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Santa Rosa and Napa Valley railroad news

Santa Rosa: Trial opens in tainting of homes’ well water
West College Avenue residents blame railroad, OCLI; companies blame dry cleaners

Gonzalez linked at least part of the pollution to land owned by Union Pacific on Frances Avenue and to chemical barrels from Optical Coating Laboratories Inc. found at that property and an adjacent parcel.

The property was owned by Southern Pacific, which was taken over by Union Pacific in 1996, and OCLI became part of JDS Uniphase in 2000.

Defense attorneys, however, contended the problem was caused by two dry cleaning establishments in the immediate neighborhood, which is a half mile from the Frances Avenue site.

Auction Napa Valley gets in gear with party, mock train robbery

Auction Napa Valley 2009 started with a bang Thursday evening. Make that a lot of bangs, all from shotguns as a posse of robbers on horseback descended on the Napa Valley Wine Train.

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