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Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Robert Digitale

The man was airlifted to a Santa Rosa hospital after the early Sunday incident.
Former Sonoma County District Attorney Michael Mullins has joined the staff of the Legal Aid of Sonoma County as a supervising attorney.
The delays fire survivors face in the increasingly crowded maze that must be traversed before they can rebuild — including home design, permitting and construction scheduling — has left a growing number of them frustrated.
A Bay Area artist made nine pendants, each imprinted with portions of a pine cone from a tree Colleen and John Thill lost along with their home to the Tubbs fire.
Home prices and mortgage interest rates have risen for the past two years without much noticeable impact in Sonoma County. But there are signs the market is shifting, with more homes available for sale and more sellers forced to cut prices.
Contractors, including AshBritt Environmental, are covering the cost of the community project, which would have otherwise fallen on neighborhood’s property owners.
The Mendocino Complex fires expanded to nearly 267,000 acres.
Home prices rose to new highs in Sonoma County in May, when the median hit a record $692,250. But there are indications the unrelenting price increases may be starting to test buyers’ limits.
The October wildfires fueled efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County. Now the disaster also may factor into a new ballot measure that aims to provide greater protection for renters.
The home construction season appears on track to be the busiest in at least a decade. That is partly because hundreds of homes are being rebuilt in areas ravaged from last fall’s wildfires.
It’s apple harvest time once more in Sonoma County. But making a living off the iconic trees has long been a struggle. A shortage of farm workers is making it even harder this year.
With more than 300 homes under construction, the fire-scarred Santa Rosa neighborhood stands out as the most concentrated area of building activity in the county.
In response to the surge of building after last fall’s wildfires, Friedman’s Home Improvement will open a new distribution yard in Windsor to serve the construction industry.
Paul-Louis Maillard and Alena Wall have taken new positions with Kaiser Permanente.Maillard has been named medical group administrator for Kaiser’s Santa Rosa medical center.
Tracy Weitzenberg has been named manager of the communications and public relations department of Redwood Credit Union.
Rick Mossi has been promoted to senior vice president of retail delivery at Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank.
Ester Babakhanov has been named vice president of treasury management and business development at Poppy Bank.
Jane Read has been named chief operating officer for the Petaluma Health Center.
David Bass has been named general counsel and compliance officer at North Bay Credit Union in Santa Rosa.
Dr. John Hollander has joined Northern California Medical Associates to help create the group’s new Foot and Ankle Program.
Dan Ryan has been named executive vice president and chief credit officer at Santa Rosa-based Poppy Bank.
Kelly Back has been named vice president and manager of the Sebastopol office of Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank.
Trader Joe’s has begun making $1.35 million in repairs and improvements to its fire-damaged grocery store in northwest Santa Rosa.
The man was driving at speeds of up to 80 mph before crashing into several vehicles, some mailboxes and a power pole, witnesses told police.
The men received suspended jail sentences and have been ordered to complete community service after stealing the flag from the town’s plaza.