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Chris Smith - Columnist

Columnist at The Press Democrat

chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Chris Smith

Rex Nance, who as a Sonoma County reserve deputy was shot five times while attempting to aid a fellow deputy in 1975, received the Gold Medal of Valor in 2015. Nance died Saturday at the age of 79.
Santa Rosa police presented their new civilian Medal of Courage to the family of Timothy Gillaspie, who was killed last June while foiling an attack on a dinner party in Rincon Valley.
The girl whose sun allergy brought her family a new home now glows in her career as a professional writer.
Veterans are expected to turn out to Tuesday’s Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting to voice concerns over charging fees to use vets’ buildings.
After a hiatus, the Pacific Coast Air Museum’s air show returns this weekend with much to see and do.
‘We can’t start over at our age,’ resident Dorothy Hughes, 82, said Monday.
Maria Carrillo teacher Teri O’Donnell who lost her home and received some Stars of HOPE is heading up a mission of gratitude and solace.
Santa Rosa photographer and fisherman Marcel Siegle beat out 34,000 others to win Weather Channel contest.
Many never will stop examining what could have been done to save 12-year-old abducted and killed in 1993.
A Santa Rosa woman grappling with depression surprised the family of the late Valerie Evans with something grand.
This firestorm anniversary day would be perfect for a bit of silent reflection, gratitude and resolve.
Patch Guglielmino worked as American Red Cross caseworker helping with cleanup at World Trade Center in 2001.
The owner of Yokayo Bowl hopes for best, but fears he may have to vacate by year’s end.
The Santa Rosa pair competed against the TV hosts to see if they could set a record for the most grape juice extracted in a minute.
More than 600 cyclists turned out for the ride, which the Rotary was forced to cancel last year because of the wildfires.
Evelyn Cheatham said her culinary training bistro in Santa Rosa is a casualty of changes wrought by October 2017 wildfires.
'We are very proud to be able to represent Sonoma County,' says Dee Dee Lombardi Brandt, who will appear on Friday's show along with her sister to face off against hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in a grape-stomping contest.
Brett Fallentine, a 1999 Montgomery High alum, wrote, directed and produced the film about the Black Cowboys of Compton.
Journey’s End in north Santa Rosa saw 117 homes destroyed in the Tubbs fire and two residents killed. Ex-residents remain in limbo as rebuilding plans inch along.
A doctor’s wife who cut her political teeth in the PTA and on the Santa Rosa school board, she became the first woman elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1976.
'Car Candelabra' is the flame-blasted frame of what prior to a year ago was a retired Mark West Springs couple’s gloriously restored, white-over-green, 1957 Ford T-Bird.
Llifelong Sonoma-Marin rancher and cigar-puffing country character perhaps was best known for smoked-then-grilled turkey legs.
The Tennessee native resettled in 2005 in Sonoma County, where he was an activist for human rights and a prolific jazz/blues radio host.
Speakers at the memorial for the Santa Rosa resident and founding member of the Black Panther Party will include Emory Douglas and Kathleen Cleaver.
A Santa Rosa native and Piner High grad, Ken McRae stepped in to save a teen from a pack of assailants in 2014 and was badly beaten.