Willits protester spends 8th day on Caltrans equipment


He received food and water after another activist snuck past CHP officers. Will Parrish climbed up on the equipment Thursday to stop work on a controversial freeway project in Willits in Mendocino County.

A local film maker shot video of CHP officers as they blocked protesters from sending up supplies last weekend. But yesterday evening, a man managed to climb a second nearby tower and send over supplies on a rope.

Caltrans wants to build a four-lane freeway around Willits. Critics say a smaller, cheaper road would do the job without so much environmental damage. Caltrans says continued protests have cost the state more than $1 million.

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