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  • Sheriff Rob Giordano releases new ICE Jail Policy
    Sheriff Rob Giordano releases new ICE Jail Policy
  • Lenny Weinstein creates art exhibit on Homeless Living
    Lenny Weinstein creates art exhibit on Homeless Living
  • Review – Chicago at Gloriana Musical Theatre in Fort Bragg
    Review – Chicago at Gloriana Musical Theatre in Fort Bragg
  • Action Plan for the Russian River Watershed Pathogens
    Action Plan for the Russian River Watershed Pathogens
  • UPDATE on Sonoma County Immigration Initiative
    UPDATE on Sonoma County Immigration Initiative
  • Dog Days of Summer Mutts and Models Dog Adoption
    Dog Days of Summer Mutts and Models Dog Adoption
  • Review – The Farce Awakens - at Redwood Theatre Company
    Review – The Farce Awakens - at Redwood Theatre Company
  • Sonoma West Medical Center Update
    Sonoma West Medical Center Update
  • In Praise of Pollinators - Gravenstein Apple Fair
    In Praise of Pollinators - Gravenstein Apple Fair
  • Impact of Safe Parking Eviction
    Impact of Safe Parking Eviction
  • Russian River Sheriff Deputy addresses Homeless Issues
    Russian River Sheriff Deputy addresses Homeless Issues
  • Rohnert Park City Council Votes on Short Term Rentals
    Rohnert Park City Council Votes on Short Term Rentals
  • OPINION: Contested Election for Sheriff
    OPINION: Contested Election for Sheriff
  • LETTERS from Gazette Readers - August 2017
    LETTERS from Gazette Readers - August 2017
  • Homeless Crime Victims Receive Services
    Homeless Crime Victims Receive Services
  • For the Planet by Tish Levee - August 2017
    For the Planet by Tish Levee - August 2017
  • Wheel of Light by Rio Olesky - August 2017
    Wheel of Light by Rio Olesky - August 2017
  • Transient Occupancy Tax -TOT -Explained
    Transient Occupancy Tax -TOT -Explained
  • The Passing of Poet Mike Tuggle
    The Passing of Poet Mike Tuggle
  • The Bodega Marine Lab, a Place of Countless Fascinations
    The Bodega Marine Lab, a Place of Countless Fascinations
  • Summer of Love: “The Hippies” Exhibit Closing
    Summer of Love: “The Hippies” Exhibit Closing
  • Sebastopols Living Peace Wall
    Sebastopols Living Peace Wall
  • Santa Rosa seeking alternatives to Glyphosate for landscaping
    Santa Rosa seeking alternatives to Glyphosate for landscaping
  • Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - August 2017
    Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - August 2017
  • Real Music by Robert Feuer - August 2017 - Work With Me, Annie
    Real Music by Robert Feuer - August 2017 - Work With Me, Annie
  • Night Sky - Total Solar Eclypse - by Tre Gibbs
    Night Sky - Total Solar Eclypse - by Tre Gibbs
  • New Mural Panel Dedicated to Andy Lopez
    New Mural Panel Dedicated to Andy Lopez
  • Mustard Madness by Ron Skaar - August 2017
    Mustard Madness by Ron Skaar - August 2017
  • Meet Sebastopol City Council at Farmers Market
    Meet Sebastopol City Council at Farmers Market
  • Immigrant Stories by Christopher Kerosky - August 2017 - My American Dreams
    Immigrant Stories by Christopher Kerosky - August 2017 - My American Dreams
  • Graywater - Doing Laundry Never Felt So Good!
    Graywater - Doing Laundry Never Felt So Good!
  • Garden Delights by Kellen Watson - August 2017
    Garden Delights by Kellen Watson - August 2017
  • Film and Theater Reviews by Don Gibble - August 2017
    Film and Theater Reviews by Don Gibble - August 2017
  • Farmers Market Recipe - Garlic Grilled Tomatoes - August 2017
    Farmers Market Recipe - Garlic Grilled Tomatoes - August 2017
  • Family Life for Black-headed Grosbeaks
    Family Life for Black-headed Grosbeaks
