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Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5285

The Latest Stories By Robert Digitale

Teri and Mike O’Donnell lost their longtime Coffey Park home in the October wildfires. Life today involves letting go of what’s been lost, preserving what you can and looking each day for signs of hope.
The Coffey Strong neighborhood group is hosting a seminar Thursday in Santa Rosa for fire survivors working to develop a rebuild strategy.
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.
Learn how to turn a great idea into a business and other strategies at a series of upcoming workshops offered by North Coast SCORE.
A new record median price came in July even as sales fell to their lowest level in seven years.
Home sales in west Petaluma have increased 22% for the first eight months of the year. 'For years it was up and coming, up and coming. We've arrived,' says local real estate agent Jeremy King.
Real estate brokers and lenders contend the fiery destruction of a few thousand properties here will make it harder for both buyers and renters to find new homes.
The median rent jumped 36 percent in Sonoma County in the days after the fire, according to Zillow, a real estate website. Find out what’s behind the surge.
With more than 5,000 homes destroyed, an already squeezed rental market has been further constricted, leaving lower income residents most vulnerable to displacement.
October’s deadly wildfires sent shock waves through Sonoma County’s housing market. Prices rose to unprecedented highs, although sales dropped as fire-ravaged homes disappeared from the market.
Buyers last month purchased 456 single-family homes, the most for November since 2004.
'It’s a different landscape literally and figuratively,' say Pacific Union International senior vice president Rick Laws.
Two factory-built sections of home were set in place by a crane last week. Such rebuilds require less local labor and materials — both of which could be in short supply as Sonoma County begins to rebuild.
The Santa Rosa high-tech company faced big challenges to help workers, restore damaged facilities and resume production following the October wildfires.
The St. Louis-based company is known for women’s apparel, beauty, gift and home decor products.
Tracy Weitzenberg has been named manager of the communications and public relations department of Redwood Credit Union.
‘It should be clear to everybody six months in that this is going to be a struggle,’ says Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey.
A free construction and insurance seminar is planned for 2 p.m. March 10 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
From new indoor climbing centers to world-class cycling events paired with music and craft beer, Sonoma County is quickly becoming a top destination and hub for outdoor recreation, supporting 4,300 local jobs.
The October disaster in many cases claimed both homes and businesses for county residents. Their ranks include landscapers, painters, house cleaners and musicians, many operating from home.
Paul-Louis Maillard and Alena Wall have taken new positions with Kaiser Permanente.Maillard has been named medical group administrator for Kaiser’s Santa Rosa medical center.
Changes included refreshing all 29 guest rooms and suites and updating the lobby, cabanas and other public spaces.
With the United States awash in organic milk, Sonoma County dairy farmers have seen prices fall. Many worry whether their processors will keep taking their product.
It will be the end of an era. Four generations of family members have operated the store over the past 126 years.
Deputies first heard that an unknown male stabbed the husband, but they later arrested the wife.