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Monte Rio Musings by Chuck Ramsey

Monte Rio, California

Email Chuck Ramsey - chram@aol.com

Mary Moore at Bohemian Grove protest Mary Moore - OCCUPY Bohemian Grove
June 6, 2012

By Robert Feuer

Mary Moore, a major force in Monte Rio’s Bohemian Grove protests, since their inception in 1980, is gearing up for her heaviest involvement in years, she says, during an interview at her home under the Camp Meeker redwoods. 

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Monte Rio's New Creekside Park Plan Concept Monte Rio's New Creekside Park
May 1, 2012
by Dawn Bell

For several years now the Creekside Park Project – situated on the banks of Dutchbill Creek at the Old Monte Rio School site on Bohemian Highway - has been discussed, dissected, attacked and praised as it moved through its various processes for approval.  In April, the Monte Rio Recreation & Park District Board of Directors (MRRPD) adopted the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) documents and is on the cusp of breaking ground.  Now it’s time to dispel some of the rumors that have been floating around and present the unvarnished facts about this project.  

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - March 2017
March 1, 2017

March has always been my favorite month. Spring, new beginnings, longer days, more sunshine, beauty, and hope. From what this winter has brought, from local disasters to our national disaster, it couldn’t arrive fast enough this year. 


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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - February 2017
February 1, 2017

Kudos to the County, local first responders, and PG&E for going above and beyond to help us get through the storms safely. We were fortunate that we barely escaped worse damage. Kudos also to Clean River Alliance and volunteers that clean up our area to protect our river. 

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Sonoma County Flood Debris Clean-Up Disposal Sites Sonoma County Flood Debris Clean-Up Disposal Sites
January 12, 2017

Beginning Friday, January 13th, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding. Six sites will be available to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Disposal sites will remain open through Sunday, January 15th. In addition, residents will be able to dispose of household hazardous materials at one location on Saturday, January 14th, and Saturday, January 21st from 8:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - January 2017
January 4, 2017

Never before have I witnessed a total take-over of our government by the Religious Right. Never have I felt so ashamed and depressed about our country’s direction and future. Trump’s cabinet choices are unbelievable.

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - December 2016
November 25, 2016

As another year comes to an end we should be thankful for the good things that happened this year, the progress we have made on several fronts, and look forward to a bright new year. We can’t always control the future, but we can work to improve it.

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - November 2016
October 26, 2016

The Holiday season begins! Halloween is here and the elections will soon be over! What will we do now for entertainment? Hopefully spending time with family and friends and thinking positive thoughts about what the next year will bring. 


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Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Candidates  Forum - Monte Rio Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Candidates Forum - Monte Rio
October 3, 2016
On September 21st, 2016, The Sonoma County Gazette hosted a public forum where attendees were able to freely ask the 5th District Supervisor Candidates questions about issues that matter to them. The event lasted well over two hours until every person's question was answered. Thank you everyone who attended and our candidates, Noren Evans and Lynda Hopkins for taking the time to participate in commuity politics so we learn what we need to vote wisely.
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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - October 2016
September 28, 2016

Fall is here! Change is in the air, and change is good. 

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - September 2016
September 1, 2016

It’s been a busy year. Looking forward to the slower pace of low season. The River has two new developments. The first is AutoCamp, the upscale glamping Airstream park which recently opened at the former Spooner’s location. A great re-use of the property. I’ll be trying it out this fall. The second is the Surrey Resort and Gym being developed at the former Estate next to the Guerneville Park & Ride lot. It’s going to be a luxury RV Resort with a gym open for membership. It will have the largest heated pool in Guerneville. Imagine not having to drive to Santa Rosa to work out with the flatlanders anymore! 

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - August 2016
August 1, 2016

Glad we made it through July! Our hamlet was busier than ever Independence Weekend and of course for the Variety Show. We are fortunate and should feel proud that we are able to continue traditions that have been on-going over 100 years. I think the water carnival parade this year was one of the best I’ve seen in years. Putting on major events is difficult work and it seems to get harder each year instead of easier. If you know someone that volunteers for the community, please extend to them a thank-you for their efforts. 

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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - July 2016
June 29, 2016
It’s our little piece of the world. Sometimes a sanctuary, sometimes not. 
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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - June 2016
May 27, 2016
Vacation Home in Vacation Wonderland! There are a lot of events coming up in Monte Rio! 
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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - March 2016 Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - April 2016
April 1, 2016
We don’t have many businesses in town, but we love the ones we do have. Thank you Raj for the new lighted Bartlett’s sign. Thank you Popper, Alain, Diz, Sarah and the rest of the Rio Café Take 2 team. 
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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - March 2016 Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - March 2016
March 1, 2016
Spring is almost here, although I think it arrived early this year. Feel like gardening? Contact Monte Rio Rec & Park to get a sunny plot in one of our community gardens. Monte Rio Rec & Park is also looking into adding programs this year. One possibility is swimming lessons.Mrrpd.org for more info.
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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - February 2016 Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - February 2016
February 1, 2016
Efren Carrillo recently said 2016 is the year of progress. It certainly has started out with a bang. The community meeting held Monday January 11th was the largest turnout of this community I have seen.
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Monte Rio Musings - January 2016 - Chuck Ramsey Monte Rio Musings -January 2016 - Chuck Ramsey
January 1, 2016
by Chuck Ramsey
Monte Rio lost a good guy recently. Dave Hardy spent a large part of this past year at Stanford undergoing bone marrow transplant for his leukemia.
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The Village Inn- Butternut Squash Risotto RESTAURANT REVIEW: Village Inn Restaurant
January 1, 2016
The historic Village Inn must be Monte Rio’s best kept secret. Perched above the Russian River on a side street, my dining partner and I had the place mostly to ourselves. Last April, new owner Judy Harvey updated the decor and hired new executive chef, Christopher Ludwick, so we wanted to see how it had fared since it had changed hands.
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