# Sonoma county
Clydesdale horses of a Sturgeon's Mill
Another part of visiting the Sturgeon's Mill is they have a horse demo to show how the horses worked in the process of harvesting logs. The Clydesdale is a Scottish breed of draught horse. It is named for its area of origin, the Clydesdale or valley of the River Clyde, much of which is within the county of Lanarkshire.
Amazing steam-powered Sturgeon's Mill
What a fantastic place to visit. It's a time machine going back over one hundred years. Definitely go check it out if you love the history of the Bay Area. History: The technology of Sturgeon’s Mill dates to about 1865-70, only about 80 years after the start of the industrial revolution. In the early days, logs were pulled out of the woods with mules, oxen, and horses, then hauled to mills such as this one. The development of the steam-powered donkey engine in 1883 began replacing oxen and greatly increased the production of lumber.
You want to be a Blacksmith?
A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects primarily from wrought iron or steel, but sometimes from other metals, by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut (cf. tinsmith). Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, and weapons. There was an historical opposition between the heavy work of the blacksmith and the more delicate operation of a whitesmith, who usually worked in gold, silver, pewter, or the finishing steps of fine steel. The place where a blacksmith works are called variously a smithy, a forge, or a blacksmith's shop.
This replaced horses, the Hit 'N' Miss engine - Circa 1916
A hit-and-miss engine or Hit 'N' Miss is a type of stationary internal combustion engine that is controlled by a governor to only fire at a set speed. They are usually 4-stroke but 2-stroke versions were made. It was conceived in the late 19th century and produced by various companies from the 1890s through approximately the 1940s. The name comes from the speed control on these engines: they fire ("hit") only when operating at or below a set speed, and cycle without firing ("miss") when they exceed their set speed. This is as compared to the "throttle governed" method of speed control. The sound made when the engine is running without a load is a distinctive "Snort POP whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh snort POP" as the engine fires and then coasts until the speed decreases and it fires again to maintain its average speed. The snorting is caused by the atmospheric intake valve used on many of these engines.
Amie Carter lays out positions for school superintendent campaign
Amie Carter is running for Sonoma County School SuperintendentAmie Carter Campaign material. This year after over a decade of Steve Harrington in the role, Sonoma County will have a new superintendent of schools. The position heads up the Sonoma County Office of Education, oversees county-wide education initiatives, and maintains fiscal oversight for Sonoma County’s 40 school districts.
Sonoma County seeks public art
Enhanced by artwork, drivers heed this warning sign near Charles Schultz-Sonoma County Airport.Google Maps. A new initiative is aiming to pepper Sonoma County with diverse and whimsical art pieces is welcoming applicants.
Give harbor seals some space say local wildlife experts
Harbor seals along the California coast.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a natural, annual spectacle tens of thousands of harbor seals are ashore, nursing newborns in small groups and giant colonies.
Sonoma County water bills set to rise
Much of Lake Mendocino dried up last year, similar conditions are expected this summerDepartment of Water Resources Archive. Most locals will be digging a little deeper into their pockets to pay their water bills in the months ahead. Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a roughly six and a half percent rate increase on wholesale water prices.
Superintendent of schools candidates say they are intent on correcting educational disparities in Sonoma County
Superintendent candidates, from left to right, Brad Coscarelli, Amie Carter, Ron Meza CallowayCourtesy of the Coscarelli, Carter and Calloway campaigns. There are three candidates running for Sonoma County’s next superintendent of schools, and all three took part in a recent forum hosted by Cradle to Career Sonoma County.
Community health clinics nearing financial brink as COVID reimbursement lags
In the pandemic emergency, Sonoma County clinics providing care to the neediest, say they're being left out in the cold. Another wrinkle in the Rube Goldberg-esque world of American medical care---clinics that have distributed six million vaccine doses to California's un- and under-insured are still awaiting re-payment from the federal government, nearly 16 months after vaccines against COVID became available.
Lively debate as supervisor candidates spar over Sonoma County's future
Five candidates contesting two county supervisor seats met for a wide-ranging and well-structured debate Thursday evening. It was organized by Los Cien, a council of local Latino leaders.
Opposition to proposed Windsor-area casino growing
A conceptual image of the proposed casino resort.Courtesy of the Koi Nation. A proposed Native American-owned casino just south of Windsor is running into official opposition. Sonoma County supervisors are being asked Tuesday to consider officially opposing a planned multibillion dollar gaming operation on what's now a vineyard off Shiloh Road south of Windsor.
Tensions mount at Amy's Kitchen Santa Rosa facility
Tensions remain high at the Amy’s Kitchen production facility in Santa Rosa. As a boycott of Amy’s products grows and a union drive picks up steam, both sides are waiting on an impending report from state workplace regulators.
Microbusiness grant program taking local applicants
There’s new grant money available for very small businesses in California. Officially called the Microbusiness Covid-19 relief grant program… it’s administered statewide by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, or CalOSBA. It gives out grants up to $2,500. In Sonoma County, the Economic Development Board is managing the program locally.
Santa Rosa Zine Fest Is Back
The Santa Rosa Zine Fest, a celebration of the DIY publication style, returns this week for its second annual event after a hiatus in 2021. The festival includes a series of webinars on topics like “liberation through art,” demonstrations on printing and binding methods, and a Spanish language workshop on lithography.
Petaluma nears last steps in redistricting process
Petaluma is in the final stages of its redistricting process. The Petaluma City Council chose a new district map by a six-to-one vote, the map will be finalized on April 4th. The new map is an amended version of a map submitted by a member of the public and splits Petaluma into six electoral districts.
Watch Racecars practice for FREE in Sonoma
One of the great things about Sonoma Raceway is that not everything costs money. Open testing days are free and you never know what you will see going around the track. I saw Datsuns, Corvettes, Mercedes, and Audis.
Travelers returning to skies, airport poised for growth
Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County AirportSonoma County Share Archive. After a COVID induced lull, fewer people are shying away from taking to the air locally. Figures from last month show a rebound in travelers alighting or arriving at Charles Schultz-Sonoma County Airport. Jon Stout is the airport's manager. "At the end of the year, we were doing better than 2019 numbers but then the omicron variant derailed a little bit, but yes, we're getting close to the 2019 numbers."
Amazing Race Karts at Sonoma Raceway yesterday
I shot this video yesterday 03-24-2022 of the practice session in the afternoon. The 2022 Challenge of the Americas season begins with a return to the Musselman Honda Circuit on January 28-30. The Challenge first visited Tucson, Arizona in 2012 and has made seven visits in total since. The program’s February round (Feb 25-27) will bring the teams back to Arizona for a stop at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association track in Glendale. This season will mark the 11th time that COTA has visited the popular and challenging PKRA track. For the 10th time in series history, Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California will host the series finale, scheduled for March 25-27, 2022.