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Kerry Benefield

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Santa Rosa, CA, United States

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Past articles by Kerry:

Benefield: Tiny owl takes 60-mile ride from Annapolis to Forestville in bin full of wine grapes

The tiny owl was rehabbed and returned to the wild after finding itself 60 miles from home. → Read More

Benefield: Fiber art piece honors survivors of North Bay fires

The artwork is about resilience, about rising from the ashes, about rebirth in the wake of the 2017 wildfires → Read More

Petaluman runs for the gold in USA Special Olympics

“I’m tying to get at least two golds,” Sammy Wester said. “I would be fine with the bronze but I don’t want that.” → Read More

Long wait is over, high school football is back at Casa Grande

Friday night marked the first night of high school football in the North Bay since December 2019. → Read More

North Bay League shakes up alignment for shortened season

After the surprise announcement a week ago that most high school sports will indeed be played this year, the collective elation of local officials, athletic directors and coaches shifted suddenly to a short but complicated question: How? With students still learning from home, campuses largely shut and just slightly more than three months left in the school year, leaders are now wrestling with… → Read More

March 1 return to classrooms for Santa Rosa City Schools is off

Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Diann Kitamura acknowledged Wednesday the district’s March 1 target date is not feasible. → Read More

More schools, districts in Sonoma County seek permission to return to classroom

Twenty-four schools and districts have submitted COVID safety plans for county review. → Read More

Sonoma County schools last among North Bay counties to return to campus

The announcement that Mendocino County schools are preparing to reopen next week has left Sonoma County alone among its neighbors as the last county with no clear timetable to return students to campus in large numbers. → Read More

Sonoma County begins to vaccinate teachers, school staff

After almost a year of distance learning, the first vaccinations for teachers and school staff is a step toward the reopening of campuses. → Read More

Vaccine program back on for Sonoma County educators

The campaign to vaccinate 17,200 school workers in Sonoma County is set to begin Monday, a critical step in the quest to protect teachers from the coronavirus and accelerate the reopening of campuses. → Read More

Sonoma County Office of Education could start COVID-19 vaccines for school employees Monday

The campaign will begin with school employees 65 and older, regardless of whether they work in jobs that put them face to face with students. → Read More

Sonoma County readying system to vaccinate school staffers

Under the still-evolving plan, employees would be contacted through their district when vaccines became available at the county level. → Read More

Sonoma County educators, staff expected to get vaccine by early February

Distribution of the vaccine to education employees is highly dependent on several variables. → Read More

Santa Rosa City Schools overhauls graduation requirements after sharp increase in Fs

Members of the current senior class could earn a diploma with as few as 130 credits — the minimum set by the state. Currently, Santa Rosa requires 220 credits to graduate. → Read More

Sonoma County education, public health officials at odds over school reopening guidelines

Tensions are simmering among officials tasked with one of the most crucial pieces of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic — reopening in-person instruction for the county’s approximately 70,000 school children. → Read More

Santa Rosa City Schools: Return to classrooms not likely before March

Santa Rosa City Schools has abandoned hopes of reopening campuses in January because of a surge in coronavirus cases. → Read More

Sonoma County schools not anticipated to be affected by expected shelter-in-place order

School administrators say it will not change preparations to return Sonoma County students to their classrooms or cancel programs currently allowed at schools under existing public health guidelines. → Read More

’Shop local’ takes on new meaning in Sonoma County as pandemic and holiday season converge

This year especially, consumer choices in the holiday season are pivotal to making sure locally owned businesses remain open, merchants said. → Read More

School reopening waivers halted in Sonoma County

Most campuses that want to reopen are now in a similar holding pattern. → Read More

No guidance for prep teams

More question than answers as restrictions continue → Read More