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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties will soon be joining the rest of state in its effort to get to zero trash in California’s waterways. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.

Robin Latham, Green Mary

  For minimizing garbage, nothing beats reusing things. That’s why Green Mary has assembled an unconventional lending library of plates, glasses and other event essentials.

  From Jack London to a present day London biographer, Sonoma County has a rich literary tradition, one that a local librarian is busily compiling.

While Sonoma County enjoys an abundance of active writers today, as well as a impressive list of past authors with local ties, that's not really all that unusual, notes librarian David Dodd.

One other thing the Sonoma County Authors' Project is out to do, says Dodd, is foster a sense of community among the many writers, through public events and other means.

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Over 100 baseball players from across the United States travelled to Vallejo this past weekend for the Pacific Association Baseball tryouts. It's the only independent professional baseball league on the West Coast. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports only a handful will make the cut.

  The Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have intensified their act from anti-consumerism street theater to impassioned activism in defense of the earth. Their faux evangelism carries a real and urgent message.

Capping a whirlwind week of Earth Day events around northern California, the Rev. Billy brings his message to Sebastopol on Monday, April 25 at Many Rivers Books and Tea. See event details https://www.facebook.com/events/1722868934623003/.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Just in time for Earth Day, a new public trail near Rohnert Park shows visitors how ecological restoration unfolds over time, as pasture and grasslands are gradually converted back to a stretch of riparian forest.

It may not be apparent to casual visitors, says Laguna Foundation Executive Director Munroe, but the replantings and other ecological restoration efforts along the new Discovery Trail represent hundreds of hours of work, in a project that will remain ongoing for several more years.

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  Environmentalists got some good news from Congress this week. Suzanne Potter tells us what it was.

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  A proposed hands-on "incubator farm” for young would-be farmers next to Rohnert Park has generated protests from nearby residents. So the project is being revised to ease their concerns.

The 45-acre Young-Armos property was purchased by the county’s Ag and Open Space District for $370,000 in 1997. Rohnert Park Mayor Gina Belforte is sympathetic to the Rohnert Park residents who would strongly prefer that nothing be changed on it.

Nationwide, Parks Need More Support, Funding

Apr 20, 2016
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  It's not just a California problem. All across America, our national parks are in decline due to increased use and decreased funding. Suzanne Potter has more.

For the first time in 20 years, a new Economic Development District has been formed in California. It’s a partnership between two North Coast counties that has quietly gathering momentum over the past couple of years.

You can find the Economic Development District's  survey here, in both English and Spanish.The deadline for completing it is April 21.

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