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2017-08-10Aug 10, 2017
Sheriff’s Office will release a revised policy that affects how it cooperates with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the jail. The policy results in less cooperation with ICE and will be implemented on Friday, August 18. Generally, the jail will respond to ICE’s inmate release date requests only when the inmate has a previous conviction for a serious crime. These crimes are those listed in the TRUST Act, plus another 14 crimes that are not in the TRUST Act but still present a threat to our community’s safety. 
2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017
Nearly three weeks has elapsed since, one by one, Administration Drive Safe Parking participants were approached by the program manager and a monitor and handed sheets of paper on the evening of June 20. “Good!”, I thought, from the front seat of my car, several rows away, “They’re finally enforcing the designated smoking area and dog leashing rules.”
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
The First 5 Sonoma County Commission is seeking one Commissioner to represent educators specializing in early child development, and who represent the diverse cultural, social, and economic strengths and needs of our community. This is an unscheduled vacancy that would start in August and serve the remainder of the term (through 11-30-18).
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
From the very moment that the haunting, hypnotic theme music came on the screen and the name of the Oscar winning screenwriter, Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York), emerged it was evident that this series would be binge-worthy.
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
July is all about picnics, BBQs and eating outdoors with friends and family. The summer crops are starting to come in from our local Sonoma County farmers at the farmers’ markets. 
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
The Sonoma County Blues Festival is pleased to invite Visual Artists to apply to this year's Juried Art Show happening during the Blues Festival Aug. 19th at SOMA Village in Rohnert Park.
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
Graton, Sonoma County and the larger Veteran’s and disabled community lost a valuable friend and advocate this May when Brian Augustine passed away after a valiant cancer battle.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Countering the helplessness cast by a single election, the Women’s March of January 21, 2017 staggers even the most cynical. The scale of the event was thunderous -hundreds of cities across the country –four million people marching in a single day. 
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
I had the great opportunity of enjoying a tasting at Benovia with my guest, Vesta of the Sonoma County Gazette.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
In my May column, I focused on a trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The trine suggests a positive, harmonious flow of energy between the heavenly bodies.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
I am a resident of our own Sonoma County who, like many of us, works with immigrants. For the last 25 years, I have worked as an immigration lawyer, originally in San Francisco, and now in Santa Rosa. Currently, with a wave of anxiety gripping the immigrant community here, immigration lawyers are very busy; I consult with about 8-12 new immigrant families per day, about 1500 per year. Most of these are undocumented immigrants.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year in the United States.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
When we think of the month of August we think of back to school and life getting back to somewhat of a routine. Teachers are already getting back into their classrooms, cleaning up and decorating for a new year.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
He has been called the Master of the Line. His life’s journey has taken him from selling his drawings on the streets when he was a kid, being chosen to create the posters for one of the most famous horse races to being accepted into one of the most prestigious art museums in the world.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
I think we agree that free parking is key to the economic vitality of Sebastopol’s central core. “We” includes Sebastopol residents, business owners, commercial property owners, community members living in the surrounding area, visitors, and tourists.  
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
The Sonoma Land Trust got the big $100,000 award from the Impact100 group this year.John McCaull, the SLT Land Acquisition Program Manager, said it would go a long way toward funding the next phase of the process to secure a Protection Lease on the undeveloped part of the 863-acre property.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
The Sustainable Education Garden, located at Santa Rosa’s City Hall, will celebrate its grand opening June 20th from 10:00 11:30 am. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and a tour to highlight the innovative features built into this beautiful garden. Attendance is free, but please RSVP towatersmart@srcity.org.  
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
It has been a fun filled start of summer after a seemingly wet, long and harsh winter. The HOA has been on top of their game with all of their fun filled events.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Blueberries, and their kin, are borne by several different species which range across northern Europe and North America. These berries belong to a well-traveled family going way back in time. A relative of the wild blueberry plant is possibly the oldest living thing on earth, estimated by botanists to be 13,000 years old.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Get ready to ride to ride the rails! SMART uses the Clipper Card system, not cash. Do you have yours? You load money on the card, and then tap it on a reader when you get on and off.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Oh, summer is here, and the heat is upon us! It has been such a warm few weeks! I’ve been experimenting with hot-weather outfits, since when I arrive in Boston in early September, I’m sure it will still be pretty warm.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Greetings! My name is Misti Harris, and I’m your Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Sonoma County’s strongest economies are quality agriculture and tourism. It’s a place where new technology is still used as a tool to get more time with family and friends. Our cultural identity is based on diversity and openness to all who come to visit or contribute to our workforce.Yet, with all this projected growth we don't have enough affordable housing for our workforce, leading to more homelessness, and making this one of the county’s top socio-economic problems. 
