Guy Kovner - Staff Reporter

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A letter sent Thursday to Interior Secretary Zinke cites the $42 billion value of state’s coastal economy, one Democrats say would be imperiled by expanded offshore oil drilling.
College officials cite market forces for unexpectedly high cost of renovating Burbank Theater; construction industry leader suggests competition was blunted by the labor pact.
Trump’s 'America-First' energy policy envisions offshore drilling in most U.S. waters, including the North Coast, reviving a half-century battle in California.
Save the Redwoods League is giving out free passes to state parks in honor of its 100th anniversary.
Grant Davis has stepped down from the top job at the state Department of Water Resources to return to his former job at the Sonoma County Water Agency.
Coastal erosion threatens highways, rail lines, homes and other property across California. Sonoma County could lose a chunk of land the size of Sebastopol by century’s end, with property loss estimated at $700 million.
Senate Bill 65 closed a loophole in the law legalizing adult use of marijuana. It takes effect Jan. 1.
The same high pressure system responsible for a month of mostly clear, calm weather has also trapped smoke and other particulates near the ground, creating unhealthy conditions.
Barbara Gardiner, loved classic movies, calico cats, lemon meringue pies and H.P. Lovecraft’s horror stories.
The Department of Water Resources reported all but one of California’s major reservoirs at or above historic averages for this time of year.
Officials say a food shortfall is likely to increase during post-fire recovery as the housing crunch affects budgets.
The City Council has placed a moratorium on new tasting rooms that wineries say are important to their business.
The railroad manager and state Sen. Mike McGuire point to lack of state funding for the agency formed in 1989.
Cal Fire investigators pinpointed faulty hot tub wiring as the cause of the 2015 wildfire that killed at least four people and destroyed nearly 1,300 homes.
The question remains why Amber Alert-style alerts were not issued during October fires that killed 24 residents.
The quarter-cent sales tax approved by Sonoma and Marin county voters in 2008 has provided $36 million to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system.
‘There’s nothing out here to buy,’ State Parks volunteer Ron Hari said, noting the appeal of Armstrong Redwoods on a day many spend shopping.
Rain punctuated an end to the North Bay firestorm, but woodlands are drying out with scant precipitation forecast for December.
Getting outdoors delivers scientifically documented benefits to the mind and body, including easing stress and boosting happiness.
'Time is of the essence,' said Bruce McConnell, a Tubbs fire victim and one the volunteers who spent part of his week installing five miles of straw wattles in Fountaingrove to filter pollutants out of storm runoff.
Drought was likely the biggest contributing factor in generating parched fuel for last month’s wildfires. But sudden oak death presents another longterm danger, a UC Berkeley scientist said.
Police founds drugs, cash and a weapon after a stop for a minor traffic violation.
The National Park Service has received 2,800 comments on tentative options for ranch management in the national seashore and surrounding federal lands.
Tots and their parents enjoy exhibit of transportation from days gone by
Solful, Sebastopol’s second medical marijuana dispensary, celebrated its grand opening Sunday.