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  • Rancho Feeding trouble trailed USDA cuts

    A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut the number of food safety inspectors at the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma is coming under new scrutiny this week.
  • USDA takes heat over staffing decisions

    Critics contend that U.S. Department of Agriculture staffing decisions and a shortage of inspectors have resulted in more food safety recalls because meat failed to receive a full inspection.
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Zane blasts sheriff's decision on Lopez shooter

A Sonoma County supervisor has co-written an opinion piece critical of the way Sheriff Steve Freitas handled a deputy’s return to work after the death of Andy Lopez.



Performance hall for Sparky's Schroeder

Most performance halls are named for famous musicians or wealthy sponsors. But the brand-new, $9.5 million Schroeder Hall att SSU is named for a Charles Schulz cartoon character.


A la carte: A taste of Petaluma

The Taste of Petaluma is this weekend, with bites and sips available at various downtown restaurants, wineries and breweries.


Benefield: There is an 'I' in team in IndyCar

Team Penske drivers Will Power and Helio Castroneves are both in great position to capture a series title, which means it’s every driver for themselves at Sunday’s race in Sonoma Raceway.


PD Editorial: Geothermal bill is steamy deal for public

The steam fields in the Mayacmas Mountains northeast of Santa Rosa have been the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy since the 1970s.


11 local companies make Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing firms

They make everything from beef jerky to organic ice cream. Most have found a valuable niche, like D.H. Charles Engineering, above, which offers its expertise in construction engineering.

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