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SF Bay Area home kitchen experts take shot at cooking immortality

San Francisco - Feeding the family isn't only about defrosting or drive-through windows -- and certainly not for the dozens of amateur cooks who turned out Saturday to compete for a spot on Fox TV's "MasterChef."

Op-Ed: Chips and salsa man learned all his savvy from sales with IBM Special

Sonoma - Meeting Ron Cuda is like talking to a friend and catching up. His easy-going demeanor makes anyone feel at home. His office on Fifth Street West across from Safeway is small but his La Casa Foods business is growing.

Forest fire spreads in Big Bear, California Special

Big Bear Lake - A forest fire began in the mountain town of Big Bear, California at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. It rapidly spread eastward, covering more than 10 acres by 3:00 p.m. Parts of the 7000-foot high popular tourist and residential town are being evacuated.

Rare wolf sighting in California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has spotted the first wolf pack in California for almost 100 years. The sighting has led to a debate about encouraging the wolves to stay or pushing them back northwards.

Op-Ed: Admitting to a disability lead to a life-tranforming Ironman Special

Laguna Beach - Confession is good for the soul as some might say. And, for Ironman athlete and Mount Kilimanjaro climber, Bonner Paddock his confession to a disability lead to some major life-transformation changes.

Blame those hazy skies, spectacular sunsets on wildland fires

Monterey - Got haze? San Francisco Bay Area residents are in for another two days of smoky air as rising temperatures combined with wind-blown manifestations of Northern California wildland fires.

4,000 California inmates are fighting wildfires

Nearly 4,000 prisoners are currently battling wildfires across California making up about 40 percent of the nearly 10,000 firefighters deployed across the state. Participants make $2 per day in the program and $2 an hour when they’re on a fire line.

Op-Ed: Realtor leaves city to pursue artistic dream in small town Special

Sonoma - Art and commerce were in abundance at the Plaza on Tuesday evening and while the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel played to an enthusiastic crowd, artist Jan Small was delighted because she has now settled in Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art.

Interview with American keyboard whizz Derek Sherinian Special

The prodigiously talented musician has helped put together an exciting new show — a combination of ballet and live rock music — entitled "Heart of Storm." He discussed it with Digital Journal from a recording studio in Burbank, southern California.

California: Six arrested in latest DMV bribery scandal

Sacramento - Federal authorities have charged six people, including three employees for the California Department of Motor Vehicles with allegedly conspiring in a bribery scheme to distribute driving licenses to truckers without requiring them to pass mandatory tests.

Evacuations lifted as firefighters control California wildfire

Clearlake - Hundreds of residents of the Northern California counties of Lake, Colusa and Yolo were allowed to return to their homes Saturday after firefighters gained control over an unpredictable fire that burned more than 100 square miles of scenic hill country.

California ramps up battle against two dozen wildfires

Los Angeles - Crews battling two dozen tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements, using a window of humidity and cooler temperatures to try quench the blazes ahead of a forecast spell of drier weather.

Annual dog surfing competition takes place in California

Dogs of all shapes and sizes met on a beach in California last weekend, to fight it out for first place in the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition.

Firefighters battle blazes across California

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters battled Monday to contain wildfires in California that have forced the evacuation of thousands of homes and burned more than 121,000 acres of land.

Review: Sonoma has a man of intrigue, or at least in Avery Mann's books Special

Sonoma - Avery Mann, a nom de plume for international law attorney Bruce Janigian, may seem ordinary. But once you delve into his his two books “Angel Landing” and “Persona Non Grata” you are taken from the local to the global.

Wildfires rage across California

California - Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires Sunday in drought-parched California, where officials evacuated entire neighborhoods and closed miles of highway in the path of the inferno, which has claimed at least one life.

Utility districts cut water use by 27 percent in California

Sacramento - Drought-slammed California could avoid mandatory water rationing next summer if the state's hundreds of utility districts can keep water under control until the next heavy rains arrive.

Op-Ed: Calif. fines six companies for selling pesticide-tainted produce

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies based in Los Angeles and San Mateo counties for ignoring warnings and repeatedly selling imported fruits and vegetables grown with illegal pesticides.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Review: A Denver couple goes West to pursue dream of Ice Cream Special

Sonoma - It's not everyday that a young couple would move over 765 miles just to follow a dream to open an ice cream shop. Yet that is what Joe and Ramie Hencmann did, leaving their well-established lives in Denver to venture to a place unknown, like Sonoma.

Op-Ed: Advocates claim a secret pact has occurred with California water Special

Sacramento - As the drought in California continues, water advocates from non-profit organization Friends of The River claim two very important Federal agencies have been in a secret pact over access to portions of California's precious water resources.

Heavy rains, floods wash away parts of I-10 in So. California

Desert Center - The major route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a huge surge of floodwater damaged bridges spanning small desert washes will partially reopen Friday, much sooner than officials had earlier anticipated.

