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North Bay crews douse garbage fire after truck dumps burning load in Windsor

WINDSOR -- Crews in Sonoma County were able to extinguish a garbage fire in Windsor Tuesday after a truck was forced to dump its burning load in front of a park, authorities said.The incident happened Tuesday afternoon when the load in the garbage truck caught fire, forcing the driver to dump his load on a residential street in front of Robbins Park in Windsor. The load was reportedly near the intersection of Billington Lane and Cornell Street. The Sonoma County Fire District Twitter account posted images of crews at the scene of the fire.While the trash fire was quickly extinguished, authorities said crews would be on scene for a couple of hours cleaning up the mess. Residents were advised to avoid the area.  
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Gulch Fire burns vegetation in Lakeville east of Petaluma

LAKEVILLE, Sonoma County -- A vegetation fire burned about three acres east of Petaluma near the community of Lakeville in Sonoma County Tuesday afternoon before fire crew contained it.Cal Fire originally tweeted about the Gulch Fire at 4:41 p.m. burning near Old Adobe Road and Stage Gulch Road. In a subsequent tweet at 5:06 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire had been contained and that crews would be putting out hotspots for the next couple of hours. People were urged to use caution while traveling in the area. There was no word on the cause of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Chicken Ranch Tribe Wins Legal Case Against Governor Newsom

Jamestown, CA — An appeals court judge recently sided with Chicken Ranch Rancheria and four other tribes in a lawsuit aimed at Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California. The Tribes argued that Governor Newsom was negotiating in bad faith on gaming compacts. An initial ruling, a year...

Santa Rosa city council votes to cap short-term rentals

SANTA ROSA (KPIX) -- Following a surge of applications and complaints about short-term rentals, Santa Rosa lawmakers voted on whether to put a cap on the number operating in the city.Tuesday night's city council meeting was already heated after hours of public comment preceding the vote. Finally, the council voted to adopt an urgency ordinance limiting the number of short-term rentals to 198. It was a tense evening. The issue has created a great divide among neighbors."My problem is I moved into a residential neighborhood and now I live next to a hotel," said resident Bernadette Burrell.She was one of many...

Garbage truck dumps load of burning trash near Windsor park

No injuries or property damage were reported Tuesday after the contents of a garbage truck caught fire along a residential street in Windsor. Sonoma County Resource Recovery personnel and Windsor town crews were cleaning up the site after firefighters extinguished the fire, according to Cyndi Foreman, a public information officer with the Sonoma County Fire District.

Two Injured in Lakeville Highway Crash

Two people are injured after a head-on crash on Lakeville Highway in east Petaluma. The crash happened just before six o’clock Monday morning and led to a more than two-hour closure of the highway. Police say the driver of a Chevrolet Spark crossed over the double yellow line to pass another vehicle and crashed head-on into a Toyota RAV4. Both drivers were hospitalized with serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being extricated by first responders.

The Bacon Brothers play Napa’s Blue Note

The musical duo The Bacon Brothers -- film actor Kevin, 64, and his older sibling Michael, 72 -- are probably used to it by now. Reporters inevitably tend to zero in on the famous one first, but they risk overlooking big brother’s key role in the duo’s long career.

La Tortilla Factory’s Carlos Tamayo Passes Away

A key figure of La Tortilla Factory has passed away. The Press Democrat reports that Carlos Tamayo died on July 29th in his Santa Rosa home surrounded by family at the age of 76. Carlos was born in 1946 in North Platte, Nebraska. After serving in the army and becoming a financial analyst, he helped his parents, Jose and Mary, start La Tortilla Factory in 1977 with a $75,000 loan from the Small Business Administration. Carlos went into the business full time expanding and refining operations along the way which included recruiting various family members. In 1988, the family closed their Mexicattessen on Dutton Avenue and switched primarily to producing and selling tortillas. The Tamayo family sold a majority interest in La Tortilla Factory in 2021 to Idaho-based Flagship Food Group. It was then Carlos retired from his last role with the company: chairman of the board of directors.

Santa Rosa Mother of Infant Who Died of Fentanyl Overdose Turns Herself In

A mother wanted in connection with the death of her 15-month-old daughter, who ingested fentanyl, is now behind bars. 23-year-old Madison Bernard surrendered to authorities at the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse in Santa Rosa on Monday morning. She had been at large since last Thursday, when she didn’t show up for a court appearance. Bernard and her boyfriend, Evan Frostick, have been charged with murder and child cruelty in connection with their daughter’s death on May 9th. She is being held without bail and is due in court Thursday.

Pittsburg siblings charged in killing of Carmel teen to appear in court

FAIRFIELD, Calif. - A Solano County Superior Court judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for the Pittsburgh brother and sister charged in the killing of a 19-year-old woman from Carmel. Jessica Quintanilla, of Pittsburg, was charged with murder and her brother, Marco Quintanilla, was charged with accessory to murder last year...

7 Fantastic Hotels For A California Summer Experience

Lodging can make or break your vacation, getaway, or retreat. I’m picky about where I lay my head while away from home. I bet you are as well. One of the delightful parts of being a travel writer is being a hotel scout. I love hotels and all the ways hoteliers find to make us comfortable. Checking out a new one is an adventure. Returning to a favorite is a reunion with an old friend.

Workers at Providence Northern California say new payroll system has led to thousands of dollars in lost wages

Health care workers at several Providence hospitals in Northern California, including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, blasted the company for systemwide payroll snafus that they say are costing employees thousands of dollars in lost wages. During a Zoom news conference Tuesday morning, employees said the errors in Providence’s new payroll system...

This Motorcycle Run Continues To Give Back To Will C. Wood High School

Back in April of 2000, Sarah Renee Phillips, a Vaca Pena Middle School 13 year old, was killed after returning home from school. Since that unspeakable tragedy, Sarah’s family has chosen to focus their immense grief on celebrating Sarah’s memory and organizing a way to give back to what would have been Sarah’s high school, Will C. Wood High. Glenn Phillips, Sarah’s father and long-time motorcycle enthusiast, organized the first “Sarah Renee Phillips Memorial Run” in 2000, with just 16 motorcycle riders gathering in Vacaville. After riding through the picturesque hills and valleys of Solano County, the riders ended up at a small communal barbeque, sharing their grief and their memories of Sarah. As this event grew in size and scope, Glenn put together scholarships for Will C. Wood students that could be added to with the donations received from the growing number of riders. Just last year, for the 21st annual run, over $6,000 was raised to benefit Will C. Wood students looking to attend college or study a trade. Over $77,000 total has been raised since the scholarship component was first introduced into these memorial rides. Are you, or is someone you know, a motorcycle enthusiast looking for a way to give back to the community? This year’s run takes place Saturday, August 27th, beginning at 8:00am at Miss Darla’s in Vacaville: 110 Peabody Road. You can find out more, and get signed up, by calling (707)-624-6310.

Avelo to offer non-stop service from PSP

Avelo Airlines will soon operate from Palm Springs International Airport to tourist destinations in Northern California and Oregon. The non-stop flights to Santa Rosa/Sonoma Calif., Bend Ore. and Eugene Ore. are scheduled to start Nov. 11, according to a statement on Palm Springs’ website. “We’re thrilled to welcome another...