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Downsizing in all aspects of your life (because it’s time) can become pretty complex – just when you long for simplicity. It can plunge you into rapidly oscillating states of consciousness that bog down the process and make it drag on; and, on. You know, lingering too long over the old photos while trying to cull and sort!  
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
What a difference from last winter. Our communities are looking great, tourism is thriving, and our future is stronger. Hard work from our engaged community volunteers has paid off.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
With this slogan, on June 1st, the President announced the US’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Accords on Climate Change.Mayor Bill Pedutoof Pittsburgh shot back, “Pittsburgh stands with the world and will follow the Paris agreement…for our people, our economy and future.” Climate change makes forest fires, flooding, and sea level rise more likely. As the planet continues to heat up, we’ll see more forest fires, such as the devastating one that recently killed at least 60 people in Portugal; in Northern California we’ll see fires more often, and they’ll be worse.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Plastic Free July, like Earth Day, is an annual reminder of what we need to do every day.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
A story in the Press Democrat on May 22 told an amazing story of a 6-year old boy who was resuscitated by a bystander after essentially drowning while playing in an apartment complex’s pool.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
As I write this, we are experiencing a crazy heat wave throughout the County that has people scrambling for air conditioners and swamp coolers as well as cooling centers just to escape the heat.  
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
First, a sparkling thank you to Sister Scarlet of the Russian River Sisters for being our guest columnist last month, while I was healing from some minor surgery. Great job Sister!
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
As I write this, we are facing our first truly hot weekend – it’s expected to hit at least 101 degrees Fahrenheit today and 104 tomorrow – and that’s with me ignoring another weather service saying the high could be 107.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
“Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it!”  —Russell Baker
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Immigration Law is a complex web of laws and policies…so complex that just about every letter of the alphabet (plus double-letters, just like the seating at Oracle Arena) are used to define the type of visa required to enter and remain legal in the United States.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Development of property adjacent to the Downtown Park – Catherine Bartolomei, one of the partners who own this property, reports that they have submitted a preliminary design to the County for a hotel – multi-level with 70 rooms (her Farmhouse Inn now has 25 rooms).
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Starting July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the river Sheriff's sub station to focus on the homeless issues we have been experiencing. Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.” The Guerneville Community Alliance volunteers spearheaded an effort to get a dedicated deputy in the lower river area to exclusively address issues surrounding the homeless.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
You may or may not have noticed that Bodega Fire has a new emergency response vehicle. We have received grant funds from Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival and Sonoma County TOT funds through the fire advisory council to purchase a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV).
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
“I was troubled and didn’t know what to do. My neighbor suggested I call FISH. The FISH representative’s help and assistance allowed my family to make it through a tough time.”
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Old big-rig truck drivers would know what I mean. It’s the set of secondary gears on those big old diesels that either got you up a tough hill (very slow but very sure), or kept you from running right over the four wheelers on a downhill – that, and the “jake-brake!” Not for sissies – but that was long before the luxury rigs out there today.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
In customer service, it’s the little things that can make a big difference in the number of customers who come back and the amount of money they spend with you.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
“No matter where you go, there you are”
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Each year, more Americans enjoy a low-cost, hassle-free, eye-opening “staycation” benefiting from all the beauty, adventure, history and fun available right where they live. Recently, just in time for adults’ and kids’ 2017 staycations (and for the theme of this column), our Chamber of Commerce invited us all, residents and visitors alike, to“eXperience Cloverdale”.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
One of the largest Civil War reenactments west of the Mississippi and the largest in Northern California is returning to Freezeout Canyon in the charming town of Duncans Mills, California, on the Russian River.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
As I write this the Summer Solstice nears, and the early sunrise and longer daylight hours encourage us to be outside. The majestic redwoods around my airy cyber-hut are outlined by clear blue skies.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
I was hoping to go into some detail on the recent “boil water” episode, but that might have to wait until next month, until some smart people get back to me. I can talk about it in general terms.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
The Snowman is no breezy summer read. It is dense, labyrinthine, and often grotesque. Jo Nesbo, the author, is a good writer but so complex that the reader can become weary.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Rohnert Park City Council recently voted on short term rental regulations. The council approved rentals of single rooms only, not whole house or accessory dwelling units. Part of the reason has to do with keeping much-needed housing stock available. As more whole homes are used as vacation rentals this can put a strain on available housing stock and increased housing costs. Rohnert Park has seen a 100% increase in the number of homes listed on Airbnb in less than 18 months. According to the American Community Survey short term rentals make up approximately 44% of the total unoccupied units in the county.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
No matter how attractive the site for a visit, there is no place as lovely as home (especially when you live in Bodega Bay). We had a lovely trip to Alaska.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
The song “Hot Rod Lincoln,” a rockabilly hit in 1955 for Charlie Ryan about a San Pedro hot rod race, was taken to #9 on the Billboard charts in 1972 by the band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, under the sheer force of co-founder Bill Kirchen’s sizzling guitar work.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
Lily Simonson is an Oakland artist who frequently embeds in research expeditions to remote environments in order to create immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats.
