Unearthing Alexa Wood

Out of the smoke and fire comes a butterfly. Photos Steven Krause Alexa Wood is not your average innkeeper, if that term even applies to the current matriarch of the historic and widely loved property known as Beltane Ranch. Even the word “matriarch” might make her wince, but that’s kind…

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All-Night Fight Saves Beltane Ranch

It takes a village to stop a fire Story: David Bolling Photos: David Bolling & Steven Krause Beltane Ranch is a place, a state of mind, a vineyard, a winery, an antique orchard, a lush garden, a registered landmark and a Bed & Breakfast Inn that goes back, in one…

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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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