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Volume 6, Number 11   November 19 - December 16, 2009

Small Shops of Sonoma County

Small Shops of Sonoma County
2009 Shopping Tour
By Vesta Copestakes

This is my 7th Annual Shopping Tour originally inspired by my newspaper delivery route through West Sonoma County - the small towns I call home. It's been the Small Town Shopping Tour for six years, then last year I started including small shops in small cities where downtown is considerably larger than one, two or three "blocks"! With my circulation expansion over the years, I decided it was time to change the name of the tour to Small Shops of Sonoma County, since it's the shops and shop keepers Iím telling you about.

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Dutra Vs. Democracy
Dutra vs. Democracy
By Dennis Rosatti and Bill Kortum

Sonoma County Conservation Action canvassers have questioned many voters in the West County about the placement of Dutra's proposed asphalt plant at the entrance to our beautiful County.

Many letters have been sent to the Board of Supervisors, particularly to Efren Carrillo, urging denial of Dutra's application.

During our eighteen years of door to door canvassing, we have seldom witnessed such an overwhelming opinion regarding a project of this nature.

In 1998 voters countywide mandated by a supermajority the scenic corridor designation below Petaluma to protect the main highway entrance to Sonoma County. Now the county considers a change in the scenic corridor to industrial to accommodate the Dutra Asphalt Plant. When the voters mandated a scenic corridor to protect the corridor's landscape, they precluded a change to industrial.

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Bohemia Ranch Waterfall ParkAlmost Ours
Bohemia Ranch Waterfall Park Almost Ours
By Dan Brenner

The 862 acre Bohemia Ranch, also known as Waterfall Park, is almost ours.

A beautiful wild place that many of us love is almost protected forever, but not quite. It is Waterfall Park, also known as Bohemia Ranch, the magical spot on Bohemia Highway near Camp Meeker that has been a place of controversy as well as enjoyment for many years. In 1999 the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District came very close to buying this land for a park but lost out to another buyer at the last minute. Caryl Hart led a valiant effort to raise funds and community awareness to help get the park for the public, including a great benefit concert with Mickey Hart and Planet Drum, but the District wasn't able to close the deal in time.

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