2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017
In my May column, I focused on a trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The trine suggests a positive, harmonious flow of energy between the heavenly bodies.
2017-06-21Jun 21, 2017
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has awarded the contract to build the Larkspur Extension and is expected to be completed in early 2019.
2017-06-20Jun 20, 2017
The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) is the Bay Area’s voice for affordable housing. As the Bay Area region’s affordable housing advocacy organization, NPH works to build regional solutions to support its vision for a future where everyone has an affordable and stable home.  
2017-06-20Jun 20, 2017
Enrolling in the program keeps travelers moving forward through airport security by eliminating the need to remove light jackets, shoes, belts, laptops and compliant liquids during the airport screening process.
2017-06-17Jun 17, 2017
The Bicycle Shops listed below are independently owned local shops with a few exceptions - where the owner is a franchise owner of a larger enterprise. They all offer services on a personal level, know their craft and are worthy of your financial support. Please shop at a local merchant for your bicycle needs. These people will serve you best - thank you. Many of them also offer FREE tech clinics, ride events, and great ride suggestions!
2017-06-15Jun 15, 2017
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to consider next steps toward creating mixed income housing on a Santa Rosa property located on West College Avenue, which is currently owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency. At its meeting on June 20, 2017, the Board will be asked to approve a sale of the property from the Water Agency to the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission) for $4.2 million, the current appraised value.
2017-06-15Jun 15, 2017
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District s preparing for a "soft launch" with FREE Preview Rides for the public, as the agency awaits final approval from theFederal Railroad Administration to start full passenger service.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
If you only read the mainstream press in Sonoma County, you may think that Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his August 1st resignation out of the blue. But a closer look at the facts reveals a much different story.
2017-06-13Jun 13, 2017
Africa is the second-largest continent and home to more than 26 percent of the refugees in the world. This percentage of displaced adults and children is not expected to decline due to various nations in Africa experiencing civil wars that lead to uprooting. One quality of the biggest refugee camps in Africa is their ability to offer social benefits such as education and medical aid in temporary spaces. Here are four of the best compounds that are most befitting for displaced families coming from Somalia, Sudan, and other war-torn areas. 
2017-06-03Jun 3, 2017
Let's Talk Tourism is a series of conversations about Sonoma County's tourism industry. We offer coffee, pastries, and a chance to discuss local tourism issues. The agenda includes information about SCT, plus an interactive group exercise focusing on your local destination.
2017-06-01Jun 1, 2017
There's plenty of live music that is FREE - or CHEAP, and family-friendly - all summer in just about every town in Sonoma County. If we don't have it listed - please let us low so we can include all the concerts for everyone!
2017-05-30May 30, 2017
Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals. Summer is all about playing in the water. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know is how to SWIM...so if you don’t know yet - take lessons or use a life vest for safety. Whether you are ON the water in a canoe, kayak or boat - or IN the water swimming - Sonoma County has plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun.  
