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Sonoma County Summer FUN - Last Hoorah

Sonoma County Summer FUN - Last Hoorah

BELOW is our Centerspread SCHEDULE of Summer Events to enjoy! You can also DOWNLOAD the AUGUST editon for our centerspread calendar!

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Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma water levels 8-10-14

North Bay New Water Management Tools
in response to Drought

North Bay drinking water suppliers, including the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), are moving forward with implementing new water supply management tools such as mandatory water conservation orders, innovative water conservation rebate programs for Russian River communities, seeking approval for adjusting Russian River in-stream flows to preserve storage in Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma, and participating in an outdoor water savings community event on August 23 in Santa Rosa.   A new partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography has also kicked off to research the role of atmospheric rivers in the Russian River watershed.  Due to three consecutive dry years, water storage levels in local reservoirs remain well below average, including Lake Mendocino at 34 percent and Lake Sonoma at 66 percent of water supply capacities. 

Read: North Bay New Water Management Tools in response to Drought
Restorative Forum - Top Issues

Seeking Justice
means different things to different people

I attended one of the two community meetings scheduled since District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s decision on the Officer Involved Shooting Death of Andy Lopez. I am encouraged that our government community wants to hear what our neighborhood community has to say. 

Read: Seeking Justice means different things to different people
Russian River ALERT for Red Wisteria invasive plant

Russian River ALERT
for Red Wisteria invasive plant

Contact Us If You See This Plant on Russian River!

Help us stop the spread of another costly invasive plant on the River

On July 11th I was taking some people down the middle reach of the Russian River and saw something that took my breath away – Red Wisteria growing along the banks of the Russian River! This plant is a horrible non-native invasive plant that is on the High Alert list for the California Invasive Plant Council because of the damage it reeks on rivers. 

Read: Russian River ALERT for Red Wisteria invasive plant
Irrigation with Reclaimed Water

Worse then Serious
- drought requires severe conservation

“There’s a drought on, turn the water off!”.  

While summer is here, abundant water is not, and living with severely reduced supplies may become the new normal for 2015.  The U.S. Drought Monitor designates the whole of California to be severely dry now and there is dire need to stretch our limited supplies as far as we can. 

Read: Worse then Serious - drought requires severe conservation
Ratna Ling Meditation Center, Cazadero

Ratna Ling Meditation Center faces lawsuit from West Sonoma County residents

West County Residents File Lawsuit to Halt Industrial Development in Coastal Hills

A group of West County residents filed suit Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to stop an expansion of the Ratna Ling Meditation Center that would put an industrial scale printing and storage facility in an otherwise rural area in the Cazadero hills.

Read: Ratna Ling Meditation Center faces lawsuit from West Sonoma County residents
Sonoma County Communities:
Bodega "Bodega & Community Bloggette by Sam Euston"
Bodega Bay "Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos"
Camp Meeker "Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin"
Cazadero "Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson"
Cloverdale "Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell"
Cotati "Cotati Heart & Soul Deborah Taylor-French"
Forestville "Forestville - The Good Life by Richard Naegle"
Geyserville "Geyserville Grapevine by Loreon Vigné"
Graton "Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan"
Guerneville "Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin"
Healdsburg "Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner"
Monte Rio "Monte Rio Musings by Dawn Bell"
North Coast "North Coast"
Occidental "Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel"
Petaluma-Penngrove "Petaluma-Penngrove Picks by Lyndi Brown"
Rio Nido "Rio Nido Magic by Elena Chronis"
Rohnert Park "Rohnert Park Rumblings by Gina Belforte"
Santa Rosa "Santa Rosa Snippets by Jo Anne Cohn"
Sebastopol "Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney"
Sonoma "Sonoma Style by Debra Costner"
Sonoma Coast "Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala"
Sonoma County "OUR County, by Supervisor Efren Carrillo"
Sonoma Valley "Springs Splash - Tom Martin"
Windsor "What's Up in Windsor by Bethany Browning"
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LOVE where you LIVE - Sonoma County

LOVE where you LIVE - Sonoma County

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Dear Readers,

We are now working on our SEPTEMBER edition - focusing on Eduation and our Youth - and of course - everything else that's on the minds of people who care about Sonoma County. Our PRINT edition will be on newsstands starting August 27th. If you want to reach our 130,000 readers, please email me at vesta@sonic.net. We update this website almost every day if you miss the print edition deadline - please see below.

Visit our distribution locations countywide. Lots to do - lots to know - lots of ways to be involved in Sonoma County life.

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And you’ll see from the banner and tile ad for Find Love Where You Live below that we are venturing onto helping people find someone close to home with whom they can share time. There are so many people who would thrive in the nurturing environment of appreciation. This is our partnership with a company that can handle the details of online dating, so take a look to see if it has any appeal for you.  I know I have benefitted immensely from sharing life with Alan. I wish  the same for others.

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Please visit our website for the 2014 Production Schedule

COMING UP:

September is our SCHOOL for everyoneissue - comes out August 27
ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, August 15
ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting May 12th so ads are press ready by Friday, August 22


October is our Get Ready for Winter - Fall Fun and ARTtrails issue - comes out October 1
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ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting Sept 19 so ads are press ready by Friday, Sept 26
November is our Gathering Close to Home & Family with HOLIDAY CALENDAR issue - comes out October 29
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ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting October 13 so ads are press ready by Friday, October 24
December is our SMALL SHOPS OF SPNOMA COUNTY INSERT* and Bringing the Year to a Close issue - comes out November 26
*ARTICLES: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, November 7
*ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting Sept 19 so ads are press ready by Friday, November 14
ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR with HOLIDAY CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, November 14
ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting Sept 19 so ads are press ready by Friday, November 21

 

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