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  • Taking the Waters at Indian Springs Resort

    Since the early 1860s, the 17-acre geyser-fed Indian Springs Resort has welcomed people from near and far to come, relax and restore themselves. Located at the top end of the Napa Valley, in the City of Calistoga, the resort is surrounded by hills, trees and spewing geysers. Today, it occupies the exact spot chosen by the founder of Calistoga, the colorful Sam Brannan, when he came to the area in the mid-1800s and fell in love with the potential of the place.


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  • How to Save a Park: Broadway Style

    As the sun sets behind Sonoma Mountain, a talented group of professional singers and dancers perform on a stage set within the old winery ruins at Glen Ellen’s Jack London Historic State Park. Transcendence Theatre Company’s production of Broadway Under the Stars includes hits from legacy musicals such as Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables to name a few.


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  • Still Sonoma Strong

    The firestorm was declared fully contained two weeks later on Nov. 6. In that time, nearly 78,000 acres were destroyed; 180,000 people were evacuated (including 300 inmates in the North County jail); and 374 buildings were destroyed (174 homes and 11 businesses). Once again, Sonoma County fell to its knees.


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  • Healdsburg Then and Now

    On a bend in the Russian River with the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Chalk Hill American Viticulture Areas on its periphery, Healdsburg has much to offer. It’s a magnet for those seeking a Wine Country experience, but at the same time, residents treasure its small-town charm and quality of life. Those interests produce competing visions of what the town should be, and residents are often concerned that abundant visitors will impact the small-town ambiance.


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  • Downtown Santa Rosa

    When a new agency of the federal government called Housing and Urban Development was established in the 1960s, one of its tenets was an urban renewal program, created in part to provide funding for sprucing up old downtown areas across the nation. The City of Santa Rosa decided its Courthouse Square needed some renewal, and subsequently divided the space by building a new motorway through the middle to connect Mendocino Avenue to Santa Rosa Avenue.


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  • Operation Varsity Blues

    McGlashan was scooped up by federal agents in March 2019 and is currently facing a variety of federal charges, and he’s not alone in the North Bay. Diane and Todd Blake of Ross were also arrested and are out on bail. Agustin Huneeus Jr., of Huneeus Vintners in Napa, is as they say, already inside. Those are just four of the defendants in the scandal known as the Varsity Blues, a bribery and fraud fest that ensnared almost 50 suspects across the country, all in the name of getting kids into the right school.


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  • The Heroes Next Door

    Firefighters are our heroes. They face the menace of raging wildfires while others seek safety, and every day, they assist individuals experiencing traumatic events. Incredibly, many firefighters perform their duty without pay or the promise of pensions. The National Fire Protection Association reports that the United States contained more than 1 million firefighters in 2017, and 65 percent were volunteers, with small communities depending on them most.


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  • Restoration Hardware

    U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers are in retreat. Pier 1 Imports is planning on closing more than 140 stores and Z Gallery is shuttering 44 locations. Sears filed for bankruptcy, joining Gymboree and Payless Shoes. Closure of retail stores across the country hit a 10-year high in 2018, according to Citylab. Don’t bring this to RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman, “The death of retail is overrated,” he told shoppers in September 2018 in one of his famed letters. The brand formerly known as Restoration Hardware has its own language. Catalogs are Source Books. Stores are Galleries. And RH has more Collections than the Smithsonian.


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  • Corporate Culture

    In an era of near record employment, and in a country enjoying the longest economic recovery in its history, workers are in high demand and short supply. As businesses and organizations seek to recruit the best and brightest from a limited pool, it’s important not to lose sight of the one thing that probably has more impact on eventual success than anything else: company culture.


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  • Gentle Giants

     At Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, a nonprofit, horses and volunteers offer life-changing programming to 139 clients each week. “Giant Steps was founded on the belief that caring for and riding horses can be a powerful, life-changing tool,” says Beth Porter, executive director. Founded in 1998, the program initially relied on 19 volunteers and conducted 100 lessons annually. Today, it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s grown to be the North Bay’s largest therapeutic equestrian facility, lending their life-changing services to more community members than ever.


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  • Stars in Our Eyes

    Indeed, viewing Saturn’s rings, as well as nebulae, clusters of stars and other galaxies millions of light years away at the top of the Mayacamas Mountains is truly breathtaking—an experience not soon forgotten. O’Shea hopes to get the secret out and have more people involved, including showing businesses how intellectually important the facility is to educational outreach


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  • Made Local

    Despite an increase in online commerce, with customers comparing prices from around the world and buying from the convenience of their home, there is still a substantial market niche for local artisanal wares. Many customers are seeking those one-of-a-kind items, especially for gifts—unique products lovingly made with care and not found in the Amazon world.


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  • Plant Power

    The Economist called 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Indeed, we are seeing more and more plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Many people are embracing a vegan lifestyle, if not wholly, at least in part.


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  • Kid Safe? The Vaccination Debate

    Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a scientific wonder, the vaccine, largely eliminated many debilitating and often life-threatening conditions.


