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North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman

North Coast - Jenner north to Gualala and the Mendocino County Border


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2019-09-01Sep 1, 2019

Hundreds of volunteers in our local counties focus on getting our beaches and rivers clean before the rains come in September on Coastal/ River Cleanups. Much of the debris left along our waterways ends up in the ocean. But you know this! Let’s catch as much of the debris before it makes this awful impact in the waterways around us.  Marine debris is a global pollution problem that impacts human health and safety, endangers wildlife and aquatic habitats, and costs local and national economies millions in wasted resources and lost revenues.”   Please consider participating in a beach or river clean up with your family, friends and join your neighbors making this difference.

2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019

Sitting on any beach is a plus.  Sitting on a beach with people you love is a bonus.  Blue Mind, Green Body,  Red Soul! Mind body and soul!   Blue represents water.  Do you know about the Blue Mind movement? Green Body is another new movement; scientific research that being outdoors lowers blood pressure, is an energy booster,  gives us better focus and more. August is usually a bit hotter than other months. But in the coast, we have the rolling fog so you can find comfort in the coastal climes and beaches.

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

Traveling in Siberia has been quite an eye opener filled with adventure and challenges. Being the first Americans welcomed into the Mrylya village was so surprising and an honor. In so many ways the landscapes remind me of our Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Hills. Our connection is Fort Ross. Many of the people who came from Siberia as an employee of the Russian American Company were Sakha people. They lived and worked at Colony Ross and often intermarried the local indigenous people.  It is a fascinating history and the connection and conversations continue.  So blessed to attend their festivals which are much like ours at Fort Ross with singing and dancing. 

2019-05-27May 27, 2019

We’ve talked about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Let’s talk about this idea again. I think about the ‘old timers’ on the coast and what that meant for them. I truly believe it was an essential part of their life to depend on neighbors and community. June is full of good times on the coast. How about a walk on pristine land at Jenner in the morning, an afternoon music performance at the Timber Cove Resort with Kyle, a browse through the Gualala Arts exhibit halls, dinner at one of the wonderful places to eat in Gualala or Point Arena, and an evening performance at the Theater. Stay overnight at the Lighthouse in one of the Coast Guard cottages or the Bryan B Preserve cottages. 

2019-05-24May 24, 2019

On June 1st, Sonoma County will launch the Coastal Close-up photo contestto highlight the beautiful Sonoma Coast. Everyone is invited to submit a photo that showcases Sonoma County’s coastline, coastal vegetation, or wildlife.


2019-05-23May 23, 2019

Here in Sonoma County, we could really use some of that money, specifically to FIXCoast Highway One. Now there are TWO slides into the sea that require detours, bright lights, and one-lane passage. Last year CalTrans met with coast communities to discuss the proposed repairs, what EIRs would be required, where the new road would be routed, etc. In the meantime, there have only been bandaids to keep Highway from slipping further into the sea.

2019-05-10May 10, 2019



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