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Push for park in memory of Andy Lopez grows

Momentum continues to grow for the construction of a memorial park in the Moorland Avenue neighborhood where 13-year-old Andy Lopez grew up and was shot dead.

Sonoma County Fair workers to get overtime pay again

Temporary workers at the Sonoma County Fair will once more be eligible for overtime pay next year under the fair’s new proposed budget, but officials warn that the hours will be strictly limited to conserve money.

Sonoma Clean Power signs deal with Constellation

Sonoma County’s startup public power agency has signed its main energy supply contract with Constellation, a subsidiary of the Chicago-based power producer, trader and distributor Exelon Corp.

Bicyclists wary of Mark West Quarry expansion

Sonoma County’s tentative approval of an expansion for Mark West Quarry east of Santa Rosa has bicycling advocates and some county supervisors asking whether enough is being done to protect cyclists and others who use the quarry’s busy east-west haul route.

Trucks entering and exiting the century-old quarry off Porter Creek Road traverse the hills between Sonoma and Napa counties on narrow and busy roads that also double as an approved bicycle and pedestrian corridor.

Sonoma Clean Power moving ahead on contract

Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power agency are taking final steps geared toward entering into a primary power supply contract.

Sonoma Clean Power lays out green energy goal

Officials overseeing Sonoma County’s startup public power agency on Thursday unveiled terms of a proposed power supply contract they contend would make their venture immediately greener than PG&E.

Sonoma County speeds process of turning open space into park land

Sonoma County supervisors unanimously endorsed a new financial policy Tuesday that will allow broader use of county open space funds to speed the opening of new local parks.

Four county supervisors endorse Healdsburg’s Jim Wood in Assembly race

Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.

Supervisors accept Sebastopol winemaker’s preservation offer

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday approved an offer by winemaker Paul Hobbs to permanently protect 117 wooded acres near Forestville from development, but they insisted the preservation-oriented gift will not sway them if Hobbs attempts to move ahead with a controversial adjacent vineyard project.

Fisherman’s Sonoma Valley pond at center of airport dispute

At Leland Fly Fishing Ranch south of Sonoma, owner Josh Frazier sat on a deck overlooking a pond that he built and stocked with trout, but one that he is barred from casting a line in.

Concerns that the pond could attract birds and pose a threat to pilots taking off and landing at Sonoma Valley Airport, which is adjacent to the Arnold Drive ranch, are at the center of Frazier’s long-running land-use dispute with county officials and the airport owners.

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