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An online mapping project invites residents of every neighborhood to submit stories and photos from the part of town they call home.
These Sonoma County people are serving children and sharing stories in Africa.
John Purroy brought an energetic and amiable approach to his career in journalism, including 25 years as a reporter and editor at The Press Democrat.
For decades, old-school chiropractor Jim Hostetter pedaled a bicycle to the Santa Rosa practice he ran alone, treating patients regardless of their ability to pay. He died July 4 at the age of 85.
The longhorn was featured on a billboard along Highway 101 remembering his keeper, Valerie Evans, who died in the fire.
The stars and stripes are made of painted fire hose that was used to combat last October’s infernos.
She was best known for the songwriting she did in the 1960s and ‘70s before moving to Sonoma County, where she was an advocate for minorities and the LGBTQ community.
Ever since the Tubbs fire burned his home, Isaac Keys has been fearful and anxious, but something transformative happened while he pretended to be a firefighter at a Santa Rosa children’s museum.
Betty Miller spent nearly a decade working at Sebastopol’s Sequoia Burger before becoming an in-home caregiver.
Lithuania-born Inga Lizdenyte wrote letters of encouragement to her brother, and they became a book.
The Center for Climate Protection has some fun with the creator of one of the first-ever videos to go viral.
Scott Weaver’s latest creation will be featured at San Rafael’s Italian Street Painting Marin.
The owner of the landmark King’s Nursery goes online for help after a woman is videoed twice carting merchandise to her car without paying.
A grand gift from the Sonoma Pride initiative will allow the Council on Aging to buy five new manufactured homes for seniors.
As a PD columnist now-Mayor Chris Coursey and the city’s late fire chief spoke of the inevitability of fire in country-meets-city neighborhoods such as Fountaingrove.
Anakaren Perez surprised her boyfriend, Kyle O'Donnell, with a backstage meet-and-greet with Granger Smith. Then, O'Donnell surprised her with an on stage proposal. See the video.
Volunteers with the charitable Welfare League thrift shop suspect the donation of fine jewelry was a mistake.
The mother of a future Ph.D. in biological sciences thinks fondly of the Welfare League volunteers who discounted a skull.
Artist and former evacuee John Deckert has been creating and giving away paintings as thanks.
Harry Kniffin will close his Harry's Second-Hand Warehouse by the end of the year after 40 years in the same location north of Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.
A new headstone has just been placed by the volunteers who keep up the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. It honors the memory for a founding couple of the city.
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
Santa Rosa Team Phoenix aims to raise $315,000 to buy gift cards for families of Santa Rosa students whose homes burned.
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.
Maurice Fredericks and Paul Golis turned a seed farm into the city of Rohnert Park. Fredericks was still living there when he died Friday at the age of 93.