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California’s 3 Least Visited National Parks Are Absolutely Breathtaking

While the National Park System is made up of 423 national sites, including parks, historic sites, monuments, seashores, and recreation areas, only 63 are officially designated as national parks. From the first, Yellowstone National Park, established in 1972, to the most recent, New River Gorge in 2020, the 63 parks have become celebrities in their own right,… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County Airport looking for grab-n-go food options

The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport, invites qualified businesses and individuals to submit a proposal to provide pre-packaged (aka grab-n-go) food and beverage service in the post-security portion of Gate 2 serving departing passengers and airport personnel. This location would serve departing passengers and airport personnel located in Gate 2. The beverage service… Keep Reading

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Judith Dale: The Channel Islands: San Miguel and Santa Rosa

In my last article, I discussed the Santa Barbara Channel and its islands in general. This article will focus on two of five islands in Channel Islands National Park: San Miguel and Santa Rosa. The national park was established in 1980 to protect the islands and make them accessible to the public. (Note: There are… Keep Reading

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Marin-Sonoma Narrows highway project up for key funding vote

A project to address one of the worst traffic chokepoints in the North Bay is heading to a key vote that could bring it closer to completion. On Dec. 2, the California Transportation Commission is set to vote on appropriating $40.1 million to the Marin-Sonoma Narrows project. The state-led project aims to ease the heavy… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County Regional Parks Purchases 500 Acres Near Monte Rio

Santa Rosa, CA – November 9, 2020 – Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired more than 500 acres in Monte Rio through a collaborative effort to preserve critical coastal range forest and create a diverse trail system in what will be the first regional park for this part of the county. The 515 acres purchased from… Keep Reading

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Envisioning an Inn on Santa Rosa Island

As the second largest chunk of Channel Islands National Park, and yet with a fraction of the visitors to Santa Cruz or Anacapa islands, Santa Rosa Island is a wonderland for lovers of nature and solitude. But visitors tend to be of the hardier sort, forced to endure a multi-hour ferry ride across often rough… Keep Reading

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What’s best for Gleason Beach?

The iconic Gleason Beach / Scotty Creek watershed presents a prime example of a place where early pioneering settlers, digging out a dirt road by hand and horse-drawn equipment, followed the shortest distance between two points. Before contemporary land use planning was even a thing here, a precarious subdivision was sold off and houses built… Keep Reading

Local hikes worth the drive

South entrance: 3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa North entrance: 2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa Currently open at this park: All trails Currently closed at this park: No restrictions Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent landmark in southeast Santa Rosa and offers panoramic views of the city from trails that… Keep Reading


Sonoma County, – After three months of shelter-in-place and associated lodging and locals-only restrictions on a variety of businesses, Sonoma County’s health officer has announced that the region will re-open for travelers visiting from outside the county starting June 19. This is the latest in a series of re-opening announcements for Sonoma County’s hospitality industry.… Keep Reading

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