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Occidental Oriented by Mackenzie Nekton

Occidental, California

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Occidental Oriented -  MacKenzie Nekton Occidental Oriented - February 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton
February 4, 2016
The season of love is upon us, and this year, rather than ranting about Devin or my mom (who are both very worthy of love), I’d like to take a moment to love the place we live. I think it was last year’s February column that was themed “love where you live”, but as a grumpy sophomore, I wasn’t feeling it as much. This year, as some of my friends start their last semester of high school, and beloved several teachers leave my school, I’m feeling particularly grateful for Occidental and those who work hard to keep it beautiful. 
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Occidentl Sewer District site plan Occidental Waste Water Facility Public Comment January 7
January 2, 2016
The Sonoma County Water Agency, which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, is holding a community meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 7 to review sewer plant upgrade alternatives and to discuss the option of trucking the District’s effluent to nearby treatment plants.
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Occidental Oriented -  MacKenzie Nekton Occidental Oriented - January 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton
January 1, 2016
 With the holidays safely behind us, we embark upon a new year. A fresh start with which to change for the better, the New Year often inspires people to make drastic pronouncements of good intentions. They are more commonly called New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought I’d share a few of my family and I’s. I am going to try to drink more water, even if it is in the form of tea, attempt to get some muscle tone in any part of my body, and be a supportive and not clingy girlfriend when my boyfriend of quite some time leaves for college this fall. He, Devin, is going to Tufts University in the greater Boston area, and he’s super excited, and so am I. Mostly. Minus the whole continent between us bit. But I am, nonetheless, very excited for him to go to his top choice school in a city he’s always wanted to live in.
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KOWS Radio 107.3 FM - West Sonoma County Community radio KOWS 107.3FM is mooving!
December 6, 2015

The KOWS Herd is delighted to stampede into downtown Sebastopol on December 1st , from the green fields of Occidental. With our unique West County vibe, we want to be closer to, and munch on, all the wonderful political, cultural, social, and arts worlds centered in this creatively vibrant community.

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Occidental Oriented -  MacKenzie Nekton Occidental Oriented - December 2015
December 1, 2015
It’s officially been one year that I’ve been writing these columns! A lot has happened since then, but not much has changed. My hair is short now, for the first time in my life, and I got my first anything-but-an-A in Honors Precalculus since seventh grade PE. I’ve read some Marx and some trashy romance novels, and I sleep more but am more tired. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to write these columns. Thank you for reading! 
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - November 2015 - MacKenzie Nekton
November 1, 2015
I have spent the last two hours untangling years’ worth of yarn. I was cleaning my room when I noticed that my knitting basket had been sitting untouched for quite some time, and seeing as I am going to continue to be very busy for quite some more time, I decided to wrap up the yarn into proper balls and put it away. The space is much needed, as I am a very sentimental person and like to keep books long after they should have been passed down to a younger generation of readers. The yarn turned out to be the biggest mess since my freshman year. Of course, my room is hardly cleaner for the effort, but the process reminded me of a business run by Occidental local Jennifer Warren—Clutter Control. Jennifer will come to your home or office and help you organize and declutter your space, as well as develop systems to keep your clutter under control. Call or text her at (707) 529-1235 or send her an email at jwcluttercontrol@yahoo.com for a free one hour consultation. 
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Occidental Community Center Occidental Community Center's Future
October 1, 2015

The Occidental Community Center has been a landmark at the south end of town since the mid-1970’s. In recent years the building has been underutilized. This dearth of programming has made the Center somewhat of a financial liability for its property owner, which has been Sonoma County Regional Parks. By the end of this year, Regional Parks is transferring the building over to the County’s General Services Department..

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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - September 2015
September 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 - 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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