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Regional Parks to Study Potential for Russian River Bike, Pedestrian Trail

Regional Parks to Study Potential for Russian River Bike, Pedestrian Trail

Responding to community interest and safety concerns, Regional Parks will receive a $620,000 state grant from the California Department of Transportation to evaluate the potential for a trail running parallel to but separate from River Road and Highway 116.

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A Look Back at Sonoma County Theatre in 2017 by Harry Duke

A Look Back at Sonoma County Theatre in 2017 by Harry Duke

It’s that time of year again for the usual “Best of…” lists where critics review their picks for the best (and sometimes worst) in music, movies, fashion, etc. and give people at holiday parties something to argue about.

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Wildfire MAP Identifies Flood and Mudflow Risk Areas

Wildfire MAP Identifies Flood and Mudflow Risk Areas

The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard map is now available atwww.SonomaCountyRecovers.org.

 

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Endangered coho being caught in the Russian River

Endangered coho being caught in the Russian River

Concerned anglers will want to know that endangered coho are particularly vulnerable during periods of low flow during their spawning season. Anglers could easily catch one without intending to and, potentially, face penalties associated with harming them. Knowing how to identify coho salmon, steelhead, and Chinook is a critical skill for anyone fishing in the Russian River.

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Years of Work Leads to Roseland Annexation

Years of Work Leads to Roseland Annexation

Last November, the City of Santa Rosa grew by approximately 714 acres and gained about 7,400 new residents, as the annexation of Roseland finally came to fruition after years of work by both city and county officials.

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Healing the Land After the Fire

Healing the Land After the Fire

The devastating fires of October 2017 have created serious challenges for residents, many of whom are concerned about soil erosion, toxic runoff, and the health of fire-ravaged landscapes. Read on for insights and advice on these issues, presented by our staff of expert ecologists.

 

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Hazardous Tree Removal by PG&E

Hazardous Tree Removal by PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) works hard every day to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers throughout Northern and Central California. In October, strong winds impacted our service area resulting in extraordinary wildfires that devastated parts of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino and Lake Counties.

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Balancing Housing with Vacation Rentals and Property Rights

Balancing Housing with Vacation Rentals and Property Rights

The fires that descended on Sonoma County last October destroyed thousands of homes and increased pressure on an already tight housing market, leading the board of supervisors to take a closer look at the role Vacation Rentals play in exacerbating those problems.

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Blood Centers of the Pacific Bucket Brigade

Blood Centers of the Pacific Bucket Brigade

Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited nearly 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 86 participants.

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Russian River Fire Protection District to Hold Meetings on Evacuation Needs

Russian River Fire Protection District to Hold Meetings on Evacuation Needs

There will be two community meetings addressing the evacuation needs during an emergency such as wildfire, earthquake, etc.

These meetings will be held on January 13, 2018, and January 20, 2018, at 1 PM at at the Guerneville Elementary School gymnasium, 14630 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446.

 

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Bioremediation — Cleaning Up Toxins After the Fires

Bioremediation — Cleaning Up Toxins After the Fires

The October firestorms that blazed through Sonoma County deeply affected everyone and left us grappling with the question of how to respond. Having evacuated twice myself and narrowly escaped losing my house, I was searching for a way I could contribute and help heal our community.

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