The Fires of October

A Perfect Storm Story & Photos David Bolling The wildfires that ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Mendocino counties were the most destructive in U.S. history. Statistics are still being gathered, but by mid-November the numbers defining the fire were staggering. And while statistics tell only part of the story, they…

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One Man’s Fire

A personal perspective on what we lived through. Story & Photos David Bolling Sunday night, October 8: At 11:45 the wind was roaring past the bedroom window like the engine of an Air Force F-22 Raptor. Mandy and I have different reactions to loud sounds. She wanted me to close…

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Heros Among Us

Stories David Bolling Photos Steven Krause Chris Landry I’m Not A Hero My Wife Is You get the feeling when you first meet him that Chris Landry could have starred in the movie Backdraft. It’s not that he looks that much like Kurt Russell or William Baldwin. It’s just that…

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Saving Safari West

Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause Peter Lang Makes a Stand for 1,015 Animals For the 400-acre wildlife preserve parked smack in the path of the Tubbs fire that almost destroyed Safari West and its 1,015 African-sourced creatures, maybe the absolute best thing that happened—other than, of course, owner Peter…

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Big Hotel, Big Heart

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn goes several extra miles for the Valley. On a normal day, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn has about 400 employees on site at any given time. At full occupancy, the resort hotel has about 400 guests. Monday, October 9, was not a normal day. There were,…

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