Summer has arrived ! The state and county have finally reopened. Now we are dealing with the consequences of government actions. The prices of services, food, energy, construction materials are crazy. Companies are struggling to reopen because they cannot find workers. The demand for entrepreneurs is almost as high as the demand for housing. Then there is our severe drought, the fire season and the extreme heat. We have already had several local fires caused by homeless settlements and the next few months are not looking good. Toxic blue-green algae are also making a comeback, so take precautions with young children and pets on the beach.
Kudos to Kyra Wink and others who have worked to end the homeless camps on Moscow Road.
While Moscow Rd won’t fully reopen for some time, the county does provide a one-way temporary escape route in the event of a fire. Work on the failing retaining wall at Starrett Hill Drive is also scheduled for repair. When it comes to other road repairs, the county continues to focus on larger sections or even all of downtown Guerneville instead of distributing funding where it is most needed. This method will continue to allow the smaller areas that need repairs the most to get worse, causing more damage and cost to fix. I guess we should be happy that the county is no longer advocating spraying the roads with gravel and dirt roads.
I was not here at the height of Monte Rio, I could only see it now through historical images. It is sad to see the result of decades of neglect and apathy. What I really enjoyed were the events of Independence Day. Now that too seems to be gone. Part of this is changing thoughts regarding the effect on our pets and of course the serious danger of drought and fire. Hopefully he comes back next year with lower ramps if we get rain? Another disappointment was the loss of Sonoma County River Pride in Santa Rosa. Rodger Jensen of r3 and others are trying to host a Russian River Pride event later this summer on a smaller scale to fill the void.
What haven’t we lost? The Monte Rio Variety Show! While not yet in person again this year, the 110th annual show will take place virtually on Thursday, July 29 with over 60 minutes of entertainment, an online auction, and even the chance to win the Taste of Monte Rio valued at over $ 500 thanks to donations from local businesses. All profits benefit our community. Thanks to Bohemian Grove and Michele McDonell for the continuity of the show! It is a unique event that we are all proud of. https://monterioshow.wordpress.com/
Friends of Villa Grande will have a modified event on July 4th with a parade and music starting from the town square at 4pm. Our suburban patriots of secession (or is it insurgency?) Will read their Declaration of Independence again.
The Friends of Monte Rio present their first annual RioFest on Sunday July 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the amphitheater in Monte Rio. The free event will feature live music, great food, a kids’ corner, and free shots. Karen Gallinger will be the MC.
Kirk Lok presented the updated plans for the Russian River Lodge at River MAC. This project is located next to Dubrava Condominiums. It will include 120 rooms and suites, a public restaurant and lounge, and a public path leading to the river with public toilets. The resort hotel will provide local jobs, $ 1.5 million in TOT taxes and have emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster. They also expect to have EV charging stations. It will be a great asset to our community and I look forward to it opening up.
Thinking of upgrading your home with energy efficient clean energy products? Check out Sonoma Clean Power’s new Advanced Energy Center at scpadvancedenergycenter.org or in person at 741 4th St in Santa Rosa. Everything from induction cooking, heat pump heating and air systems or water heaters, to EV chargers. Sonoma Clean Power offers great discounts, a choice of contractors, and even 0% financing with the financing added to your energy bill. Start the transition to all-electric for all the right reasons.
Vacation Wonderland: embrace the past, welcome the future.
Chuck Ramsey has resided in Monte Rio for 15 years. Building a community is his passion. He currently sits on the boards of the Monte Rio Alliance and the Russian River Alliance.
If you would like to learn more about the Lower River Area Community Alliances, get involved as a volunteer, or have any community concerns or solutions that you would like to share, you can ‘like’ our Guerneville Community Alliance and / or Russian River Pages Alliance FB, or visit our website at www.russianriveralliance.org. You can also contact Jeniffer Wertz at 707-483-7038 (Guerneville), or Chuck Ramsey at 707-239-1639 (Monte Rio).