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Courthouse Square plans up for OK

The long-delayed plan to reunify Old Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa returns to the City Council on Tuesday for a final design OK, move the project into its next phase.

Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in Oregon that has led to dozens of evacuations.

2 injured in crash on Hwy. 101 in Santa Rosa

Two ambulances responded Monday to a crash in southern Santa Rosa, according to CHP.

Petaluma mom heads efforts to spiff up youth center

Once an object of Petaluma pride, the youth club at 8th and G streets now is outdated, scuffed and worn, underutilized and funky in the not-cool way. A local woman is out to change that.

County wine grapes ripening for harvest

The countdown to the crush has begun as fruit clusters are slowly changing texture, ahead of an expected early harvest.

Australian Reed races to overall crown at Vineman

Tim Reed finished first of all the pros Sunday; he credited preparation for his success.

Clearlake police dog bites parolee

A Clearlake parolee was arrested Sunday on suspicion of resisting arrest.

West Santa Rosa pizzeria robbed

Santa Rosa police say a Round Table Pizza was hit by an armed robber late Saturday night.

Suspicious fires burn 20 acres near Covelo

Cal Fire was investigating a suspicious series of fires that charred about 20 acres of brush and grass near the community of Covelo in northeastern Mendocino County early Sunday morning.

Jack London park ranger Hayes dies at 62

Greg Hayes, a retired ranger who played a major role in preventing the closure of Jack London State Historic Park, died Wednesday after a long siege of cancer. He was 62.

Santa Rosa council to consider review of city attorney

The Santa Rosa City Council will hold an unusual discussion Tuesday about whether to review the job performance of City Attorney Caroline Fowler, whose legal advice has come under fire by some...

Officers hurt in struggle with suspect at Santa Rosa Kmart

Suspected shoplifter refused to surrender, setting off skirmish that left him and several officers injured.

Small businesses win extra year to comply with health reform

Local business leaders and advocacy groups said they've seen price increases.

Rohnert Park man sought in fatal hit-run

Authorities looking for Rohnert Park man wanted for questioning in death of pedestrian on Petaluma Hill Road.

Lynn Woolsey: Permanent coastal protection is almost here

Protecting our Sonoma Coast became a major part of the campaign that brought me to Congress.

Man accused of starting Northern California wildfire (w/video)

Man allegedly at illegal marijuana plot suspected of starting wildfire.

Lopez protesters confront police on Hwy. 101, Santa Rosa streets (w/video)

Saturday's protest related to the shooting death of Andy Lopez took a tense turn.

Grand jurors say they're not equipped to investigate officer-involved shootings

The Sonoma County Grand Jury declined to review officer-involved shootings this year, saying they're not equipped for such tasks.

A 17-year medical mission from Santa Rosa to Vietnam

Once a month, a van full of medical supplies heads for a remote region of Vietnam, a mission started 17 years ago by Santa Rosa-based Veterans Resource Centers of America.

LeBaron: Historic wildfires' catastrophic lessons

We coastal Californians tend to disrespect our disasters.

Smith: A true Shakespeare romance at the Cannery

Don't be surprised by a sense that 'Romeo and Juliet' actors really are crazy in love.

PG&E upgrading aging gas pipelines in Petaluma

Utility company's latest work is on natural gas pipeline in southeast Petaluma.

Drought shuts restrooms at some state parks

California's drought is beginning to dry up the water supplies for some state parks.

Woman in CHP beating video still hospitalized (w/video)

Family of woman repeatedly punched by CHP officer on video says she's still hospitalized.

Vineman attracts pros, amateurs alike to push themselves to the limit

Roughly 2,300 athletes will compete in the Vineman 70.3 triathlon this Sunday.

Santa Rosa jewelry store owner: 'I was the shooter' (w/video)

A jewelry store owner who defended his Santa Rosa business with a gun said he was faced with a do-or-die decision when he returned fire at two suspected armed robbers Thursday.

Bear Republic Brewing Company's race car stolen

Craft brewery's custom-built 1972 Chevy Camaro taken last weekend in Cloverdale.

Wife of convicted Santa Rosa Junior College cop faces trial

Karen Holzworth to be tried on felony counts of being an accessory to husband's crimes.

One year after fire, Sebastopol's landmark feed store plans comeback

Plans still in place to welcome customers back at newly named store.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company to shut some operations by end of July

Owners say they'll be closing the face of their operation, the cannery and retail oyster shack.

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