Current Edition

Past Editions

Gaz Extra

Sonoma County Calendar

Small Shops of Sonoma County 2011

Small Shops of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Nursery Tour

Sonoma County Community News, Issues, Opinion & Calendars.

The Sonoma County Gazette Newspaper is distributed FREE in Sonoma County to mailing addresses in Forestville, Guerneville, Graton, Monte Rio, Rio Nido, Occidental & Sebastopol and on NEWSSTANDS from Healdsburg to Petaluma and Santa Rosa to Bodega Bay, including Windsor, Larkfield, the Russian River villages of Duncans Mills, Cazadero & Jenner, and the West County towns of Freestone & Valley Ford - almost 300 locations across Sonoma County.

Volume 8, Number 1  January 6 - February 3, 2011

Looking on the Bright Side

Looking on the Bright Side

It's all UP from here

By Vesta Copestakes

OK, it helps to be an optimist - but for those who find it difficult to look at life through rose colored glasses, I'm going to give you a few reasons to feel good...right now!

JOBS: While it's true that there are more people on unemployment than we've seen in a very long time, our government has also been generous about providing unemployment benefits longer than usual. It's not just a sense of consideration for those in need, it's also an intelligent way to keep money in circulation. Unemployment checks get taken to the grocery store which not only pays for food, but also pays for employees at the store, etc. What goes around comes around.

AND...some people who have been collecting those checks have also been working odd jobs on the side and coming to the conclusion that they have skills they can sell. If you can't FIND a job....CREATE a job! As a person who has been self-employed most of my adult life, I can tell you that there is a lot more job security working for numerous clients than one employer. It's the old cliche about not putting all your eggs in one basket - the more baskets you have, the better!

Looking on the Bright Side »

Preserving Biological Diversity for Sonoma County

Preserving Biological Diversity for Sonoma County

By Hattie Brown

Over 50 experts from Sonoma County and beyond collaborated to write the Biodiversity Action Plan: Priority Actions to Preserve Biodiversity in Sonoma County. The Action Plan provides a framework for understanding of countywide biodiversity and determining actions capable of conserving biodiversity for generations to come. Sonoma County is a biodiversity "hotspot" - one of the most biologically diverse places in the United States, and home to numerous unspoiled habitats and a treasury of familiar and rare plant and animal species.

"Sonoma County's biodiversity is rooted in its large variety of habitats defined by many different soils types, microclimates, and topography," says Dr. Christina Sloop of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, "Unique habitats make for a unique flora and fauna, in many cases found nowhere else on Earth!"

Preserving Biological Diversity for Sonoma County »

People Powered Parks

People Powered Parks

A Cure for the Closed Park Blues

By Craig Anderson

In what has become something of an annual tradition, State Parks recently announced another round of "service reductions". With this announcement comes the closure of many trailheads, beach access points, and campgrounds.

We are reminded of last year's threats from Sacramento that Annadel and other local gems would be shuttered. With public funds increasingly scarce, it is clear that we need another solution to keep our local parks open and cared for. To combat the 'closed park blues', we need 'People Power.'

On a recent weekend at a 30-acre park of ancient redwoods near Occidental, "people power" was in action. Despite the steady rain, 40 neighbors and other park users from as far away as Santa Rosa and Cazadero gathered to steward this ridgetop forest. By maintaining trails and clearing fuel loads to reduce fire risk, these Friends of the Grove took action to keep the Grove of Old Trees open to the public and strengthened community connections in the process.

People Powered Parks »

Sonoma County Newspaper Distribution

Sonoma County Gaz Extra Sonoma County News