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Bill Swindell - Staff Reporter

Bill Swindell is staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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Former SSU business dean William Silver is now CEO of cannabis manufacturing firm CannaCraft. It could mark a turning point as the cannabis industry seeks recognition as a mainstream business.
Tickets have gone on sale for the second annual Signature Sonoma Valley event that will be held April 6 to 8.
Under pressure, many insurance companies have agreed to make additional payments for personal property lost in the October fires without requiring policyholders to fill out a detailed inventory. See what your insurer is doing.
Originally located in Hopland and later relocated to Ukiah, Mendocino Brewing Co.’s taproom was the first brewpub to open in California. Its doors will shut on Saturday.
The bills would strengthen insurance consumer protections for fire victims, many who have been underinsured and overly burdened with documenting what was destroyed in the wildfires.
Hugh Reimers will be in charge of day-to-day operations at the nation’s 18th largest winery, which owns 27 labels and farms 3,000 acres of vineyards.
Peter Rumble, a deputy county administrator who is guiding Sonoma County’s wildfire recovery initiatives, is leaving government again. He will become the new CEO for the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.
The North Coast wine industry will enjoy another successful year, a local banker predicts. However, growth is slowing and competition is increasing from imports and other domestic regions.
Vintage Wine Estates of Santa Rosa has acquired Tamarack Cellars of Walla Walla, Wash.
Jean Arnold Sessions is stepping down as executive director of Sonoma County Vintners after two years at the helm of the county’s main winery trade group. Michael Haney will serve at interim head.
Summit State Bank in Santa Rosa has distributed $2,000 checks to its almost 80 employees, while Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Healdsburg gave out a $1,000 bonus to each of its 85 employees.
Sonoma County Winegrowers will hold its annual Dollars & $ense seminar and trade show on Thursday.
Tim Shea served as sheriff from 1982 to 1990 and was known for his marijuana eradication efforts.
Homeowners living in fire zones in Sonoma County could see their insurance rates soar, or lose coverage altogether. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones wants the Legislature to do something.
The policyholders are responding to reports of Sonoma County homeowners who found themselves underinsured by upward of hundreds of thousands of dollars after filing their claims.
A woman suspected of stealing guns from a home in Sonoma County was shot and killed Thursday night during a standoff with law enforcement officers at a Ukiah hotel.
The Press Democrat asked a few local business leaders and analysts to give their outlook for the new year. Lack of housing and a tight labor market were at the top of their concerns.
Claypool Cellars has moved its tasting room from Gravenstein Station in Sebastopol to a new building in Forestville.
The woman was in a car rear-ended by a van traveling about 70 mph, authorities said.
The Reno native founded Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery and owned the Vintners Inn and its John Ash & Co. restaurant.
Mike Grabow earned the nickname “Money Mike” for his graciousness, whether buying a beer for a friend at Sonoma County taprooms or pulling out a $20 bill for children as a gift.
A man suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the neck while eating at Lola's Market Thursday night.
The economic impacts of the October wildfires heads the list of the top 10 business stories in Sonoma County during 2017. See what else made the list.
Ten USAA policyholders who lost their homes in the October fires are suing the company alleging it committed fraud by underestimating the amount of coverage they needed to rebuild their homes.
Sebastopol vintner Paul Hobbs has acquired a 45-acre cabernet sauvignon vineyard in the Alexander Valley.