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Fire season, meet drought season. This is the new normal.

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In the past couple of years, society has locked on to the term “new normal.” We hear it daily in our conversations with others, on the evening news and on social media. Pick most any subject that has changed in the past several years and someone will mention the “new normal.”

When discussing fire season, we in Sonoma County are all too familiar with the new normal when it comes large scale vegetation fires. Since the Tubbs Fire in 2017, Sonoma County has experienced more than its fair share of catastrophic fires. The current drought situation in California is certainly alarming and the affect it has had on our vegetation around the state is of significant importance. Is this a new phenomenon for our county? It depends on who you talk to or what scientific data you read. Is it normal? Currently, yes, it is? But is that to say it won’t change at some point in our lifetime? Scientific data says it will.

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Summer ain’t always sweet in Sonoma County

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Between crowded beaches and neighborhoods, we’re finding that Sonoma County is a little saltier than sweet.

On the hottest day of the year so far, two friends and I went to the beach. That is, we tried. Due to limited mobility, we needed a beach with easy access. Hopefully at the ocean, not on the bay.

Wright’s Beach looked promising. But as it turned out, that part of the parking lot was closed off due to construction. Nothing on the State Parks website had warned about that.

The ranger suggested we go to Goat Rock. A movie crew was there, filming what turned out to be a car commercial. We did a path down to the beach, but it went up before it went down, and walking 20 feet on sand was not possible for my friend. We actually went to six beaches that day, but none provided anything resembling wheelchair access. Isn’t wheelchair access required by law?

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Five Reasons to Love California Wine Country This Summer

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SAN FRANCISCOMay 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to get outside—and no better place to do it than California wine country. The summer season in the Golden State’s diverse wine regions is a special time with its beautiful weather and fun activities. Winery patios await, al fresco activities abound and scenic views of vines and grape clusters are all part of the experience. Wineries have started to reopen and are looking forward to welcoming guests. To assure you have a spot, plan your visit ahead of time with a reservation.

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