April 20, 2021

Back to school we go...

The energy in the air was full of electricity and excitement from teachers, staff, kids and parents was palpable as Monte Vista welcomed back TK-2nd grade students to hybrid learning April 12. Monte Vista put on a fantastic celebration including balloons, bubbles, upbeat music and their very own mountain lion mascot! Instructional signs, many helpful staff and patient families made the morning check in process very smooth. Zane, a 1st grader, was happy to give a big high five before checking in. 

Photo by Tracy Si

 

RP City Council remains divided over fireworks

Councilmember Susan Hollingsworth Adams was quoted by Mayor Gerard Giudice as saying the council is more united on issues than divided. Banning fireworks and what to do about supporting non-profits selling them is an exception. At their April 13 regular meeting, the city council spent most of their time on these issues. 

 

Cotati focuses on cannabis and discrimination

Sometimes city council meetings can be straight forward, to the point and don’t usually allow room for discussion. Tuesday’s meeting however, was a different story. With the recent investigation going on with Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli and some news about racist attacks against Asian Americans, community members really got the chance to share their opinions.

Sports

A thriller win for Rancho Baseball

You can call the Rancho Cotate Cougars baseball team the Comeback Kids or the Cardiac Kids, whichever you prefer. After winning in walk-off fashion against Santa Rosa High School, the Cougars are now 3-0 on the season, with all three wins happening in comeback fashion. According to Head Coach Keith McCoy, this speaks to the resiliency of his ball club and the “never say die” attitude they play with.

Community

Dry conditions and increased demands prompt inflation of Russian River

Due to historically dry conditions and increasing water demands, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) this week began inflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.