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Stories from Chris Smith

Smith: Ruben Armiñana’s big farewell weekend

The retiring Sonoma State University president was feted at Cline Cellars, Sonoma Raceway and the Green Music Center, the $120 million music hall he shepherded into development.

Vintage costumes up for grabs in Santa Rosa sale

The owner of Hot Couture is offering up party getups she bought from Disguise the Limit.

Smith: 'Running Fence' artist creates floating wonder in Italy

A Santa Rosa couple shared photos of artist Christo's 'Floating Piers,' a series of golden walkways on Italy’s Lago d’Iseo.

Smith: Graffiti-marred Santa Rosa mural gets temporary fix

After a Santa Rosa mural was defaced with gang graffiti, a public art advocate came up with a temporary solution just in time for the Juneteenth Celebration.

Smith: Not buying this pot purveyor’s story

The cannabis purveyor arrested in Wednesday’s large-scale raids has run afoul of the law before. His marijuana mission strikes our local columnist as more than about medicine.

Smith: Santa Rosa boy with a recipe heads to the White House

In less than a month, an 8-year-old Santa Rosa boy will fly to Washington, D.C., to dine at the White House and talk healthy eating with Michelle Obama.

Smith: Saini’s old dog tags and a new half-dollar

The Marine’s nephew, Healdsburg winegrower John Saini, and his sister, Liz McDowell, received his dog tags and the 1943 half-dollar he’d had in the pocket of his combat uniform.

Smith: Sebastopol hospital benefactors closing French Garden Restaurant

The French Garden Restaurant braces for shutdown by owners Dan Smith and Joan Marler-Smith, whose philanthropy has been essential to the still uncertain revival of the former Palm Drive Hospital.

Smith: Want to take your pick from someone's yard? Just ask, please

What civilized person would harvest another's peaches? Sadly, such ripoffs seem to be happening more often.

Lost remains of World War II Marine returning to Healdsburg

John Saini’s relatives kept up a decades-long search for his body on Tarawa, where he was killed in 1943. His body was found last June.

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