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2020-04-22Apr 22, 2020

I am hoping businesses will be able to open at least on a limited basis sooner rather than later. We know what steps work. We know how to social distance. We can have more people telecommuting, we can have split days at work so only half the workforce shows up daily. We can limit the number of customers inside stores and restaurants. We can accept that there will be no large events or gatherings until we have a viable vaccine or most of us have developed immunity if that is possible. Technology has worked pretty well so far as far as lessening the need for in person meetings, although Zoom has provided some entertainment along the way. We can determine what businesses and places are more or less a threat. REMEMBER THIS: Trump is for reopening the economy. As more time goes on and people remain on lockdown, stressed out, can’t pay mortgage or rent, who do you think they will vote for? The guy that wants them to be able to get back to work and support their families or for democrats that seem to want to take the you can’t be safe enough approach? 

2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

I’m cautiously optimistic that maybe going forward we will have better leadership in our government and that the world will start working together as one planet, one people. Maybe there will be less hate, selfishness, and divisiveness going forward. People working together for the greater good. Last month I traveled for the 4th time to Cuba. You know part of the “Troika of Terror”, yet they are the ones sending doctors, nurses, and medicines they developed to Italy as well as other countries. Talking with them one on one about politics and their families, and you quickly learn that they are more than our neighbors. They are family.

2020-02-25Feb 25, 2020

Monte Rio will have our first public charger by the end of this year.Monte Rio will have our first public charger by the end of this year. Several businesses are up for sale after a difficult year: Applewood Inn priced at $5.5 million, the Rio Nido Lodge priced at $1.5 million, and of course our own Rio Theater priced at $895,000. 

2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020

The Pink opened in 1937. It is known as an historic roadside watering hole. You probably noticed the new siding and new roof. The Pink will also have a large balcony out the back. Renovations should be done soon and then the only thing left is acquiring a liquor license. Not easy to obtain, but Tom is persistent and if it takes the whole hamlet appearing at ABC in Sacramento, I’m sure we can arrange the buses. What do I love about Monte Rio? The vision to bring it back to some semblance of its heyday. And unless we’re rebuilding a seven-story hotel downtown, raise your glass because The Pink is our ticket! Thank you, Tom.  

2020-01-13Jan 13, 2020

The Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study has been holding public workshops and meetings since May 2019, to gather input on their plans for a car-free, continuous walking and bicycling trail from Forestville to Jenner along the Lower Russian River corridor. It details the study process and community input, recommended trail alignment and amenities, estimated costs, and offers the next steps to move toward implementation. The Public Draft Study is now available for community review. Please provide your feedback by 5pm on Tuesday, January 21.

2019-12-30Dec 30, 2019

I’ve seen many pictures of Monte Rio in its heyday, but last month I saw some I hadn’t seen before. One was a Press Democrat article from May 1931 “Johnny’s Casino at Monte Rio Opens”. The article discussed the formal grand opening, the featured live musicians, the “dance and dine” club, and I counted 38 congratulatory ads from local businesses. 

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