California bridge collapse closes Interstate 10 indefinitely

All traffic on Interstate 10 between California and Arizona has been halted indefinitely after a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during a heavy rain storm. The roadway in the opposite direction also received heavy damage.

Crews battle brush fire near LA for second day

Los Angeles - Crews in southern California battled a brushfire Saturday that at one point spilled onto a busy highway and triggered scenes of panic among terrified motorists.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.

Hundreds evacuated as California 'pine fire' rages

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire near a major California highway Saturday, as crews worked through the night to evacuate hundreds of nearby campers, including children, officials said.

U.S. Census: Hispanics outnumber whites in California

Los Angeles - Demographers have anticipated for a long time that Hispanics would eventually outnumber whites in California. It has now happened.

U.S. BLM admits gun stolen from worker killed woman on S.F. pier

San Francisco - A gun allegedly used to kill a San Francisco woman on Pier 14 a week ago had been stolen from a federal agent just one week prior to the fatal shooting, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Sheriff: Feds could have demanded arrest of S.F. slaying suspect

San Francisco - San Francisco would have kept an illegal Mexican immigrant locked up and unable to attack a young woman he is suspected of killing if federal authorities had demanded it, a top official said this week.

Suspect in random SF slaying had previously been deported

San Francisco - The Mexican national accused of the random killing of a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist attraction last Wednesday had been deported five times prior to the fatal shooting.
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Friends of the Urban Forest dedicate themselves to the promoting of trees and help residents and nei...
Friends of the Urban Forest dedicate themselves to the promoting of trees and help residents and neighbors organize tree planting events. They often go door-to-door, providing information and opportunities for home-owners and residents to participate.
Courtesy of Friends of the Urban Forest, SF, CA
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A surveillance video the woman who bought the winning $23 million lottery ticket in May 2012.
California Lottery
DROUGHT: California s partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this pho...
DROUGHT: California's partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this photo from August 2014.
Maryphillips1952/Wikimedia Commons
Sign has been removed from the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex on First Street not far from the cen...
Sign has been removed from the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex on First Street not far from the center of town. In Oct. tenants were sent notice that they must move within 90 days.
Alex was preparing the grill that day  when this reporter stopped by on March 31  2014. He managed t...
Alex was preparing the grill that day, when this reporter stopped by on March 31, 2014. He managed to get some grilling done before a down pour of rain.
Even though  the book  The Visionary State  A Journey Through California s Spiritual Landscape  is o...
Even though, the book "The Visionary State, A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape" is out of print, author Erik Davis says, "the book is around, it is find-able."
Los Angeles Metro Red Line train at Wilshire/Vermont.
Los Angeles Metro Red Line train at Wilshire/Vermont.
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Golden Gate Bridge  from North-West  with San Francisco in the background
Golden Gate Bridge, from North-West, with San Francisco in the background
Dirk Beyer
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo ...
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo Bank CEO John Stumpf on Saturday July 20, 2013. She is seen here in photo after the rally that day.
This is the plaque that O Brien mentions. It gives witness to California s earliest days.
This is the plaque that O'Brien mentions. It gives witness to California's earliest days.
Liam O'Brien, Nature in The City
The grand Victorian-era home on Broadway in Sonoma is now home to Vallard Christopher Forsythe  DVM ...
The grand Victorian-era home on Broadway in Sonoma is now home to Vallard Christopher Forsythe, DVM and his pet clinic practice.
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff  large and small that people dr...
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff, large and small that people drop off to donate.
 We have been here at this show for at least 20 years or more   said David Peck of Imari Gallery of ...
"We have been here at this show for at least 20 years or more," said David Peck of Imari Gallery of Sausalito, CA. His gallery specializes in Japanese treasures like silk screen paintings and exquisite artifacts like this statue of the Buddha.
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh  Calif.  February 14  2014. (Official White House Pho...
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
San Francisco City Supervisor London Breed held a press conference on Wednesday  April 16 to express...
San Francisco City Supervisor London Breed held a press conference on Wednesday, April 16 to express concerns about the annual "4/20" cannabis gathering in Golden Gate Park.
courtesy of Supervisor London Breed's Office
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the United States
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark s clubhouse. Members and g...
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark's clubhouse. Members and guests are asked to make a donation of any amount to help fund Skypark's community -activity outreach programs like Young Eagles Camp with the EAA Air Academy.
Thieves ram car into Apple Store
Thieves ram car into Apple Store
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San Jose City Council member Rose Herrera speaking before the council making note of the commendatio...
San Jose City Council member Rose Herrera speaking before the council making note of the commendation honoring Palmer Chiropractic College on Feb. 25, 2014.
Courtesy of Palmer College of Chiropractic media dept.
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma  CA. He is looking for a new location. ...
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma, CA. He is looking for a new location. Walking into his shop is like walking into an art gallery. Easy to talk to, he will happily give a tour.