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  • The State of Health Care

    Finding ways to make sure everyone has adequate health care is one of America’s greatest challenges. As the cost of drugs and services escalate, so do insurance premiums, often making full-service plans unaffordable for many employers, who have no choice but to pass on much of the burden to their employees.


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  • Managing Workplace Stress

    If you’re not stressed at your job and workplace, consider yourself lucky. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans said they are stressed during the day, 20 percent higher than the world average of 35 percent. By comparison, the population of Greece is the most stressed out on the planet for the last several years (59 percent), but the United States is quickly catching up.


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North Bay News and Stories

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Linking Wine Consumption with Health Claims is Risky

Today, nearly all foods and beverages make some sort of health claim, and nearly all of them are false.

 

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The Addictive Nature of Sugar

Several times during the day when I meet with patients, I find myself teaching them how to read labels. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans age 6 and older consume about 14 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars. So many packaged foods contain hidden sugars, such as energy drinks, fruit juice, sweetened coffee and teas, granola bars, salad dressing, bread and yes, even fat-free yogurt.

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Transparency and Health Care Consumerism

Ask anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness, or is living with a chronic condition necessitating continual and considerable expense, how they feel about the state of health care in the U.S. The inner workings of our health-care delivery system remain a mystery. Transparency is helpful, but like all such legislation, it spawns additional questions.

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Homeless on the Joe Rodota Trail

The website for Sonoma County Regional Parks describes the Joe Rodota Trail as “an 8.5-mile paved, off-road trail linking downtown Santa Rosa and Sebastopol . . . a popular route for cyclists, walkers and runners.” But that bucolic description is sobered by this warning on the same website: “Joe Rodota Trail users are advised to use an alternate route between Stony Point Road and South Wright roads due to safety concerns caused by illegal encampments along that trail section.”

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Santé, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is the ultimate luxury getaway, well-known for its natural mineral hot springs discovered more than a century ago, and still a draw today. Over the years, the inn’s restaurant, Santé, has received much acclaim for its cuisine, but since executive chef Marcellus Coleman arrived in 2018, he’s been shaking up the food scene at the inn and recently revamped its brunch menu.

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Anaba Wines

During the heat of summer, gusts and gales from Petaluma often sweep over the Carneros region in Sonoma. As they encounter warm surface temperatures on steeper slopes and drift upward, they transform into anabatic winds, a gift from Mother Nature that usually occurs on clear sunny days. The name anabatic stems from the Greek word anabatos, which means moving upward. These anabatic winds are the inspiration and magic behind Anaba Wines.

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Adrienne Silver

As a child, Adrienne Silver, M.D. decided to work in the medical field early on. Her father, who had his own practice and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, inspired her. While in medical school, Silver turned her attention toward pediatrics, and today she serves as the director of medical education at Kaiser’s Santa Rosa campus, overseeing the hospital’s family medicine residency and medical student programs, among other responsibilities.

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Too Early to Approve Another SMART Sales-Tax Extension

We trusted in our political leadership’s claims that the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) would reduce our congested highways, eliminate unnecessary greenhouse gases and be a spectacular and popular new mode of transportation. You\'ve no doubt seen these beautiful trains as they travel alongside Highway 101. But are you a regular rider of SMART? Very few of us are.

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SMART Rolls into Larkspur and RH Grows

The SMART train, which has long been billed as a way to relieve congestion for commuters on Highway 101 and reduce pollution, finally arrived in Larkspur, linking the train with the ferry. And while completing the Cal Park Hill tunnel was a challenge for the transportation provider, more obstacles lay in its path.

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Two Decades of Medical Tech

We’re still working to make full use of an individual’s genome to treat disease and improve health (one of the goals of so-called “precision medicine”), but it shows great promise in clinical trials for cancer treatment.

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Work/Life/Green

From sustainable eating to plogging trends, these are NorthBay biz tips to living a green life

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Employee Health: Saving Hearts and Lives with AEDs

Cardiovascular disease—also known as heart disease—is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Half of all heart disease deaths are caused by a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which can happen anytime, anywhere, at any age. Many victims have no prior history of heart disease and are stricken without warning. Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in the workplace, killing 10,000 American workers every year.

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Buzz Kill

Come February, most of the rah rah rahs and can-do attitudes of New Years resolutions are kicked to the wayside. Except for one, according to research from market analysis company, IWSR, which cited in a 2019 roundup, that 52 percent of U.S. surveyed consumers want to reduce alcohol consumption. Beverage companies are at the ready to make this resolution, a reality, with an avalanche of low- to no-alcohol beverages.

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Work/Life/Art

North Bay biz celebrates and spotlights local art and artists from the North Bay. This month: David Sydney Scott and the Gator Nation band

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Work/Life/Biz

From the local North Bay to nationwide, these are the leading business stories and statistics in the field of medicine.

 

      

 

In this Issue

Plant Power

The Economist called 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Indeed, we are seeing more and more plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Many people...

Kid Safe? The Vaccination Debate

Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a sc...

Managing Workplace Stress

If you’re not stressed at your job and workplace, consider yourself lucky. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans said they are stressed during the day, 20 percent higher than the worl...

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