SHARE: Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement. Although the Share program is not new to hunters, it has expanded to several new properties in the state. The state is also working to provide permitted access to choose, private or previously restricted access for fishing opportunities.

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2021 wasn’t kind to the Credo Girls Basketball team. For a team with only 8 players, any bit of adversity would be difficult to overcome. First off was Covid, the last two years making it difficult for the girls to really play together and practice, second was injuries and third was the girl…

Last year SpaceX launched a record number of rockets. Our government was their biggest customer, other than themselves. Their own “net’” of small satellites, Starlink, when completed, will provide high bandwidth to most any spot-on earth. Part of the reason SpaceX did not push more Starlink …

The holiday season brings several things. For one, it means time with our families away from the everyday stresses of life. Second, it brings a time for us to examine our lives and be thankful for the opportunities we’ve been given. Third, people can reminisce on how their last year has gone…

Those who love ancient history were treated to one treasure after another in 2021. Perhaps it was the Covid pandemic that pushed archeologists into the lab this year to discover startling new species in the archives of fossil warehouses. In the month of December ten new species were revealed…

Well, it looks like the powers that be in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have allowed crab season to open on our coast, for the recreational crab fishers, on December 17. Commercial crabbers will be allowed to set their pots, called ‘soaking’ on the 26th with the opene…

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While most people are finishing up holiday shopping, taking a vacation from work and experiencing the weather changing, high school basketball was still very much in effect. Teams from Rancho Cotate and Credo High School played in respective tournaments this past weekend and did very well. T…

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Competition is in Nic Pederson’s blood. Playing basketball is something the 6’8” coach has always done. From his days at Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa Junior College and professionally overseas, the Santa Rosa native has always enjoyed competing. So, when Credo High School came to him with the…

Gift ideas for the last-minute shoppers. For the hunter, a binocular strap is a handy thing to have. It works like a suspender with little clips in the front that hold your glasses close to the chest. This does two things; it keeps them close to hand and it helps prevent loss by leaving them…

Some images become synonymous with high school athletics. The images for Sonoma County and Rohnert Park have to be some of the best in the whole state. Fog rolling in, a brisk, cool fall day where fans had blankets and towels to keep themselves warm, stadium lights on and players voices. All…

Changing of the guard is a popular sports term meaning a veteran or retiring player turns over the team to a younger player. Joe Montana to Steve Young, Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant or a local example of Ed Conroy to Gehrig Hotaling are all examples of a changing of the guard. The weather g…

Here is a Christmas present for the serious hunter. West Texas is overrun with wild boar, the Independence Ranch is offering a three-day, two night package for one at $499 (reg. $999) including all expenses paid and transport of meat back home. To find out more and buy a certificate go to: h…

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It’s been a few rough years for the Sonoma State Seawolves men’s basketball program. Ever since an incredible run in 2019 which saw the team finish with a 20-9 record, the team has struggled, having a losing record in every season since. Not only have the Seawolves struggled to get wins, but…

A wild pig hunter in a Q & A with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)was complimenting a YouTube video he found with CDFW officers who were extremely helpful. He asked if there are other videos available. The response referenced an Advanced Hunter Education webinar, “Wi…

Anytime a coach has a young team consisting of either freshmen or sophomores or inexperienced players the job will be much tougher to start the season. This is the case with Mario Newton and the Rancho Cotate Girls’ Basketball. Newton said coming into this season he only had three girls play…

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Instead of tears of joy, it was tears of sadness and disappointment. After a 35-7 loss at the hands of Foothill High School, the Cougars’ season came to an end, and it was difficult for the players to contain themselves. Most players could be seen visibly upset on the sidelines before the ga…

Two years. That’s how long it’s been since the Technology High School boys’ basketball team have had between games. Not playing in a game-like setting for six months is tough; imagine not playing for two years and then your first game back is against a North Bay League team in Rancho Cotate.

This wasn’t the way Mario Newton wanted to start the 2021 basketball season. Playing in front of a full stadium for the first time in over two years was the first sign basketball was officially back. Last year during the Covid shortened season, only the closest relatives or friends were allo…

Credo High hosted Anderson Valley High on Friday, Oct. 22 for senior night at Sunrise Park in Rohnert Park.  The Gryphon brought home the win 3-2 in a hard-fought battle.  Congratulations seniors!  Asst. Coach George Hernandez, Seniors: Daniel Wong (captain), Devin Jermon, Nico de Simas, Jac…

For most high school teams moving up a division would have been a disaster. Higher divisions mean bigger, faster, and stronger teams who also have more players than the home team. Cougar fans have seen Cardinal Newman move up from Division 4 to Division 3 and be very successful doing it. The…

A hallmark of the 2019 Rancho Cotate Football season was the jam-packed stadium every week. When I say jam-packed, I mean spectators having to park across the street either in the church, local neighborhoods or the parking lot of Spreckels Performance Center. Normally this only would happen …

This is a posting from The Salty Lady party boat in an attempt to clarify some of the new rules on crab fishing. “Lots of questions regarding our Crab Combo trips recently… hopefully this will clear things up. Assuming the season opener on Nov 6th, pursuant to section 29.85, is deemed by F&a…

The Rancho Cotate Cougars are the Kings of the North Bay League once again. The Cougars will raise their second championship pennant for the first since 2014 after a thrilling 28-27 victory over the Windsor Jaguars.

