It Blows

The Everlasting Leaf Blower Debate Story Don Frances Photos Steven Krause (Models: Victor Torrez, Angie Hurtado) There was once a time, before cell-phones, before microwaves, before hip-hop—before anyone can seem to remember—when people took care of fallen leaves using rakes, brooms and their arms. Then, in the early 1970s, the…

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SDC and the Olmstead Decision

—News Analysis— How ADA compliance policy is forcing closure. Story David Bolling Photos David Bolling and Steven Krause On August 20, during what some construed as a historic convergence of state officials gathered at Altimira Middle School to address the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center, the Secretary of the…

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Mike Benziger | Water Wizard

Story: David Bolling Photos: Steven Krause Winemaking is a kind of alchemy because, at a fundamental level, it involves turning water into wine. A lot of water. UC Davis professor Larry Williams studied a test plot of chardonnay grapes in Carneros and calculated that irrigated vines required a little over…

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Uncertain SDC

Story & Photos: David Bolling The state says the developmental center has to close by 2018, but no one knows where to put the residents, how much it will cost or how many will die.  Midway across the Harney Street Bridge over Sonoma Creek, centered more or less in the…

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VOMM Makeover — Nancy King

Photos: Steven Krause When Nancy King was a kid, her mother would put a bowl over her head and cut off whatever hair stuck out. “Which is why,” King explained as she settled into the cozy embrace of Terry Sue Harms’ salon chair, “after that I grew my hair down…

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