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Volume 4, Number 7   July 19 - August 16, 2007

Leading by Example

Yes, you CAN buy an AFFORDABLE Home!
Part One
By Vesta Copestakes

Back in the January issue of this newspaper, I wrote an article about how I had finally fixed up my fixer-upper (not done - but well on the way) that I have owned since 1990. Since then, many people have responded to that article with hope that they, too, could own a home and do what I have done. After all, if a self-employed single mother of a four year old could purchase her own home, well, it just gives hope to many. Passing that hope around is why I wrote that article. And it's why I'm writing this series - it will take more than one article to cover the subject well.
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Oh No You Don't!
By Vesta Copestakes

That's pretty much what the speakers had to say at the recent Board of Supervisors pubic hearing on the proposed wastewater irrigation pipeline designed to run from Guerneville to Forestville. If there was a positive reaction, it wasn't coming from anyone who got up to speak. Over the past several months I've had numerous articles on this proposed pipeline complete with diagrams, etc, so I'm not going into those details this time. The Guerneville library has my back issues, the Press Democrat and other local papers have covered this and you can look up the information at the Sonoma County Water Agency web site:
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Difficulties Arise in Managing Russian River Flows and Meeting State Ordered Conservation Efforts
Report from SCWA (Sonoma County Water Agency)

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Agency) called for a cooperative regional effort and immediate and longterm assistance from the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), Department of Fish and Game, and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for assistance in managing the Russian River system to meet the current fifteen percent mandatory conservation goal and prevent future regulatory droughts. Read story »

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