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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. 

2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

As we transition from fire to flood season, let’s hope 2020 brings us changes to the status quo on many levels. One large positive from this past year has been the outpouring of support to help those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations. I am astounded by the generosity of people donating to help our area.

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

I reported a few months ago on new regulations for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems based on inaccurate information that redwood boxes would be acceptable, unlike cesspools. I have recently been informed that the regulators consider them both the same. If you have a redwood “Septic Tank” meaning dual chambers and a leachfield you are probably OK. The Monte Rio Recreation & Park District Board is looking to appoint a replacement for outgoing board members. Robert Gray has sold  Cuts on the Green  to Lisa Parmeter. The name will now be The Shop

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

I just returned from a long Caribbean cruise with an after stop in South Florida and Wilton Manors.While the cruise was originally going to Cuba, at least the redirected cruise had an excursion to stunning Trunk Bay beach in St. John.  A rare long vacation really can help expand your perspective on life.

2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

County has Adopted the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual, version 7 dated 8/15/19. We also have a new ombudsperson, Alisha O’Loughlin, who can assist residents regarding septic upgrades. Next summer you will be asked what type of system you have. Systems will have to be inspected every 5 years (you pay for inspection).  In the Fifth District Office, Elise VanDyne has taken over the field rep position from Amie Windsor. Elise was most recently the Executive Director for Russian River Chamber. District Director Susan Upchurch will be retiring to her home on Whidbey Island near Seattle in October after 11 years of service.

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