I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for September 30th , 2011

Officials are investigating the death of a Santa Rosa man, found dead just hours after his release from a hospital Emergency Room. 49-year old Michael Torres was found in the parking lot of Memorial Hospital, 12-hours after being discharged from the ER for treatment for an undisclosed condition.

Is 5000 helicopter and sea plane flights over Point Reyes per year too many? Park Service and FAA officials are working on a plan to set new limits on both. The public comment period has been extended to Oct. 21st.

The North Bay SMART Train got the green light this week for $33 million in regional transportation funds. That will enable construction bonds to be sold later this year, and aid creation of a bike path along the railway. Meanwhile, SMART opponents are collecting signatures for a ballot measure next year to kill the entire project.

Elsewhere on the rails, The steampunk themed Handcar Regatta went off without a hitch Sunday in downtown Santa Rosa, before nearly 12,000 people. For the first time in the Regatta’s three-year history, revelers were treated to temperatures below 80 degrees. You can see video and photos from the event at NorthBayVoice.org.

Congratulations to KRCB Radio’s program director, Robin Pressman, recipient of a BOHO award from the North Bay Bohemian for her support and contributions to the independent local music scene. Also honored were Russian River Chamber Music, Donna Seager, Paul and Leilani Slack, and the Sonoma County Book Festival. See videos and photos of Robin’s acceptance speech online at northbayvoice.org.

The Google Green Flight Challenge took place at Sonoma County Airport this week. Four boldly experimental aircraft are competing for more than a Million and a half dollars of prize money. To be considered, each plane must fly one person 200 miles at 100 miles an hour on the equivalent of just one gallon of fuel.
All the aircraft will be on public display on the West side of Sonoma County Airport, Saturday from 9 to 4.

The Harvest Fair kicks off this weekend with food, wine, the World Championship Grape Stomp, live music, kids' activities and more. You can check it all out at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

And West Sonoma County roads will be chock full of happy leisurely cyclists Saturday morning More than 7500 cyclists will taker part in Levi Leipheimer’s 3rd annual Gran Fondo charity bike ride, beginning at 8 am. The finish line is at Santa Rosa’s Finley Park. where there will be be food, drinks, live music, family & children’s activities, and more from 10-6.

You can find more information, as well as detailed road closure information at levisgranfondo.com

That’s all for this Week In Review, I’m Michelle Olivera. See you next week!

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