  • Cycling Sonoma County – Chileno Valley
    Cycling Sonoma County – Chileno Valley
  • Cotati Accordion Festival supports local schools
    Cotati Accordion Festival supports local schools
  • Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell and Reece Foxen - August 2017
    Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell and Reece Foxen - August 2017
  • Beneath the Surface with J. Jaye Gold
    Beneath the Surface with J. Jaye Gold
  • Age-Friendly Sonoma County - A Grassroots Effort
    Age-Friendly Sonoma County - A Grassroots Effort
  • 5 Russian River Friendly Car Washing Tips
    5 Russian River Friendly Car Washing Tips
  • Blue-Green Algae Toxins Detected in Russian River
    Blue-Green Algae Toxins Detected in Russian River
  • Russian River Area Resources and Advocates needs Funding
    Russian River Area Resources and Advocates needs Funding
  • Jenner Estuary Outlet Channel created to maintain salmon habitat
    Jenner Estuary Outlet Channel created to maintain salmon habitat
  • Guerneville gets a Deputy to Focus on Homeless
    Guerneville gets a Deputy to Focus on Homeless
  • 54 Miles of Road Construction begins in Sonoma County
    54 Miles of Road Construction begins in Sonoma County
  • Sonoma County Community Tourism Talks
    Sonoma County Community Tourism Talks
  • Bike Classes - Workshops and Group Rides
    Bike Classes - Workshops and Group Rides
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank gets Grant to Expand Programs
    Redwood Empire Food Bank gets Grant to Expand Programs
  • Monte Rio Beach OPEN and SAFE for Swimming
    Monte Rio Beach OPEN and SAFE for Swimming
  • Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement
    Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement
  • West County Homeless Advocates
    West County Homeless Advocates
  • SMART Train FREE Rides in July
    SMART Train FREE Rides in July
  • Night Sky by Tre Gibbs, LAAS - July 2017
    Night Sky by Tre Gibbs, LAAS - July 2017
  • Film and Theater by Don Gibble - July 2017
    Film and Theater by Don Gibble - July 2017
  • Take a Hike, Kids: Getting the Most Out of Taking Your Kids to Sonoma County Parks
    Take a Hike, Kids: Getting the Most Out of Taking Your Kids to Sonoma County Parks
  • Sonoma County FAIR FUN - Food - Flowers - Farm Animals - Music & Racing!
    Sonoma County FAIR FUN - Food - Flowers - Farm Animals - Music & Racing!
  • Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Community Grants
    Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Community Grants
  • SAFE Nights Parking Lost Funding
    SAFE Nights Parking Lost Funding
  • Reducing the Stress of Moving for Seniors
    Reducing the Stress of Moving for Seniors
  • OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas
    OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas
  • OPINION: Occidental Trucks Wastewater for Wasteful Disposal
    OPINION: Occidental Trucks Wastewater for Wasteful Disposal
  • North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman - July 2017
    North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman - July 2017
  • New Holistic Healthcare Options for Russian River Residents
    New Holistic Healthcare Options for Russian River Residents
  • LETTERS from Gazette Readers - July 2017
    LETTERS from Gazette Readers - July 2017
  • Jenner Jottings by Tim McKusick - July 2017
    Jenner Jottings by Tim McKusick - July 2017
  • County Budget by Lynda Hopkins
    County Budget by Lynda Hopkins
  • Community Separators - Measure K tested in Santa Rosa
    Community Separators - Measure K tested in Santa Rosa
  • CHOICE Season for the Santa Rosa Symphony
