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Yellowstone Rampage Brings Prison Time for California Man

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a California man to nine months in prison for a drunken rampage in Yellowstone National Park in which he did thousands of dollars in damage to a hotel and struggled with rangers trying to subdue him. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L....
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Penngrove’s lucky to have Helen Putnam

Feb. 5 - Crab Feed Drive-Through To-Go This famous feed benefits projects of Penngrove Social Firemen. $65. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Penngrove Community Clubhouse. Advance ticket purchase ends Feb. 1 at JavAmore Café or online at . 707-794-1516. The 1984 Penngrove Specific Plan. In the...
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Acquisition expands Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired 120 acres on the western flank of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve above the Sonoma Valley, a strategic expansion that will preserve scenic views and wildlife habitat, offer new recreation opportunities, and support future wildfire defense. Known as Cougar Landing, the...

Santa Rosa Man Sentenced For Yellowstone Rampage

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP/CBS13) — A drunken rampage in Yellowstone National Park in which a Santa Rosa man did thousands of dollars in damage to a hotel and struggled with rangers trying to subdue him has landed him nine months in prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman also ordered...

Our teachers deserve fair pay

The Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District met on Tuesday, January 18 in the Theater, Arts, and Gymnasium Building at Rancho Cotate High School. The meeting lasted almost four hours. It was new Board President Joe Cimino’s first time with the gavel in hand. He did well. The meeting was sparsely attended by the public as seating was assigned and limited to 50 participants maximum under current county health guidelines for public events. For those unable to attend, the meeting was available on the district’s YouTube channel.
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Prep girls soccer: Mustangs, Vikings battle to 1-1 draw.

FAIRFIELD — After a scoreless first half, the Rodriguez and Vanden high school girls soccer teams each got a goal in the second for a 1-1 Monticello Empire League draw at Coach Ed Hopkins Memorial Stadium, Tuesday. Saniya Espadron scored for the Mustangs (4-3-1, 4-0-1), while Ava Cervantes found...

John Rodriguez named 2020 Citizen of the Year

Although delayed due to COVID, John Rodriguez has officially been named Winters’ 2020 Citizen of the Year. After decades of dedication to the town, Rodriguez reflects on his efforts that won him the designation. Since actions speak louder than words, Rodriguez’s resume of service to the town screams Citizen...
Sonoma Index Tribune

Pacaso takes Sonoma home off its website

Sonoma City Council on Fractional Homeownership The Sonoma City Council on Jan. 19 placed a ban on timeshares and fractional-interest home uses in the City of Sonoma. The urgency ordinance was passed in response to inroads the Pacaso real-estate company has recently attempted in Sonoma Valley, marketing a fractional-interest model for groups of six to eight co-owners to purchase shared ownership and shared time allowed in multi-million-dollar homes. As an urgency ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, the five-member council needed four votes for the ordinance to pass. The urgency ordinance was approved 5-0. City staff will prepare a regular ordinance prohibiting timeshares and fractional-interest use for the council to consider in the coming months. The City of Sonoma currently doesn’t cite timeshares as an identified “use” in its city code, so the time-share model is already, in effect, banned, according to city Planning Director David Storer. But city officials wanted to specifically codify timeshares and fractional-interest as a prohibited use in the city, in order to preempt any confusion over their allowed use. Pacaso’s one Sonoma property, on Old Winery Court, sits just outside city limits. -- Jason Walsh.

Chris Turkovich dubbed 2021 Citizen of the Year

Out of all the town’s amazing residents, Chris Turkovich has been declared Winters’ 2021 Citizen of the Year. A difficult year to say the least, it’s Turkovich’s dedication to the town that’s earned him this title and helped the community thrive through these hard times.
Sonoma Index Tribune

Sonoma City Council to demand more options on SDC

The Sonoma City Council has a message for the county Board of Supervisors: The three options for the Sonoma Developmental Center aren’t good enough. The council met via Zoom on Jan. 19 to OK the details that will be included in a letter to the Board of Supervisors reflecting council members’ qualms with the three alternatives for future development of the 945-acres of the former developmental center, which was shuttered by the state in 2018.