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North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman

North Coast - Jenner north to Gualala and the Mendocino County Border


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Nov 24, 2017

Blessings to you all as we enter into the darker colder days of December, which is exactly why ‘gift giving’ at this time of year can bring much cheer. Gifts come in many ways, shapes, and sizes for the many occasions celebrated this time of year.

Jun 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.

Jun 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. 

Nov 24, 2017

When you tell people you live in Bodega Bay, only the old-timers equate it with “The Birds”. Most of those who live in California (but inland) think of crab, fishing, birding, and tourist attractions (like beaches and kayaks). Of course we now have a new topic: fires and recovery.

Oct 25, 2017

This month it is all about gratitude and being thankful. So how do you begin an uplifting article after the devastation that occurred around us, what can I share, what can I say.

Sep 27, 2017

The ‘first rain’ after the long dry summer is always a welcome sound. I was lying in bed listening to the unfamiliar sound on the roof and deck and wondered if this is for real.

Sep 26, 2017

“Dogwood” timber harvest plan lawsuit ends with logging permit vacated by CAL FIRE; most of 400 acres of Gualala River floodplain redwood forest left intact

Aug 29, 2017

For decades Sonoma County has led the way in the creation of open spaces and stewardship of the natural beauty and resources we all depend upon for recreation and survival.


Aug 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.

Jul 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.

Jun 29, 2017

After halting logging in the environmentally sensitive mature floodplain redwood forest of the lower Gualala River, Judge René Chouteau of Sonoma County Superior Court awarded $162,000 in attorney’s fees to the successful parties in environmental litigation over CAL FIRE’s approval of the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan. 

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