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Work/Life/In Focus: Detailing Air Force One

Columnist: Mallorie Kerrigan
Sep, 2018 Issue

Last year, Shawn Sepulveda became a member of an elite group: the Air Force One detailing team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where he and his individually selected team clean and restore historic and extremely delicate paint as well as apply protective coatings to several aircrafts worth millions of dollars. This past July, Sepulveda returned to Seattle as team leader for his crew of 10, named Detail Mafia. The team donates their time, every year, for up to two weeks at a time.


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Work/Life/Trends

Sep, 2018 Issue

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Tipping Point Community Emergency Relief Fund to train its corpsmembers in the building trades, giving them skills and certifications needed to secure employment to help rebuild North Bay communities ravaged by the wildfires.

A study recently released by Numbeo’s mid-year Cost of Living Index revealed the top 20 most expensive places to live in the world.


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Work/Life/Green

Sep, 2018 Issue

Ask just about any Californian about picking the state flower—the California poppy—and you’re sure to get the same reaction: “It’s illegal!” But is it?

A well-maintained yard is like any beautiful accessory—it shines. But how can a home have curb appeal and lush landscaping during a drought or a fire season?


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Work/Life/Picks

Sep, 2018 Issue

The flavors of Latin America have made their way to the North Bay with Sungo, a tropical and exotic lightly-carbonated soft drink.

Local artisan cheese producer, Sonoma Creamery, has been hand-crafting quality cheese inspired by local Wine Country agricultural since 1931


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Work/Life/In Focus: Jean Hegland

Columnist: Karen Hart
Aug, 2018 Issue

The story behind local author Jean Hegland’s novel, Into the Forest, began with a sleepless winter night in her home in the forest west of Healdsburg, where she lives with her husband, Douglas Fisher. “I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to tell myself a story. The story let me think deeply and imaginatively about the natural world, the future and sisters,” says Hegland, who doesn’t have a sister, but was then a mother of two young daughters, ages one and three. At the time, living in the forest was still a new experience for them, and Hegland admits she was concerned about their situation. “We didn’t know anything about the forest, and with two young daughters I worried about the future.”


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Work/Life/Health

Aug, 2018 Issue

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health? Or, that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

How much is a tooth worth these days? Looks like the Tooth Fairy tightened her moneybag last year.

Almond butter, is gaining in popularity as a potentially healthier option. The question remains: Which is healthiest—peanut butter or almond butter?


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Work/Life/Wag

Aug, 2018 Issue

It’s easy to think of a reason to get a new puppy or kitty—the sweet puppy breath, fluffy coats and a playful spirit. But, there are a number of reasons to rescue from a shelter, rather than buying from a breeder. We look at five practical reasons to adopt.

How is a Santa Rosa-based business, Compassion without Borders, and a three-legged dog all connected? Not just by prosthetics, but by a little luck and a lot of love.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Tony Geraldi

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jul, 2018 Issue

Chances are you or someone you know has hopped on a Sonoma County Airport Express. It’s one of the longest running airport transportation services in the North Bay, serving more than 300,000 travelers annually. Life-long Sonoma County resident, Tony Geraldi, has proudly worked only three jobs in his 55 years—Press Democrat newspaper carrier, a local Straw Hat Pizza delivery boy and for the past 31 years, working for Sonoma County Airport Expres.


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Work/Life/Green

Jul, 2018 Issue

Most beverages in America come with a plastic straw—even if it’s only a glass of water. Though it may not seem such a big deal, when added up, plastic straws create a major problem for the environment. In the U.S., Americans uses 500 million straws every day—that’s enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times.

There’s finally a solution for the 500 million plastic straws Americans use and discard every day. It’s Lolistraw, the world’s first hyper compostable, marine-degradable straw.


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Work/Life/Agribiz

Jul, 2018 Issue

The cannabis cultivation tax and excise tax went into effect on January 1, 2018. Here’s a brief overview of the new tax rates and how they apply to cannabis business activities, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.


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Work/Life/Art

Jul, 2018 Issue

What better way to honor beloved pets than by capturing their personality, spirit and charisma on canvas? Santa Rosa pet portraiture artist, Patti Miller, has been conveying the spirit of animals and their human counterparts for 30 years.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Art Rises from the Ashes

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jun, 2018 Issue

Mike Owen’s home was close to being burnt to ash when flames were approaching on three sides of his house, 120-feet out. Like so many residents on October 9, 2017, Mike’s Nielson Ranch home in Santa Rosa was minutes away from being gone, until the winds shifted. Spared from destruction, Mike and his wife, Nancy Owen, learned their daughter Molly Owen’s home in Fountaingrove near Sweet T’s was completely leveled.


