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🌱 Sonic Internet Update + River Water Restrictions + Michelin Nod

Hello Hello! It’s Simone, your host of the Healdsburg Daily – here to fill you in on everything you need to know about what’s happening on the ground.

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Well, your daily weather:

  • Thursday: More sun and wind, but some cooling off from the last few days. High: 78 Low: 48.
  • Friday: Sunny, windy and even cooler. High: 68 Low: 46.

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Air over Healdsburg:

This is what the air over Healdsburg looked like from above this morning. (photo is mine)
And this is what the air over Healdsburg looked like from below this morning. (Photo by a reader who wished to remain anonymous — thanks! 💜)

Here are the top 5 stories today in Healdsburg:

  1. Healdsburg’s newest internet service, Sonic, is currently being installed citywide. And once work is complete, according to the Healdsburg Tribune, we will be the “fourth city in Sonoma County, after Sebastopol, Petaluma and Santa Rosa, to have a fiber optic network” – with speeds expected to be 100 times faster than existing options. We have Dane Jasper, resident in Healdsburg and co-founder of Sonic, to thank for that. “The first neighborhoods are scheduled to come online in early August,” reports the Tribune, and “the fastest internet in the country can be had for as little as $30 a month.” However, only about half of the houses in Healdsburg will be in Sonic’s service area for now. From the trib: “Unfortunately, it won’t be for everyone, at least not yet; and ironically, it’s the newer neighborhoods that are left out this time. The fiber optic cables are laid using the existing overhead lines, i.e. the streets, with telephone poles. Newer developments, particularly the 55+ Rivers Bend communities and Parkland Farms, are fortunate to have underground utilities, but at this point there is no way to install a new data delivery system in these areas. You can see if your home is eligible on Sonic’s website. (Healdsburg Tribune & Facebook Groups & Sonic)
  2. Update on the situation this year for hundreds of wineries, farms and others in the Healdsburg area Properties drawing water from the upper Russian River. According to the Press Democrat, there likely won’t be any cuts by state water agencies until at least July. “That means ranchers, wine growers, communities and municipal water districts can draw water from the river and its tributaries for a few more weeks,” reports the PD, “before supplies in Lake Mendocino and possibly Lake Sonoma run low enough for to explain to the state that certain rights holders no longer have enough water available.” However: a lot more pressing deadline of this coming MondayJune 20, is ready for those who wish to register for a new one,”pioneering voluntary water-sharing agreement intends to allow those with older, “senior” water rights who are least likely to be circumcised to share the pain with those first in line to have their rights revoked.” State officials will then reportedly “Determine if there are enough participantsand enough senior rights holders among them to make the program work this year.” See both the Trib and PD for more information. (Healdsburg Tribune & Press Democrat; Paywall)
  3. That Healdsburg Police Department logs for the last month are live on the Police Department’s website under the ‘Bulletin’ section. Reported incidents for just the last week include: Someone who allegedly “stole the donation can from the counter” at the Memorial Beach Market near the river, which contained about $50 to $70, but appeared to be a market employee turned out a fist fight under the palm trees on the square; an ambulance that rushed to Healdsburg High School after a student was believed to have overdosed on fentanyl, or perhaps marijuana; an iPhone stolen from someone’s cooler while they were dancing at a Plaza concert, then found by police after “pinging” near Single Tree; a drunk spotted peeing outside a bar on Plaza Street and another allegedly assaulting a bartender; someone who called 911 on a truck making donuts in the mansion’s parking lot, but police couldn’t find any “donut marks”; a temporary one Overnight outside of the Mueller Winery tasting room on North Street, who was asked to leave; and many more. (Healdsburg Police Department)
  4. Matheson, our new monolith of fine dining on the Plaza, has just opened Hat tip from the people at the Michelin Guide. Alongside 16 other California restaurants, The Matheson has been dubbed a “new discovery” – meaning it will be included in the digital guide and later this fall, when Michelin’s will receive either an official “Bib Gourmand” or a “star” for it regular naming ceremonies. In the meantime, here are her notes on The Matheson: “Chef Dustin Valette’s latest venture is in a burgeoning complex, but this never takes focus off the menu that weaves seasonal produce with California flair and Mediterranean elements.” (Eater SF)
  5. If you noticed more announcements than usual Runs and marathons on Lake Sonoma this year, you are not wrong! According to Endurance Sportswire, “2022 was a huge year for the legendary Lake Sonoma Race Series (LSRS), which has grown from its roots as a small-town charity race founded by John Medinger fifteen years ago to a four-race, four-distance series has developed from the marathon to 100K. The relentlessly hilly, winding courses hosted over seven hundred runners Four events this year, more than twice as many participants every previous year and raised over fifteen thousand dollars for charity.” It was also a big year for women’s participation. Skip Brand, owner of Healdsburg Running Company, told Sportswire that despite all this growth, “the charm of wine country continues to help these races have a small-town vibe while evolving into a full-blown trail festival weekend, with breathtaking views , relentless singletrack and 2023 hopefully camping for the participants.” (Endurance Sportswire)

