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Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By Robert Digitale

The first home went up in Coffey Park, kids returned to school, debris removal was completed and a larger builder pulled out of the fire rebuilding effort. Here's a recap of key neighborhood news in January and February.
January ended with the fewest number of homes for sale in Sonoma County since at least 1990, another startling ripple of October’s wildfires, which claimed more than 5,100 homes.
The North Bay Fire Relief Fund raised and distributed $32 million in 120 days, one of the largest disaster relief efforts in Northern California history.
Dr. Michael J. Shulman has been named physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Healdsburg resident Christina Snider has been appointed tribal advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown and executive secretary to the state’s Native American Heritage Commission.
Four months after fires devastated their neighborhood, a single new house has taken shape in Coffey Park. The time of rebuilding remains months away for many.
Students were welcomed back to campus, damaged in the October wildfires, with hot cocoa, donuts and stuffed bears Tuesday.
A Santa Rosa official said staff still will determine how many trailers can remain on a contractor’s property.
Most leaders remain wary of how the October wildfires will affect local charities. Many are seeing increased demands for help that in some cases have outpaced revenue.
Most of the fourth quarter increase came as a result of fire insurance settlements.
There is a new buzz in Roseland, which joined the city of Santa Rosa last fall. It comes at a time when large numbers of Latino entrepreneurs are opening businesses in Roseland and around Sonoma County.
The boutique hotel group operates seven Wine Country properties.
Elected and neighborhood leaders applauded the news, saying it opens the door for rebuilding homes.
Genie Del Secco has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Santa Rosa-based Summit State Bank.
Neighbors were startled to learn they, not the city, owned the walls burned in the October wildfire and are now responsible for costly replacements.
The impersonator stopped a driver and obtained his driver’s license and Social Security number.
The county ranked fifth among the state’s 58 counties for the lowest unemployment rate last month.
Hotel revenues have more than doubled in seven years.
Henry Coffey and Morrice Schaefer saw opportunity in the land when it lay far outside Santa Rosa.
The 20,000-square-foot gym will be located in a building outside the Coddingtown Mall.
Organizers and participants called to overturn the GOP majority in Congress and to elect more women to public office.
'It’s a different landscape literally and figuratively,' say Pacific Union International senior vice president Rick Laws.
When completed, a portion of the University District neighborhood will hold 400 new houses — some designed for young families and others targeted to stair-averse seniors.
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.