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Northern California construction industry needs more workers after wildfires, remodeling boom, net-zero-energy push

While hospitality and restaurant businesses are casting about for workers as government pandemic restrictions ease, local construction employers have been calling for qualified job candidates for years. And the want for workers is getting more dire for North Bay builders, an official overseeing an $8.1 million construction education center project said at an industry conference… Keep Reading

Amy’s Kitchen expects to ramp up construction by June

Amy’s Kitchen, the organic food company that was on track to open a $95 million manufacturing facility on Route 17M in Goshen, is one Hudson Valley business that was temporarily derailed by the pandemic. The proposed 389,000-square-foot frozen food processing plant had its official groundbreaking ceremony two years ago and was expected to open next… Keep Reading

Sonoma County sits on verge of least restrictive reopening stage

Sonoma County sits on the verge of advancing to the least restrictive stage of the state’s four-part pandemic reopening plan, a move that could occur as soon as May 12 if the community keeps the coronavirus in check another week. State public health officials Tuesday released their latest weekly assessment of California’s 58 counties’ progress… Keep Reading

‘Making a difference’: Santa Rosa’s Luther Burbank Savings completes 1,800 welfare-check calls to customers

Dollars and cents usually take center stage when a bank reports its quarterly results to investors. But Wednesday’s investor relations call reporting the first-quarter results of Santa Rosa-based Luther Burbank took a different turn. CEO and President Simone Lagomarsino said the pandemic inspired bank employees to make welfare checks of their customers — whose average… Keep Reading

New California Releases: Stags’ Leap Winery, Pfendler And Miner

Stags’ Leap Winery 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) – Appealing perfumes of spearmint, chervil and green melon. Medium-bodied, this has good acidity, and a round, clean finish. This is a crowd-pleasing style of Sauvignon Blanc that is very refreshing and offers excellent balance; this can accompany foods ranging from a simple chicken salad to bay scallops… Keep Reading

New US airline, Avelo, makes splashy launch today

It’s official. There’s a new airline in the U.S. Avelo Airlines — one of two start-ups launching this year — is set to commence commercial service on Wednesday, with a round-trip flight from Burbank (BUR) to Santa Rosa (STS), California, departing at 10:30 a.m. local time. Fanfare is expected at Wednesday’s inaugural. Both the outbound and return flights… Keep Reading

Sonoma County Goes After Winery Over Huge Wine Spill

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (CN) — The Sonoma County District Attorney’s office wants to penalize Rodney Strong Vineyards after a faulty wine-blending tank caused what could be the biggest wine spill in county history last year. Roughly 97,000 gallons of cabernet sauvignon leaked into Russian River tributary Reiman Creek on Jan. 22, 2020, the fault of… Keep Reading

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