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Recent articles by Austin:

Mountain lion suspected in June deaths of 2 sheep on Penngrove ranch

Big cat who likely killed her livestock is “not particularly deterred by humans,” Penngrove farmer said. → Read More

Coronavirus pandemic prompts backslide of environmental protection work

From spike in single-use plastic bags to postponement of key state ballot measure on increasing reusable packaging, coronavirus has been tough on the environment. → Read More

Some Sonoma County cosmetologists frustrated with extended closures, worried they won't reopen for months

Hair and nail salon owners say extensive training in “disinfecting and sanitizing” qualifies them to reopen, but local and state health officials disagree. → Read More

Thousands flock to North Bay beaches and parks, heedless of health protocols

While many who visited Sonoma County’s public spaces on Saturday maintained a careful distance from strangers, scenes of crowded beaches alarmed county public health and parks officials. → Read More

Sonoma County library branches close through March 31

People with overdue books need not worry because due dates will be extended. → Read More

Sonoma County Ag Days among several events delayed or canceled by coronavirus

Julia Jackson’s climate summit and a Sonoma Raceway event for energy-efficient vehicles also were scrubbed. → Read More

Not-so rainy season: Bone-dry February to stay that way, possibly boosting fire danger

There's been zero rain this month and none is expected for at least several weeks, while it hit 80 degrees in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, shattering the previous record for the day. → Read More

Sonoma County making deep funding cuts to homeless services providers

Facing a $2 million shortfall, in part due to the cost of clearing the Joe Rodota Trail homeless camp, the Leadership Council of the Community Development Commission voted to cut money to homeless service providers by 34%. → Read More

Oakmont residents greet homeless neighbors at Los Guilicos shelter

Contrary to public perceptions, many members of the senior community have welcomed, even embraced the newcomers at the temporary shelter across Highway 12. → Read More

Son of Joe Rodota reveals what his father would say about homeless camp disbanded on Rodota trail

Rodota’s son talks about encampment on west Santa Rosa trail named for his dad, Sonoma County’s first parks director. → Read More

Why this new Santa Rosa dispensary represents the future of cannabis stores

LED lighting and floor-to-ceiling projections make this a multi-sensory experience on par with the boat ride in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." → Read More

Innovative Healdsburg program addresses shortage of child care workers

A new, six-month program will train and certify adults over 18 to become licensed child care providers — free of charge. → Read More

Deal to sell Oakmont golf club hits headwinds

Delays in the deal have resulted in 45 layoffs, with golf courses closed until at least March, though the driving range remains open. → Read More

New Two Rock firehouse rising

The 5,400-square-foot station house for the volunteer department is set to open in early 2020. → Read More

‘I’m going think about my mom and say some prayers’: Remembrance for 2017 wildfire victims

Looming power shut-offs decreased attendance at a vigil to mark the two-year anniversary of the deadly fires that leveled three Santa Rosa neighborhoods. → Read More

Memorial honors the 24 people who died in the 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County

Fire victims’ names on sulpture at LBC; memorial dedicated over weekend → Read More

Looming PG&E power shut-offs make generators a hot item

The run on ‘gennies’ has created a need to educate consumers on which model to buy, and how to operate the machines safely. → Read More

Incoming director of Sonoma Land Trust has long felt a connection to Sonoma County

The rugged Sonoma County coast reminds Eamon O’Byrne of the crags and cliffs of Connemara, in his native Ireland. → Read More

Sonoma Land Trust taps Dublin conservationist as its next leader

The rugged Sonoma County coast reminds Eamon O’Byrne of the crags and cliffs of Connemara, in his native Ireland. → Read More

Santa Rosa ride-share company caters to women

Women Driving Women gives riders and drivers an alternative to Lyft and Uber. → Read More