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Marin County's nuclear past

Project Censored 2009

Levi Leipheimer's GranFondo

Santa Rosa turns off nighttime street lights

Pt. Reyes Oyster Farm Fracas
Allegations that NPS staff fudged the truth make the Drake's Bay Family Farm fracas curiouser by day.

Fannie and Freddie's Failure
John Sakowicz doesn't mean to gloat about the sad news that the American taxpayer has once again bailed out Wall Street—and he means: all of Wall Street—but it's absolutely true. He called it.

Clove Cigarettes to Be Banned?
New legislation looks to stub out clove and other novelty smoke sales.

Sonoma County Airport Domain
A recent undisclosed settlement possibly ends the case between the Internet marketer who owns the URL and the airport that should.

Single Speed World Championships in Napa
Mountain bike racers bring their beer, their Easter eggs, their lederhosen and their bibs to Napa.

Mobile Home Ruckus in Sonoma
Just because you bought the house doesn't mean you have to buy the land. Does it?

To America, With Shame
John Sakowicz on Wall Street bailouts, increasing credit limits, and the bleak future of the U.S. economy.

Can the 1906 Earthquake Help Sonoma, Marin and Napa Guess the Future?
Using 100-year-old data, experts scoff at the so-called science of predictions.

News: Sonoma Valley Hospital to Use Eminent Domain?
Land grab or seismic shakeup? Sonoma residents are torn.

News Briefs: Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Residents Protest Immigration Reform
Thousands take to the streets against the proposed Sensenbrenner bill.

Opinion: Berkeley Prof on the Power of Nonviolence
Marin County resident Dr. Michael Nagler on raising a peaceful society.

Meth Abuse in Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties
The first in our yearlong series on the issue.

Grape Glut?
Was the 2005 harvest good or bad for California Wine Country vintners?

News: Briefs
Veggie farm day in Marin.

The Bohemian's Best of the North Bay 2006
Editors and readers select their favorites.
Culture: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice
Everyday: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice
Food & Drink: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice
Kids: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice
Recreation: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice
Romance: Writers' Picks | Readers' Choice

Convicted Felons Defend Themselves
Does necessity always give a jailhouse lawyer a fool for a client?

News Briefs: Pleasant Care Convalescent of Novato
Nursing home's parent company, Pleasant Care Corporation, agrees to $1.35 million settlement and a court-enforceable plan for improvements in the care of its elderly residents.

Wal-Mart in Santa Rosa
With a new Wal-Mart proposed for an area that could use the jobs, Patricia Lynn Henley wonders if it's ever a good thing when the big box comes to town.

Arlington West - Sonoma County
Emotions run high and events mark the slaughter as the Iraq War ends its third year.

News Briefs
Congressional support grows for resolution to begin impeachment investigations.

Bilingual radio station returns to its roots.

News Briefs
Charles Krug Winery vineyard workers file sexual harassment lawsuit.

Bridge Too Far Gone
Replacing the Geyserville span may require 12 months and an entirely new structure.

Slam Dance
Supreme Pro Wrestling: punk rock in spandex?

News Briefs
Napa County sues Oregon Steel Mills over sewage spills.

Planning Ahead
Gay and lesbian retirement homes come of age. Lois Pearlman reports.

Getting Dinged
Auto-body shop owners accuse insurers of steering customers wrong.

News Briefs
Floods 'n' FEMA; suspected arson in Healdsburg.

Open Mic
Dick Cheney cover-up?

King of California
Santa Rosa pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer rides his own roads at the inaugural Tour of California. Michael Shapiro gets it in gear.

Water World
What's so special about a wastewater-treatment plant? Just ask the birds of Petaluma.

News Briefs
Goodwill E-Cycling; Marin, Napa and Sonoma residents struggle to recover from the New Year floods.

Unmarried and Unequal
Day of love highlights inequities among couples.

News Briefs
Residents of Sonoma Grove Trailer Park resist rent hike.

Flood Flash
Even as the Napa River rises, flood-control funds slow to a trickle. Where have they all gone? Hello, Iraq. Gary Brady-Herndon reports.

News Briefs
Barnes & Noble vs. Book Passage; Chip McAuley announces candidacy for Petaluma City Council.

Paradise Lost
Residents of the Sonoma Grove trailer park—an ad hoc Eden amid the sterility of Rohnert Park—prepare to move on. Patricia Lynn Henley gets close.

News Briefs
Nondrivers Wanted.

Swimming in Air
Part ballet, part yoga and indeed, part swimming—Gyrotonics is the new best thing you can do sitting down.

Hospital Checkup
How healthy are our major medical facilities?

Gray Matters
Lanna Nakone and the organized brain.

News Briefs
Getting Carded.

Atomic Hangover
(Or, How I learned to start worrying and hate the bomb.)

