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Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel

Occidental, California

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Spawning Salmon Celebrate the Return of Salmon
February 21, 2012
by Cyndi Adcock

Please join us for the Salmon Creek Watershed Progress Report & Community Social
Sunday 2/26 3-6pm at 1935 Bohemian Hwy. in Occidental

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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Ah summer… how I’ve missed thee. The long days, the sun, the complete lack of homework… it really is the best. So far, of course, I haven’t done much of anything. Rather, I’ve been relishing the joy of unconstrained time. I worked a couple of days and drove to work and back with my newly obtained driver’s license. I received my first paycheck in the mail.
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Ah summer… how I’ve missed thee. The long days, the sun, the complete lack of homework… it really is the best. So far, of course, I haven’t done much of anything. Rather, I’ve been relishing the joy of unconstrained time. I worked a couple of days and drove to work and back with my newly obtained driver’s license. I received my first paycheck in the mail.
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West Sonoma County's Occidental anticipates a New Mural West Sonoma County's Occidental anticipates a New Mural
June 19, 2015
Sebastopol muralist Dave Gordon, whose recent works enliven the Oddfellows Building in Sebastopol and the Broadway Market in Sonoma, has taken on a new project: a 350 square feet mural in the picturesque village of Occidental. It will be painted on the easternmost wall of the Occidental Center for the Arts where it faces Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - June 2015
June 1, 2015
We creep nearer and nearer to summer every day. Yesterday, my final project for my photography class was due. Monday I have my last math test before the final, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are all dedicated study days. I’m actually starting to expect summer to get here, and it feels great. Well, it actually means I’ll be working part time and taking Spanish lessons every day, but the point still stands. At least I can drive to work and class. 
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - May 2015
May 1, 2015
My grandmother, Mary, used to write the Occidental column for the Sebastopol Times. When I began writing this incarnation of the Occidental column, she gave me several of her old columns, clipped from the papers they were printed on. The paper was soft and smelled of ink and years past. 
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KOWS Radio 107.3 FM - West Sonoma County Community radio KOWS Radio 107.3 FM Crowd Funding for antenna to reach broader audience
May 1, 2015

West County’s most popular community radio station KOWS 107.3 FM is looking to the community to help relocate their antenna and transmitter to provide a more robust signal for West County, the Russian River area, Sebastopol, and Santa Rosa. While today’s signal finds pockets of strong reception, there are those low lying locations in the County that have online listeners who’ve expressed a desire to listen beyond the internet streaming presence that exists today.

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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - April 2015
April 1, 2015
It is my birthday month! I will be 16 this April, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. There really isn’t much that changes with most birthdays, but some years actual things do change. Like this year – I’ll technically be old enough to drive. 
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - March 2015
March 1, 2015
Occidental, as quaint and unmarked by time as it appears from the outside, has never been a static environment. Change comes through Occidental quietly, affecting those who are watching for it. For as much of my childhood as I can remember, I have been a member of the Occidental Community Council, and even at age 5, I was watching for change.
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An “Eco-Gardens” in Occidental and Turning Waste Water Into Wool An “Eco-Gardens” in Occidental and Turning Waste Water Into Wool
March 1, 2015
In a previous issue of the Sonoma County Gazette, we discussed affordable tertiary wastewater treatment for Occidental -- disinfected with ultra-violet, discharged into Dutch Bill Creek in the rainy season, then disposed of on land in the dry-season, roughly May-October.
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Fools Set To Occupy Occidental …again!
March 1, 2015
Rain or shine, a flock of Fools will cavort through the sleepy town of Occidental on Saturday April 4, 2015 as the annual FOOL’S DAY PARADE returns for the 10th year. From noon on, madcap folk will be seen gathering at the Community Center (corner of Bohemian Hwy @ Graton Rd.). Then, at 1 pm in foolish formation they will frolic through town and down Bohemian Highway to end up in the parking circle that fronts the Occidental Center for the Arts...
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Occidental Wastewater Treatment Plant - Sonoma County, CA Locals Plan for Occidental Wastewater Treatment Plant
February 1, 2015
It’s simple, straightforward, practical, cheap and can be implemented by the 2018 (time-frame required by the “Cease and Desist Order“). A new AERO-MOD tertiary treatment plant; storage in the existing ponds on Lu-Dan (off Occidental Road); irrigation of redwoods and new water-loving landscaping in and around the existing ponds on Lu-Dan and around the town of Occidental; a “truck-fill station” for agricultural, nursery and other uses.
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Sonoma County Water Agency Update on Occidental Wastewater Treatment Sonoma County Water Agency Update on Occidental Wastewater Treatment
February 1, 2015
On January 7, about 40 people gathered at the Union Hotel for a meeting to discuss the beginning of the design process and environmental analysis for the proposed Occidental County Sanitation District (District) Recycled Water Project (Project). The meeting to discuss the Notice of Preparation was the first step in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process.  
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - February 2015
February 1, 2015
‘Tis the season for poorly cut out paper valentines and high school romance, for awkward first dates and staying up too late on the phone, for those weird heart shaped candies and for first love. In theory, I find it all rather sickening. 
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - February 2015
February 1, 2015
‘Tis the season for poorly cut out paper valentines and high school romance, for awkward first dates and staying up too late on the phone, for those weird heart shaped candies and for first love. In theory, I find it all rather sickening. 
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Occidental Sanitation District  Recycled Water Pipeline Route Occidental Sanitation District Recycled Water Project Public Meeting
December 13, 2014

The Sonoma County Water Agency is preparing an Initial Study for the Occidental Wastewater Treatment Facility Recycled Water Project (Project). An Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of a project’s potential environmental impacts used to determine whether a Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared.

The Project objectives are to upgrade wastewater treatment levels, construct and utilize new off-stream storage, and expand beneficial reuse of recycled water.

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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - December 2014
December 1, 2014

Now that Friday Markets are over, it truly feels like the holiday season is upon us. With concerts and charity benefits to attend and presents to buy, it’s sure to be a jolly time. Occidental is jumping full swing into the festivities-- and you probably don’t want to miss any of it. 


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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel

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Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - part 1 Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - part 1
August 6, 2014

I’ve been wanting to interview Brock Dolman, our local permaculture god, for years. But he’s always gallivanting around the world, leading trainings and speaking at conferences. 

Brock’s been doing that a long time actually. In 1987, he was in Nicaragua near the Honduran border, on a construction brigade helping to build houses and a school for the Sandinistas in the thick of the US-sponsored Contra War. Later during that journey through Central and South America, Brock met the woman (Carol Nieukirk) he was to be married to for 20 years. Several years later, Brock and Carol were invited to help purchase a parcel of land in Occidental, now famously known as the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

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Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - full interview
August 6, 2014
In 1987, Brock Dolman, then a young biologist, was in Nicaragua near the Honduran border, on a construction brigade helping to build houses and a school for the Sandinistas in the thick of the US-sponsored Contra War. A few months later on his two–year long journey through Central and South America, Brock met the woman (Carol Nieukirk) he was to be married to for 20 years. 
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