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2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
It is not cliche to say that one person can make a difference. There are things that we can do, as teens, to reduce our carbon emissions and be the change we wish to see in this world. 
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
I haven’t figured out – yet – why the January column always seems more challenging than the other months put together!
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
Are you a local worker making less than $18,550 per year(one person/other household limits apply) that needs emergency help with rent or utilities this winter to prevent you from becoming homeless? Do you know somebody that is? Help is on the way within the in the next few weeks.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
Susan Sutton, Brooklyn-born, moved to Berkeley at age three or four. She describes coming from a family of musicians and artists, listening to relatives and their friends play music in her home, sometimes from under the piano while playing with her toys. She has played at Guerneville’s Main Street Bistro for a decade.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
Rosie Wiggins dreamed of doing more than simply offering delicious and healthy food when she came up with the idea of the Drawing Board restaurant in downtown Petaluma.  
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
GOALS: I have made a couple of New Year resolutions for 2018, get back in the habit of bike riding and get more involved in charity work.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
GOALS: I have made a couple of New Year resolutions for 2018, get back in the habit of bike riding and get more involved in charity work.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
Happy New Year! January always seems to be an interesting time, psychologically speaking. The holidays are behind us and we are in the early throws of winter, which always has me feeling slightly melancholy - to put it mildly.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
When discarded, the toxicity of electronic waste functions as an eroding agent on clean water, healthy soil, and fresh air. The impacts of improperly disposed e-waste are measurable, harmful, and applicable on a global scale.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
Last November, the City of Santa Rosa grew by approximately 714 acres and gained about 7,400 new residents, as the annexation of Roseland finally came to fruition after years of work by both city and county officials.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
2017 was an exciting year in the Springs! For the most part the Springs were spared being victims of the worst fire in 53 years (1964).
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
Vibrant country music inspires three women to give up their mediocre lives in favor of a one-way ticket to Nashville. Classic songs like “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5” link together to progress the story and deepen understanding of the characters, while causing laughs along the way.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
District Elections:  Due to the local state of emergency for Santa Rosa, the topic of district based elections was put on hold. Councilman Tibbetts reports the city was granted a postponement from the attorney, Kevin Shankenman, to resume in early spring.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
After a busy year-end of festivities and continuing to provide original programming that serves the community, KBBF welcomes 2018 with best wishes to our listeners and to the readers of RadioLand.
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
We are ringing in the New Year after the driest December in the last 100 years of local weather record keeping. Hopefully we will get the rain we desperately need – soon! We don’t want to even think about the “D” word! Between the dead and dying drought-stressed Pines and Firs and the Tan Bark Oak scourge Sudden Oak Death Syndrome, fire abatement crews have their hands full. 
2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018
Primitive mankind lived in harmony and in balance with nature. For a million years or more our nomad ancestors lived on a wide range of wild fruits, leaves and seeds.
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.
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
President Trump’s preferred mode of communication with the world seems to be through Twitter.
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
The Sheriff’s Department of Sonoma County has been the target of much community criticism in recent years. Since 2008, there has been continuing controversy over the office’s cooperation with ICE in the detention of undocumented members of our community. Then came the shooting of Andy Lopez and the Sheriff’s decision to keep the officer responsible on the streets. Many felt there was a need for a change.
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
The devastating fires of October 2017 have created serious challenges for residents, many of whom are concerned about soil erosion, toxic runoff, and the health of fire-ravaged landscapes. Read on for insights and advice on these issues, presented by our staff of expert ecologists.  
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
Right now our community is standing on the edge of change. Our fires have provided an opportunity for us took at building codes, land-use policies, transportation corridors, housing, public services, emergency response systems…EVERYTHING that impacts our daily lives into the future that was changed by the touch of these flames.
2018-01-21Jan 21, 2018
‘The Dining Room’ by A.R. Gurney interweaves eighteen vignettes of family life—a daughter standing up for her independence, children prattling about politics with innocent enthusiasm, and a son struggling to accept his father’s passing. Shifting scenes overlap and flow in a collection of short stories, rather than a linear plot. The actors step into a wide range of personalities and ages; directorJoey Hoeber keeps the characters clear-cut, avoiding confusion and delayed transitions by relying on the cast, rather than elaborate set or costume adjustments.
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) works hard every day to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers throughout Northern and Central California. In October, strong winds impacted our service area resulting in extraordinary wildfires that devastated parts of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino and Lake Counties.
