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There are several misleading claims in Ron Ferraro’s April 28 op-ed, Cultivating Cannabis in Sonoma County. The public hearing process is not normally a three to five year process. If the county and the industry had not brazenly decided on cannabis regulations without listening to or respond…

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The Sonoma County Supervisors are considering an update to the county cannabis cultivation ordinance. It would allow for ministerial permits for cultivation through the agricultural commissioner, if one qualifies, instead of a 3-5-year public hearing process. Staff has come up with very rest…

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In these parts, Pocket Canyon is the steep-sided valley through which Highway 116 wends winding its way between Guerneville and Forestville. It’s a drive I never get tired of. Redwood trees rise up upon the mountainsides, horses graze in shaded meadows, houses and barns are tucked into grove…

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I was on a call with a friend the other day. She just happened to mention how she has been spraying newly developing weeds growing in the cracks of her walkway with the widely popular vinegar, dish detergent and salt recipe. It’s wonderful that she was getting a jump start on the young weeds…

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In her classic book, “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,”Annie Dillard shares this observation: “I once saw a mockingbird make a straight vertical descent from the roof gutter of a four-story building. It was an act as careless and spontaneous as the curl of a stem of the kindling of a star. The mocki…

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I’ve known Lee Davis since he was a high school kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, back in the early 1960s. He lived two doors away from us with his wonderful family, which included his older brother who was away at college.

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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March two years ago, during beautiful bloom, an incredible Healdsburg Jazz concert was held at the home of patron Judy Voigt. In the Dry Creek Valley, her home nestles into the hills naturally and organically, with curated sculptures thoughtfully placed throughout the grounds. Artwork and be…

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Unless opposition forces can prevail, or piles of money ooze out of the woodwork, it looks like the merger of El Molino and Analy High Schools is going to happen. If it does, it means the end of El Molino High, which is a sad thing for many of us.

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     At the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, as an angry throng of Trump supporters, with violence on its mind, surged toward a barricade manned by a handful of police, a white flag appeared above the masses, flapping in the wind. It featured an ichthys — also known as the Jesus fish — painted red, w…

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Editor's note: This letter was read aloud at the West Sonoma County Union High School District board meeting on March 10 and is penned by the co-presidents of El Molino High School's Raza Club. 

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Starting about the turn of the century and for the next 15 years, I spent more time with Bruce Cunningham than anyone except my dear wife. That’s because Bruce and I played at least nine holes at Northwood Golf Course almost every day during those years. We usually played with other guys, bu…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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It’s winter (though sometimes it feels and looks like spring) and this is the time of year for Meyer lemons and Valencia oranges. Our trees are bursting. We’ve picked all our lemons by now, but the oranges are still in great abundance.

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I wanted to acknowledge Black History Month in this space, but then I realized there isn’t much Black history in western Sonoma County, at least that I know about. The one person who came to mind was the late Eugene Jones who was the first Black soloist for the San Francisco Opera.

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Editor's note: This column is from our sister news site, the Cloverdale Reveille. As the country surpasses 500,000 COVID-related deaths, we thought Pamela Tinnin's column might hit home to readers outside of Cloverdale. Tinnin is also currently the pastor at Guerneville Community Church.

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Fertilizer is food for plants that need a variety of nutrients to grow and thrive. While we humans get our nutrients from different foods we eat, plants get most of their nutrients from the soil. Sometimes soils don’t have the nutrients necessary for plants to grow and thrive, so we apply ch…

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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Since the recent celebration of Valentine’s Day, I have been thinking about, what else, love! Because when it comes to loving others, it just seems that there is more to love, more demanded by love, than simply the sentimental sweetness of a Valentine’s card and a box of chocolates, as nice …

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Are you miffed or relieved that the major social media platforms banned former President Donald Trump? I was relieved at first, then slightly miffed about the idea of a private company muzzling a public figure, then I decided that we’re arguing about the wrong thing.

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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I get a kick out of the report in last week’s Sonoma West Times & News telling us that, because of the COVID pandemic, Sonoma County along with other counties have received waivers allowing them to skip the mandatory counting of the homeless this year. Why would that amuse me, you might …

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If you own or work for a local business, these are tough times. From Thanksgiving through St. Patrick’s Day, some small businesses have to lay off staff, cut hours, slow down on purchasing or even give up and close. I’ve seen it happen year after year — winter is hard on commerce.

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Welcome 2021 — a new year that comes with new resolutions and reflections on the past year. For many, the past year dramatically changed how we live our lives and where we live it. Those lucky enough to have a garden, lawn or greenspace have found a place for gatherings, play and relaxation.…

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Near as I can figure, Arline and I arrived in Scranton, Pennsylvania, about seven years after Joe Biden, at age 10, moved to Delaware with his family. We had been married in Pasadena, California, exactly one week before, and had driven from the wedding reception to Scranton in six days. Happ…

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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OK, I’ll admit it. I’m an elitist. As the COVID pandemic deepens and spreads throughout the nation, I am stunned by people’s ongoing denial, irresponsible behavior and yes, just plain stupidity. I am thankful I live in Sonoma County where most people take wearing masks and maintaining social…

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Are you confused, angry and sad about the mess at the U.S. Capitol last week? Me too.

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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On New Year’s Daythere came to mind a little book I had read a good many years ago called “On Not Knowing How to Live.” I thought I’d put it up on a self with other little books I’d found particularly wise, but, wouldn’t you know, the book wasn’t on that shelf, or any shelf in the house, far…

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In many ways it didn’t seem like Christmas this year. We didn’t want to deal with people much, so didn’t get a tree. Didn’t get out the old ornaments. Didn’t utter the curse that helps untangle the string of lights. Didn’t fuss for some days over a jigsaw puzzle that, by tradition, we got at…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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