Mud and Ashes
Pet advocate finds herself—and her animals—out of a flood, into a fire and out of a home.

News Briefs
Costs Rising.

Praying for Peace
'Symphony' of events slated to support troops.

News Briefs
Storms Slam Northern California.

Open Mic
American Mullahs.

News Briefs
Happy DUI?

Open Mic
My Last Year.

Nursing Home Blues
Ensign staffers fight for dignity, respect and even a fair wage.

Stay Up All Night
(Almost) everything there is to do this New Year's Eve.

News Briefs
Solar Sewage.

Made in the North Bay
Gene Hamm Animation | Vitamin Planet/Vinyl Planet | Robert Hudson Exhibition | Gifts for Pampered Pets (and confessions of a pet sissy).

Lock-Up Learning
Higher education at prisons is making a comeback--and a difference.

News Briefs
Napa in Pieces.

Micro Mansion?
With North Bay housing getting dearer, 'cozy' takes on a new meaning. Seventy square feet, anyone? Jordan E. Rosenfeld knocks on doors.

Green Blues
North Bay pest controllers strive to think outside of the bottle.

News Briefs
SSU, R.P. Rapes.

Most Likely to Fall Down
The wretched confessions of a middle-aged soccer mom.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Freak Collision
A picaresque tale of biking through Spain involving bulls, Iceland and so much cheap beer. Alastair Bland explores.

Harvest Hands
Housing those who labor for our table remains a complex issue.

De Facto Draft?

Reduce, Reuse, Receive
Dreaming of a green Christmas.

Counting Sheep
Wool guarantees green sleep for the holidays.

Unexpected Adults
With new drug technologies extending lives, young people come of age with HIV.

Proposition 73 Redux.

The Absent Class
Elders predominate at peace vigils—do kids care?

'Point Reyes Light' sold.

Hell No, GMO
Yes on M.

Feeling Propositioned
You may not like what the governor's muscled us into, but you should vote on it.

Other Voices
Are family farmers truly united against M?

Marin's Royal Visit.

Paper Trail
Recalling Sonoma County's first alt newspaper.

Days of the Dead
Keeping a loved one at home to lie in honor after death is only one of the old things that is new again. Joy Lanzendorfer anoints the home funeral movement.

All-Access Pass
Public-access TV threatened by new bill.

Absentees on the Rise.

Reading, Writing, Redistricting
North Bay schools look to solidifying districts.

Open Mic
Rad Trad.

Wine Fire Suspicions.

Peace Conspirators
When the St. Patrick's Four poured their own blood throughout a military recruitment office, they set the stage for the first conspiracy trial against war protesters since Vietnam.

Buzz Off Against G.E.

Super Mom, Super Stressed
With more services, more gadgets and more information available to pregnant women than ever before, is too much of a good thing just too much?

Fall of the Wild
How the so-called Recovery Act could actually be the death knell for the EPA.

Herbal Medicine.

Babies: The New Yoga
Will they replace lattes, too?

The Annual Boho Awards

Nobel Effort
Candi Smucker and the one-half percent possibility.

Casino Slowdown.

The Iconography of Hell and Our Guilt
Eleven days into disaster, poet Andrei Codrescu reports.

Blank Screen
The Katrina devastation will not be televised.

Auto da Fé
Being too poor to drive means no exit.

Pool on a Hill
Proposed reservoir dogs Woodacre residents.

Ad Mad.

Fruit Strikes Back.

Spy Hunter
A South Bay legislator is trying to jam the emerging use of RFID technology for personal tracking.

Playing to Extremes
In the North Bay's robust artistic environment, fringe theater thrives. David Templeton pulls up a seat.

Fly-by Sharpshooter
Controlling Pierce's disease one pest at a time.

A memo from Karl Rove to George W. Bush.

What the Bleep Does He Know?
Philosopher, scientist, stoner, former 'Playboy' editor--Robert Anton Wilson knows it all.

Developmentally Enabled
Is Petaluma destined to become 'Whitesville' only?

Open Mic
On becoming a California native.

Scan In The Place . . .

Club Cards
Membership has its perks--and perils--when it comes to medical marijuana.

If It's Brown . . .

College survival guide
Cheap Eats
Dorm Spy
Freshman 101
Wish List

Sallys Score Small
California tiger salamanders win--kind of.

Fuzz at the Fair.

Peakocalypse Now!
How one small town came to grips with tomorrow's oil-free economy.

Campaign Trail.

Tale of the Trail
Teamwork saves Napa's proposed river walk.

Vetting Bush.

Helter Swelter
Bikram yoga addicts find transcendence in torment.

Found Treasure
Dave Allen salvages the soul of old stuff.

Where You Live
Our short list of North Bay habitats, both fact and fikshun.

Gene Splitting
Local farmers divided on ban of genetically modified organisms.

A guide to the North Bay's bucolic paradise.

