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Volume 7, Number 10  October 1 - November 4, 2010


Sonoma County Election Propositions 2010

Reader Advice & Opinions on Voting:
Propositions 19, 21, 23 and 20 vs. 27

Why Vote?

By Vesta Copestakes

There was a time when our lives were ruled by Tribal Chiefs, Kings & Queens, and Dictators. In some parts of the world that is still true. In our lifetime, people have fought long and hard to obtain the right to vote - first men, then women. There were many leaders who didn't want this to happen because it meant people had some say in how their world is governed.

Democracy is messy. People disagree with everyone trying to push their own agenda. Many times things don't get accomplished in a timely manner.

Sonoma County Election Propositions 2010 »

Plants Changing People

Plants... Changing People

By Tish Levee

On October 2nd and October 16th, from 9 AM to Noon, Jail Industries will hold their semi-annual plant sale at 2254 Ordinance Road (turn right off Airport Boulevard). This little-known program is making a big difference in Sonoma County and the lives of school children, food banks, gardeners, and, especially, inmates at the North County Detention Facility. The result of a unique partnership between the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department and several groups, including the Sonoma County Office of Education, the National Tree Trust, the Master Gardeners, and the Sonoma County Compost Club, Jail Industries began in 1994.

That's when Rick Stern was hired to head up a program to train inmates to grow and nurture over 200 varieties of plants. Cammie Noah, the Manager of Inmate Services and Programs for the Sheriff's Office, says that Rick is the main reason for the program's success.

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Erasing Forests & History?

Vineyard Conversion at Pomo Heritage Land in Annapolis

By Peter Baye
Friends of the Gualala River

Sonoma County residents are familiar with environmental impacts of vineyard conversions, but the Artesa project proposed by Codorniu Napa's Artesa winery adds a new cultural dimension.

Another Forest-to-Vineyard Conversion in Annapolis?

CAL FIRE (formerly California Department of Fire Protection and Forestry, CDF) is deciding whether to authorize conversion of 171 acres of mixed redwood forest on a 324 acre site in Annapolis (unincorporated northwestern Sonoma County) to construct a 130-acre vineyard for premier wine grapes. Extensive vineyards already cover many of the gently sloping ridgetops where meadows of sheep ranches, orchards, and mixed redwood forests formerly covered the landscape. The Artesa "Fairfax" vineyard project is the second largest pending vineyard conversion in Annapolis, exceeded only by the unprecedented nearly 1,700 acre "Preservation Ranch" conversion.

Erasing Forests & History? »

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