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Bodega Bay fire tax measure fails; Russian River fire board members recalled

A hotly disputed tax measure went down to thunderous defeat late Tuesday in the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District, where fire officials have said a third of the nine-member staff would have to be laid off by next year if the tax failed.

Rift in Bodega Bay over tax measure for fire services

These are disagreeable times for the seaside community of Bodega Bay, a tight-knit village now bitterly divided over a proposed tax increase for fire services on the April 8 ballot.

Contentious special district races highlight quiet Tuesday election

Two contentious special district races are the centerpieces of today’s election in Sonoma County, in an otherwise quiet off-year contest that includes no countywide campaigns.

Red tape hobbles Bodega Bay trail

The slow pace of getting environmental permits has caused county parks officials to delay and scale back plans for a long-awaited pedestrian and bike trail through the community of Bodega Bay.

West County Gateway idea riles Occidental residents

The fate of the aging and underutilized community center in Occidental has spawned a bitter controversy that has split neighbors over questions of how best to use public lands — and about the limits of government power.

Bodega Bay’s public marinas to get facelift

Sonoma County officials are crafting long-range plans to renovate the aging public marinas at Bodega Bay.

Bodega Bay boardwalk planned

A 1,500-foot-long boardwalk in Bodega Bay is the centerpiece of an ambitious 3.4 mile trail from Salmon Creek to Doran Beach. The $6.2 million project would make tiny Bodega Bay a safer place to walk and potentially be a boon to tourists and merchants.

Bodega Bay drilling dispute headed to Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission is considering an appeal by a Bodega Bay group that is trying to stop the local water district from drilling a new well in what may be an environmentally sensitive area. The state’s action suspends the approval by Sonoma County of plans by the Bodega Bay Public Utility District for a 100-foot well and chlorination facility at the north end of Bodega Bay.

Light turnout in local elections

Five Sonoma County communities held elections on Tuesday. Voters in Bodega Bay overwhelmingly passed a fire district tax measure, while other communities elected park, fire and school board members. Get the rundown here.

GUEST OPINION: Standing up for our coastal economy

Expanding offshore oil drilling increases the risk of a devastating accident while doing nothing to lower the price of gas at the pump, says Richard Charter, a senior policy adviser with Defenders of Wildlife. He wants the public to link hands on Saturday at Bodega Bay to signal support for policies that encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy sources in place of oil and coal.

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