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Chris Smith - Columnist

Columnist at The Press Democrat

chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5211

The Latest Stories By Chris Smith

'I heard people banging on the train and shouting,' said the 5-year-old girl's mom, Melissa Strange. 'Then I heard the scream and I knew it was her.'
A leading grapevine rootstock seller, Richard Kunde helped launch Sonoma County wines onto the world stage and, with his late wife, was a foremost benefactor of local agriculture and related youth groups.
The Petaluma-born former teacher, real estate broker and county supervisor helped acquire Ragle Ranch as a county park.
Bill Wheeler stood up for the admittedly flawed utopia on his 320-acre ranch, which though razed by government authorities, advanced Sonoma County’s tentative embrace of liberal politics and non-mainstream lifestyles.
First she wowed Ellen Degeneres on 'Ellen', then Lilly Biagini wowed the Harlem Globetrotters and their fans over the weekend at Oracle Arena.
To rain destruction on Maui made no sense to tourist John Meislahn; and carpet cleaner goes above and beyond for a client.
RN Peggy Goebel says many are due credit for volunteering to help at fire evacuation centers.
Bill Slater was a 17-year-old sailor aboard the battleship USS Pennsylvania when the sneak attack occurred.
Chef who helped coach students in program formerly run by Mary Schiller said he was asked to leave it
Former Sebastopol mayor, born in 1909, stays mobile counting leg lifts; A birthday surprise at a Safeway and a play about the unmovable Jean Herman
Mary Schiller, placed on leave in October after being accused of placing students at risk, says she resigned from teaching after being unable to get any information about her future with the Sonoma County Office of Education.
Bill Slater, Lake County’s last known survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, will be honored in Lakeport at noon on Sunday.
Theresa “Terrie” Deramo didn’t always have printer’s ink in her veins. As a kid in Lake County in the 1940s and ’50s, she was a cowgirl through and through.
Over his two terms, Mark Ihde transformed the Sheriff’s Office and later served as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire.
Kevin Sullivan worked his way up to become the head engineer at the Comcast office in Rohnert Park. He died in a motorcycle crash in Solano County.
Nelson, the longtime owner of TJ Nelson Ranch and Land Brokers, was a promoter of all things local.
The war veteran was an active member of the Teamsters Union and local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
Ken Blackman, who served as Santa Rosa city manager from 1970 to 2000, will be remembered Saturday in a public memorial.
Award-winning photojournalist Kent Porter, who covered his first fire at the age of 8, talks about covering the deadly wildfires.
The inventor created a few pieces for the Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ Jan. 20 choose a bowl, have some soup benefit.
Santa Rosa native Homer Harris Jr., a physician, dies at 70
The owner of the friendly but forlorn-looking cat fears someone took him thinking he wasn’t properly cared for. But he was.
Many hands recover and restore a family treasure lost to the Tubbs fire; Fergus reappears after nearly three months and George Fiori gets cooking.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze at a home on Boyd Street in Santa Rosa.
The figurine Karin Beam dropped by accident in Corrick’s brought her and two others to their knees; and more town tales from PD columnist Chris Smith.