The tiny crossroads of Freestone (pop. 32), on the road

Faustian Deal: Telecom Pioneer Submits Application for Tasting Room, Event Center in Freestone hamlet

Update: Webley has offered the community water in return for the locals dropping opposition against the outrageous scale of the project in this tiny community. Mr. Webly, at his expense has agreed to provide the community: 1)    Additional potable water storage in the form a 35,000 gallon tank and associated foundation at / next to […]

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Preserve Rural Sonoma County

Enough Already ……Sonoma County moves to limit winery development?

Enough Already Sonoma County moves to limit winery development By Padi Selwyn  http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/enough-already/Content?oid=2978035 The wine industry study session held by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors earlier this month was a step in the right direction, as local officials try to balance the interests of the wine industry with a growing backlash by rural residents

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Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules

Appearing online now and in print August 1.  9/27 PRSC’s story in the Bohemian appears. http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-5458.html Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules By Padi Selwyn and Judith Olney, Co-chairs, Preserve Rural Sonoma County July’s winery events study session by the Board of Supervisors was a

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Red Flag for further event permits…do you hear me now?

EDITOR: Staff Writer Christi Warren’s reporting on the massive traffic jam caused by a festival at Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood warranted placement on Page A3 in Tuesday’s paper (“Highway 12 grinds to halt due to festival”). What was not mentioned is the potential for the cumulative impacts caused by the many events permitted (and not permitted) that

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Outdoor recreation is big business in Sonoma County

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/5764324-181/outdoor-recreation-is-a-green?artslide=0 The above article from Bill Swindell of the Press Democrat in June 26th  “….official’s look for ways to attract active tourists to Sonoma County”.  With massive traffic jams in and around the county and the Sonoma County Supervisors still budgeting big bucks to attract more tourists, it makes you wonder where do they live? Certainly not

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“The Inconveniences of living near a vineyard” by Robert Butler of the Washington Post

Would you buy a home next to a vineyard knowing the millions pounds of chemicals that are being used, the water and air fouled and high cancer rates that are firmly established by multiple studies? ” ….But, loss of ambiance notwithstanding, a neighbor whose house is located close to the vines (thankfully, mine is not)

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Napa County has highest cancer rates for children…..Sonoma not far behind…

Napa County has highest cancer rates for children Napa County has the highest cancer rate for children in California according to statistics.  Childhood deaths from cancer are 22.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Sonoma doesn’t fare much better at 20.6 childhood deaths per 100,000 children. For adults, normal cancer rates are 424.94 deaths statewide per 100,000

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After The Grapes Are Gone by David Keller,

What happens when the grapes are gone……   DAVID KELLER September 2015 PD Article Link Our succession of boom crops in Sonoma County provides an interesting history — and a cautionary tale. The county’s world-class wine grapes occupy more than 60,000 acres, with vineyard acreage expanding 80 percent between 1988 and 2014. Our climate, soils

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WWW is closing

Wine & Water Watch is ceasing operations as of August. We are proud of our accomplishments. Several pesticide groups have been spawned by our work over the years. We worked tirelessly on the Local Coastal Plan, educated our community to promote the working of environmentally sound land policies and protecting our water resources. The gaslighting

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Marker of DNA damage seen in men applying Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides

Marker of DNA damage seen in men applying Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides  Published: 20 December 2023 GMWatch.org New paper is “critical step forward in filling knowledge gaps of glyphosate carcinogenicity in humans”. Report: Claire Robinson A new paper from the US National Institutes of Health reports indications of DNA damage among men applying Roundup and other

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Wheat Intolerance Might Be Due to Glyphosate – New Canadian Study

Sustainable Pulse is reporting additional exposure and desiccating our wheat fields with glyphosate (Round Up) for quicker harvesting causing millions to suffer. Each year Sonoma County winegrowers use over 20 tons on the vineyards (CDPR.gov). Time to stop! Wheat Intolerance Might Be Due to Glyphosate – New Canadian  A scientific review identifies glyphosate as a possible cause

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Wholistic Fire Prevention Starts Now

Wholistic Fire Prevention Starts Now TARGETED GOAT GRAZING? It’s year round, economical, efficient and natural way to practice Regenerative Ag.    Goats, especially certain breeds, are natural brush eaters.  They eat the stuff that becomes tinder for wildfires.  When managed well they eat the troublesome stuff, poison oak a favorite, and leave the mature trees and

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State Proposes Precedent-setting Pesticide Notification Rule

Please note you can file an anonymous report on pesticide regulation abuses. Info on front page of this website For immediate release: Thursday December 14, 2023 Contacts: Jane Sellen, 530-575-0332, jane@pesticidereform.org Angel Garcia, 559-748-7065, angel@pesticidereform.org  State Proposes Precedent-setting Pesticide Notification Rule Farmworkers call for more transparency about location of planned pesticide applications Lindsay, CA: How can

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