Healdsburg Picture of the day:

South Fitch Mountain resident Tom Pierce captured an amazing video (screenshot above) this month of two otters rolling around on his Russian River dock and playing in his kayaks. “Surprise 😮 kayak 🛶 inspection 🔎,” he wrote. You can watch the whole riot here. (Image courtesy of Tom Pierce)

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Today and tomorrow in Healdsburg:

Thursday, June 16th

  • Drew Esquivel Memorial Summer wrestling camp at Healdsburg High School (June 16-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • National Foundation for Marine Mammals Interactive program at the Healdsburg Library on “Southern Resident killer whales” (11-12 o’clock)
  • Virtual info session on “Food and Beverage concession opportunities” at Sonoma County Airport (2:30 p.m.)
  • Heldsburg Chamber of Commerce network mixer on the outdoor terrace of Hotel Les Mars & Chalkboard (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Running Company run for wine With Jeff Cohn Cellars (6 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg plum packer baseball game at Rec Park (June 16-18, 6pm)
  • Healdsburg Jazz Festival: Bobi Cespedes & Arenas Dance Company perform at Raven Theater (7pm-9pm)
  • karaoke at Coyote Sonoma (7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
  • AV Movie presented drive-in movie at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds: “Dazed and Confused” (8:45 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Jazz Festival: late concert at the Elephant in the Room, with Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini (9:30pm-11:30pm)

Friday June 17th

  • Mandatory incineration at the Rio Lindo Academy (all day)
  • Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Annual budget hearings (8 o’clock in the morning)
  • Heldsburg Library Familystories at Giorgi Park (weekly, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • “Textures, Colors, Tones”: Healdsburg Jazz Presents Fate of Muhammad into conversation in the Healdsburg Library (1-2 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Running Company children run: Meet with Jr. High Coaches at Healdsburg High School Track for practice (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday evening Wine & Singing at Hudson Street Wineries, with music by Open Hearts & food truck on site (5-8 p.m.)
  • Wilson Wines Summer music series at the Mazzocco Winery, Feat. Music of The Crazy Dozen & Food from FA Nino’s (6-8:30pm)
  • Rock in the roll Live at Coyote Sonoma (6:30pm-9:30pm)
  • comedian Iliza Shlesinger Live at the Luther Burbank Center (7 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Jazz Festival: Charlie Musselwhite Band Live at the Jackson Theater, Feat. Opening Band Martin Luther & the Howard Wiley Organ Quartet (7-9pm)
  • Healdsburg Jazz Festival: Late concert outdoors at the elephant in the room, feat. Blues/Swing Band Howard Wiley Organ Quartet & Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin (9:30-11:30 p.m.)

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All right, you’re all caught up for today. See you soon…

Simon Wilson

About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA where I was the editor of Healdsburg High School Hound’s Bark. Since then I have worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. I’m currently Senior Product Manager for Patch.

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