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Work/Life/Arts

Jun, 2018 Issue

In recent years, art programs have been cut from school curriculums, including music, art and theater. While the arts are fun for both kids and young adults, they’re also a fundamental resource for overall development.


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Work/Life/Business

Jun, 2018 Issue

About 95 percent of remote jobs include a geographic requirement where remote workers need to be based in a specific city, state, region or country, according to FlexJobs, an online service for professionals. To help job seekers identify states with high potential for remote job opportunities, FlexJobs has named the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based remote workers in 2017.


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Work/Life/Women

May, 2018 Issue

Today’s job market consists of occupations that are dominated by women. Nine out of 10 registered nurses are female, and careers in social work, counseling and human resource management are also highly concentrated by women.


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Work/Life/Spotlight

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
May, 2018 Issue

Santa Rosa singer, songwriter, performer and contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Dallas Caroline, known locally as Dallas Caroline Dueñas, knew she wanted to be a singer since she was a little girl. “Once I started singing, I knew I would always be a singer,” says the 17-year-old songstress. “Songwriting is my passion—it’s really special to me. And in country music, the songs tell the story.” The Santa Rosa singer-songwriter and contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” has big dreams of making it in the music industry.


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Work/Life/Leaders

May, 2018 Issue

Welcome to the third annual May Women Business Leaders issue—a celebration of successful, influential North Bay women. The following section features business leaders who are making an impact on the North Bay. We asked these women to speak out and answer two of the following three questions:

•What advice do you have for young women following your professional footsteps today?
•Do you believe women are still trying to make it in a man’s world?
•What changes would you like to see made for women in the workforce in the years ahead?


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Work/Life/Trends

Apr, 2018 Issue

In 2017, Texas was leading America’s homebuilding race with Austin, Dallas and Houston collectively on track to build 130,000 new homes by the end of the year, according to a report by Trulia.


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Work/Life/Safety

Apr, 2018 Issue

Thousands of North Bay residents learned first-hand how important it is to have a go-bag packed and ready in the event of a fire in October. Pack an emergency supply kit ahead of time, and keep it accessible so you’re prepared if you have to evacuate. Backpacks work well for storing items (except food and water), and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or an ice chest on wheels will make it easier to transport, but keep it light enough so you can easily lift it into your car.


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Work/Life/Events

Apr, 2018 Issue

Dust off your boots, because Country Summer is getting down and dirty this year for its fifth annual, three-day concert series at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. And this year, it’s gonna be huge.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Keeping It Local

Author: Karen Hart
Apr, 2018 Issue

When it comes to those who play a key role in protecting community and keeping it thriving, and those who teach to build the future for the next generation, the Sullivan Group of Keller Williams Wine Country Realty is committed to helping those who serve remain in the community. Julie and Morgan Sullivan, a mother-daughter Realtor team, started the Keeping Heroes Local program two years ago. An extension of Homes for Heroes, Inc., a nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists and local business affiliate, the program offers easy ways for heroes to save when they buy, sell or refinance a home and on everyday home-related purchases.


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Work/Life/Java

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2018

In Petaluma, there’s a coffee shop that embraces agrarianism, medium-roast coffee from small farms worldwide and community gathering.


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Work/Life/Style

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2018

The 2016 Professional Lash & Brow Artists’ Industry Survey compiles information from more than 450 lash technicians across the United States.


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Work/Life/Biz

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2018

Small businesses play an important role in creating jobs, sending products overseas and generating wealth for thousands of families. Here are nine amazing facts about small businesses in the United States from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy, which recently released updated information. The SBA defines small business as an independent business with less than 500 employees.


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March Aftermath

Mar, 2018 Issue

The October wildfires ravaged parts of Sonoma County and made headlines around the globe, causing some misconceptions about Sonoma County and tourism. Here are a few myths and the facts from the 2018 Sonoma County Winegrowers Sustainability Report.


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A Place to Call Home

Having a roof over your head is a basic human need, but finding one in Sonoma County can be a challenge. An increasing population that has steadily outpaced the number of new units available and the...

Tailored Tastings

The wine tasting excursion remained relatively unchanged for decades when consumers would drive to a winery and sally up to a bar. Depending on how busy the server was at the moment, the consumer ma...

The Gentrification Paradox

Gentrification is a mixed blessing. While the process, raising a blighted area to upper- or middle-class standards, may appeal to the affluent, the benefits are often at the expense of displacing th...

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