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Russian River drought conditions

California Emergency Regulations Mandate Water Conservation

In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water agencies, their customers and state residents increase water conservation in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement. The regulation will likely go into effect on or about August 1, following submittal to the Office of Administrative Law. The emergency regulation remains in effect for 270 days, unless extended by the State Water Board due to ongoing drought conditions.

Read: California Emergency Regulations Mandate Water Conservation
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
Dead Crow from West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus
in Sonoma County UPDATE

More positive mosquitoes and dead birds 

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed today that two dead birds and a mosquito sample have tested positive for West Nile virus. The two dead were both American crows; one collected near Spring Creek Road and Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa and the other near Haverfield Road and Magnolia Road in Petaluma. The positive mosquito sample was collected near Stonetree Lane and Harbor Drive in Novato. 

 

 

Read: West Nile Virus in Sonoma County UPDATE
Drought conditions at Sonoma County reservoirs

Mandatory Water Conservation proposed Emergency Regulations

The State Water Resources Control Board will consider adoption of statewide emergency regulations at the July 15, 2014 Board meeting. 

Read: Mandatory Water Conservation proposed Emergency Regulations
Andy Lopez shooting - Justice?

Sonoma County DA announces decision 
in Andy Lopez Officer-related shooting

NO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that no criminal charges will be filed against Deputy Erik Gelhaus related to the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013.  A ___ page District Attorney Report outlining the investigation and reasons for the determination was released today.  The report concludes that Deputy Gelhaus fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death to himself or others.  As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists.

Read: Sonoma County DA announces decision in Andy Lopez Officer-related shooting
EXPLORE Sonoma County - Readers FAVORITE Hikes and Bike Rides

Sonoma County Gazette JULY 2014

EXPLORE Hikes and Bike Rides

While you're waiting for me to post the web version of the July print edition...please feel free to go to our MOBILE APP to FLIP the Pages of the July print edtion - OR - DOWLOAD the print edition.

I'll be getting artilces posted soon then will add all the articles that didn't fit in the print editon's 72 pages  and that come to us after we go to press.

Enjoy! And get out there to HAVE FUN this summer!  ~ Vesta

Read: Sonoma County Gazette JULY 2014- EXPLORE Hikes and Bike Rides
Wal-Mart Super Center

Wal-Mart...the Race to the Bottom
Rohnert Park Super-Center?

Wal-Mart has again submitted a proposal to expand its existing discount store in Rohnert Park into a Supercenter, selling both general merchandise and groceries. In 2010, widespread organized opposition across Sonoma County and a successful lawsuit derailed the project.

Read: Wal-Mart...the Race to the Bottom - Rohnert Park Super-Center?
Future of Broadband - Protecting and Promoting Open Internet

Future of Broadband
Protecting and Promoting Open Internet

by Carl Wahl

On May 15th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the door to public comment on how the government should treat the Internet and the telecom industry.  The comment period closes on July 15th.  It is imperative that all citizens weigh in on this very important issue.  The FCC’s broadband decisions will affect you for decades to come.

Read: Future of Broadband - Protecting and Promoting Open Internet
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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SPOTLIGHT on Business:
 
Small Shops of Sonoma County 2013

11th Annual Small Shops of
Sonoma County 2013

by
Read: Small Shops of Sonoma County 2013
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Dear Readers,

We asked READERS where they enjoy their FAVORITE Hikes and Bike Rides, then we created a Sonoma County MAP with instructions on where to go. We added a complete GUIDE to Sonoma County Regional and State Parks then added a GUIDE to Sonoma County Bike Shops. Tools you can use to EXPLORE our home this sumer....and of course...NEWS you can use, stories, columns and our CALENDAR for July into early August.

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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:

August continues Vacation at Home summer series issue - comes out July 30

ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, July 18

ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting May 12th so ads are press ready by Friday, July 25

 

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
ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, Sept 19
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
ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, October 17
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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