Stories from Chris Smith


Smith: Sonoma County centenarians share birth date

Art Janssen, 105, and Ann Beach Burrow, 109, are the oldest man and woman in Sonoma County, both with birthdays on Oct. 23.


Smith: Santa Rosa High alum, author returns

The 'Quiet As They Come' writer will speak at the school’s latest Author Night series next week.


Smith: Janssen is 105 and remembers everything

It’s remarkable that native Santa Rosan and mid-1950s mayor of Sebastopol Art Janssen has lived more than 38,000 days. He also seems to remember each of those days.


Smith: The buffalo’s milk of local politics?

When a retired Bennett Valley doctor went searching online for some information on bison milk he got an eyeful of one of the candidates for Santa Rosa City Council.


Patriarch ‘broken’ by Salcido killings dies at 80

Bob Richards, the man whose wife, three daughters and two granddaughters were killed by Ramon Salcido in Sonoma County’s most shocking mass murder, had relocated to Montana years ago.


Smith: Could we be nearing the end of common crime?

Crime is migrating, along with most everything else, to the Internet. Also, remembering drummer James Preston


Smith: It began with Isaac, Panda and a joke

Back in April, I mentioned the joke that 6-year-old Isaac Smith of Santa Rosa told Giants star Pablo Sandoval when they met in a hospital.


Smith: Views of the gift of trick/treat candy

A Santa Rosa dentist's annual Halloween candy buy-back raises questions for some.


Santa Rosa dog helping to sniff out malaria in Africa (w/video)

A Santa Rosa kennel owner and his trained German shepherd hope to play a role in ending the scourge of malaria.


Smith: Assisted suicide a humane final option for those who choose it

I couldn’t be more gratified that Brittany Maynard, 29, the former San Franciscan who married in Sonoma Valley, will be allowed to end her suffering with a lethal dose of prescribed pills.

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