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Stories from Bob Padecky

Steve Page opened up the track for all those who needed a place to stay while the October wildfires tore through wine country a year ago. Now, he's up for one of NASCAR's biggest honors.
The most popular Giant in San Francisco history treated everyone with respect and was a true gentleman.
The late coach's players knew that behind his fiery bombast, all that emotion was for them. They responded in a most unique way.
After senior Courtney Shoda fell face-down on the pitch during a practice, Sonoma State’s coaches worked quickly to help save her life.
Rohnert Park native Chris Fisher came a long way in his recovery from a debilitating spinal cord injury suffered in high school and just got hired as the television play-by-play announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Money drives IndyCar series to leave Sonoma Raceway for greener pastures at Laguna Seca in Monterey.
Since making worldwide headlines for conquering Yosemite's Dawn Wall in 2015, the Santa Rosa man hasn't slowed down. He's in the midst of handling a movie, a baby, a new gym near downtown and up to five workouts a week.
The retired referee, who died Thursday, became a local legend in football officiating by having a personality the very opposite of the environment he occupied.
At 77, the well-known former football referee is entering the last days of his life.
The Contender Series gives fighters like Jordan Williams a chance to earn a contract with UFC if they win.