Never Again Comes to Sonoma

Thompson urges background checks, schools practice security. Story & Photos David Bolling   Fifth District Congressman Mike Thompson is a wounded, Vietnam War combat veteran, who owns guns and likes to hunt. But he stood before a mostly sympathetic crowd of some 200 people in the auditorium of Hanna Boys Center…

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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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Taste This!

A marathon tour of Sonoma Plaza tasting rooms. Photos: Steven Krause Some people call it symbiosis—the relationship between alcohol, wine, tourism and the economic vitality of this globally recognized tourist destination called Sonoma. Other people call it a curse, an economic monoculture, an alcoholic Disneyland, a traffic-congested nightmare and the…

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Tobias Weinberger’s Traveling Spectacular

Magic, mystery, music in a ’51 Chevy truck. Story David Bolling Tobias Weinberger is 6-feet-2, and the distance from his lips to the pit of his stomach is approximately 24 inches. At least that’s the length of the blade he inserts through his open mouth, down his throat, past his…

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The Memorable Music of David Aguilar

Sonoma Treasure Artist releases new CD. Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause Spend a lazy afternoon with David Aguilar over tea and muffins in a local café and you might feel you’re in the presence of a real-live celebrity. Everyone, young and old, seems to know him and revere him.…

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