Doing the Numbers
How many casinos are too many casinos? Bruce Robinson gambles on the math.

Dirty Water
Being at Campbell Cove isnt always a day at the beach.

Byrned Again.

Presumed Guilty
Media coverage of the Lodi FBI arrests is more of the same, and it's left the community reeling.

Nude Redux.

Bay in a Day
Learning the long, hard, 218-mile way that biking a double century is a different thing.

One Son's Mother
Karen Meredith supported the war in Iraq until she became a modern-day Gold Star mother. Deeply bereaved, feeling betrayed by the goverment and mad as hell, mom is on a crusade to bring them all home.

Open Mic
Paradise Lost.

Narcs for Needles.

Call of the Wild
Sonoma County nudists seek public place to bare it all.

Tech Talk
No Roads For You: On dismantling free WiFi and other serious deliriums.

Kilo Quest
Armed with just his wits, a hand-drawn map and a copy of Twain, Alastair Bland travels the Baja Coast in search of hidden treasure.

Sobriety Behind Bars
North Bay convicts talk relapse and recovery from Susanville prison.

Open Mic
Waste Not.

No Tanks.

Border Brawl
Will Arnold seek a Mexican diversion in 2006? R.V. Scheide pulls up ringside.

Moderate Marin.

High on Justice
Medical marijuana advocates feel good about Supreme Court decision.

Assembly Required.

Zero Tolerance
What if there was no garbage pickup? What if there was no trash? Zero-waste advocates see clean beyond green.

Eco Cult
Car Cultureisiting 'Ecotopia' 30 years later.

Love of Sea
Coastwalk reminds us that the ocean belongs to everyone.

Unhealthy Hospital
Marin General needs an infusion, stat.

Gallo's Humor.

Communication Breakdown
Request for bilingual secretary ignites controversy.

Two Buck Upchuck.

Buyin' Brine
Marin County looks to desalination.

Wal-Mart Hits Wall.

Open Mic
Suicide, Unplugged.

Gas Pains
Summer fuel prices a portent of the crisis that's here.

Cost of Cool.

Festival Fever
Fun with thousands of our closest friends.

Uno vs. Cinco.

Who Owns History?
The willy-nilly art of preserving local landmarks.

Place Your Bets.

Open Mic
Dark Ages: The renewed threat to academic freedom.

Art of the Deal
The haute culture of flea-market finds.

Grape Skin
Using grape seeds to recapture youth.

A Bird on the Head
Artist and avians share sense of style.

Silly Stuff
Cartoonist Violet Crabtree's intergalactic attire.

Wet Dream
Scoping Sonoma County's 'new' water project.

I Married My House
Adventures in real estate and romance.

I Light Work
Stereoluz creations set the mood for love.

Living Large
The supersized state of the new American home.

Car Culture
When Earth Attacks: You shouldn't abandon your car, unless there is no other option, and if you do, don't leave it in a traffic lane.

Room for Dissent
Free Mind Media offers young radicals space to explore views.

Global Exchange.

Notes from the Underground
Annalee Newitz and the plight of privacy.

Street Wise
Short cuts, secret rites and guerrilla-commuting tips for traversing the North Bay.

Asylum Granted
Prisoner's family comes to America.

Out of the Woods.

Alien Vessels
Unlicensed driving is an expensive proposition.

Cannabis, Cont'd.

Saying This Place Right
Arthur Dawson tells the story of the land.

Body Language
Love doesn't care what form you inhabit, but the Department of Homeland Security certainly does.

Witness Abuse
Are Jehovah's Witnesses covering up child molestation?

Cloning Cat-astrophe?

Cannabis Cure
Medical marijuana is legal. So what's the big deal? R. V. Scheide debunks the myth of the healthy twenty-something.

Big-Box Boom
Big-boxes are coming, bringing low wages with them.

Stewards' Point.

Who Counts?
When it comes to the National Agricultural Workers Survey, the answer is no one.

Lagunitas Lament.

The Bohemian's Best of the North Bay 2005
Editors and readers select their favorites.

Geek Wars
In which a tiny three-person software firm takes on the Microsoft corporate giant and lo, they win.

Our Favorite Martin.

Dearth of the Cool
As countercultural bohemia becomes more mainstream, what is hip? Several books examine the constructs of cool while one essayist begs us all to just give it up.

Bohemia Now
How the unconventional affect conventions.

Between Democracy And the Mullahs
If Iran is to be liberated in the name of freedom, where do Iranian-Americans stand?

Open Mic
Priests and Punishment.

Water War Is On.

The Trouble with Harry
Modern-day populist or cantankerous political Luddite? Pinning down mayoral candidate Harry Martin isn't easy.

Every Vote Counts
Sizing up the upcoming special election.

Race Report Card.

Of Mouse and Men.

