Stories from Chris Smith

Santa Rosa 'America's Got Talent' contestant tells all

Teen singer-songwriter Avonlea Martin isn't exactly singing the praises of reality TV after her recent appearance on 'America's Got Talent.'

Smith: His baseball coaches knew he’d fly high

The new commander of Vandenberg’s 614th Air and Space Operations Center credits his former Montgomery High coach.

Is this the 'Pokémon Go' for business?

Sonoma County-based Fuze app does for business what 'Pokémon Go' has done for aimless wandering.

Smith: Some will trek to battleground states to honor Grabill

The widow of Santa Rosa housing and human rights advocate David Grabill has an idea of how friends and admirers can extend his legacy.

Smith: Pilfering peaches, an ageless Sonoma summer pastime

Pilfered peaches, good Samaritans and the beauty of the prison song.

Smith: World War II vet, 96, takes to the skies again

74 years after his last flight, Ted Greer of Santa Rosa strapped himself into the cockpit of a Stearman biplane and roared into the sky.

Smith: Coast Guard roast to mark change of command

The Coast Guard bid farewell to Capt. Chuck Fosse after three years supervising trainees at the Two Rock base outside Petaluma.

Santa Rosa cooking contest winner, 8, savors lunch with first lady

Cannon Meiers was one of 56 youngsters given the royal treatment by the first lady for been being a winner in the annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe competition.

Smith: A statement, in prose, by a former Santa Rosa police spokeswoman

PD columnist Chris Smith shares a poem by retired police Sgt. Lisa Banayat. Though she is no longer on the streets, she is still bound to the officers who are.

Stock market soars after Sonoma bank execs ring closing bell

It was a big, big day for the three local bank executives who were in New York on Monday as guests of the Nasdaq.

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