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2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020

I think most people know what I mean when I mention the waterfall on Bohemian Hwy between Occidental and Monte Rio. If you don’t but have ever driven that way, I’m sure you’ve noticed the large rocky cliff faces that look a bit like a quarry. Across the highway from these there was a bunch of work done last year to install large tree trunks, stumps and boulders into Dutch Bill Creek in the interest of creating in-stream habitat for salmon and steelhead...

2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020

The January 2019 column focus has thankfully come to fruition. The Occidental Communit Center new gym floor is great, much improved over the tired, old floor it replaced. It sure is nice to have both lanes of Coleman Valley Rd. open again. I give thanks to the County for making this a priority and hope that their efforts will pay off in the form of this fix being a long lasting solution.


2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

As I write this, Coleman Valley Rd. is closed for repairs to the slide just up the hill from town. As I understand it, the County finally gave up on waiting for funds from FEMA for the permanent fix and has moved forward on their own with a more temporary solution.On December 7th and 8th the Occidental Craft Faire returns for another fun filled weekend of wonderful crafts, sumptuous foods, splendid raffle prizes, local music and Santa sightings.  That same weekend the  Occidental Community Choir  will be performing across the street from the Craft Faire at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Performances will be Friday & Saturd

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th. 

2019-10-31Oct 31, 2019

On Saturday, November 2nd the Bodega Land Trust host their annual dinner with live and silent auctions. Tuesday the 5th is Election Day-Measure C is our local parcel tax measure to fund the Occidental Fire Department, allowing for the hiring of paid staff to supplement the volunteer force. 

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

This time of year is always full of conflicting emotions for me. It is some of our best weather of the year, and yet we are losing minutes of daylight every day. My garden is still going strong, yet the farmers market is winding down for the year.

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