Top Stories of 2016

The approval of Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana, punctuated a year marked by the emergence of cannabis commerce as an economic and political force in Sonoma County and on the wider North Coast.
The four-time medalist and Santa Rosa native's quest for Olympic swimming glory captured the attention of Sonoma County during the 2016 Rio Games.
Here are memories of some who shaped and shared this place, and to whom we said farewell this past year.
While the nation awarded the presidency to Donald Trump, California and Sonoma County moved decisively in the other way, setting up a standoff that will loom large come Jan. 20.
Sonoma County homebuyers and renters know the ropes by now: A short supply, soaring costs and long waits are the defining factors of most housing searches.
From two devastating car crashes that took the lives of four sisters to the worst residential fire Petaluma has ever seen, take a look back at the stories that captivated readers throughout this year.
The problem continues to outstrip the capacity of available services, even as local governments and nonprofit groups pour more money into long-term solutions.
An unusually cold, wet winter is forcing those without shelter to huddle beneath the Highway 101 overpasses in Santa Rosa, posing concerns for surrounding neighbors.
Southern Lake County residents are entering a new year faced once more with repairing the damage from a devastating fire.
SMART says delay pegged to engine design flaws, crossing signal problems and difficulty attracting staff.
Vast changes in ocean conditions and big dieoffs in marine life have marked a tumultuous year for those who rely on the sea for their livelihood or more simply to celebrate family traditions.
Sonoma County business owners may remember 2016 for what they found at times in short supply: job seekers, mall shoppers and homes. A look back at the biggest local business stories of the year.
Organic farmer Lynda Hopkins prevailed in the marquee local political race, setting herself up to succeed Efren Carrillo as the first woman to represent western Sonoma County on the Board of Supervisors.
The $10.5 million Old Courthouse Square reunification effort is behind schedule but taking shape as a key effort to revitalize downtown.
Voters narrowly rejected a funding measure to expand and boost upkeep of the Regional Parks system, leaving open the possibility of a second vote next year.