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Blowin’ in the Wind: Sonoma’s Great Leaf-Blower Debate

October 25, 2013 | 4:36 pm

Blowin’ in the Wind: Sonoma’s Great Leaf-Blower Debate

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Town struggles to balance desire for quiet with needs of gardeners and resistance to new regulations.

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May 2, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Hot Dry Conditions Raise Fire and Drought Fears in the Bay Area

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It didn’t rain very much. It’s unusually hot. And now the state is literally on fire. Up on Echo Summit in the Sierra, Frank Gehrke, chief surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources told the Associated Press he wasn’t finding a snowpack. “I’m finding nothing,” he said. “Seriously, there is no snow on the […]

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Why Monterey Beat Napa as California’s Top ‘Wine Destination’

January 28, 2013 | 2:39 pm

Why Monterey Beat Napa as California’s Top ‘Wine Destination’

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Growing up in Berkeley, I never had any doubt about which direction to head for the wine country: North. I went either to Sonoma County, where years ago I helped my family put in 35 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, or to Napa County, where some wineries have long made tastings into an adult theme park […]

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October 2, 2012 | 8:24 am

A.M. Splash: Area Nears Record Heat; 12,000 Lose Power in Berkeley; Agency Mulls Beach Fees

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Bay Area temperatures climb near record high (SJ Mercury News) The Bay Area’s Indian Summer warm-up on Monday nearly sizzled the record book. But aside from Kentfield in Marin County, which hit a record 97 degrees for Oct. 1, it was hot — but not record hot — in cities across the region, according to […]

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August 2, 2012 | 10:03 am

Advisory: Sonoma County Prisoners Escape

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Two inmates escaped from the North County Detention Facility in Sonoma County on Wednesday night, according to the sheriff’s office. Around 9:30 p.m., the two inmates made it past security fencing and fled, while a third suspect attempted to escape but was apprehended, sheriff’s officials said. The detention facility is located […]

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North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

October 3, 2011 | 3:36 pm

North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

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The first autumn rains hit the Bay Area Monday, leaving some North Bay winemakers scrambling to get their grapes in as the first drops fell. Under a sky thick with dark clouds, winemaker James Hall of Patz & Hall wine company in Sonoma, is all smiles. “With this pinot noir vineyard,” Hall said. “I am […]

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April 7, 2011 | 2:34 pm

Video: “Top the Cops” Pits Law Enforcement vs Teens in Sonoma Drag Races

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Police in Sonoma and Marin counties have found a way to at least try to get teen drag races off back-country roads. Caitlin Esch reports the program pits high school students against cops at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. It’s called “Top the Cops.” Video from the event, from Caitlin Esch:

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