Stories from Gaye Lebaron

After World War II ended, Sonoma County was a more welcoming place than most when its Japanese-American residents returned from internment camps, a trove of letters on exhibit at Sonoma State reminds us.
It was a military academy, a resort, an orphanage and a rehabilitation center. Now the 564 acres are up for sale, offering a moment to recall Lytton Springs’ history.
We westerners seem to love the bad boys and two of Sonoma County’s finest come to mind with recent talk of a reunified Old Courthouse Square.
The ruins of the Carrillo Adobe stand as a symbol of a community’s inability to honor its history.
Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the historic Roe v. Wade abortion rights case, lived in Forestville for a time. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron reexamines the local history of McCorvey, now the subject of a new play.
With Fourth of July come and gone, summer has officially begun in Sonoma County, stirring memories of lazy days past.
A consortium of private builders seeks to turn Highway 37 into a toll road. It wouldn’t be the first time. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron shares the history of the traffic-clogged route.
It was a pioneer tale of terror and hardship as well as great good luck that brought the Canfield family to rest in Sonoma County.
Rolf Illsley brought Sonoma County its first tech startup in the 1950s when he rode his motorcycle across the United States, aiming to find a place to relocate his company, Gaye LeBaron writes.
With talk of earthquakes all around, it’s worth a look back at the impact of the twin quakes that struck the city in 1969 and the redevelopment they set in motion.