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Sonoma County’s Safari West back on safari this weekend

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Safari West, one of the North Bay’s most popular non-wine attractions, is about to reopen giving visitors the opportunity to see Africa’s living wildlife treasures, COVID-19 safe. The renowned facility has been through recession, fire storms and pandemic. Having gone on many African photo safaris myself in 6 nations, Safari West is closer… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Bar Endures

On a recent Monday morning, Cody Brown removed the dollar bills from the ceiling of his bar, The Dirty, and counted them one by one. “It comes to about $2,300,” he tells me. “Enough to pay the insurance and keep the place open.” The bar, which is one of the oldest in Santa Rosa, has… Keep Reading


Sonoma County, – After three months of shelter-in-place and associated lodging and locals-only restrictions on a variety of businesses, Sonoma County’s health officer has announced that the region will re-open for travelers visiting from outside the county starting June 19. This is the latest in a series of re-opening announcements for Sonoma County’s hospitality industry.… Keep Reading

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Santa Rosa family and pets escape house fire

A northeast Santa Rosa family is staying with relatives after an early Monday fire forced them to flee their home with their pets. One of the occupants of the house, on Mission Boulevard between Highway 12 and Montecito Avenue, got up around 5 a.m. to let the dogs out and smelled smoke, Battalion Chief Matt… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County bus operators chart uncertain future as pandemic wears on

Sonoma County’s bus operators have weathered severe ridership and revenue declines amid the three-month coronavirus shutdown and now confront hard questions about how to restore service as restrictions are eased and more passengers resurface in need of a ride. That outlook remains murky as the stay-home orders have profoundly altered work and travel patterns, with… Keep Reading

Country Summer Music Festival delayed until 2021

The seventh annual Country Summer Music Festival — originally set for June 19-21 this year at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, then postponed until Oct. 23-25 — now has been rescheduled for next year, June 25-27, 2021, due to coronavirus concerns. “Our festivals are not social-distancing-oriented events. They’re thousands and thousands of like-minded… Keep Reading

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