Have a Little Faith
Progressives gather steam, strength and a little spiritual muscle. Swami Beyondananda sees the future and it's not so grim.

The God Problem
Breaking tradition to fix Christianity.

Limbo Land
Parkland policy threatens the future of open space.

Michael Pollan sees how we sow seeds of destruction.

Closer to Free
Sonoma County is one step closer to ban on genetically modified organisms.

Napa Goes Green.

People Behaving Badly
The facile world of Internet dating brings out the worst and the best.

Love Is a Flower
When a rose is more than just a rose.

Pleasure Principles
History and the lost art of self-defilement.

Hard Times
Two new erotic anthologies find edgy sex in America's bad news.

On His Own
Legal battle sheds light on Social Security reform.

RP Sucks, Part 2.

A new water supply reassessment study divides Rohnert Park.

Gang Busters
With Measure O, Sonoma County hopes to stem growing gang violence.

Manufacturing Dissent
What the Bush administration doesn't want you to know about Social Security. R. V. Scheide feels the crunch.

Who would have guessed that U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is a centrist?

Fun in the Mud
Niche sport of cyclocross isn't so niche anymore.

For the Hell of It
Why kicking heroin is infinitely easier than quitting cigarettes.

Mojo Rising
Local personal trainers offer tips on staying motivated in the gym.

Day of Reckoning
Task force prepares for homeless head count.

Birth of the Cosmos
New SSU technology lets scientists witness the first rumblings of the big bang.

Animal Pragmatism
As the fur flies in Guerneville, the middle ground gets harder to find.

Are anti-Bush boycotts like the Not One Damn Dime Day protest on Jan. 20 really effective?

Mercy or Murder?
Assisted suicide bill challenges conventional notions on death and dying.

With estimates of the death toll from the Indian Ocean tsunami swelling toward 200,000, Bay Area residents are opening their wallets to provide aid.

Open Mic
A list of scandals journalists hope to monger in 2005.

Bi & Bi
Bisexuals have found a new dating scene online. But will this newfound community lead to a political identity?

Donor Fatigue
Napa nonprofits worry as philanthropists grow weary.

A teen faces life for the 2002 murder of a Sebastopol resident.

Open Mic
Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission member Hank Mattimore argues that juvenile offenders should not be sent to adult prisons.

Blending the holidays, finding good cheer.

What's cooking for an NB New Year's Eve.

Lord of the Faerie Ring
Jim Friedman's uphill climb to create a community.

Ex-Mercury News reporter Gary Webb's death sends conspiracy theorists into overdrive.

True Crimes
R. V. Scheide goes on the trail of the North Bay's most notorious unsolved murders.

Park Place
With enough money on the board, Tolay Lake Park will become a reality.

California's nurses love Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That milk and lettuce diet giving you a little boost lately? Perhaps it's tainted with perchlorate.

Made in the North Bay
Our highly selective guide to buying the good stuff at home.

Jock Meets Queen
Athleta proves looking great and shredding are synonymous.

Magic in a Bottle
The numinous mists of the Elixir Cafe.

Two Good
OGA saves the forest and patio furniture, too.

Ride On
Healdsburg's RKA gives motorcyclists the tools to go the distance.

Slippery When Wet
Is Rohnert Park simply rewriting its water history?

Worlds Apart
Marin is among the wealthiest counties in the wealthiest state in the wealthiest nation in the world. So why doesn't it fix a community that has no grocery store and no school? Whether it likes it or not, Marin City is a place unto itself. Matt Pamatmat takes note.

Health care workers at 13 Sutter hospitals plan to strike on Dec. 1.

Gangsters Anonymous
Local Latino teens talk about jumping in and the gangster lifestyle.

Open Mic
Why does Santa Rosa discriminate against parking lot attendants?

Geography of Abundance
One man's two-month quest to travel the state of California by bike, eating only what he can find or forage. He learns to really, really love the lowly fig.

Sonoma County code enforcement officials canceling 2 Live Crew concerts at the Rios nightclub.

Talking Trash
Environmentalists claim proposed landfill expansion threatens wetlands.

Cheer Up
Our annual guide to giving.

The gay-baiting red states could learn a thing or two from the government in Marin.

Don't Count Kerry Out
Progressives fight deadlines and Democrats to order recount of Ohio votes.

Don't Count Kerry Out
Progressives fight deadlines and Democrats to order recount of Ohio votes.

Who Speaks For the Trees?
One man's quest to prove that Sudden Oak Death isn't in the symptom, but in the method.

An online chart has something surprising to say about the blue state/red state phenomenon.

Democrats Fight Back
North Bay politicos weigh in on divisive election and what comes next.

Laid-off farmworkers at Mondavi Winery receive an unpleasant surprise along with their pink slips.

Minding Your Elders
North Bay nursing home chain Ensign pulverized by watchdog report.

Our election coverage can be your best friend at the ballot box.

