CLOVERDALE Officers, dispatchers to join Special Olympics Torch relay

In partnership with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, and in honor of Special Olympics athletes, members of the Cloverdale Police Department will participate in the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 13.

Cloverdale officers and dispatchers will carry the Special Olympics Torch, the “Flame of Hope,” as it is relayed through Cloverdale on the way to the Special Olympics Northern California in Davis.

Road to Yorty Creek, closed by slide, expected to reopen soon

County of Sonoma Public Works crews have been working to repair a portion of Hot Springs Road leading to the Yorty Creek Recreation Area at Lake Sonoma. The road, which has been closed for several months because of a slide caused by heavy winter rains, is expected to reopen within the next week.

Summertime is swimming time; pool opens June 5

The Cloverdale Memorial Pool at 215 W. First Street will be open daily for the summer beginning June 5, returning to an end-of-season weekend-only schedule from Aug. 19 to Sept. 4.

Under the direction of the Sonoma County Family YMCA, a wide range of swimming options for the whole family will be offered, including Open Swim and Aqua Zumba. Late-morning and early evening swim classes will be taught Monday through Thursday.

Contact the Cloverdale Memorial Pool at 707-894-9148 to register for upcoming sessions, private swim instruction and pool rentals. Registration for swimming lessons must be made in person prior to the start of the first class.

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Ferguson named city’s Public Works director

Civil engineer and land surveyor Colleen Ferguson has been named to succeed retiring City of Sonoma Public Works Director/City Engineer Dan Takasugi.

Ferguson has worked for the City of Santa Rosa for 28 years. She most recently served as deputy director of Capital Projects Engineering for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, where she was responsible for design and construction of the city’s water, wastewater, storm drainage, traffic/transportation, buildings, parks and other municipal infrastructure, with a staff of 55.

She’s an active member of the American Public Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers, which named her the 2016 Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector in California.

She is on the board of the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association, which operates the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood. The observatory is named after her father.

Ferguson begins her new job June 14. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University.

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