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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Storm-Watershed Café Public Input Meeting


Public Input Sought at “Storm-Watershed Café
The Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) is hosting a 
“Storm-Watershed Café” on Thursday, January 26, from 10 a.m. 
to noon at the Foss Creek Community Center in Healdsburg (details below).

The purpose of the event, which is modeled on the popular World Café meetings, is to seek input on how to better educate Sonoma and Mendocino county residents on storm drain pollution prevention.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gazette Sonoma County-Wide Distribution sites


Below is a list of WHERE to pick up a copy of the print edition of the GAZETTE - at more than 800 locations COUNTY-WIDE. This list is expanding every month as we discover more cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and stores, and as we add more street-box newsstands and our custom-made indoor newsstands (thanks Mark) (marked with an *) across Sonoma County.

Please support these businesses - and our ADVERTISERS who bring the Gazette to your for FREE reading. When you go to find a copy of the paper. Purchase a cup of coffee, sit down for a meal, buy a little something. These businesses are kind enough to support our paper and deserve support in return. And please...respect every publication on display, make sure you leave the stacks tidy - THANK YOU!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sonoma County's Rare Cedars get Recognition from SFGATE

Sonoma County's Cedars



  At an old mining camp in the mountains above Cazadero in Sonoma County is a Mars-like panorama of steep crumbling red slopes, bizarre mineralized formations and green serpentine rock.

The 11-square-mile area, called the Cedars, is a mysterious land of one-of-a-kind geological phenomena next to the Austin Creek State Recreation Area and Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve that almost nobody in the Bay Area knows anything about.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Sonoma County Water News

Sonoma County Water Agency 
NEWS Update
January 2012

Bring on the rain!
The weather forecast for next week includes rain! Water Agency officials are cautiously optimistic that next week's rainfall will help keep tributaries to the Russian River flowing. Water supply levels at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino, our two primary water supply reservoirs, are approximately 80 percent of water supply capacity. Both Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino rely primarily on rainfall to fill. Lake Sonoma is large enough to store a few years worth of rainfall, but Lake Mendocino is about one third the size of Lake Sonoma and highly dependent on year-by-year rainfall to fill. 
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Math Education at Sonoma County Schools


Math Education Gets Extreme 
Makeover in Regional Schools

By Jean Wasp
Does math education need an extreme makeover?

Just ask Education Professor Kathy Morris from Sonoma State University

Morris is looking at a "fabulous opportunity" to provide better and far more coherent mathematics education, thanks to a recent $250,000 grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission (now part of the California Department of Education).

She is guiding a team of K-12 teacher leaders from five northern California counties as they learn to support teachers in their region with the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. The next weekend teacher leader training is Jan. 13-14.

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Public Speaking Workshop at ShareExchange


Joy of Public Speaking Workshop
Wednesday January 25, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at The Share Exchange
531 Fifth St., Santa Rosa

If your New Year's Resolution was to get over your fear of public speaking or need help on becoming a clear and concise speaker, then this is the workshop for you!  Public Speaking is an important skill that can be learned.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

SMART Train Opponents vs. Supporters


SMART Train UPDATE

Just so you know -  I haven't heard from the ANTI-SMART Train people, so what you see here is the PRO SMART Train people who have submitted material. - Vesta

Dear Editor:

Critics insist on spreading half truths and outright falsehoods about the SMART Train and Pathway project in a misguided effort to stop it. With the deck stacked against new taxes by having to jump through a two-thirds threshold, the critics seem to be upset because they may not be allowed to have a tiny minority make all of us go through an expensive election all over again.  That’s not democracy, that’s minority rule.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sonoma County Septic Regulations AB 885 Update


UPDATE: AB 885

Septics, AB 885, and Total Daily Maximum Loads (TMDLs)

Now that a new year has begun, some of you may be wondering where things stand with new proposed septic regulations that are likely to have a major impact on our Russian River community.

AB 885 was authorized by the State Legislature in 2000 and called for the establishment of more stringent regulations on septics, especially on those located near impaired water bodies (i.e.: containing excessive pathogens and nutrients).
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Friday, January 6, 2012

LETTERS to The Sonoma County Gazette January 2012


“I’ve heard some concerns about traffic – in our view heavy traffic is a sign of success and vitality…a busy and sometimes congested downtown is a sign of success. Cities are a concentration of human activity. Having traffic means people want to be there…success.”
~ Planning Director

Come Say NO to
CVS/CHASE
Attend the City Council Meeting
Monday, Jan. 23rd, 6:00 pm
Sebastopol Community Center
390 Morris St.

Sebastopol’s Design Review Board and Planning Commission have both voted down the CVS/Chase application to move their facilities from Gravenstein North where they are now, to the second busiest, trafficked crossroads in the heart of our downtown. – the corner of Petaluma Ave (Hwy 116) and Sebastopol Road (Hwy 12). 
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Alexander Valley Vineyards Recipe Contest


Alexander Valley Vineyards 
Announces CYRUS Recipe Contest  

Are you a foodie with a talent for creating recipes with perfect wine pairings?  If so, read on.

Alexander Valley Vineyards is conducting a recipe contest to discover the best pairing for their premium red wine - CYRUS.   Both amateur and professional chefs are invited to submit original, unpublished recipes featuring the limited production, proprietary red wine.

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