Fueling the Fire
How our war on terrorism feeds the flames.

Calling All Progressives
The bottom line: beat Bush, then hold Kerry's feet to the fire.

Open Mic
Taking the next steps toward Democracy U.S.A.

Exquisite Jive
Our annual writing contest goes interactive.

Hottie in Cotati
Measure P pits friends and foes of big-box retail development.

Taking the Initiative
This year's ballot is a daunting proposition.

Looking Smart
Our nod to fall fashions.

Into Thin Air
Napa County voters worry that their votes may not be counted--ever.

Life In the New Normal
Where Cat Stevens is a terrorist, a Hummer symbolizes freedom and John Kerry isn't a war hero. Welcome to the new normal, where everything is just like it was--except that it's not.

Taxing Traffic
Ballot measures seek to improve North Bay transportation woes.

The 2004 Boho Awards
We shout out to radio personality Bill Bowker, Napa's COPIA center, city of Santa Rosa arts coordinator Vicky Kumpfer, Marin Shakespeare Co. and Zebulon's Trevor Cole.

Red to Blue
How bad is Bush? Enough to make some local Republicans turn colors.

Shiftless Youth
Fixed-gear bikes can't shift and won't brake. Of course they're hot. Gabe Meline resists, relents and finally rides the trend. Man, do his legs hurt.

Moving In
For Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, homes are where the heart is.

Watered Down
County officials say the glass is half full. Well owners say it's half empty. Are groundwater sources evaporating?

Hey U!
Everything no one told you about going to college.

Cheap Eats
Eating the vida loca on a student's budget.

In the Round
Where to go in Sonoma County to buy, sell and trade music.

Clothes and clubs and other items of enormous import.

No One Left?
How conservatives are winning the campus wars.

Mail Bonding
A short, weird conversation about sending my kid off to college.

Pest Report
Do area schools make the grade in chemical safety?

Fall Festivals and Fairs
Our guide to warm autumn days, hot autumn nights.

Teaching Torture
Congress keeps the School of the Americas alive.

Down the Drain
If you can't see it and can't measure it, how do you know when it's gone? The North Bay's aquifer may be the largest imperceptible necessity you're going to miss. The second in a summerlong series on the health of our rivers.

Mid-County Madness
Watch in awe as the Rohnert Park-Cotati area goes loudly insane.

Hitting the Decks
On bullets, blinds, the lure of Hold 'Em and the thrill of Omaha. A new generation takes a seat at the poker table. Kevin Jamieson first wins $242 and then reports.

Fight the Bite
West Nile virus hits the North Bay. Here's what to do about it.

A World of Suspicion
Napa County supervisor appeals court decision of possible vote fraud.

Impulse Gardening
Melon scab, powdery mildew and other lessons of the greenhorn green thumb.

Crisis and Opportunity
Santa Rosa's Mama Collective rises to the challenge of the GOP.

Homeland Security Über Alles
Lynn Woolsey and the American way.

Growing Concern
Sonoma and Marin County initiatives challenge genetically manipulated crops.

Enter the Shaman
Strange journeys on the edge of the new frontier.

Voyeur Victims
New technology changes one Sonoma family's life forever.

Tapped Out
The FBI's new wiretap bid may put smaller ISPs out of business.

Fair Play
Sonoma may become the next city to pass a living wage ordinance.

Patriot Acts
Dissidence, privilege, protest and pleasures--on being an American.

Free-Speech Lockdown
California prisons are a reporter's nightmare. Will new legislation change that?

Keeping Spray at Bay?
Napa weighs options on glassy-winged sharpshooter.

A Tale of Two Rivers
The Russian, the Eel and why you should care about both every single time you turn on a tap. The first in a summer-long series by R.V. Scheide.

Shot in the Dark
Physicians make the case for--and against--child immunization.

Eve of Reduction
If the time to start conserving oil was yesterday, what will we do tomorrow?

Big Green Issue: Goodly Green
Three thoughts, three dots.

Overwhelmed with Beauty
At the OAEC, good works and good life go together.

Waste Watchers
Health and Harmony wages a zero tolerance campaign on trash.

Open Mic
When it comes to prisoners, mistreatment begins at home.

Bucking Old Age
Research at Novato's Buck Institute may lead to anti-aging pill.

Google's Gmail service is just the beginning of a new information surveillance regime.

Bad Medicine
Seniors turn to Canada as new Medicare bill fails to deliver.

Stats of the Union
Just a few numbers to give pause.

The New Faces of Science
When nine lives are just the beginning.

Bring 'Em on Home
Santa Rosa military family supports troops, opposes war.

To Do List
Plan ahead for hot fun in the summertime.

Moto Madness
Winning at the Infineon Raceway requires skill, luck and divine intervention.

Open Mic
Cell phones put social graces in stasis.

