New no-drilling ocean preserve off Sonoma coast...

California lawmakers are quietly mounting a campaign to persuade President Barack Obama to protect a 50-mile stretch of California coast along Sonoma and Mendocino counties by the end of this month -- a move that would permanently ban offshore oil drilling there and create California's largest ocean preserve in 20 years.  Full Story

Picture: Goat Rock, at the mouth of the Russian river near Jenner (Bill Daley/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

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