    CHOICE Season for the Santa Rosa Symphony
  • Be Ready to Ride SMART!
    Be Ready to Ride SMART!
  • The First 5 Sonoma County Commission Seeks to Fill Commissioner Seats
    The First 5 Sonoma County Commission Seeks to Fill Commissioner Seats
  • Television Series Review by Diane McCurdy - The Night Of
    Television Series Review by Diane McCurdy - The Night Of
  • Farmers Market RECIPE - Mexican Corn Dip - July 2017
    Farmers Market RECIPE - Mexican Corn Dip - July 2017
  • Call to Artists: Sonoma County Blues Festival Juried Art ShowKathleen McCallum
    Call to Artists: Sonoma County Blues Festival Juried Art ShowKathleen McCallum
  • A Warrior for the Soldiers: Graton Loses Brian Augustine
    A Warrior for the Soldiers: Graton Loses Brian Augustine
  • Womens March- A documentary film about democracy and human rights
    Womens March- A documentary film about democracy and human rights
  • Wine Banter by John Haggard July 2017
    Wine Banter by John Haggard July 2017
  • The Immigrant Story in America Today – Part 1
    The Immigrant Story in America Today – Part 1
  • The Best Defense Against Ticks & Tick-Borne Disease is YOU! 
    The Best Defense Against Ticks & Tick-Borne Disease is YOU! 
  • The Art of Guillaume Azoulay at Pacific Bay Gallery
    The Art of Guillaume Azoulay at Pacific Bay Gallery
  • RECIPE for Blueberry Meringue Tarts - Food and Food History by Ron Skaar
    RECIPE for Blueberry Meringue Tarts - Food and Food History by Ron Skaar
  • New Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
    New Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
  • Neighbor to Neighbor: Collaborating for Housing Solutions
    Neighbor to Neighbor: Collaborating for Housing Solutions
  • Live Plastic Free - Recycling starts at home
    Live Plastic Free - Recycling starts at home
  • Garden Delights by Kellen Watson - July 2017
    Garden Delights by Kellen Watson - July 2017
  • Civil War Days Returns to Duncans Mills
    Civil War Days Returns to Duncans Mills
  • Book Review July 2017 - "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo
    Book Review July 2017 - "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo
  • Bill Kirchen - Real Music by Robert Feuer - July 2017
    Bill Kirchen - Real Music by Robert Feuer - July 2017
  • Beneath the Sea Ice - Paintings by Lily Simonson
    Beneath the Sea Ice - Paintings by Lily Simonson
  • SMART Train will build link to Larkspur Ferry
    SMART Train will build link to Larkspur Ferry
  • Plan Bay Area 2040 for Sustainable and Affordable Housing
    Plan Bay Area 2040 for Sustainable and Affordable Housing
  • Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport TSA Pre Check Enrollment Event
    Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport TSA Pre Check Enrollment Event
  • Sonoma County Bicycle Shops
    Sonoma County Bicycle Shops
  • Water Agency property on West College, Santa Rosa, slated for Housing
    Water Agency property on West College, Santa Rosa, slated for Housing
  • SMART Train Ready for Public Preview Rides
    SMART Train Ready for Public Preview Rides
  • 4 of the Most Resourceful Refugee Camps in Africa
    4 of the Most Resourceful Refugee Camps in Africa
  • Sonoma County Tourism Community Conversations
    Sonoma County Tourism Community Conversations
  • 2017 Sonoma County Outdoor Summer Concerts - Live Music
    2017 Sonoma County Outdoor Summer Concerts - Live Music
  • Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals
    Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals
  • Book Review by Diane McCurdy - On Chesil Beach
    Book Review by Diane McCurdy - On Chesil Beach
Sheriff Rob Giordano releases new ICE Jail Policy

