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February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews working overnight were able to repair a 40-year-old steel-and-concrete pipe that burst in Guerneville, north of the Bay Area, sending 100,000 gallons or more of sewage into the Russian River. Officials say it is the biggest sewage spill into the Northern California river in at least a decade. About 40,000 gallons of sewage per hour generally flows through the 16-inch pipe, officials said. The leak near Branch and Orchard avenues started at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and lasted about three hours.
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February 14, 2014 | By Susan Spano
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
State water officials are cracking down on users of Russian River water in Mendocino County, ordering two water agencies to install meters or risk losing their rights to divert water from the river. The state Water Resources Control Board has ordered the two Mendocino County water agencies to comply with state documentation rules within 60 days or face $1,000 daily fines and possible civil enforcement action by the attorney general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews working overnight were able to repair a 40-year-old steel-and-concrete pipe that burst in Guerneville, north of the Bay Area, sending 100,000 gallons or more of sewage into the Russian River. Officials say it is the biggest sewage spill into the Northern California river in at least a decade. About 40,000 gallons of sewage per hour generally flows through the 16-inch pipe, officials said. The leak near Branch and Orchard avenues started at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and lasted about three hours.
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July 18, 1996 | Associated Press
Two boys drowned Wednesday while swimming in the Russian River, authorities said. The boys--ages 11 and 14--reportedly were trying to cross the river to reach a rope swing when one of them went under. The other drowned while trying to save his companion. Search teams in boats and helicopters searched for the boys, who slipped under the water near the lower dam in Guerneville near state Highway 116. The boys were not identified pending notification of their families, said Capt.
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February 21, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
While millions of gallons of treated wastewater poured down the Russian River, which supplies fresh water for thousands of residents, government officials Wednesday worked to stem the swelling tide of complaints. Hastily set-up pipelines and fleets of tanker trucks were brought in to supply residents along the normally clean stream with fresh water.
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March 1, 1987 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Along the scenic Russian River, where mellow practically was invented, about the only time folks find time to worry nowadays is when it rains. And when it doesn't. The problem isn't so much the floods that seem to regularly wash over Monte Rio, Guerneville and other quaint towns in this redwood-and-whitewater resort area 60 miles north of San Francisco. The real problem is with the City of Santa Rosa--and its sewage.
FOOD
November 9, 1989 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
It may be that no two entities were better matched than the Russian River Valley and Gary Farrell. Or perhaps it's just that Farrell listens carefully and hears what the grapes are saying. But for sheer consistency, I can think of no one who has made such high-quality wines that evoke the region's uniqueness, and someone who has improved the quality of his wines so regularly the way Farrell has.
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May 11, 1997 | BARRY ZWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Zwick is a Times assistant news editor
Soon after our Southwest jet soared over the purple mountain majesties of Burbank, bound for Oakland, I dropped what I thought was a romantic surprise on my wife: For tomorrow, on the Russian River, I had reserved a kayak built for two. "You what?" she said. "You think I'm going to get on a boat with you and capsize and ruin my hair?" Had a cloud descended on our weekend? We had to wait an hour for our rental car at Oakland's jammed airport.
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August 27, 1995 | HEIDI HAUGHY CUSICK, Cusick is a free-lance writer based in Mendocino. and
Lured by redwood forests, fog-tempered summers and sandy swimming holes, vacationers have been coming to the Russian River since the turn of the century. Once known as San Francisco's Riviera, the Russian River resort area was a day trip by ferry and train. Travelers stayed in rough cabins or in scores of resorts and camps along the railroad tracks that, until 1935, extended north from Sausalito to Monte Rio and Guerneville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
The last in a series of punishing storms swept through Northern California on Sunday, leaving downed power lines, cracked tree limbs and buckets of rain - but not, it appeared, the disastrous flooding that authorities had feared. Since Wednesday, a string of storms had passed through the region. Each passed over an unusual band of tropical moisture hovering above the Pacific. That was the root of the concern: Officials feared that the warmed storms would leave a torrent of rain rather than snow, and flooding was feared along at least seven rivers.
FOOD
September 22, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
From Hansel Family Vineyards comes this fine expression of Russian River Pinot. Round and silky, with a beautiful balance and taste of red plums and black cherries, the 2009 is a splurge, but worth it for a California Pinot of this quality. Save it for a special dinner party to have with roasted or braised duck, braised short ribs or some meaty lamb chops. Region: Russian River Valley Price: About $36 Style: Balanced and elegant What it goes with: Duck, braised beef, grilled lamb chops Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
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April 7, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  Brian Loring has a self-proclaimed obsession with Pinot Noir. From a workaday facility in Lompoc on the Central Coast, he makes half a dozen single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is a mixture of several vineyard lots and is a great argument for the virtues of blending. The 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has everything going for it — beautiful fruit, an enticing aroma, good structure and layered flavors. It also has something indefinable: character. Only 600 cases were made, so pick up some while it's still around.
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August 5, 2009 | Nick Owchar
Rivers and creeks overflowing with wine -- was it a biblical sign of the end of the world or time for a free drink? This singular image kept coming up as Vivienne Sosnowski talked to the elder members of Northern California wine-making families -- many in their late 90s -- about life after Prohibition took effect in 1920. And it's the image that inspired the title of her book "When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America's Wine Country" (Macmillan: 256 pp., $26.
TRAVEL
June 14, 2009
Recently we discovered a historic lodge built in 1906 that sits on the banks of the Russian River. It is beautifully restored and affordable. Located near the wine country and the rugged Northern California coast, the rooms are cozy, and a nice breakfast is included. Highland Dell Lodge, 21050 River Blvd., Monte Rio 95462; (707) 865-2300, www.highland. Doubles from $109. CALIFORNIA River splendor Susan and John Fisher Pacific Palisades
FOOD
June 18, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila
Rick Moshin has a thing for Pinot Noir, and the family-owned Moshin Vineyards is pretty much a full-on Pinot Noir facility. One of his best is this 2006 Pinot from the Russian River. It's smooth, dark and delicious with flavors of cherries, blackberries and earth. By rights, for a Pinot Noir of this quality, the bottle should cost a lot more than it does. Chill it down a little before serving in this weather; it will warm up soon enough.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2014 | By Susan Spano
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
When the big storm clouds park over the wine country and the rain-swollen Russian River tops its banks, folks here shrug their shoulders, pull on rubber boots and begin what's become a time-honored ritual. Belongings are lugged to the second floor. Sandbags sprout on door stoops. Citizens swarm Safeway for provisions. Merchants raise clothing racks on milk crates or pack up everything in getaway trucks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2008 | The Associated Press
A man vacationing with his family at the Russian River died after entering the water in an attempt to save his daughter. Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman said Carlos Manzo, 39, of Oakland was trying to help his 10-year-old daughter, who was having trouble swimming. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said a bystander rushed into the river to save the girl, but when she went back to help Manzo, he was gone. A firefighter later found Manzo in the river and tried to resuscitate him, but he had been underwater too long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
When the big storm clouds park over the wine country and the rain-swollen Russian River tops its banks, folks here shrug their shoulders, pull on rubber boots and begin what's become a time-honored ritual. Belongings are lugged to the second floor. Sandbags sprout on door stoops. Citizens swarm Safeway for provisions. Merchants raise clothing racks on milk crates or pack up everything in getaway trucks.
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