2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018
The fires that descended on Sonoma County last October destroyed thousands of homes and increased pressure on an already tight housing market, leading the board of supervisors to take a closer look at the role Vacation Rentals play in exacerbating those problems.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
People ask me all the time about buying a piece of land and building a tiny home or something off the grid or some other wonderful idea that mostly I can’t help them with. I spend a good deal of these conversations figuring out exactly what the person has in mind so I can determine whether I can help steer them in the right direction.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
As reported in December, our Community applied to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) to help Healdsburg develop a vision for a “sustainable future and a realistic, attainable roadmap to get there.” While we await AIA’s response you may read the application here:
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
Let’s hope 2018 shines above 2017 in many, many ways. No fires, no flood, no homelessness, no riverbanks full of garbage, no addicted or mentally ill wandering our streets, no hate, no violence, no more life lost.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
Once again the Illuminated Tractor Parade started off the holiday season here in Geyserville. Our entry from the Oasis was an illuminated gypsy wagon built by our volunteerTim Englert.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
The last three years have been the hottest on record, with last year the hottest year NOT affected by an El Niño. Accompanying this global temperature rise have been record heatwaves, flooding, droughts, Atlantic hurricanes, and, of course, wildfires throughout the Western US, as well as Portugal.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
There will be two community meetings addressing the evacuation needs during an emergency such as wildfire, earthquake, etc...
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
It is soon after the Solstice, the official beginning of Winter and a chilly day. The view from my cosy cyber-hut shows tall redwoods against the partially sunny and overcast sky
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
Okay, 2018 has a pretty clean slate as you read this. Can’t say the same for 2016 and 2017, who dumped a rather festive load of crap on us. The world seems to be hell bent, pun intended, on going to hell in a bucket. We’re trying to enjoy the ride, but it’s not always easy.  
2018-01-14Jan 14, 2018
When the Tubbs Fire roared through Santa Rosa’s Larkfield area in October, it not only gutted the northern end of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, but also the nearby sculpture garden where a number of Sculptor Bruce Johnson’s (formandenergy.com ) monumental redwood-and-copper sculptures were on display. Sadly, some of the pieces were burned to the ground. The fickle flames left others severely charred, while some pieces went virtually untouched.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
As we embrace a New Year, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the new laws, most of which are effective January 1, 2018, unless special provisions are addressed in the text of the new law.
2018-01-01Jan 1, 2018
Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited nearly 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 86 participants.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
“It Don’t Matter To Me” is an awesome song by Bread, but other than these five words, has absolutely nothing to do with this story. That is completely fitting.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 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.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
The traditional “Happy New Year!” seems inadequate after the devastation of the firestorm. “Best wishes for your rebuilding” or “for creating a new life here!” seem more appropriate. Resolve seems more important than ever as we welcome 2018.  
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Nothing could have been more appropriate than the celebration of Las Posadas December 20 sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Action Coalition, which has undertaken to support immigrants as the threat of deportation hangs over their heads.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
There will be two community meetings addressing the evacuation needs during an emergency such as wildfire, earthquake, etc. These meetings will be held on January 13, 2018, and January 20, 2018, at 1 PM at at the Guerneville Elementary School gymnasium, 14630 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446.  
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Laguna de Santa Rosa Docent, Guide and Greeter Training has it all: opportunities to spend time in nature, contribute to the community, take positive action, grow, learn about our home environment, make new friends, and renew yourself in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
If by this time in the season when you open your stove’s door and smoke pours into the room, the chimney system needs sweeping! With long cold seasons, as this one is, sweeping the chimney 2 times a season is somewhat common.  Don’t ignore this: a clean chimney = good chimney draw (the pull of heat up the chimney) = good heat into the room.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
With freeze warnings in the forecast across Sonoma County, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to be cautious when heating their homes.
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.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
This will be our first post-fire holiday. I’m feeling the giving spirit in new ways. I hope to share experiences with friends and family, and I found a few fun things to do this season.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
As I boy, I remember seeing newsreels of Mussolini giving speeches from his balcony. His facial features and bombastic attitude I see mirrored by Donald Trump. He reeks of fascist tendencies with a vast ignorance of compassion and understanding.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
From the beginning of recorded history the greatest evil in the world has sprung from the various cults of Monotheism, and the cult of Christianity has been the greatest spreader of evil.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 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.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
The National Women’s History Month 2018 Theme is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED, Honoring Women Who Fight all Forms of Discrimination Against Women
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Between the devastating fires and the first year under the Trump administration it wasn’t easy. On the bright side people got engaged and worked together for change.
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
Marilee Ford and Sharon Feissel, featured artists in Riverfront Art Gallery’s Winter Show, are sharing the theme Heaven, Earth & The Space Between. Marilee comments, “The space between Heaven and Earth is really my theme...the transitions from Earth to Heaven and back again.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
It’s that time of year again….weed season. There are tender little weedy greens popping up all over my garden, and probably yours too. For most of us, these little bursts of life just look like one more entry on a nagging to-do list building up for spring….reorganize the attic, dust the baseboards, pull the weeds.
