I'm Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for September 23rd, 2011

The Sonoma State student who was texting while driving when she struck and killed a 2-year-old in Rohnert Park last December plead no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter Thursday. 18-year-old Kaitlyn Dunaway will likely receive probation instead of jail time.

The Great Handcar Regatta returns to Santa Rosa's Railroad Square this Sunday in what could be its last appearance. Regatta organizer, Ty Jones, is in the midst of discussions with the SMART commuter rail organization which is planning rail line construction next Fall. And, as if that wasn't enough of a wrinkle, after three years of hot temperatures, steampunk and handcar revelers might be treated to rain this year.... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraton reports a 30% chance of RAIN and high of 70F for Santa Rosa & most of the North Bay on Sunday: goo.gl/Dt6e7 Likelihood increases the further North, with Eureka sporting an 80% chance of the wet stuff.

Nurses at more than 30 not-for-profit hospitals in California--including Kaiser and Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa -- staged a one-day strike Thursday. Nurses were protesting against proposals to cuts to their benefit and retirement packages. Optical sales at Kaiser were closed for the day, and some elective surgeries had to be rescheduled at both North Bay hospitals.

A third sample of mosquitoes collected in Lake County this month has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Lake County News reports that to date, the positive samples have come from Middletown and Kelseyville. Officials are reminding residents and visitors to wear long sleeves and pants, and to always wear mosquito repellant. lakeconews.com/content/view/21535/919/

In this week's most improbable local news, a large model rocket fell from 4000 feet to hit the rolling bicycle tire of Rohnert Park resident Jim Hayes. As Jim was riding across the remote Nevada desert to recover a different rocket, another fell from the sky, missing Jim by inches, destroying his bike frame and back wheel... No word on whether he played the lottery that day. Glad you're still here to tell the story Jim. You can find images and the whole story in Jim's words at NorthBayVoice.org.

That's all for this Week In Review, I'm Michelle Olivera. See you next week!

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