Santa Rosa

Looking for an affordable home? 10 markets to try, 10 to avoid, and where Chicago stands

If you're looking for a house to buy, you may want to consider Chicago.<p>While sellers have the upper hand in many markets where tight inventory hampers prospective home buyers, Owners.com, a real estate brokerage, recently released its 2017 Market Recap data study to find the best and worst markets …

Real Estate

Cruel and Unusual: Deadly Abuse in Florida's prisons

Sometime in August 2013, Department of Corrections senior investigators Aubrey Land and John Ulm sat down with their boss, Inspector General Jeffery …

Prison

Searching for Ashes Within Ashes — Dog Teams Hunt for Human Cremains in Wildfire Wreckage

Archeologists work with forensic search dogs at the Institute for Canine Forensics to find human cremains in wildfire wreckage.

Amelia Earhart

Russian River Pliny the Younger 2018 release set for February 2nd-15th

Santa Rosa, CA – Russian River Brewing Company announced on Sunday the details for the upcoming Pliny the Younger release. More below from the …

Seasonal Food

North Bay fire cleanup resumes after state steps in

Cleanup crews are rolling into four fire-scorched Northern California counties again after the state approved a new agreement for debris removal, sidestepping a dispute that had property owners worried about how quickly they could begin rebuilding.<p>Debris removal was halted last week in Napa, …

Sonoma County

Meet the amazing animal handlers who are the Puppy Bowl’s real MVPs

Moneyish went behind the scenes at Animal Planet’s Super Bowl sideshow, where a pack of dog lovers keep the fur from flying with plenty of TLC – and …

Money

Russian River update: Windsor brewhouse arrives, Sonoma Pride program raises $700k+

Santa Rosa, CA – Russian River Brewing Company announced on Sunday the proceeds so far from its Sonoma Pride wildfire relief fundraising efforts. …

Sonoma

After the fires, the road back to Napa and Sonoma counties

I was driving California Highway 12 through the Napa-Sonoma wine country in mid-December when a low, dark cloud drifted into my peripheral vision. It was over a vineyard and seemed to be billowing — a scary sight after the October wildfires that killed at least 43 people and burned more than …

Wine

Devastated by wildfire, a California city weighs rebuilding amid a housing crunch

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A Christmas tree stands in what was once Jeff Okrepkie’s foyer in Coffey Park, a few red and gold ornaments hanging from its damp branches.<p>Once a picture of planned suburbia, the neighborhood is barren now. All 1,300 homes burned during a few overnight hours in October, a …

Housing

Who's picking your food? A record number of foreign laborers

Full screen<p>1/3 SLIDES © Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times<p>2/3 SLIDES © Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times<p>3/3 SLIDES © Gary Coronado / Los Angeles …

U.S. Department of Labor

GROTHE EARNS THIRD WIN AT TYR PRO SWIM SERIES AT AUSTIN

By USA Swimming | Sunday, January 14, 2018<p><b>Key Links</b><p><b>AUSTIN, Texas</b> – USA Swimming National Team member <b>Zane Grothe</b> (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached) won …

Team USA

How to Visit Napa on a Budget • Ordinary Traveler

California’s wine country is a dreamy destination worthy of any travel bucket list! However, wine tasting tours and luxury accommodation in Napa …

Wine

Mudslides, wildfires, earthquakes and flu. 2018's off to a rough start in California

<b>(CNN) —</b> California evokes images of sunny beaches, majestic mountains, Hollywood celebs, coastal highways and all variations of good times.<p>But lately, the Golden State has elicited visions of a different kind -- houses buried in mud, scorched hillsides and flu-stricken hospital …

Santa Barbara County

You could get $50,000 to restore Walter White’s Wave house

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo by Laura Orozco)<p>The midcentury modern …

Sonoma

Patchy fog around Bay Area with only quarter-mile visibility in one spot

Morning commuters should keep an eye out for dense fog around the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday.<p>"It's very patchy," says Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Bay Area post. "Over at SFO, there's 10 miles of visibility. Go across the bay to Oakland and it's two and a …

