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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 - 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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KOWS Radio Shoots for the Moon KOWS Radio - Occidental Shoots for the Moon
August 1, 2014
by Robert Feuer
KOWS Radio in Occidental is shooting for the moon, or as close as they can get to it. Hindered for eight years by their location among trees and hills, making for a less-than-powerful radio signal, they have their hearts set on a new antenna location high on Cherry Ridge. This should make their signal available to most of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, and as far north as Forestville.  
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AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods Preventing Fires AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods Preventing Fires
June 16, 2014
A team of ten AmeriCorps Nation Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be serving with Westminster Woods summer camp and conference center from June 3rd until July 16th,. This is the team’s fourth project in their ten-month service commitment to AmeriCorps NCCC, a program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
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Broadband Connectivity Options Broadband Connectivity Options
May 30, 2014
If you or your neighborhood lacks acceptable broadband, what technology might you pursue to solve the problem?  There are at least eight different broadband technologies, and none are perfect.  The right choice depends on what is available and accessible, the features you value most, and what you can afford.  
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Broadband Update
May 1, 2014
Beginning last September, I have written a series of Sonoma County Gazette articles on the current status of high speed Internet in rural areas.  This was done as an effort by our group, Connect Joy Road & Area, to inform the public on the plight of rural broadband and what can be done to promote positive change.   
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Occidental Wastewater: The Next Step Towards a Solution Occidental Wastewater: The Next Step Towards a Solution
April 2, 2014
We may be biased, but we believe that Occidental is one of the gems of Sonoma County. Surrounded by forest-covered hills, our town center has vibrant shops and terrific restaurants located in charming, turn-of-the-last century buildings.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel
As you probably know, the OCCAC has been meeting since October and has made great headway. By the time you read this, you will be able to take a survey and be heard. Please fill one out yourself and have anyone else in your family do so as well (older kids, grandparents, etc.). Pick up surveys at the Bohemian MarketHand Goods, or the Post Office; you will have until Friday, May 2 to return them to either the Market, or mail to P.O. Box 1011 in Occidental.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel

Salmon Creek Middle School 

The Salmon Creek Middle School Drama Program presents Peter Pan. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, February 28, March 1, March 7, and March 8, at 7p.m.  Please join them and help support one of the West County’s finest dramatic arts programs. Salmon Creek Middle School is located at 1935 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental 95465. Call 707.874.1205, x0 during school hours for more information.


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