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Chris Smith - Columnist

Columnist at The Press Democrat

chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5211

The Latest Stories By Chris Smith

A Sonoma County couple who draw attention to the region’s teeth-rattling thoroughfares say they’ve found the worst of the worst.
Ralph Casale showed considerable heroism last October when he drove back into the fire zone to alert his Fountaingrove neighbors of the approaching Tubbs fire. Last week, he collapsed at the gym after suffering a heart attack.
A Windsor High grad rushed to a man who’d collapsed, and did all she could. Now she thinks of him every day.
Benovoia Winery chairman prepares his historic plane for the 75th anniversary salute to Allied invasion of Europe.
A portion of the wine proceeds will be donated to the charitable fund that’ll help transport military veterans, students and the vintage aircraft to next June’s commemorative events in Normandy.
More than 140 years after Kanaye Nagasawa arrived at Fountaingrove, visitors from his city offer comfort and gifts to Santa Rosa.
A tasty benefit Thursday will introduce plans for a center where first responders can go to avoid being devoured by their work.
Maybe the easiest way to help is to shop at Meals on Wheels’ newly reopened thrift store in Lakeport.
Julia Paxton, who grew up in Sebastopol, raced in July’s Pacific Cup, too. And there were family bragging rights on the line.
As flames from the Ranch fire closed in on a family’s car alongside Highway 20, Mike Quinliven appeared.
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 survivor creates a human trafficking support group in Sonoma County and sets its first meeting for Thursday.
Jack Tibbetts, a 28-year-old Santa Rosa City Council member, sailed from California to Hawaii this month with a crew of six. Completing the journey in one piece was their goal.
The president has named Cardinal Newman grad Robert O’Brien special envoy for hostage affairs. Classmates of the 1984 grad always knew he would go places.
NRP host Peter Sagal emceed the 107th Monte Rio Variety Show, a Sonoma County outdoor performance tradition near the lower Russian River.
Three years after he nearly died at his Rohnert Park school, Vinnie Schenone is granted a four-legged wish.
The Tennessee native resettled in 2005 in Sonoma County, where he was an activist for human rights and a prolific jazz/blues radio host.
The mother of a future Ph.D. in biological sciences thinks fondly of the Welfare League volunteers who discounted a skull.
Artist and former evacuee John Deckert has been creating and giving away paintings as thanks.
Harry Kniffin will close his Harry's Second-Hand Warehouse by the end of the year after 40 years in the same location north of Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.
A new headstone has just been placed by the volunteers who keep up the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. It honors the memory for a founding couple of the city.
The Center for Climate Protection has some fun with the creator of one of the first-ever videos to go viral.
Ever since the Tubbs fire burned his home, Isaac Keys has been fearful and anxious, but something transformative happened while he pretended to be a firefighter at a Santa Rosa children’s museum.
The stars and stripes are made of painted fire hose that was used to combat last October’s infernos.
These Sonoma County people are serving children and sharing stories in Africa.