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2018-03-19Mar 19, 2018

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery focused organization, has launched aCommunity Outreach Survey to gain insight into Sonoma County residents’ attitudes five months after the October wildfires. The Survey,, seeks to gain information from a broad section of the community living here now to best inform and guide decision-makers about what matters most as they plan for recovery and rebuilding.

2018-02-14Feb 14, 2018

Rik Olson, a man with great presence and with joviality etched on his face, thrusts out a welcoming hand en route to his studio. It is a surprisingly atmospheric setting with clusters of specialized tools, shelves of old books on his chosen arts, unfinished paintings leaning against walls, several presses--even an unusable mid-1800s press missing teeth. “Anything surviving from the mid-1800’s is allowed to have missing teeth,” he quips, eyes twinkling. 

2018-02-12Feb 12, 2018

After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.

2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018

Sonoma has a bustling music scene with lots of outdoor summer concerts and live music venues, so it is a great place to live if you want to start promoting your music – but music promotion isn’t as easy as it once was.

2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018

Services available for Women experiencing sexual harassment or domestic violence: In light of the #MeToo andTimes Up Movement I thought it was important to let the women of Santa Rosa/Sonoma County that they are not alone if they had an issue with sexual harassment or domestic violence.

2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018

Bill Wheeler, plein air artist of renown as well as human rights activist, departed the planet much too early at the early age of 77. He put up a good fight against Parkinson’s and other ailments, but finally surrendered in his own home, surrounded by his loved ones.

2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018

On Valentine’s Day we show our love through flowers, poems and chocolate. Some chocolate comes with blood in it. A great deal of chocolate is grown in northwesternAfrica in: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Burkina. Some of it is harvested with forced child slave labor.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

My wife and I live on a 2.5 acre parcel on a quiet residential street in unincorporated Sebastopol. We have lived here for 25 years. We raised our daughter here. This is a neighborhood filled with children.


2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

The cannabis industry is more open to women executives than most other industries. As one survey of cannabis professionals found (in 2015); women held leadership roles in 36 percent of those businesses, compared with 22 percent of U.S. companies generally, according to the trade publication Cannabis Business Daily, an Inc. 500 company that was co-founded by two women -- Cassandra Farrington and Anne Holland.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

The community-based Phone Alert System is not meant to replace the County’sSoCo Alerts or Nixle. Instead, a PAS can provides a flexible and fast way for residents to know about local emergency events that could potentially affect their lives. 

2018-01-09Jan 9, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for Category D (Historical Commissions) grants. Grant funds in this category are for the renovation, restoration, and/or preservation of historical resources. First priority for grants is given to government agencies or non-profits.  Applications that include matching funds or contributions are more competitive. The County will award a total of approximately $50,000 this year.  Funds are typically allocated among several grant projects. Grant funds will be available in August of 2018 and project funds must be spent by June 30, 2019.

2018-03-18Mar 18, 2018

Dr. Lisa Micheli leads Pepperwood Preserve in East Sonoma County and it just turns out that the work they do has had a huge impact on understanding fire as a normal part of our ecology. Because they study fire's impact on the environment, when the Tubbs Fire came roaring over the hills and ran right through Pepperwood, they had cameras, temperature gauges, wind gauges and everything already in place that gave them an amazing amount of information on Fire Ecology.

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

Skydiving? Public speaking? Spiders?Do you know what is the North Bay’s greatest fear?

2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018

After the December 6 th meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Group, members Brantly Richardson and Rich Gunderson co-authored the following summary of an update given to the Group byCode Enforcement at Permit Sonoma.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Research is an important part of any business, marketing or customer-relations plan. Even when a plan has been completed for a while it’s important to continue market research to discover what has changed and whether you are still on the right track. . Things change constantly.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Barbara Winter once said, “Creating a small world that impacts the big world is neither easy nor trivial”. Ben and Jerry often proclaiming, “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it”.

2017-12-19Dec 19, 2017

January 1st, 2018 will be the first day in history that anyone over twenty-one years old can legally buy cannabis products in Sonoma County. Tonight the Sebastopol City Council voted to allow adult use sales and  permits to its existing two dispensaries, Solful and SPARC.

