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Last year the Rio Nido Float won an award at the Guerneville Christmas Holiday Parade. Image:
Last year the Rio Nido Float won an award at the Guerneville Christmas Holiday Parade. Image:


Nov 25, 2019
by Elena Chronis


With the flood of the Century and the Kinkaid Fire all of us River folks have been put through enough. The flood destroyed many local businesses and homes. But through it all this close knit community came together to help one another. We are grateful that the Rio Nido Roadhouse has been restored and is back to business as usual. A big thank you to Proprietors Brad and Raena Metzger for their dedication to this little enclave. 

Kinkaid Fire and Power Outages: as if we haven't endured so much PG&E decides to shut off our power due to gusty winds. PG&E has three strikes against them. Strike One: The San Bruno explosion that they tried to coverup and lied about, Strike Two:  the fires of 2017-2018 and  Strike Three:  the Kinkaid Fire and the Power shutoffs due to their outdated and faulty equipment causing many to lose jobs and businesses to lose revenue.  These power shutoffs are ridiculous and should not be the new normal for the next ten years for PG&E to get their act together and upgrade all their old equipment. PG&E is self-serving and doesn't realize the economic impact they are causing to citizens and businesses. OK, rant over!

Russian River Advisory Council:

Rio Nido is finally getting noticed! Hooray! Rio Nido is being represented in many district meetings. We are finally getting attention from the County. For more information please attend the next FRN meeting on January 19th - location TBD. I will update in the January column.

Guerneville Christmas Holiday Parade:

Last year the Rio Nido Float won an award. Stay tuned to see all the fun and excitement at this year’s parade.  We have a good group of Rio Nidans volunteering their precious time. Thank you to all involved.

The Holiday Season:

Wow! How did we get here? Time has gone by so fast this year.  Thanksgiving was wonderful as always and Christmas is at our doorstep now.

I am a firm believer that this holiday should be reinvented. I feel there is way too much emphasis on mass consumerism and less emphasis on religion, family and charity. You will not see me in a mall or shopping for that matter. But you will see me volunteering to help the less fortunate and spending time with family and friends.

The Year 2020:

WOW!  Exciting that we are entering the year 2020! What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?  I pray for rain this year and hope that we can continue to be a prospering community working together to make our lives simpler while taking care not to forget the less fortunate and bestow some goodness where it is needed.

Happy Holidays to all and see you in the new year!

Back again after the debut issue of the Rio Nido Pet of the Month is Kipu Bailey.Pet of the Month:

Once an orphan in a golden retriever rescue where his parents Steve and Patty adopted him, Kipu has lived a full, wonderful and adventurous life. He has also become quite the traveler having crossed the country with his parents in the family RV visiting friends and family across the country traveling 26 states but always loves coming back home to Rio Nido. Below are photos of Kipu as the very first RN Pet of the Month in 2011 and present day.

Back again after the debut issue of the Rio Nido Pet of the Month is Kipu Bailey. He and his Parents Steven and Patty have had a very busy eight years since his first appearance in this slot of Rio Nido Magic. After travelling to and from Rio Nido every weekend for eight years they decided to sell the house in Hayward and move here full time in 2017. Always happy and ready to meet anyone, Kipu now enjoys his daily walks over and around the RN Roadhouse where he stops at the front door and calls his friend Kate out to say hello and to all his friends there and back.


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