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Evacuating Healdsburg: My experience fleeing home during the Kincade Fire

Evacuating Healdsburg: My experience fleeing home during the Kincade Fire

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

I had tears streaming down my face and my hands were shaking — I feared what would come next. Healdsburg was under mandatory evacuation. I wondered if it would burst into flames and if I would return to a pile of ash instead of my hometown. The Kincade Fire started at 9:27 p.m. Oct. 23 near Geyservi...

The digital detox diary: My 24-hour device-free diet

The digital detox diary: My 24-hour device-free diet

Mark Fernquest, Co-Magazine Editor

December 12, 2019

The rules: my digital diet will last 24 hours, during which time I will forgo cell phone, laptop, internet, debit/credit card and electronic key-fob usage. I will, however, use analog technology as usual, including clocks, my truck and a pay phone — if I happen to come across one that works. Prefa...

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Jesse Kapukui, Co-Features Editor

December 12, 2019

The first time my mom was incarcerated — for vandalizing public property — I counted the approximately 730 days until she’d get out. Every weekend I got used to the dehumanizing routine. I checked my pockets for contraband, made sure my clothes followed the dress code, walked into the crowded...

Climate Changed: Time to change our habits

Climate Changed: Time to change our habits

Oak Leaf Editorial Board

September 29, 2019

It’s in the back of our brains, omnipresent as we walk from building to building, the unusually torrid October breeze slapping against our skin. Climate change is real. It’s happening all around us and Sonoma County is one of the first places to get a full picture of its desolation. It’s unden...

Better to burn out than to fade away: A right and proper response to the climate crisis

Better to burn out than to fade away: A right and proper response to the climate crisis

Zane Zinkl, News Editor

September 20, 2019

Note: This story contains vulgarity  Nothing we do in this college, in this society, with the approval of old and evil people will save the world. But they were never going to save the world. They were the ones sick enough to wreck it in the first place. All their paths have led to the destruction of ...

Learn while you can, party when convenient

Learn while you can, party when convenient

Riley Palmer, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2019

I did not want to jump, yet I wanted more than ever to feel the crisp Oregon water swallow me whole. The rocks were uneven, my feet’s grip on the perforated cliff shaky and apprehensive. My heart raced and clawed its way up to my throat. I don’t usually let myself feel fear over something that c...

Top 10 cigarettes I smoked in Europe

Top 10 cigarettes I smoked in Europe

Zane Zinkl, News Editor

September 4, 2019

              WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER OR BIRTH DEFECTS OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM. SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE IS A SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS ...

Lessons I learned from my autistic brother

Lessons I learned from my autistic brother

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

My brother Julian and I have completely different minds. He is fascinated by the world of 1980s VHS tapes and has shelves upon shelves of colorful cardboard boxes, while I am more of a Netflix person. He has a mysterious fear of dogs, but I welcome any that show up on our porch. He has no concept of an...

In favor of secession

In favor of secession

Mark Fernquest, News Editor

March 7, 2019

I may not surf, smoke pot, be transgender or ride a skateboard, but by Goddess I’m as Californian as you can get. I spent my privileged and misguided youth hiking the open, Oak-studded coastal foothills bordering Silicon Valley, in the shadows of Koko the sign language-speaking gorilla and the atom...

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor

February 14, 2019

Just because you’re broke doesn't mean your heart has to be. Valentine's Day is here, along with the opportunity to have a great day with your sweetheart. There’s just one issue: Your brain says Cheesecake Factory, but your bank account says Taco Bell. There’s no need to worry. Here are f...

Single people rejoice, you are alone this Valentine’s Day—and that’s a good thing.

Single people rejoice, you are alone this Valentine’s Day—and that’s a good thing.

Staff writer, Raul Ojeda

February 13, 2019

Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching. With so much love in the air you may ask yourself, “Why am I still single?” But honestly: it’s not that bad. Every year I hear the same complaints from friends. They complain about how stressful Valentine’s Day is and how, in the end, they didn’t ...

Back in the saddle again

Back in the saddle again

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018

Abraham Fuentes Returning to college after several decades in the work world can be tumultuous and often a little crazy-making, to put it mildly, especially after earning a Bachelor of Science in media during the wild and crazy mid-70s. Now I spend hours in a classroom and even more in the newsroom at The Oak Leaf, Santa Rosa Junior College’s student news media. I’m taking c...

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