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The mother of a future Ph.D. in biological sciences thinks fondly of the Welfare League volunteers who discounted a skull.
Volunteers with the charitable Welfare League thrift shop suspect the donation of fine jewelry was a mistake.
Anakaren Perez surprised her boyfriend, Kyle O'Donnell, with a backstage meet-and-greet with Granger Smith. Then, O'Donnell surprised her with an on stage proposal. See the video.
During her more than two decades with the junior college she expanded classes and services to students preparing for a high school equivalency test or in need of tutoring.
Maurice Fredericks and Paul Golis turned a seed farm into the city of Rohnert Park. Fredericks was still living there when he died Friday at the age of 93.
Rogina believed she knew who burned down Jack London’s nearly finished estate in 1913.
The founder of Chalk Hill Winery was an influential trial attorney and globe-trotting philanthropist who created Windsor’s Mary Agatha Furth Center.
Frank McCulloch was Time-Life bureau chief covering the Vietnam War and served as editor with the LA Times, the Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Examiner.
Family of the acclaimed reporter and editor will host a memorial gathering at Spring Lake Village, his home the past 18 years.
She worked as a marketing specialist and publicist for the Sonoma County Fair and Harvest Fair, among others.
A steel dolly was just fire junk until a daughter and a man who died twice before the October disaster made it into something else.
To create an oral history of the October wildfires, volunteers filmed interviews with residents who lost their homes. Watch them tell their stories.
As a PD columnist now-Mayor Chris Coursey and the city’s late fire chief spoke of the inevitability of fire in country-meets-city neighborhoods such as Fountaingrove.
The owner of the landmark King’s Nursery goes online for help after a woman is videoed twice carting merchandise to her car without paying.
A grand gift from the Sonoma Pride initiative will allow the Council on Aging to buy five new manufactured homes for seniors.
Yiscah Smith, once a Chasidic man and now an observant Jewish woman, will teach in Cotati, Santa Rosa and Petaluma.
13-year-old Kailee Diaz-Randall of Santa Rosa hits homers and throws strikes for one of the longest-serving Little League coaches ever.
Scott Weaver’s latest creation will be featured at San Rafael’s Italian Street Painting Marin.
Lindsay Olsen, a retired teacher, built a miniature Fountaingrove Round Barn out of balsa and basswood.
The 55-and-older community in east Santa Rosa grapples with a plea for money by the independent Oakmont Golf Club.
Former Petaluma resident Corey Hale fears lava from Kilauea has destroyed her land and home on the Big Island.
These days it is harder for volunteer deputy and investment advisor Anthony Duckworth to do what he did in uniform.
Homegrown journalist Austin Meyer makes a video of a Fountaingrove home that somehow survived.
Members of the hilltop Congregation Shomrei Torah have joined a project welcoming immigrants with a 'golden door.'
The four we sent to New York kept stellar company at a special Pulitzer lunch; Oakmont isn’t hooked on a pot dispensary; and more from the PD’s Chris Smith.