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”.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
January 1 is supposed to be the beginning of the New Year. However, two events that took place in late December could be considered the true start of a new cycle.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Have you ever noticed how humans have this ability to re-set the clock? To pick a specific date in time to refresh and renew. Like how every Monday I’m determined to eat better or exercise more in the coming week.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Leeks are the upper class relative in the onion family. Onions are considered to be more harsh, or even low-brow. Leeks have a more upscale appeal. The flavor is thought to be more subtle and sweet than the average onion.  
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Everyone knows that cats own the Internet.  It is a strange phenomenon. There  6.5 billion pictures and 2 million clips on You Tube.  Ever since we mortals passed through the Neolithic period and evolved from hunter gatherers and opted for a more stationary existence, we have enjoyed a comfortable relationship with felis catus because as natural predators they guarded the grain that was now stored.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
On the Thursday before Columbus Day Weekend, Craig Nelson traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a show at the Ella Walton Richardson Gallery. Craig arrived home at 11:30 pm on that fateful Sunday night.  Two hours later, Craig and Anna, his wife and fellow artist, were fleeing from their home in Fountaingrove.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Living well right up to the moment we die. . . what a concept! Yet it’s one that too few of us consider. We can get caught in the disease and the distress of our situation, or that of a loved one, and eventually everyone in our life joins us there. Thankfully, there is a solution: hospice care.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
As such an integral part of our society, petroleum products are constantly being drilled for, transported, and processed. Being environmentally hazardous there are many laws to protect ecosystems from suffering for the ecologically deleterious nature of our actions.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
“Call for Artists” for the 2018-2019 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, a year-round outdoor exhibit of sculptures in the Northern Sonoma County community of Cloverdale, is now available.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
What’s your bottom line? Is it money or the continuity of life on this planet?
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Book groups proliferate so why not writing groups? That old beatnik, pre-hippie poetKenneth Rexroth said, “Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense: the creative act.”
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Pat Nolan, who first saw the light of day in Montreal in 1943, is the perpetrator of three novels and over a dozen poetry books. He’s lived in Monte Rio, in “silent cunning exile,” he says in his new collection, Exile in Paradise, for over 40 years.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
The Volunteers behind Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove: This year marks the 9th year of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, started in 2009 by local Windsor leaders Karen Alves and Michael Powell.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
This time of year it is easy to miss deadlines. With that in mind, my musings may be less than relevant.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Throughout the past century, industrial, military, and farming activities have released many organopollutants into the environment. Some of these (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trinitrotoluene (TNT), and DDT) are persistent in the environment and have potential toxic effects. Removing these organopollutants from the soil in an ecologically responsible, safe, and cost-effective way is a top concern for land management agencies. Bioremediation using various microbial organisms is one way to do this.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
The October firestorms that blazed through Sonoma County deeply affected everyone and left us grappling with the question of how to respond. Having evacuated twice myself and narrowly escaped losing my house, I was searching for a way I could contribute and help heal our community.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Most of our native oak species are adapted to fire, which means that they can live through fires of light to moderate intensity. Wildland fires were frequent in California before modern fire suppression activities.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
It’s that time of year again for the usual “Best of…” lists where critics review their picks for the best (and sometimes worst) in music, movies, fashion, etc. and give people at holiday parties something to argue about.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
HUD requires recipients of federal homelessness assistance funds to conduct a point-in-time census of homeless people in their jurisdictions at least once every two years. In 2016, Sonoma County moved to an annual count to better track changes in the homeless population and progress toward ending homelessness.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Occidental Center for the Arts Gallery’s current show, “The River” reminds me of Judy Collins new song, “River of Gold” and the journey of water.
2017-12-26Dec 26, 2017
The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard map is now available atwww.SonomaCountyRecovers.org.  
2017-11-23Nov 23, 2017
I’m afraid that an usually busy end of business year with budgets due and annual reviews along with a particularly nasty flu has kept me out of town most of December.
2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017
Peace and Justice Award - Alicia Roman, a long time Roseland resident, was honored on Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 with thePeace and Justice Awardby the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
With the new cannabis laws starting January 1, and with Santa Rosa positioned to be a hub in the industry, it seems worthwhile to revisit the role of medical marijuana in this new legal climate.
2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017
It’s impossible not to note the devastation of not only the wineries lost, the homes and, indeed neighborhoods raised in their totality by this year’s fires. One of the few thoughts that I’ve had driving through Sonoma is noticing fire break lines where the vineyards are and where homes and businesses are no longer.  
2017-01-05Jan 5, 2017
As December closes and the start of the New Year has begun, I can’t help but look at the year that Sonoma County had. Boy, was it a year.
2016-01-02Jan 2, 2016
Award season begins this weekend with the 75th Golden Globes! My choice for best picture-drama is“Dunkirk” andFrances McDormand for best actress for her amazing work in“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. It’s still playing at the Summerfield if you want to see it before Sunday.
2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018
Skydiving? Public speaking? Spiders?Do you know what is the North Bay’s greatest fear?

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