Homeless in the Valley of the Moon

Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause & David Bolling On a sunny and still dry autumn afternoon, beneath the Leveroni Road bridge crossing Sonoma Creek, just beyond Fifth Street West, a small community is stirring. The streambed is like a narrow canyon, shielded by dense foliage and overhanging trees. The…

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Dancing Away from Addiction

Zumba Queen Lauren Drinkhall’s amazing road to recovery Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause She likes to go by Lauren D. Her last name is Drinkhall. An honorable name, a family name, her name. She doesn’t reject it or resent it. But, to an outside observer, there’s a bit of…

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Chasing the White Dragon

The Low Down on Getting High with Meth Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause Behind the cascading vines, the award-winning wines and the squeaky-clean spas, there’s a down and dirty side of the Sonoma Valley that’s hooked to a drug variously called speed, crank, crystal, ice, tweek and, of course,…

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VOMM Makeover — Ken Brown

Photos Steven Krause Ken Brown hadn’t had his hair cut since Norman Krug made him do it for a job. He can’t remember the date but it was sometime in the 1970s. He also can’t remember the last time he wore shoes because he doesn’t own any. Just sandals. He…

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It Blows

The Everlasting Leaf Blower Debate Story Don Frances Photos Steven Krause (Models: Victor Torrez, Angie Hurtado) There was once a time, before cell-phones, before microwaves, before hip-hop—before anyone can seem to remember—when people took care of fallen leaves using rakes, brooms and their arms. Then, in the early 1970s, the…

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