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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.
‘We can’t start over at our age,’ resident Dorothy Hughes, 82, said Monday.
Harry Friedman serving as a mentor to a younger generation of Friedmans who took over the hardware store business started by his older brothers in 1946.
After a hiatus, the Pacific Coast Air Museum’s air show returns this weekend with much to see and do.
Violet Parrish Chappell lived most of her life on the Kashaya Pomo reservation in northwestern Sonoma County and was dedicated to the preservation of that culture.
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.
Sonoma County’s new policy on rental fees for veterans memorial buildings requires a rental fee from military veterans’ groups only when they host fundraising events that benefit nonveteran organizations or causes.
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.
Julia Davis, aka Bud Snow, honors a late friend with a towering new mural on the backside of the Roxy theater.
A couple who escaped the Tubbs fire, with help, didn’t previously regard horseshoes as especially lucky.
Lives might we be saved when Panthers and Vikings roll up their sleeves in the Blood Feud.
The small, monastic community near Annapolis marvels at what happened when a fire caused by two wires and a bird threatened its farm and retreat.
Residents of burned houses host celebrations to mark the end the destruction phase and the start of rebuilding.
Santa Rosa Police Officer Jesse Whitten did what he could for a homeless woman, then he did much more.
It was a Burning Man bummer when someone moved two Santa Rosa artists' fire-debris robot from view.
Daniel Ellsberg, Dolores Huerta will be in Sebastopol for induction onto the city’s peace wall.
The homeless woman who surrendered her baby to a Santa Rosa policeman talks about her life of addiction, regrets.
'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.
The girl whose sun allergy brought her family a new home now glows in her career as a professional writer.
His autism made Brice Glattfelder leery of trying out for the Santa Rosa school's football team, but he’s one happy Viking.
When her parents’ seats from The Stick burned along with her home, a Santa Rosa woman figured that was the end of the game. Until someone stepped in to help.
Photos and stories will be welcome at a memorial gathering for former reporter and editor John Purroy later this month.
Monique Purkett gives of herself as a hospital volunteer, and marvels at all that she gets back.
The art-graced memorial beside the lake pays tribute to children — of all ages
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.