Sheriff Rob Giordano releases new ICE Jail Policy

Sheriff’s Office will release a revised policy that affects how it cooperates with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the jail. The policy results in less cooperation with ICE and will be implemented on Friday, August 18. Generally, the jail will respond to ICE’s inmate release date requests only when the inmate has a previous conviction for a serious crime. These crimes are those listed in the TRUST Act, plus another 14 crimes that are not in the TRUST Act but still present a threat to our community’s safety. 

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SMART Train FREE Rides in July

SMART Train FREE Rides in July

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will provide eight free Preview Rides for the public this month, offering passengers an advance look at the North Bay’s new passenger train system.

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Take a Hike, Kids: Getting the Most Out of Taking Your Kids to Sonoma County Parks

Take a Hike, Kids: Getting the Most Out of Taking Your Kids to Sonoma County Parks

Sonoma County Regional Parks is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The Parks has been a vital part of land conservation and habitat restoration in Sonoma County, not to mention providing excellent recreation opportunities for people as well.

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SAFE Nights Parking Lost Funding

SAFE Nights Parking Lost Funding

On the 22nd June, a number of people sleeping in their vehicles in the parking lot in front of county Administration buildings came together to talk about two memos they’d received from Catholic Charities. 

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2017 Sonoma County Outdoor Summer Concerts - Live Music

2017 Sonoma County Outdoor Summer Concerts - Live Music

There's plenty of live music that is FREE - or CHEAP, and family-friendly - all summer in just about every town in Sonoma County. If we don't have it listed - please let us low so we can include all the concerts for everyone!

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Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals

Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals

Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals. Summer is all about playing in the water. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know is how to SWIM...so if you don’t know yet - take lessons or use a life vest for safety. Whether you are ON the water in a canoe, kayak or boat - or IN the water swimming - Sonoma County has plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun.

 

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UPDATE on Sonoma County Immigration Initiative

UPDATE on Sonoma County Immigration Initiative

Earlier this year, the County started the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative to address the heightened fear and insecurity caused by new federal actions by finding ways to support our immigrant communities and nonprofit partners who serve them. Each Supervisor will be hosting a community meeting in their district to bring attention to this issue, help inform residents of their rights and available services, provide a forum for service providers, and receive input and feedback from the community. Community meetings will consist of a presentation followed by a resource fair with local organizations and legal service providers.

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Santa Rosa seeking alternatives to Glyphosate for landscaping

Santa Rosa seeking alternatives to Glyphosate for landscaping

In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The City of Santa Rosa will be working to prepare an updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids calling on landscape companies to outline how they could switch to safe alternatives. 

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Night Sky - Total Solar Eclypse - by Tre Gibbs

Night Sky - Total Solar Eclypse - by Tre Gibbs

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclypse! On Monday August 21st, beginning around 9:30 am, the moon – slowly moving eastward – will begin to move in front of the sun and almost completely block it out.

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Cycling Sonoma County – Chileno Valley

Cycling Sonoma County – Chileno Valley

When I started cycling in 1982, I was a broke Air Force veteran in Tucson, Arizona using a bicycle as transportation because I could not afford a car. In those days, all I needed was a pair of cutoffs – it was the ’80s after all – and a backwards baseball cap or a bandana to take bike rides far into the shimmering desert. Or so I thought.

 

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Age-Friendly Sonoma County - A Grassroots Effort

Age-Friendly Sonoma County - A Grassroots Effort

Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.

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Blue-Green Algae Toxins Detected in Russian River

Blue-Green Algae Toxins Detected in Russian River

Caution” Signs Posted at Major Beaches

During the week of July 17th, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) began weekly quantitative water testing throughout the Russian River. On Wednesday, July 26th, DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.

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54 Miles of Road Construction begins in Sonoma County

54 Miles of Road Construction begins in Sonoma County

On Monday the 17th July, construction is set to begin on 54 miles of major roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Improvements range from rebuilding roads to treatments that keep good roads in a good condition. This work will enhance a total of 255,515 average daily vehicle trips, however the construction will have unavoidable traffic impacts.

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Monte Rio Beach OPEN and SAFE for Swimming

Monte Rio Beach OPEN and SAFE for Swimming

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

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