I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for December 2nd, 2011
The North Coast’s crab season got off to a belated start on Monday, when fishermen were promised an extra 25 cents per pound for their catch. An extended impasse with buyers had kept dozens of boats, piled high with crab pots, docked for nearly two weeks after the legal opening date.
An anonymous letter that made death threats against three middle school officials is being investigated by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. The letter, which arrived over the Thanksgiving break, was sent to Miller Creek Middle School. Deputies have increased patrols as a precaution, but classes went on as usual this week.
Exchange Bank, whose stock funds the widely used Doyle scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College, suspended the program three years ago when their proceeds plummeted. The North Bay Bohemian reports this week that the bank’s revenues are up again, and substantial administrative fees are being paid, but the scholarships remain on hold.
Plans to expand the Sonoma County Airport won the approval of the planning commission this week. With longer runways and a new terminal and control tower, the airport could handled up to 21 commercial flights per day by the year 2030. County supervisors still must affirm the $84 million plan next month.
Not known for its frigid winters, Napa has set up a temporary outdoor ice rink in a downtown parking lot as a special winter attraction. It’s open daily --including Christmas and New Years--from now through January 16th.
That’s all for this Week In Review, I’m Michelle Olivera. See you next week!