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Chihuahua Mix “Mr. Happy Face” Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

Mr. Happy Face, a gremlin-like Chihuahua mix, took the throne as the World’s Ugliest Dog at an annual competition in Petaluma, Calif. on Friday. At 17 years old, he sports only a white mohawk on an otherwise hairless dark body. His tongue protrudes out of the left side of his mouth, no longer held in […] The post Chihuahua Mix “Mr. Happy Face” Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog appeared first on DogTime.
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Petaluma Gets a Year in Jail for Accessory to Murder

A 24-year-old man from Petaluma has been sentenced to a year in jail and two years probation for being an accessory to murder. Antonio Boyd was the driver when Dominic Zumsteg was shot to death on March 19th, then dumped in an alley in Downtown Santa Rosa. Three people were arrested in connection with the murder. Investigators say it started with a fight between two groups outside a bar the night before Zumsteg was killed.

Santa Rosa Man Arrested After Police Seize 500-Pounds of Illegal Fireworks

A man is behind bars after Santa Rosa police seized 500-pounds of illegal fireworks from his home. Someone sent police a tip about the man on Monday, saying he sells fireworks used in recent illegal sideshows, and often used for the Fourth of July as well. Officers served a search warrant at his home and found his stash of explosives. Sonoma County and eight of its cities outlaw the use and sale of fireworks.

Chain Sparks from Vehicle or Trailer Believed to Have Caused Redwood Fire

Fire officials believe they’ve figured out the cause of Monday’s 135-acre wildfire on the Sonoma-Marin County line. They think the culprit was a chain scraping across the road on the northbound side of Highway 101. It shot out sparks, causing a series of roadside fires along the way. The chain was likely hanging from a vehicle or trailer. No buildings were damaged, and no one was hurt by the fire.

This Michelin-Starred Chef Wants to Take You on Tours of the World’s Best Restaurants

Click here to read the full article. Kyle Connaughton tells a story every night, at every dinner service he hosts at his Michelin three-star restaurant SingleThread in Healdsburg, Calif. But he doesn’t think that story is enough. What shows up on the plate, he says, just scratches the surface of the culinary and cultural narrative he wants diners to understand. This impulse to tell a deeper story about agriculture and craftmanship is why Connaughton and his partner, Katina, have teamed up with the immersive travel company Modern Adventure to launch Paragon, an intimate enterprise that sends a handful of travelers around...

Update: 1 person dead in brush fire that burned west of Petaluma

SONOMA COUNTY -- Authorities in Sonoma County on Monday confirmed that one person died in a brush fire that burned 63 acres west of Petaluma.The incident, named the Roblar Fire, was first reported at around 2:30 near the intersection of Roblar Road and Valley Ford Road in the town of Bloomfield.The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed early Monday evening that a person had died in the fire. No additional details were provided.According to initial reports, the fire was already 15-20 acre and is being driven by winds in the area.The Cal Fire LNU Twitter account confirmed that its units were...

Redwood Empire Food Bank needs volunteers for Saturday

There’s a particular need for warehouse volunteers Saturday July 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, at 3990 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa. Food bank volunteers are vital, helping nourish 82,000 children, seniors, and adults in Sonoma County. Warehouse volunteer activities include gleaning and packaging fresh fruits and vegetables for individuals and families throughout our community, assembling grocery boxes for seniors in need, and sorting donated non-perishable foods for distribution throughout our service region.

Santa Rosa comic store expands as games demand grows

Popularity of superheroes and role-playing games on the big and small screen in recent years has transformed comics and gaming from a niche business with a loyal following into more of a mainstream retail venture. And that’s helping to propel a Santa Rosa store into its third expansion in its...

Healdsburg Logging Site Faces Large Daily Fines

The owner of a logging site near Healdsburg is now facing fines of up to ten-thousand-dollars per day. North Coast water quality officials have ordered Ken Bareilles to clean up his 106-acre logging site in the Felta Creek Watershed. If he doesn’t stabilize hills, roads, and trails, officials fear rain will wash sediment into Felta Creek, which is home to endangered and threatened species of salmon and trout. Bareilles, who has already been served with several environmental violations during the past year, is required to restore and monitor the area disrupted by his logging operation. He could be fined for every day he refuses to follow the orders. The new order is expected to be finalized on July 23rd.

Fire investigators credit smoke detector with saving home

(BCN) — A working smoke detector saved a home from destruction Tuesday afternoon in Rohnert Park, according to fire investigators. Crews responded to a 1 p.m. report of a possible fire in the 500 block of Lassen Court, according to a news release from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety. The caller reported that […]

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2022 Winner

Did you know there was a contest to determine the world’s ugliest dog? Well, there is one, and it has been going on since the 1970s in Petaluma, California. Every summer, dog lovers from all over bring their ugly but lovable pooches to the Sonoma-Marin Fair the fourth weekend of June. “The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest” is part of an all day Dog Lover’s Festival, with annual attendance topping 20,000 people!