Happy New Year! Before we pack up all of our memories of 2015 and put them away with the Christmas decorations, we can’t let the season pass without recognizing one more time-honored tradition.
Yes, that means it’s time for The Press Democrat Editorial Department News Junkies Quiz, back with all the buildup and nervous anticipation of the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.
So pull out those No. 2 pencils, and keep your eyes on your own newspaper — or tablet, phone, computer or Apple Watch. As always, there’s no time limit, but keep in mind there are only 362 days until the next quiz. Manage your time wisely.
So without further delay, here’s the 23rd annual news quiz:
1. In January, traffic was kept off the Golden Gate Bridge for almost three days — the longest shutdown in the bridge’s history. The cause of the closure was:
A. A chain-reaction car accident.
B. Repaving the bridge to fill potholes.
C. Installation of a zipper.
D. Installation of a toll booth for bikes and pedestrians.
2. In terms of square miles, the Valley fire in Lake County consumed an area roughly equal in size to:
A. Santa Rosa
B. San Francisco
D. San Francisco and Seattle combined.
3. The heads of three of Sonoma County’s largest education systems announced their departures in 2015. Name them.
4. According to figures published in The Press Democrat in 2015, over the past four years average rents in Sonoma County have increased:
A. 24 percent
B. 36 percent
C. 42 percent
D. 51 percent
E. Officials have lost track
5. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors spent $450,000 on a special election in June, hoping to persuade voters to levy a sales tax to support road repairs. Since local roads rank among the worst in the region, what could possibly go wrong? Within 5 points, tell us what percentage of voters supported the measure.
6. True or false, Lake County joined a group of counties seeking to secede from California and Oregon and from a new state called Jefferson.
7. As a new year begins, Californians are hoping to see the end of an historic, four-year drought. So here’s the question: Within 5 inches plus or minus, what was the wettest year on record in Santa Rosa?
8. A Fortune 500 company chose Petaluma for a TV commercial celebrating its small-town values. Name the company.
D) Whole Foods Markets
9. True or false, Braxton Bragg, a U.S. Army officer who became a Confederate general during the Civil War, founded the city of Fort Bragg and lived out his days on the Mendocino Coast.