San Francisco

Thief Targets Bridesmaids, Wedding Guests At Petaluma Venues: PD

Petaluma police allege the same suspect, a woman with red hair, took wallets as weddings were underway, then used the victims' credit cards.<p>PETALUMA, …

Crime

2 arrested after 100-mph chase in Sonoma County

Two people were arrested after a high-speed chase through Sonoma County ended when their vehicle crashed into a fence early Thursday morning, police said.<p>A Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a blue Acura that had run through a stop sign on the airport off ramp from northbound Highway 101 …

Crime

What Happens at a Death Café?

<i>Sonoma County, Northern California</i> — Putting the words “death” and “café” together may seem unusual. In the United States, many of us ignore our own …

Liberal View

Warriors Drive and Score, presented by Kia | Golden State Warriors

<b>PARTICIPATING BAY AREA KIA RETAILERS</b><p>Concord Kia<br>2199 Meridian Park Blvd.<br>Concord, CA 95520<br>925-682-7100<p>Winn Kia<br>5510 Scarlett Drive<br>Dublin, CA …

Basketball

Emergency cellphone alerts didn't go out until after mudslides began in Montecito

Santa Barbara County officials chose not to send an emergency alert to cellphones warning of mudslides until destructive flooding had already begun in Montecito, officials said Wednesday.<p>The message, similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children, was sent about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday to all registered …

California

Makers of fine wine should be concerned about slowing sale growth, expert says

Silicon Valley Bank wine business forecast warns of slowing sales growth<p>NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL | January 11, 2018, 5:49PM<p>| Updated 1 hour …

Economy

No simple blood or breath test can detect cannabis impairment, law enforcement officials say - The Cannifornian

In the wake of recent legalization of cannabis sales in California, state law enforcement’s message is clear: Drive high, get a DUI.<p>But unlike …

Cannabis

Why Liga MX Phenom Jonathan Gonzalez Chose Mexico Over USA Soccer

1,481<p>Jonathan Gonzalez intends to give back to those who constructed his biggest soccer platform.<p>The 18-year-old star announced Tuesday on Twitter …

Soccer

ICE targets 6 Bay Area cities in 7-Eleven crackdown

A nationwide immigration raid targeting 7-Eleven convenience stores included six Bay Area cities, immigration officials announced Wednesday.<p>Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Suisun City, Petaluma and Sebastopol were among the areas inspected by Immigration Customs Enforcement officers “to ensure that …

Immigration

2017 Was the Third Hottest Year on Record for the U.S.

Only 2012 and 2016 were warmer than last year

Global Warming

With an Assist From JetBlue, Hawaiian Chooses Long Beach As Its First New Airport to Serve with the A321neo

Hawaiian Airlines has long had a size issue. Ever since the DC-8s were retired back in the 1990s, the airline has only had large widebody aircraft to …

Airlines

Magnitude 7.8 Quake Strikes Caribbean, Tsunami Advisory For PR, Virgin Islands

<i>Seismograph (Getty Images)</i><p>(CBS SF) — A preliminary magnitude 7.8 earthquake was reported by the USGS Tuesday night in the Caribbean.<p>A tsunami …

U.S. Virgin Islands

In the Wild Places

<i>People go to wild places to search for their true nature. Where is your true nature?</i> <br>—Zen koan<p>My father, Max, lived alone for some years in …

Mind

Bay Area storms: Did all that rain make a difference?

Drenching storms Monday and Tuesday smashed Northern California’s unusually dry December weather pattern, dumping nearly half a foot of rain on the …

Santa Barbara County

Former SSU business dean becomes CEO of cannabis company

Fast-growing Santa Rosa cannabis manufacturing firm CannaCraft has tapped William Silver, the former dean of Sonoma State University’s School of …

Cannabis Industry