2017-05-22May 22, 2017
Probably not too many people have heard about this novel, but they will soon because whenever a book is transformed into a movie people become curious about the source and gradually that source material will creep up the best-seller lists.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Lately, I have been reflecting back on the earliest days of my life on the coast as a young impressionable adult finding a ‘new life’ as I left the city. This reflection comes from looking at my old book collection that I have held on to for many a moon thinking one day I will get back to them and these ideas. Well – now is the time as retirement sets in.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Sometimes it takes being away to make you appreciate home more. After five days in LA working on an upcoming film and another four at Comic-con in San Diego, Healdsburg and her serenity was a welcome beacon.
2017-08-10Aug 10, 2017
On Sunday July 30, Occidental Center for the Arts presented a special three hour outdoor exhibit featuring local artist Lenny Weinstein’s, “Homeless Paintings”. The exhibition was displayed on the steps of the amphitheater behind OCA’s auditorium, along with an impromptu sculpture of a homeless encampment, which added to the context of his work.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
As a climate journalist, I’m always trying to find that “sweet-spot” between giving my readers the information needed to wake them up and take action, and scaring them so much they feel there’s no hope – that they might just as well give up and not make any changes, because they think it won’t make any difference.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Grilling Safety There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.  
2017-07-31Jul 31, 2017
The state of California announced on July 7, 2017 it will list glyphosate, as “Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer.” Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world in hundreds of products, as a known human carcinogen under this state’s Proposition 65.
2017-07-31Jul 31, 2017
This column almost never happened. My computer, in its wisdom, erased the first draft saying theFile is Corrupt and Can Not Be Opened. I had no idea what salacious data I had happened onto, but maybe I should have tried to sell it.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
An eclipse takes place when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are all in alignment. There are usually four eclipses that occur each year. Two are full Moon lunar eclipses, when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
My interest in understanding Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) coincided with discussions, back in the summer of 2014, about changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Vacation rental homes were at the center of discussions regarding impacts of tourism on the local communities because the number of them had significantly increase
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Following a busy day of poetry, farmer’s market and hanging out with his grandchildren, Mike Tuggle went to bed and didn’t wake up on Father’s Day morning.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
We have a theory of the disease and a treatment that appears to work. Does that mean the diagnosis is correct?
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
What’s round, lives in the ocean and is good enough to eat? I would have said abalone before meeting Kristin Aquilino, who moved from Iowa to northern California to work with the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program at the Bodega Marine Lab.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
It was previously announced that “The Hippies” Exhibit at the West County Museum would close at the end of Labor Day, September 4th.
2017-08-09Aug 9, 2017
With apologies to PETA, it seems like you can’t swing a dead cat in Northern California these days without hitting a production of Chicago. The Kander and Ebb musical had a Pinole Community Players production in January, Santa Rosa’s SRT had it in July, it opens at Napa’s Lucky Penny in September a
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
In mid-July a fourth community review meeting was held regarding the County’s plans for changes at Maxwell Park. Supervisor Susan Gorin introduced the program and County planners.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
I created the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall in downtown Sebastopol to promote the cause of peace and justice by honoring the peacemakers among us. Every year we infuse the peace wall with life by adding four peoples’ names to the granite panels and by putting on an Induction Ceremony and Celebration.This year’s honorees are:Holly Near, Susan Lamont, Don & Dee Schilling and Charles Liteky.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
One of the first things a newcomer notices on moving to Sonoma, as I did three years ago, is the large number of pricey fundraisers that are held to support our many nonprofits. Instead of partying at home, our well-to-do throw a party for a worthy cause while wining and dining elegantly among friends.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The City of Santa Rosa will be working to prepare an updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids calling on landscape companies to outline how they could switch to safe alternatives. 
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This summer while teachers are away there are kids out playing in the park almost daily at Bayer Farm across from Shepard School on West Ave. Up at Roseland Village Shopping Center there are many days when the Roseland Branch Library is brimming with activity.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Here it is the first of August and we Leos can beat our chests with futile fists unless we are truly hung up with astrological symbols. There are a lot of thank yous to be delivered and one that’s almost slipped below the public’s horizon is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the City of Rohnert Park.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This summer’s weather has been wild. Its hard to believe it was 107 degrees in Rio Nido with most days in the high nineties. We are lucky to be under the redwoods. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated when the weather hits the triple digits. Be sure to make certain your pets have plenty of water and a cool place to rest. Pets can get heatstroke just like humans.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
If you missed Annie Sampson at Ives Park last summer, you’ re getting another chance on Aug. 16. Backed by two of Sonoma County’ s finest – guitaristGary Vogensen and drummerGary Silva – with three others, on guitar, bass, and trumpet, she’ ll be performing her own brand of rock n’ roll, R&B, and gospel.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Petaluma ends summer on a high note with events ranging from the Petaluma Music Festival to the Taste of Petaluma opportunity to sample our restaurants as a benefit for Cinnabar Theater, our local live theater and performance venue. Petaluma Rotary is raising money to help children with polio, selling boks to educate kids, you name it - we're doing it in Petaluma!