DIY Madness
Craft on, you crazy diamonds.

Snails 'n' Spice
Clothes and boys and everything nice.

Weed Whackers
Feds go after marijuana users with proposed drugged-driving law.

Stand and Deliver
The art of the citizen public appearance.

Building Boom
Site as subject and building the big box.

Secrets of the Universe
Furniture maker Scott Schmidt designs a better body.

The There There
How developer Orrin Thiessen is single-handedly remaking North Bay downtowns.

A Thin Line
Desperate for new recruits, national hate group turns to love.

eBay Ate My Soul
Confessions of a rabid collector.

Fading Dream
Home prices have soared during an interest rate-fueled real estate boom, and workers' wages are dropping. Only the lucky can afford North Bay homes. What will the rest of us do?

Courtney as Metaphor
When did breasts become so damned scary?

The Right Medicine
Local entrepreneurs make the case for more medical marijuana dispensaries.

Grow Up, Not Out
Farmers and environmentalists work to prevent sprawl.

Married With the Mob
When thousands of gays and lesbians vow to embrace marriage, R.V. Scheide considers that one is the loneliest number.

State of the Union
United Farm Workers turn up heat on North Bay companies.

Death Throws
Making the bridge safe is a touchy subject.

The Best of the North Bay 2004
Editors and readers select their favorites.

Case Closed
Rohnert Park officer cleared in abuse trial.

Living Large
Silicone is banned, saline is suspect. Considering the breast way to enlarge.

Addicted to Speed
The politics of being a NASCAR dad.

Open Mic
Who do the homeless resemble? That's simple: look in the mirror.

Gas Gauge
Marin mom's campaign drive for cleaner cars.

Finding the Moon
A cursory examination of all things lunar.

Donkey Kong
Who kicked the democracy out of the Democratic primary? Tara Treasurefield crashes the party.

Bring It On
Everyone's guide to flirting with Armageddon.

Fatal Memory
Does orchestrating the Vietnam War mean never having to say you're sorry? Robert McNamara is the unlikely hero of Errol Morris' newest documentary.

Unraveling 13
Proposition 56 seeks to reduce the state's legislative supermajority.

Accidental Terrorist
One man's tale of live mortar rounds, FBI interrogation and karaoke.

SOS: Save Our State
North Bay politicians make the case for Propositions 57 and 58.

Sexual Healing
Talking 'Chicken' with David Henry Sterry.

Wheel of Love
Oona Mourier's '9 Secrets' to a heroic sexual journey.

Ripping off the Buddha, one path at a time.

Cinema Paradiso
Sexy rentals to help you forget the homeland.

Bed Buzz
More than just something to sleep on.

Sex Notes
Out and about in the life of the body.

Alternative Award Awards
Everyone's a winner these days.

It's the Water
Where to go with river low-flow?

Nothing Left to Lose
Her dead son's body found, this mother worries about his soul.

Voting Blind
E-voting ignites local, state and national controversy.

Hooking Up
In the social networking milieu of, it's all about who you know.

High School Confidential
Inside the Rancho Cotate High School Conservative Club.

The Cult of Thin
The fleetest path to a flat stomach is to join the madness.

Flamingo a Go-Go
The divine secrets of early-morning lawn flocking.

Long, Strange Trip in Politics
Test your knowledge of aught three's events.

The Longest Night
A solstice story for the holidays by David Templeton.

Race with the Devil
Local politicos drink and drive for good cause.

Right to Life
Almost eight years after Maria Theresa Macias' death, where are we in the fight against domestic violence?

Terminator Targets
Proposed budget cuts threaten the most vulnerable.

Surviving Amateur Night
A sensible guide to celebrating the New Year.

Jingle Sells
All is calm, all is bright. Gift ideas to bring peace and joy to holiday madness.

River Refuse
Summing up Russian River cleanup and First Flush for 2003.

Graton's Gamble
In the opposing sides of the casino debate, culture, religion and morality are not the hot spots--it's money that brings the heat to this issue.

Stewards of the Land
The Doerksen ranch is a shining example of land management.

Livin' la Vida Local
From fine art to fine guitars, fine food to fine crafts, gifts that come from local artisans are just plain fine.

Call of the Wild
David Templeton explores all the ways that people can talk with the animals, walk with the animals, even grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals.

Race for the Cause
A vast new study attempts to get to the bottom of Marin's high cancer rates.

Presents of Mind
Express your love with gifts that don't take up space.

Dear John
Americans flush millions of rolls down the drain each day. What is it about a bidet that's so scary?

Education for Some
Budget constraints force Sonoma State to advance application deadlines.

Pay Dirt
Growing gifts just keep on giving.

Burning Bright
Beeswax and soya candles are a safe alternative to harmful paraffin candles.

Holiday Detours
Take a trip through the North Bay's marvelous holiday events.

