Never Again Comes to Sonoma

Thompson urges background checks, schools practice security. Story & Photos David Bolling   Fifth District Congressman Mike Thompson is a wounded, Vietnam War combat veteran, who owns guns and likes to hunt. But he stood before a mostly sympathetic crowd of some 200 people in the auditorium of Hanna Boys Center…

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Healing Trauma at Hanna

Boys Center addresses on-site abuse while healing the kids it serves. Story Mary Cardaras Photos David Bolling Brian Farragher is in the business of healing broken spirits. But lately, his own spirit has taken a bit of a beating. Farragher is CEO of the Hanna Boys Center, nestled in 170…

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Glen Ellen Is In His Blood

For Battalion Fire Chief Bob Norrbom the Nuns Fire was deeply personal. Story Kelli Anderson   Photos Steven Krause In the very first moments of a night that would unspool like a bad dream, Sonoma Valley Fire Battalion Chief Bob Norrbom Jr. experienced an emotional gut punch he’ll never forget. At…

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Out of the Fires: Wildflowers and Pink Wine

Beltane bounces back with rosé release, Pangloss follows, and Paradise Ridge rebuilds. Story Chris Sawyer   Photos Steven Krause As a wine writer and sommelier, I’m always eager to explore the new, young, and elegant styles of dry rosé wines hitting the market in springtime. Beyond dazzling the senses with refreshing…

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Erich Pearson’s Big Push

Valley cannabis exec recovers from big burn. Story Jonah Raskin   Photos Steven Krause Last October, just days after a raging fire destroyed much of his bumper crop in Sonoma Valley, Erich Pearson told a reporter: “We’re in fight and rebuild mode.” Soon afterward, he explained, “We got water to some…

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