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Petaluma Arts Center opens a new exhibition, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below, on August 19 through October 21.
2017-08-09Aug 9, 2017
A public workshop on the Russian River Pathogen TMDL staff report and draft TMDL Action Plan will be held before the Regional Water Board at its regularly scheduled meeting August 17, 2017.  The Regional Water Board will be accepting public comments on these documents up through 5:00 P.M. September 29, 2017. A public hearing to consider adoption of the TMDL Action Plan is scheduled for the Regional Water Board’s December 12-13, 2017 Board Meeting.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
I was attending a birthday party the other day when I met a friend and supporter of my opponent in the last election. He was, by his own admission, shocked to see that I was a caring, decent, compassionate human being. (In the moment we met, I was a mom attempting to prevent my daughters from demolishing the French fry tray.) He and I joked about the fact that I didn’t, as he’d initially suspected, come equipped with devil’s horns, cloven hoofs, and a forked tail.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Oh, late summer! I missed the birdsong and the old men grumping at me at 7am. Oh yes, as of the time of writing, the Grove is in full swing, and every day I don the ugly red smock and say “sir” like it’s the only word I know.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Get ready for the Total Solar Eclypse! On Monday August 21st, beginning around 9:30 am, the moon – slowly moving eastward – will begin to move in front of the sun and almost completely block it out.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
ArtStart Creative Director and mural artist Mario Uribe has announced that a revision to the Andy Lopez mural originally unveiled on June 2nd has been completed. The amended segment will be dedicated on Friday, August 4 at 5:30pm, Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, 779 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Mustard seeds have been unearthed in prehistoric sites through out Europe and Asia. Recent archaeology excavation in the Indus Valley found that mustard seeds were cultivated before 1800 B.C. Mustard was the one and only pungent spice available in ancient times.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
July was a fun month in Monte Rio. Packed with happy people attending various events.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Sebastopol City Council wants to meet you! The Sebastopol City Council will be reinstating its summer information table at the Sebastopol Farmers Market. One member of the Sebastopol Council will be staffing the table at the Farmers Market in the Sebastopol Downtown Plaza every Sunday through September, generally from 10 am to noon. This is your opportunity to meet members of the Council, ask questions about our City government and share your ideas.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
KBBF is rising to the challenge to navigate audiences through these difficult political times. As part of the station’s goal to connect with the community and represent it well, Alicia Sánchez, Andre Andrus, Alan Bloom attended theNational Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB)conference in Denver in July.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Bicycles, motorhomes trailers & RV’s, logging trucks, locals & vacationers, wine tasting limousines, delivery trucks and pedestrians are all sharing our narrow (shoulder-less in most areas) rural roads and highways these mid-summer days and nights. Throw in a few ‘road cows’ and deer wandering through the traffic lanes and you have a good idea of the picturesque landscape along our coast and inland roadways.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Five years ago this month, a new federal law changed the lives of almost one million young people. The law, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants or DACA, gave many young undocumented immigrants – colloquially known as “Dreamers” – the chance to obtain a work permit, a drivers license, and a reprieve from deportation.  
2017-08-08Aug 8, 2017
Earlier this year, the County started the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative to address the heightened fear and insecurity caused by new federal actions by finding ways to support our immigrant communities and nonprofit partners who serve them. Each Supervisor will be hosting a community meeting in their district to bring attention to this issue, help inform residents of their rights and available services, provide a forum for service providers, and receive input and feedback from the community. Community meetings will consist of a presentation followed by a resource fair with local organizations and legal service providers.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Summer is hot on the Russian River in more ways than one - there's so much to do - for FUN! Take a look and get your GROOVE on before summer ends!Hey there, a groovy Guerneville! This month’s highlighted business is a new “Pop Up” located at TRIO Restaurant/Bar, every Monday, beginning at 5pm.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
There is a wellspring of guilt-free irrigation water in your house, just waiting to be tapped...Graywater!
