October 28, 2021

Homecoming ‘Kings and Queens’

  • Rancho Cotate This year's homecoming king, Ryan Kane and Keyonee Neal, homecoming queen, were crowned at the half-time ceremony. Photo courtesy of Natasha Kane

  • West County In a half-time secret reveal ceremony that involved each court member receiving a balloon and their escorts pins, then on the count of three the escorts popped the balloons and the queen's and king's balloons exploded with confetti. This year's, and the very first West County High Homecoming Queen and King, are Avery Tollini on the right and Drake Bolt on the left with classmates and fans cheering them on in the background. Photo by Robert Grant


Rohnert Park & Cotati launch new model for crisis response

The City of Rohnert Park and City of Cotati today officially launched the Specialized Assistance for Everyone (SAFE) team, creating a new model for responding to crises in the community. 

Water was the discussion

After Sonoma County got drenched with a downpour not seen in years, water was the topic of discussion for Tuesday’s city council meeting. There was a presentation on the Groundwater Sustainability Agency, City Manager Damien O’Bid answered questions about whether last weekend’s rain helped end the drought plus giving his annual updates on what’s happening in the community.


Home is where the heart is

Daniel Bourdon and Gehrig Hotaling, head coaches of West County and Rancho Cotate, have more in common than you think. For one, they both played high school football at the places they are now coaching. Bourdon played quarterback for Analy High School and Hotaling was a wide receiver at Rancho. Both had stints playing college football, Bourdon at West Virginia Tech and Hotaling at College of the Redlands. Most of all, both are successful high school coaches who have years of experience and wins between the two of them. Hotaling came back to Sonoma County and coached Piner for two years before getting a spot on Ed Conroy’s staff and replaced him when he retired, and Bourdon returned to Sebastopol as a 21-year-old college graduate and worked his way up to become the most successful coach in program history.


Check out Cotati Historic Museum

The Cotati Historical Society (CHS) will host a community gathering and reopening of the historic museum on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Feel free to explore what’s new between the hours of 12 noon and 3 p.m. The museum is located inside the Cotati City Hall near the westside entrance. Parking is available on East School St. Covid-19 precautions will be in place.