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Guy Kovner - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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“You’re always happy when you’re listening to country music,” said one fan summing up Day 2 of the festival in Santa Rosa.
Two men were arrested after one of them shot a third man off Stony Point Road, sheriff’s officials said.
A House-passed bill asks the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of raising Coyote Dam to expand its holding capacity.
The Country Summer music festival kicked off Friday and continues Saturday and ends Sunday with headliner Toby Keith.
The proposed trail would run along current and abandoned railroad tracks from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, taking in the remote Eel River Canyon. Proponents are hailing it as ‘an amazing prospect.’
Local voters favored pot legalization, but more than 80 percent wouldn’t want commercial cannabis operations any closer than a mile away their home, according to a poll by The Press Democrat.
The three Democrats will face the same challengers in the November runoff.
The House incumbents, both former state legislators, have perfect election records.
No new leases for oil facilities, such as pipelines, piers and platforms, would be allowed under the legislation, which now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
Kayaker says the carpet of floating weeds was ‘like trying to paddle through oatmeal.’
Three experts in disaster recovery will discuss issues relating to Sonoma County's rebound from the October wildfires at a public meeting on Monday.
Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, has slipped in the polls for the California governor's race, but he remains focused on a runoff with Democratic rival Gavin Newsom.
The Press Democrat Poll asked 500 Sonoma County registered voters who they intend to support in the June 5 primary election. Gavin Newsom was the clear front-runner.
In California, which tends to have the priciest gas in the nation, the average price Wednesday was $3.71, up 58 cents from a year ago, and Santa Rosa’s average was $3.75, up 64 cents over the year.
At least 260 sites across Sonoma and Mendocino counties are now enrolled in a state program aimed at fixing over-excavation of fire-damaged properties.
Residents who showed up at man’s court hearing said they were relieved he is in custody.
A new report found that communication lines took a big hit during the October wildfires, creating an information gap that left many residents fearing for their lives.
The jury found him guilty of manslaughter, which carries a possible 21-year prison sentence
A sheriff’s official said the suspect intended to hurt deputies and LGBTQ people.
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.
The Rohnert Park campus was one of four cited for safety shortcomings along with Chancellor’s Office.
The aging Potter Valley Project yields negligible power, but the controversial north-south transfer of water it facilitates is highly valuable to farmers, fish and urban dwellers.
‘We are here today to mark a milestone,’ Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey said Thursday, calling the removal of 2.2 million tons of debris in seven months 'unprecedented.'
Some experts say the bloom may be fueled in part by fertilizer in the retardant dropped on the October wildfires.
'What I thought was levity on a satire page was very bad judgment on my part, and I did not think it through first. I am devastated by all this,' said June Lemos.