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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

The regal monarch butterfly, which migrates from Canada to Mexico every winter, is just as much a part of Thanksgiving in Bodega Bay as turkey and stuffing. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron explains why.
Once upon a time, this newspaper gave out physical medals for heroism. We’d need to buy a factory to keep up with all our heroes from the past week.
Gaye LeBaron remembers the city that suffered through Sonoma County’s last mega fire and wonders if we overlooked peril.
This summer, Community Foundation Sonoma County celebrated a grant that took it past the $200 million mark. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron reminds us that it is simply the latest in a long line of charities active in Sonoma County.
In the late 1970s, a small group of Bay Area Nazis targeted Santa Rosa, triggering violent confrontations and a debate over free speech. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron shares the story.
Well into the 20th century, everyone went everywhere in the North Bay by train. SMART’s launch provides a chance to look back at that era.
What exactly comprises Bennett Valley? And who the heck is Bennett — and why is it named for him? Gaye LeBaron recounts the tale of the man who lent his name to the place that played a pivotal role in the birth of Santa Rosa.
The 1936 New Deal-facility, called County Hospital for most of its working life, marked the arrival of a modern era of medical care in Sonoma County, an evolution one doctor described as ‘Pesthouse to penicillin in 100 years.’
Sonoma County has long been home to horses of every size and service. The most prominent horses — and their owners — are woven into our history.
In 1910, a Santa Rosa doctor was accused of planting dynamite in a cabin where his alleged lover and illegitimate son slept. Two decades before the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby, newspapers proclaimed it the “Crime of the Century.”