poaching on Mendocino County's scenic Garcia
River, Rep. Jared Huffman announced this week.
The key to the deal is an agreement to work with
outside law enforcement by the Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo, who control two key
pieces of land along the river bank. The tribe denies
that members are major poachers of endangered
coho salmon and steelhead trout on the river, but
they admit that the tribal land has created jurisdictional confusion for game wardens and police, and that the tribe and local law enforcement don't have a history of cooperating.
The Garcia River has been a major focus of
conservationists in recent decades. Private groups
and governments have spent at least $25 million to
preserve former timberlands and restore the habitat
for fish and other creatures, damaged by a century of logging, farming, and other development.
Threatened populations of salmon and trout
had begun to creep back up by the early 2000s, but
game wardens and local landowners say the return
of the fish caused a surge in poaching, not just
around the tribal land, but also along private lands far upstream. That illegal fishing threatens the recovery
of the fish spawning grounds and undermines the
expensive restoration work.
This Thursday, October 17, the City of Fort Bragg will hold two community workshops to solicit input and
prioritize goals and strategies for the Economic
Development Strategy. The public
Is invited to attend one of the following sessions,
which will be held at Fort Bragg Town Hall, 363 North Main Street, Fort Bragg:
Either Thursday, October 17, 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. or
5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
At the workshop, City staff will provide a status report on progress towards goals and strategies listed in the 2007 Economic Development and summarize input
received to date in the current update process.
Refreshments will be provided.
If you have questions , contact Jennifer Owen, (707) 961-2827, extension 109.
Also Thursday, The American Red Cross is
encouraging area residents to register and
participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
Thursday, October 17 at 10:17a.m.
The purpose of the drill is for people to learn and
practice what to do if they ever experience an
earthquake. Millions of people will be participating.
Register at ShakeOut.org.
Remember, Congressman Jared Huffman is holding a telephone town hall meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to
answer questions about efforts to end the
Go to huffman.house.gov/telephone-town-hall-request.