2017-12-15Dec 15, 2017

In the first weeks of October, the Tubbs Fire raged through the Coffey Park neighborhood destroying nearby K-Mart and numerous businesses along Hwy 101. Flames and high heat scorched Kohl's Department Store and destroyed Chloé’s French Café located on the north side of Sutter Health's Largest Medical Office Building in Sonoma County. But the building survived even though nearly 300 widows blew out and smoke and heat damage closed the center for nearly two months.

2017-12-01Dec 1, 2017

FEMA and SBA Deadline to Register for Assistance cannot be extended. Whether people need the funding now, or in 18 months for rental assistance, child care, medical expenses, etc. there is a firm cap of $34,000  per household for renters as well as homeowners. The Small Business Administration (SBA) loan deadline for businesses impacted by the fire is the same - December 11, 2017. APPLY even if you have insurance!

2017-11-30Nov 30, 2017

To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to low-income residents for up to $3000. The grants aim to help those who lost possessions, jobs or income due to the fires: get or keep housing by paying a month’s mortgage, rent or security deposit; cover utility bills; buy essential household furniture, a wheelchair or other vital health aids; or cover costs of medically required dental care and non-routine automotive repairs for critically needed transportation.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

When Fourth District Supervisor James Gore takes the reins as Chair of the Board of Supervisors this month, he follows in the footsteps of young Sonoma County leaders who have changed the face and complexion of the region from the coast to the inland valleys.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

When most people think about cannabis cultivation, it conjures up an image of a warehouse filled with rows of plants growing under the glow of artificial light. The operation consumes electricity. A lot of it. And the carefully controlled growing environment feels more like an industrial manufacturing facility.

2018-03-07Mar 7, 2018

Judson F. Snyder - August 12, 1925-March 3, 2018

As I sit writing this, I am very sad because as of March 5, 2018 I lost a dear friend of thirty years. He was intelligent, stubborn but had a great wit about him. So, these words will reflect what his friendship meant to me.

2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

2017-11-01Nov 1, 2017

As Sonoma County begins its recovery with the mantra of ‘Sonoma Strong!’, Solful,West County’s newest cannabis dispensary, marks its grand opening this Sunday, November 5th by donating 10% of is proceeds to the RCU Fire Victim Relief Fund.

2017-10-27Oct 27, 2017

During the "sunny day" outages of 2014 and 2015we documented the scope of the telecommunications outages.  Data from those surveys were compiled with other sources (OES reports, AT&T reports, etc) into a comprehensive report which was shared widely with elected representatives, the CPUC, and even the FCC.  They were also cited incomments from CPUC commissioners (pages 8, 9, and 12) in specific proceedings, in anGAO report, and I believe had a role in the positive decision that occurred in the Rural Call Completion in December 2016. 

2017-10-25Oct 25, 2017

NOW is the time to support our Local Businesses.  Please call ahead for information regarding business hours.
(Find the most current list on F.B. Santa Rosa Firestorm Update Page.)

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Dan and Stacey Hageman live just east of Coffey Park, in a house at the point whereHemlock Street and Dogwood Drive meet on the northeastern edge of a neighborhood almost completely destroyed in the firestorm that roared offFountaingrove on Monday, Oct. 9.


2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

Please attend the Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday. This item is #41 on the Agenda so there's no telling when it will come up. There are also items waiving other rules and making it easier to change core planning documents. These are also very important to all of Sonoma County going forward. 

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

Since 2004, my husband Doug and I have owned Beekind Honey in Sebastopol. We opened the shop in a very tiny portion of where it exists today. Doug had been beekeeping for seven years when we opened the store, I as always, the beekeeper’s keeper, was convinced that this amazing local honey that Doug and other local Sonoma County beekeepers were collecting had great unique value.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Santa Rosa is transition from at-large to district-based elections November 6, 2018.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The OAEC non-profit nursery is the outward face of our 45-year-old esteemed Mother Garden and represents an outreach into the community of the experience, work and wisdom we’ve gained from working the land in the same place since 1974.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Just over ten years ago Lisa Gottreich followed her heart and with inspiration and love for her goats, founded Bohemian Creamery.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

When I told my mother what the principal had done to me she took off her white cotton apron, put on her walking shoes, and in her everyday house dress took me by the hand, dabbed my tears, and said, “Let’s go, Emilio. I have a few things to say to that Nazi bitch.”

2018-02-15Feb 15, 2018

So, you’ve cut the cake, cashed your last paycheck, taken a trip (by the way, this is no longer called a vacation), tackled the closets and maybe even the garage. So now what?

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