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North Bay Fire Relief Fund Distributes 32 Million Dollars to Fire Victims

North Bay Fire Relief Fund Distributes 32 Million Dollars to Fire Victims

Immediate phase complete; transitions to mid and long-term groups & efforts. The relief fund has collected and distributed over $32 million from over 41,100 donors over the past 120 days, to support immediate needs of fire victims following the devastating fires that impacted Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties in October 2017.  The North Bay Fire Relief Fund represents one of the largest and most successful disaster relief efforts in Northern California history, with 100% of all donations collected directly benefitting neighbors in need.

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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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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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Rebuilding GREEN after the Tubbs Fire

Rebuilding GREEN after the Tubbs Fire

After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.

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Commercial Cannabis Applications Concern Communities

Commercial Cannabis Applications Concern Communities

The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.

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Public Meeting on Sonoma County Fish Habitat Restoration Projects

Public Meeting on Sonoma County Fish Habitat Restoration Projects

On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek

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Weigh In on the Future of Bay Area Transportation

Weigh In on the Future of Bay Area Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released an online survey to get input from the public, partner agencies and others as the Commission prepares its next Public Participation Plan (PPP). The survey is available now through Feb. 23.

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Dangerous Forests need our Attention - Our County by Lynda Hopkins - February 2018

Dangerous Forests need our Attention - Our County by Lynda Hopkins - February 2018

As December closes and the start of the New Year has begun, I can’t help but look at the year that Sonoma County had. Boy, was it a year.

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Fire Ecology for Non-Scientists: The Fire Triangle & Fire Behavior

Fire Ecology for Non-Scientists: The Fire Triangle & Fire Behavior

How exactly does wildfire work? Why did our recent fires burn where they did? Once I was able to move out of emergency mode, as an educator and someone who is “science curious”, I wanted to learn more about wildfire. Here is what I have found out.

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Cannabis Opportunities for Women

Cannabis Opportunities for Women

The cannabis industry is more open to women executives than most other industries. As one survey of cannabis professionals found (in 2015); women held leadership roles in 36 percent of those businesses, compared with 22 percent of U.S. companies generally, according to the trade publication Cannabis Business Daily, an Inc. 500 company that was co-founded by two women -- Cassandra Farrington and Anne Holland.

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A Phone Alert System for Our Community

A Phone Alert System for Our Community

The community-based Phone Alert System is not meant to replace the County’sSoCo Alerts or Nixle. Instead, a PAS can provides a flexible and fast way for residents to know about local emergency events that could potentially affect their lives. 

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