Morning News for MONDAY, MAY 13TH!
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The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported on Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.
Scientific monitors reported that the CO2 level daily average surpassed 400 parts per million, the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.
The monitoring program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the new reading.
The new measurement came from analyzers high atop Mauna Loa, the volcano on the big island of Hawaii that has long been ground zero for monitoring the worldwide carbon dioxide trend.
At the conclusion of their preliminary hearing in Mendocino Superior Court, the two men accused in a high-speed chase and shooting at a deputy's car were bound over for trial on charges of the attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a firearm.
Prosecutor Matt Hubley told the court that as Deputy Brewster was walking up to the driver's window after stopping the T-bird, Miller told Skaggs to "duck," indicating that he meant to shoot the deputy.
That was according to Skaggs' statement, which also included an assertion that Miller leaned out the window first with the gun's safety on, sat back to remove the safety and leaned out again to shoot, "certainly it was out there that shots were very likely to be fired."
Miller also allegedly told his companions, "I'm not going to prison for the rest of my life,'".
Miller claimed that he wasn't trying to shoot the deputy, but was just trying to scare him away from the chase.
Walter Miller and Christopher Skaggsare due back in court for arraignment on the information -- a procedural step in felony cases -- on May 28.
Two leaks within the Lake county’s water system were discovered this week as officials try to zero in on what is causing a landslide at the Lakeside Heights subdivision.
A second leak detection test revealed the previously undiscovered leaks on Thursday .
Lake Special Districts, which oversees the sewer and water systems in the subdivision, had asked for the second leak detection test. Special Districts repaired both leaks on Friday.
Subdivision residents Garey Hurn and Randall Fitzgerald said it was estimated that one of the leaks was putting out about 10 gallons of water a minute, with the second leak farther up the hill putting out about 20 gallons a minute.
Based on those amounts, Hurn estimated that during the past 60 days – a timeframe he is using based on the earth movement subdivision residents have reported seeing – the leaks have put out 2.5 million gallons of water into the hillside, which he said equates to roughly 125 swimming pools that contain 20,000 gallons each.
AT 7p.m. on Wednesday May 15, 2013 the Sierra Club's Redwood and Sonoma Chapters are partnering with the Unitarian-Universalist Advocates for Social Justice, Sonoma Water Coalition, and Forests Unlimited to host a public forum on the magnificent coastal forests of California’s North Coast. The meeting will be held at the Glaser Center (547 Mendocino Avenue) in Santa Rosa, and is open to the public without charge.
The forum, titled “Bambi vs the Bulldozer,” will feature a presentation by UC Extension Forest Advisor Greg Giusti on the Ecology of the Coastal Redwood Forest.
For more information callt Dan Kerbein at 707 387-6394 .