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Since first coming to Geyserville as a visitor many years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the story of these mysterious sulphurous “geysers” somewhere beyond Geyser Peak and I yearned to see them, or at least what is left of them.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This is the time of year when many of us gardeners, if we’re lucky, have counters laden with about 100 zucchinis and all kinds of other produce pumping out of the garden
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
To all Forestvillians (and those who wish they were) What an honor to take over writing this column from Richard Naegle. It was Richard who got me involved in local projects in the first place. His enthusiasm for all things Forestville was catching. Volunteer he said, you’ll like it. He was right. I’ve met some of the best people on the planet thanks to his encouragement. Because of that I feel a part of this community, and that feels good.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
For my live theater fans, August is jam packed. Let’s start with the beloved musical,“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opening at the 6th Street Playhouse August 18th and closes September 17th.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Tomato History has origins traced back to the early Aztecs around 700 A.D; therefore it is believed that the tomato is native to the Americas.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Most people associate Black-headed Grosbeaks with spring, when their beautiful song awakens us to freshness of new things to come. But I often think about them in August. This is when they try to slip out of our northern lands and drop down to Mexico without being noticed. I always try to catch glimpses of them quietly lurking in the streamside willow forests before they leave. I just don’t want them to leave “without saying good-bye.”  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
When I started cycling in 1982, I was a broke Air Force veteran in Tucson, Arizona using a bicycle as transportation because I could not afford a car. In those days, all I needed was a pair of cutoffs – it was the ’80s after all – and a backwards baseball cap or a bandana to take bike rides far into the shimmering desert. Or so I thought.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
For the past two years, Linda L. Conner, Producer and Scott Goree, Executive Director have planned, organized, and run the Cotati Accordion Festival to raise money for local schools. The festival features Everything from classical music, with vocals of professional quality, to punkish versions of popular songs, low growling jazz tunes, jubilant polkas, and party Zydeco.
2017-08-08Aug 8, 2017
Combining a love for fashion and puppies, Santa Rosa Plaza is thrilled to invite fashionistas and families to celebrate back-to-school on August 12 at 2 p.m. for the 8th Annual Mutts and Models Fashion Show, hosted in conjunction with Sonoma County Animal Services and Julie Nation Academy. Models will be wearing the latest in back-to-school fashion from retailers at Santa Rosa Plaza. Adoptable puppies and dogs from Sonoma County Animal Services will strut the runway with models. Guests have the opportunity to adopt the mutt models after the show.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Remember your first car? With savings from her babysitting and odd jobs, Californian Reece bought a 1941 Plymouth Coupe (the fondly remembered “Betsy”) when both were 16. Ex-NYer Carol, who’s only a few years younger than Reece, bought her first car 17 years later: a 1974 Chevy Nova (at 8 mpg the names Carol and her spouse, Roz, called this otherwise fine car can’t be repeated!)  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Very blue skies and warm temperatures continue here in the mighty redwoods. Outside of my airy cyber hut barely a leaf flutters.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The dog days. That’s where we are. Get your dog and spend the day at the beach. That’s my kind of dog day. This month’s column is chock full of Camp Meekery goodness.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
(1) Why did you write Justin Time? I have a tremendous value for the potential impact that a book can have on a life. They certainly have had that effect on mine.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Can you wash a car without wasting water and harming the environment? The answer is Yes, if you plan ahead and understand that everything that’s been stuck to your car—gasoline, oil, heavy metal particles, tar, and particulate matter from exhaust fumes—has the potential to flow from your wash area to the nearest storm drain and eventually reach the Russian River.
2017-07-26Jul 26, 2017
Caution” Signs Posted at Major Beaches During the week of July 17th, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) began weekly quantitative water testing throughout the Russian River. On Wednesday, July 26th, DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.
2017-07-20Jul 20, 2017
With the recent detachment of the Russian River area from the Palm Drive Health Care District, RRARA currently seeks ongoing funding for the RRARA Coordinator to be able to continue our important work.
2017-07-18Jul 18, 2017
On July 17, the Water Agency implemented an outlet channel on the beach at Goat Rock State Park. The goal of the outlet channel is to enhance habitat for federally listed juvenile salmon and minimizing flood risks by keeping freshwater levels in the estuary while allowing river water to flow out of the estuary and prevent ocean water from entering.