Swing Right
Spencer Hughes, Pat Thurston's replacement on KSRO, is right-wing, loudmouthed, and not particularly local.

Bang Your Head
Finding mental health care in Sonoma County isn't getting any easier.

Box Store Rebellion
In Cotati, B is for Big Box.

Biotech Ban
Mendocino County fights a preemptive fight against Frankenfoods.

Drying Up Fast
Experts address the state of oil resources.

Proscripted Prescription
Cannabis-based medicines may be available in Europe as soon as next year. When will the U.S. government acknowledge the healing powers of weed?

The Real Cancun
Green Bloc of Sonoma County takes on the WTO. Plus: Bioneers is a family affair.

A Key to Slow Time
From the minds of Antenna Theater comes a whole new way of measuring our days in the universe.

Recall Election Recommendations
The Bohemian presents its analysis of the Oct. 7 special election.

The Sixth Annual Indy Awards
In which we celebrate the glorious and eclectic arts of the North Bay, in particular five wondrous groups who help to make it all worth our while.

Hold the Music
The RIAA's lawsuit against music file sharers hits close to home.

Sunny Side Up
Global warming is unrelenting and erratic weather is increasing, but local governments are proving that solutions exist.

Tech Trash
As new technology appears, old technology clogs up the landfill.

Sitting Pretty
Forestville's Xtreme Outhouse Race is a gas.

Out of the Shadows
Project Censored points out the stories that the mainstream press neglected.

Celebrating Silver
The Bohemian looks back on a quarter century of serving Sonoma County and the North Bay.

Here's Rory!
How does 25 years translate into human time?

Fall Arts
Mark up your calendars, buy your tickets. This fall, the North Bay is mile-a-minute entertainment.

The Losing Battle
Sussing out the local candidates for governor.

Bed Sores
For Napa's farmworkers, a place to lay one's head is hard to come by.

The World According to Garb
From Civil War reenactors and Great Gatsby days to Western shootouts and Renaissance festivals, the boundaries between 'living history' and playing dress-up blur.

Swung for a Lupo
VW's most fuel-efficient car isn't available in the U.S.

City, Slicker
Downtown Santa Rosa is on a road to renewal--a road it's been on, with various detours, for years. What's the next step?

Copy That
In schools and universities across the world, the laid-back plagiarism busters of are keeping things real.

Our Boys in Beige
Purple Berets charge cover up in CHP domestic violence case.

How a Garden Grows
An empty lot is transformed into Sunflower Gardens.

Go West, Old Man
Shepherd Bliss says farewell to Sonoma County.

That Sign Guy
John Jenkel has stirred up controversy with his picketing and prominent manure piles--but what, exactly, is he trying to do?

The Accidental Satirist
David Rees on clip art, catharsis, office monotony and land-mine relief efforts.

Behind Closed Doors
The Bohemian Grove protests get wacky, remain focused.

Going Green
Untangling the ridiculously obvious yet alarmingly complex ideas behind sustainability.

Housing Break
San Rafael turns a blind eye to illegal dwellings.

Give and Take
Fruta Gratis and the transient art of fruit.

Where There's Smoke
As fire lookouts go the way of lighthouses--all poetry, no practice--the North Bay retains a few stalwart eagle eyes.

Street Fight
Petaluma's attempt at a clean, well-lighted place for cars isn't gaining many advocates.

The Magical Sustainability Tour
Daily Acts' ongoing Sustainability Tours series is an idea with legs.

Skating on Thin Ice
The West County Skatepark has been approved, but will local residents stomach the intrusion?

Parks and Wreck
Like everyone else, state parks slim down as a result of the budget crisis.

Old and in the Way
Prescription drug benefits might be available soon, but when it comes to medical care, the elderly get the short end.

Fresh and Clean
Pollutants in the Laguna de Santa Rosa get attention.

Weeding out the Demos
Comparing the candidates' positions on marijuana.

A Goddess' Journey
The Health and Harmony Festival is one of the North Bay's premiere summer attractions. It didn't get that way on its own.

Sky's the Limit
Emperors of the air reign at the Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory.

Open Mic
The Last Record Store packs its bags, and music lovers follow.

Beauty vs. Truth
A growing county means the need for more housing and better services. But does it mean losing open space?

Hot! Summer! Guide!
From Abbey Lincoln to Health and Harmony to the Wine Country Film Fest, a panoply of summer events lies ahead.

Symbiotic Relationship
The Sonoma County Herb Exchange brings growers and practitioners together.

Back to the Land
T.C. Boyle's 'Drop City' is not so loosely based on two legendary Sonoma County communes. Gretchen Giles separates fact from fiction.

Get Off the Bus
Budget woes lead to public transportation cuts.

Soul Men
Born of the men's movement, still drumming up spirited discussions, the Redwood Men's Center prepares for its annual all-male retreat.

