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Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Robert Digitale

While some businesses that rely on tourism reported a drop in visitors after the October wildfires, hopes are high for the summer travel season.
Jane Read has been named chief operating officer for the Petaluma Health Center.
The three areas, each unscathed by October’s devastating wildfires, together saw a jump in home purchases this year that nearly equals all sales in 2018 for Sonoma County’s residential real estate market.
The last year has been good for some merchants and tough for others. But downtown promoters say the reunification of Old Courthouse Square has done what it was supposed to do: bring more people into the city core and spur more investment.
The frustration at The Orchard mobile home park surfaced Wednesday when residents announced they had filed a class action lawsuit against the park owner over the fire recovery.
A fire in a laundry room caused an estimated $10,000 in damage Saturday afternoon to a home in east Petaluma.
It was a grueling day for the 1,600 athletes, who were encouraged by loved ones and strangers to push on to the finish line at the end of a 140.6-mile course.
Ester Babakhanov has been named vice president of treasury management and business development at Poppy Bank.
Petaluma police Wednesday arrested a man and woman on suspicion of possessing meth for sale on a hiking and cycling trail where residents recently reported suspicious activity.
The Minneapolis-based airline is expanding seasonal flights from Sonoma County with a new route to Sin City. Introductory fares are available for as low as $59 one way.
A female passenger died Thursday morning in crash on state Highway 29 near Kelseyville.
Homes worth $1 million or more this year continue to generate the biggest growth in residential sales for Sonoma County, even as the number of purchases keep falling in the less expensive portion of the market.
Food left unattended cooking on a stove resulted in a fire Saturday morning that damaged a home in the Oakmont neighborhood of Santa Rosa.
Seven months after the wildfires, the fire-ravaged neighborhood is starting to look like a construction zone.
Saturday’s event has become one of the largest festivals for the Latino community in Sonoma County. Organizers said 7,000 to 10,000 people attended the street party in Roseland.
Contractors have begun work on 18 Coffey Park homes, but by early March more than 40 homeowners had sold burned lots there. Here is a recap of key events in March.
Despite more construction underway in Coffey Park, large sections of the neighborhood remain little more than charred trees and empty lots, as residents face challenges working with their insurance companies.
A vehicle struck a tree near the Navarro General Store and burst into flames early Friday.
A UC Santa Barbara professor on April 27 will discuss the possibility of grizzly bears returning to California, a talk that is part of the two-day NatureFest event at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center.
Construction workers cleared the Waring Court homesite of fire debris Friday.
The special patrols will operate from 8 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday.
The festival, featuring food and live music and entertainment on two stages, will be Saturday in the 600 block of Sebastopol Road.
A man was shot and wounded Monday after he allegedly banged on windows and tried to get inside an occupied mobile home in Clearlake.
The new business has three offices and 80 agents in the county. It will be based out of Santa Rosa, with a pair of offices in Sebastopol and Windsor.
The Coffey Strong neighborhood group is hosting a seminar Thursday in Santa Rosa for fire survivors working to develop a rebuild strategy.