2017-07-17Jul 17, 2017
Starting this Wednesday July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the Russian River sub-station in Guerneville to focus on the homeless issues the community has been experiencing.   Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments, including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.
2017-08-05Aug 5, 2017
According to IMDB, the budget for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an estimated $245,000,000.00. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here in saying the budget for the Redwood Theatre Company’s production ofBrittany Law’s original musical parody The Farce Awakens was about 1/245,000,000th of that. Cardboard sets, Super Soakers for ray guns, and a droid costume consisting of an oversized t-shirt and bike helmet equal a show with production values that would make Edward D. Wood, Jr. blush.
2017-07-14Jul 14, 2017
On Monday the 17th July, construction is set to begin on 54 miles of major roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Improvements range from rebuilding roads to treatments that keep good roads in a good condition. This work will enhance a total of 255,515 average daily vehicle trips, however the construction will have unavoidable traffic impacts.
2017-07-13Jul 13, 2017
Let's Talk Tourism is a series of conversations about Sonoma County's tourism industry. We offer coffee, pastries, and a chance to discuss local tourism issues. The agenda includes information about SCT, plus an interactive group exercise focusing on your local destination.
2017-07-13Jul 13, 2017
Go out and have some fun on your bike this summer! Here are just a few of the classes, rides, and events you’ll find on the Sonoma County Gazette Calendar for bike fun and maintenance this summer. Look at our ALL EVENTS Calendar for these and other bike activities www.sonomacountygazette.com
2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School Pantry program, a child hunger initiative that helps ensure low-income families have a readily accessible source of nutritious food to prepare well-balanced meals at home. This generous funding will allow the REFB to expand the School Pantry program to a new program site, located at Roseland Elementary, and help sustain eight existing sites in Sonoma County.
2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. The beach is open and safe to swim in.
2017-07-07Jul 7, 2017
Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement as the Sheriff of Sonoma County effective August 1st. 
2017-07-01Jul 1, 2017
The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, prepares bag lunches for approximately forty homeless individuals every Wednesday morning. We have handed out laundry vouchers. We created the West County Homeless Advocates to address the needs of the underserved by partnering with church members and other concerned West County residents. Sebastopol City Council members, Sebastopol Police, a Sonoma County Supervisor have attended our meetings. We meet at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, at 167 North High Street, Sebastopol from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. one Monday of the month. Why not join us?
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will provide eight free Preview Rides for the public this month, offering passengers an advance look at the North Bay’s new passenger train system.
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Guerneville Community Alliance attended the Board of Supervisors’ budget hearings in Santa Rosa. Among other things, we presented a Lower River Community Workforce Fund grant proposal request, in an effort to establish an emergency relief fund for our Lower River Area service and hospitality industry workers.
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
Saturn is the prominent planet this month! The quintessential ringed gas giant has been slowly making it’s return to our night skies since late May and is poised for perfect viewing on clear, still nights. The one issue with this distant world is that it’sreally distant. So, from Earth, it appears as if it’s simply just another “star” in the night sky. - except for one small difference… it doesn’t twinkle.
2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017
Since February  Sonoma West Medical Center has added strong new leadership in the persons of Interim CEO John Peleuses, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Vogelsang, Laboratory Manger Portia Diez, and several excellent additions to our clinical staff. We have been gearing up for new lines of service which should help stabilize the financial base for our hospital while allowing us to continue our excellent clinical care in all our current departments. 
