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The new district, a merger of Sea Ranch and Annapolis companies, is the latest test case for reforming the county’s jumbled network of fire agencies.
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County's volunteer fire companies fight to survive

With decisions looming that could long shape fire services in Sonoma County, funding woes and waning interest are threatening many of the region’s volunteer companies.

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There is nothing easy anymore about enlisting as a volunteer firefighter, with time and training demands and a dwindling number of candidates all taking a toll on Sonoma County’s companies.
With standing water all about along the North Coast, wildlife abounds. Get outside now to see vernal pools at their best.
The Bulldogs crushed Xavier to finally claim that elusive regional title.
It was a general merchandise outlet but also, in its heyday, it was something akin to the Capitol of the Sonoma Coast.
Entrepreneur John Webley’s initial plans for a tasting room and event venue on his bucolic Freestone farm have stalled over concerns raised by regulators and residents.
Ken and Luci Farr have been keeping track of weather for the National Weather Service since 1997.
With warm weather finally entering the rotation of sporadic rainstorms, it’s a great time to take advantage of the many trail runs and hikes the county offers. Here are a few good options.
Sebastopol's Joshua Asel, who dropped out of SRJC in 2012 to pursue a career in wildlife photography, calls the honor "humbling."
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