Bill Swindell - Staff Reporter

Bill Swindell is staff reporter at The Press Democrat


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A man who was arrested twice this year on suspicion of domestic violence shot to death three of his children early Sunday before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Work crews were out at 3 a.m. Wednesday at a vineyard near Sonoma to pick a 5-acre parcel dedicated to pinot noir grapes. 'The fruit looks great,' said Gloria Ferrer winemaker Steve Urberg.
Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Monday it has sold its wholesale wine business for $18 million and will focus solely on its direct-to-consumer business.
The money will help Flow Kana increase its ability to process marijuana and move into producing bulk cannabis oil.
Business leaders in the Mendocino County city are bullish about the future given the possibilities of a legalized cannabis sector and lower home prices.
Rebel Coast Winery of Sonoma has introduced a nonalcoholic wine infused with THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in cannabis.
The blaze, which was started on July 27, had consumed 287,479 acres throughout Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties as of Sunday night, according to Cal Fire.
The Santa Rosa law school picked veteran mediator Brian Purtill for its top post.
Petaluma police arrested the suspect during a Thursday night traffic stop.
The new cannabis-infused sparkling water under the Lagunitas Brewing Co. brand has turned into a big hit in its first week of sales.
Sonoma County Winegrowers has moved its offices from the American AgCredit building near the airport to a new workspace at Sunnyview Vineyard in Santa Rosa.
Grape growers are reporting their fruit has begun to change color from green to red, a seasonal rite that signals the region’s $1.5 billion grape crop is quickly ripening and harvest is approaching.
Think Tank Photo has merged with MindShift Gear, combining two Santa Rosa companies that design and sell camera bags and accessories.
Two wildfires that ignited in Mendocino County, one near Hopland and the other in Potter Valley, were moving east into Lake County, with the outskirts of Lakeport and Upper Lake under mandatory evacuation orders.
‘We escaped with a wall of flames in front of us,’ one former Santa Rosa man said. Two firefighters from Sonoma County were injured in the fast-moving Carr fire, and tens of thousands have fled their homes in Shasta County.
Vintner Warren Winiarski on Thursday announced plans to donate $3.3 million to the UC Davis library to help bolster its collection of wine publications.
A mountain lion that killed a goat on a Kenwood property was put to death last week, sparking an effort by environmentalists to educate landowners about the benefits of the big cats.
Saturday’s event became a duathlon after organizers decided that visibility was too poor to stage the swimming leg. Two Aussies claimed the top spots on the day.
Goguette Bakery of Santa Rosa is among local breadmakers that conduct business on their own terms, such as being open only a few days a week.
Tim Zahner, the chief operating officer for Sonoma County Tourism, has been selected as the new executive director for the bureau.
Local wineries have until July 31 to apply for new water quality permits if they have vineyards in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds.
The Santa Rosa bank said it had an 18 percent increase in deposits, mostly a result of fire victims depositing their insurance claims.
The sale includes the Sebastopol winery, all inventory and 170 acres of vineyards.
Jose Martinez was last seen by his family on June 29 as he went to bed.
The Santa Rosa-based internet service provider began its move into San Francisco in 2016.