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2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Though today feels more like Spring, I would like to say “happy Winter” to everyone. When last I was writing for the Gazette, we hadn’t quite crossed over into Winter yet. I love how just a few days after becoming Winter the days actually start to get longer, beckoning us forward towards a New Year. Did ya’ll see the lunar eclipse last weekend? It was pretty spectacular. Did you lose power last week? It was a pretty wet and wild set of storms we got wasn’t it? I give thanks to the firefighters and linemen out in the storm keeping us safe and doing their best to keep our power on. The return of the salmonids to our local waterways. This weekend I went down to the observation deck at Salmon Creek School and in 15 minutes of viewing saw two fish attempting to jump the waterfalls. If you have never seen this spectacle with your own eyes, let me tell you it is one of the most magnificent facets of nature out there


2018-12-27Dec 27, 2018
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018

Though the smoke and sadness from Butte still hangs heavy in the air and in my heart, rain is finally here and I am finding plenty to be thankful for myself. Democrats took back the house, Measure M passed and Prop. 6 did not. Happy that our local parks have a dedicated source of funding, and relieved that transportation infrastructure improvements will continue to be funded.

2018-10-30Oct 30, 2018

Fall is definitely upon us since last I wrote. We thankfully received a couple of inches of rain what already seems like quite a long time ago. My deck has been blown of leaves many times, and I need to get up on the roof to clean out the gutters. The days are a lot shorter, and we continue to lose a few minutes of daylight every day...Election day is coming up on Tuesday, November 6thPlease everyone get out and vote. The measure I feel most strongly about is Measure M, the parks for all measure here in Sonoma County. When this issue came up a couple years ago, I voted yes even though I wasn’t quite comfortable with the fact that the funding mechanism was a half cent sales tax imposed only on the unincorporated areas of the county. Well, they went back to the drawing board after that narrow defeat and crafted a measure that I can support 100%.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

I am having a hard time with the fact that the farmers market is coming to an end for the year with the last market taking place on October 26th. Please make sure to stop by in the next few weeks to support our local farmers and crafts-people. 

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Summer is definitely in full swing, I saw tomatoes at the farmers market on Friday. Mine are still a few weeks away, though my fig tree has started producing and I picked my first basket of blackberries yesterday—hooray!

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