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
Jamie Foxx is everywhere this summer. He’s starring in “Baby Driver” with Kevin Spacey which opens this weekend and he is the host of the new game show “Beat Shazam” where contestants can win $1,000,000 guessing the name of songs before the Shazam app can. It’s nice to see this Oscar winner busy.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
Windsor Certified Farmers Market is now proud to offer a locally raised selection of natural pasture farmed proteins including longtime Fish Monger, Santa Rosa Seafood, and Angus Beef and Chicken from new Farmers; Heather’s Custom Meats, A4 Farms and seasonallyWill at Blue Leg Farm.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
With a potential 88,754 registered voters voting in Santa Rosa only 14,724 Yes and1 3,315 No counted votesMeasure C, the Rent Stabilization Ordinance which was defeated. Measure D, the City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Business Tax was passed with Yes 21,516 and6,253 No. Measure D will be known as the Cannabis Industry Tax Ordinance.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Sonoma County Regional Parks is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The Parks has been a vital part of land conservation and habitat restoration in Sonoma County, not to mention providing excellent recreation opportunities for people as well.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
If you love rough and tumble action, you’ll love all of the events at the Chris Beck Arena. The PRCA Rodeo brings pro rodeo skills on Saturday, August 5. This year, there are three nights of Monster Truck action on August 10, 11, and 12. Then, a fair time favorite, the Destruction Derby, will bring more fun on Sunday, August 13. These events require an event ticket and Fair admission.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Twenty-seven different projects were selected this year, ranging from those mentioned above to support of the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods community education events, safety updates at the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, ADA updates to bring Ives Pool into compliance with ADA standards, and a new portable defibrillator for the Sebastopol Volunteer Fire Department.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
On the 22nd June, a number of people sleeping in their vehicles in the parking lot in front of county Administration buildings came together to talk about two memos they’d received from Catholic Charities. 
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Moving has been said to be one of the 3 highest stress factors in our lives. When an older person, who may been living in their home for 30 years or more, has to move to a smaller residence by choice or is forced to move because they can no longer care for themselves, this can be one of the most trying times of life.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival returns for its 16th year, on Sun, July 9, from 11am – 5pm, and as always, it’s free! If you haven’t been to one of Petaluma’s downtown closed-street festivals, this is one of the best. The HOTS, Soul Section, and J Kevin Durkin will play on the two main stages, while visitors browse through wares from local crafters, artisans, and gardeners. There is also a free sidewalk chalk art competition. (Visitpetalumadowntown.com to register.)
2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017
While it’s already known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, this year’sGravenstein Apple Fair becomes even sweeter, in the form of bees and honey. This year’s theme is “In Praise of Pollinators”, drawing attention to the critters, especially bees, who keep our food systems alive.   
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
The Mission Statement of the Permit and Resource Management Department starts with “…serve the people of Sonoma County by providing a customer-focused process for the orderly development of real property” and ends with “develop and maintain standards that protect the health and safety of the public.”  It’s business first. Or, as PRMD’s new moniker “Permit Sonoma” suggests, permits first.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
After more than 25 years of the Sonoma County Water Agency playing games around Occidental sewage disposal, the newest insult emerges. Wrapped in moral bankruptcy, the otherwise enjoyable and beautiful town seems to have no problem acting like a selfish prima donna with no need to request, but rather just impose their raw sewage unnecessarily on the rest of us with impunity.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
The inland heat this past month drew thousands of folks to the local beaches. It looked like Santa Monica with sunbathers in swim suits, Frisbee throwing, beach balls, blankets, and BBQ’s minus the swimming of course as our cold cold water is dangerous to say the least.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Interested in exploring alternative healthcare options but find them a bit beyond your budget? The Phoenix Rising Wellness Project is offering aCommunity Holistic Clinic twice a month in Guerneville, providing holistic healthcare to the community without the price tag that comes with most alternative therapies.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
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2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Jenner now has a Second Great Restaurant: El Tiburon! The food is bringing rave reviews from all. Owner Juan Navarro (of Sazon Restaurant fame in Santa Rosa) has brought his amazing menu to West Sonoma County, and we couldn’t be happier! Harbor seals are being protected by volunteers AND locals, and Firefighter heroes keep everyone safe on our every-changing coast. 
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
On June 17, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2017-2018 County Budget. While “adopting a budget” sounds like a spectacularly boring bureaucratic procedure — and it does indeed involve an endless procession of spreadsheets, pie charts, and thick binders brimming with graphs — the budgeting process tells an important story. Any budget worth its salt reflects the values of the organization adopting it.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
“The land is never saved; it’s always being saved” — to paraphrase the late Coastal Commission Executive Peter M. Douglas.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season, its sixth as resident orchestra of the Green Music Center, is highlighted by its search for its next music director. Five of the most talented and accomplished conductors, from across the nation and beyond, will conduct their handcrafted programs, each featuring a piano concerto played by a world-renowned pianist, from October through February.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Sonoma and Marin residents are eagerly anticipating the launch of the new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train service.

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