Stories from Gaye Lebaron

Sci-fi author Frank Herbert and ABC White House correspondent Cecilia Vega may be two of the best-known bylines that used to grace the pages of The Press Democrat, but the newspaper has a long history as a cradle of literary and journalistic talent.
It was a general merchandise outlet but also, in its heyday, it was something akin to the Capitol of the Sonoma Coast.
If you are among those who find rhetoric about law-breaking, gang-banging, terrorist immigrants unsettling, you might feel the need for a happy immigrant story. If so, this is your lucky day.
It was the little station that could when it launched in 1984, carving out a niche that’s grown to 825,000 viewers. CEO Nancy Dobbs has been at the helm since the start.
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.
Wistfulness coats our memories of the five drive-ins that served Sonoma County moviegoers until the last drive-in closed in the mid 1980s. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron recounts the local history of the drive-in.
Circuses have been visiting Sonoma County for more than 150 years. As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares to stage its last shows, PD columnist Gaye LeBaron takes you a trip into the past.
Cannabis may claim only the latest crop-based moniker bestowed over two centuries on the North Bay.
PD columnist Gaye LeBaron takes a look at the history of crab fishing in Sonoma County. She found it has been an important holiday tradition for longer than you might think.
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron looks back at the many changes it unleashed in Sonoma County.