Chris Smith - Columnist

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The Latest Stories By Chris Smith

Part of the magic of the math contest at Spring Lake Regional Park is in how it inspires students to work together.
The Oak Leaf celebrates awards for its fire stories and other coverage, and produces 'what might be its last print edition.'
The top prize for breaking news coverage affirms the passion of the Press Democrat newsroom.
A special treat at Buddy Guy's Luther Burbank Center blues concert was a surprise performance by 11-year-old Ryan Woodard.
The names of the adjacent country lanes off of Graton Road didn’t mean much of anything until a shakeup in the Trump administration.
Amid a pay impasse, some instructors will boycott celebrations at 100-year-old SRJC, and some will protest.
Memorial Hospital names its emergency department and trauma center for the county’s father of emergency medicine.
A team of 9-year-olds will represent the U.S. at the finals of Odyssey of the Mind; and more from columnist Chris Smith.
A model railroader is happy that he studied, measured and miniaturized the landmark well before the fires.
A challenge grant from the Weills helped the fire-impacted SRHS concert choir seal its trip to NYC.
Eleanor Green was 4 years old when her brother Nicholas was slain alongside her during a family trip to Italy. Now she’s 28, a teacher, and engaged to be married.
Sondra Bernstein and helpers treat fire survivors to an amazing selection of cookbooks to replace the ones they lost.
Caring strangers repainted the grape-hued temporary campus occupied by Roseland Collegiate Prep students displaced by the Tubbs fire.
Pavel Karabelov, 13, went to New York to produce a public service clip on how cars make deadly toys.
The blue pop-up canopy in a burned-out neighborhood just north of Santa Rosa wasn’t worth much.But news of its theft Friday outraged fire survivors far beyond Larkfield-Wikiup, where the sun shade was a colorful symbol of hope and community.T
Joy Solheim and her daughter-in-law give artwork to people who since October live with bare walls.
During her more than two decades with the junior college she expanded classes and services to students preparing for a high school equivalency test or in need of tutoring.
Wanda Ruegamer was 22 and yearning for work when she learned Hugh Codding was looking for a flagpole sitter.
The names of 55 Sonoma County service members lost to the Vietnam war will be read at the Veterans Memorial at Santa Rosa City Hall, Thursday, March 29 at noon.
Ray Lazzini and his wife, Kathy, operated Ray’s Food Center at Dutton and Hearn avenues for 50 years. Their sons continued in the business in Bennett Valley.
The first dollars to boost the college prospects of Healdsburg kindergartners came from Ellen DeGeneres and Cheerios.
Owners of Reed’s Trailer Sales were ripped off by people who claimed to need generators to feed people affected by the fires.
George Merrill’s many professional honors included Santa Rosa’s Educator of the Year and the highest award of the state library-media educators’ group.
Tyler-Avery Lewis will sing through her reign, and push for schools to be truthful about the African-American experience.
A Steinway that will be played on March 24 beat the odds and, with its keepers, came through the Holocaust.