The Air Up There
Humboldt County's tree sitters will do whatever it takes to protect the trees they're occupying, while Pacific Lumber would rather make like a tree... and leave.

A conference tackles the troubling healthcare crisis.

School of Hard Knocks
Schools struggle to bridge the budget gap.

Not-So-Funny Girl
Taking comedy classes at the Improv seemed like a good idea. And then, the lights came up.

Roma Holiday
Wartime considerations stop star performance at Herdeljezi Festival.

Woman on the Verge
Debi Zuver is in jail for 21 years for killing her abusive boyfriend. This is her story.

Shrinking Aid
Low-income legal aid becomes harder to come by in Napa.

On the Clock
Fast talkers are rewarded in dating meet-and-greets.

Toy Story
The ever expanding world of Homies figurines populates vending machines, toy stores and home collections everywhere.

On the Frontlines
Protesters of all stripes evoke ire.

Home Improvement
Affordable housing gets a boost from a proposed developer fee.

Cutting Edge
SSU budget cuts--neither here nor there.

The Best of the North Bay 2003
Editors and readers select their favorites.

Home, Green Home
New College's eco-dwelling program is leading the pack in exploring the green building movement.

Peace Initiative
Dennis Kucinich to rally forces in North Bay.

Generation Rx
Can troubled kids find mental health at the local pharmacy?

Naked Aggression
Sonoma County women bear witness for peace by baring ass.

Border Dispute
Healdsburg doctors boycott GlaxoSmithKline.

A Picture's Worth
Nita Winter's banners celebrate Marin's diverse communities.

In Too Deep
Debt from college loans is bigger than ever.

Fostering Change
Is the California foster care system failing its kids?

Eat This
Why raw meat, urine, strawberries, and sunshine are so darn filling.

Family Values
With a firm thumb at tradition, marriage gets put on hold.

Feeding Frenzy
Arianna Huffington shovels out the corporate pigsty.

Fight On
Women's rights activist Tanya Brannan honored for her work.

The Coming Plague
As access to affordable healthcare gets more and more out of reach for the middle class, will lawmakers finally pay attention?

Petaluma Patriots
Petalumans gather strength to move against the Patriot Act.

Time machines, clones, ID chips, flying cars: Will the 21st Century finally deliver our space age dreams?

Tunnel Vision
Atascadero Creek damage reveals lapses.

A Whole New McNear's
McNear's reopened with a new look on Jan. 17.

Talking Points
The fine art of voiceover is honed at a Sausalito school.

Just the Facts
A website targets classroom bias.

Spoonful of Sugar
Holistic veterinary medicine is an easy pill to swallow.

Stuff of Life
A weekend's journey into the sacred dust bunnies of feng shui.

A Slick Solution
Local co-ops use food to power vehicles.

Health & Fitness
A list of North Bay gyms, spas and yoga centers.

A Year in Quotations
From the mouths of babes, boxers, bunglers and George W. Bush--the very best quotes of 2002.

Looking Forward
Astrologers chart the year to come.

Read Between the Signs
The peace movement aims for high visibility.

A dastardly plan to steal our water out from under us is foiled.

Enforced Compliance
George Louie wants California safe for the disabled, and he wants it now.

Dark Clouds Over America
The foreign press shows a perspective absent from U.S. media.

Crumbs at Midnight
A Christmas Eve horror story.

Surf's Up
Internet filtering systems, proven ineffective, may be required in libraries.

Dropping the Ball
Places to go and people to see on New Year's Eve.

Savory Possibilities
From a tree house in St. Helena, Toni Allegra coaches culinary professionals through a smorgasbord of career options.

Schooled for Life
Nature, nurture, and tweens meet in innovative outdoor learning program.

Presents of Mind
A short list of clutterless--and dustless--gift ideas.

You Shouldn't Have
The oh-so-many things we won't let you buy.

All Washed Up
Are freshwater supplies dwindling?

Supe Lady
Valerie Brown's gender may prove a nonissue.

Gift Guide
Gifts that are made in the North Bay are the best gifts.

Let Freedom Reign
More Americans are willing to trade freedoms for security.

Coast Watcher
Photographer documenting the California coastline stirs up controversy.

Weed Killer
Is the end near for Sonoma County's besieged medical marijuana clinics?

Flipping the Bird
Desperately seeking a cruelty-free Thanksgiving.

Contested Ownership
Brush off your essay skills--a Kenwood video store could be yours.

Survival Techniques
How to get through the holidays in one highly entertained piece.

Writing Wrongs
Welfare moms learn to tell it like it is.

The Numbers Game
A guide to sorting through the phalanx of state propositions.

In the Papers

Metro Silicon Valley
November 24 - 30, 2010

Santa Cruz Weekly
November 17 - 24, 2010

The Bohemian
The Bohemian
November 30 - December 6, 2011