American AgCredit, the nation’s 8th largest Farm Credit cooperative, has agreed to donate $25,000 to the California Farm Bureau Federation to support efforts to overturn the recently‐adopted Russian River Frost Regulation, passed on Sept. 20 by the State Water Resources Control Board.  According to the regulation, beginning March 15, 2012, through May 15, 2012, any diversion of water from the Russian River stream system for frost protection purposes is unreasonable unless it is diverted in accordance with a board approved water demand management program, which requires water users to prove that their diversions do not contribute to changes in stream stage that may strand young fish. The regulation itself affects Mendocino and Sonoma Counties downstream of Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma.Business Development

The City of Santa Rosa was named the 14th best city for independent business by the Washington Post, which named the top 25 such cities in the U.S. Redding was ranked 18th and San Jose ranked 5th.Government

Assemblymember Jared Huffman will present his October Sustainable North Bay Award to Permalla Dental Care in Petaluma for its environmentally responsible business practices. Permalla Dental Care, the first dental office in Sonoma County to be Green-certified by the Sonoma Green Business Program, implements eco-friendly practices aimed at waste reduction, pollution prevention, non-toxicity, and energy and water conservation, to ensure the wellness of their patients, staff and the community. 

Health Care

Solano Diagnostics Imaging has opened an outpatient imaging center in Vacaville that features digital mammography, bone densitometry and ultrasound. The center plans to add X-rays and CAT scans in the future. SDI is an independent service provider under the umbrella of NorthBay Healthcare. The new center is located in the VacaValley Health Plaza at 1010 Nut Tree Dr. on the campus of NorthBay Healthcare's VacaValley Hospital.Hospitality and Tourism

Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Yountville has been included in Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice list for 2011. The three-year old resort was ranked number 17 on the Top 200 Hotels in the U.S. list. Bardessono opened in February 2009 with 62 guest rooms, restaurant and a spa.

Sonoma County was named one of the Best Trips for 2012 by National Geographic. In addition to the county's 300-plus wineries, the magazine also cites the Russian River and Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve as tourism draws. It also mentions Fort Ross, which will turn 200 years old in 2012.