When you think of rivalries, what’s the first one that comes to mind? Is it Yankees-Red Sox? How about Michigan-Ohio State? Perhaps Dodgers-Giants, rings a bell. There could be more rivalries than the ones listed, but when talking about rivalries in sports these are the most famous throughou…

If you would like to give curing your own olives a shot, it’s not too late. You will need a reliable guide to follow, unlike a recipe for cake, curing olives is a long process. Olives have a bitter tannin that will make you pucker or worse. The process to leach the tannin is a big part of ol…

Keeper, Co-Captain Orieanna Vincent, thwarted a Cougars score attempt by #20 helping Credo win the game 3-2 making their league record 6-1 heading into their away game Friday October 29th against Tomales.

Tech High hosted Roseland Collegiate Prep on Wednesday, Oct 27 for senior night.  The Titans celebrated nine teammates for senior night (8 seniors and 1 junior graduating early).  Congratulations Titans: Back row - Briana Rodriguez (junior), Chris Duffy, Taryl Russell, Lana Bolz, Elise Exelb…

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 Ranc…

Winter is the time to rockhound the deserts, if you can go between storms, and there is no snow lingering on the ground. Last January on a trip to Quartzite in the Sonora Desert, the wind kicked up, then icy cold, driving rain. Very early on the last day the tent struts shattered, and rain b…

Technology High hosted Tomales High on Thursday, Oct. 21 for Senior Night. It was a very exciting night overall, the stands were packed with fans, and the Titans brought home the win 3-1. Congratulations seniors: Alysse Bennet (captain), Pesali Phongsa, Coach Christy Brassfield, Jiselle Urib…

The 2021 volleyball season has been a tale of two teams. After starting off 2-7, the girls are 16-5, including two five-game winning streaks and finally accomplishing something that has eluded them for 3 years, a playoff victory. After a thrilling 5 set victory over Acalanes High School, the…

It was safe to call Friday night’s game against the Maria Carrillo Pumas the Sophomore Explosion. Sophomores Ananias Walker, Jacob Pruit and Tupotu Hale all had explosive performances in the Cougars 48-21 victory over the Pumas. This game was the last tune up before the vaunted two-game stre…

Jacob Pruitt’s first varsity season has been a long and windy road. The two positions he plays are already filled. Liam Keaney has quarterback locked down, then the cornerback position was occupied by Sailasa Vadrawale and Ananias Walker. So, for Pruitt and the coaching staff it was a tough …

The Rancho Cotate girls’ volleyball team had one goal, be competitive in league and hopefully win a North Coast Section playoff game. Step one is complete. Thursday night saw the Cougars clinch the North Bay League Title with 3 sets to 0 thrashing of Healdsburg High School. This capped off a…

Mushrooms are popping up on fungal sites, typically the seasonal flush of species travels south as the fall and winter progresses. Usually among the first-choice edibles to mature after fall rains start are the Bolete species, the family includes the king Bolete, sought after by many culture…

Rancho Cotate hosted Cardinal Newman at Foxtail Golf Course for their final match of the season on Thursday, Oct 14.  Newman won the night 227-224.  At the end of the match, the Cougars along with friends and family, celebrated Senior Night. Pictured: Assistant Coach Alberto Liwanag, Seniors…

Technology High hosted Anderson Valley High on Monday, Oct 18 for Senior Night.  While the Titans didn’t bring home the win, there were plenty of smiles during the Senior celebration.  Pictured back row: Coach Fatima Worden, Seniors: Fabian Garcia, Maxim Saschin (Captain), Cayden Thompson, E…

Hot weather in October is not unusual for our patch of California, although the triple digit days are likely behind us. Let us not forget the winter of The Great Frost,1708-1709, judged to be the coldest winter in 500 years. Trees exploded as their sap froze, people ice skated on the English…

Credo traveled to Tech High on Tuesday, Oct 5 for their away conference game.  The Gryphon won the night with a final score of 5-0 and are currently 5-0-1 in league.  Senior Sivan Nadav (#12) traps the ball before defensive player, Briana Rodriguez (junior, #10) could get to it. 

Technology High hosted Upper Lake High School on Friday, Oct 8.  While the Cougars took an early lead, the Titans fought back with determination during the second half.  Senior Madalie Deniz (#11) took a shot through two defenders to get the Titans on the board. The Cougars ultimately won th…

Lawrence Jones Middle School Cross Country traveled to Kenilworth Junior High on Thursday, Oct 7.  The Jaguars had a fantastic meet overall and every athlete broke their personal record.  Such a great feeling as they head into finals on Thursday, Oct 14.   Grevin DeShazer ran the course in 1…

For the eight seniors on the Technology High School boys’ soccer team, this season has been bittersweet. It’s sweet because the boys get to finish off their high school career doing something they love. It’s bitter because though the boys play hard and create chances, they’ve been unable to …

What made the 2019 Rancho Cotate Cougars special was that their offense could turn the game around at any given time. Whenever they were facing adversity, the offense would change momentum right back, whether it was Jared Stocker pulling his patented Houdini spin moves out of pressure or Ras…

Rancho Varsity Tennis team hosted Healdsburg High School Thursday, Sept. 30 at Magnolia Park.  Sophomore Aubrielle Vicente returns her opponent’s serve with a strong forehand. Healdsburg won the night leaving Rancho 1-1 in league so far this season.  The Cougars play at home Thursday, Oct. 7.