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Relaxing hikes in Sonoma County

Relaxing hikes in Sonoma County

May 16, 2019

Sonoma Coast State Park Take Highway 1 north past Bodega Bay, and you’ll find yourself at Shell Beach, the trailhead for the Pomo Canyon Trail. Park at the beach, and cross the highway. The trail loop takes you right into the hills and gives you a gr...

CBD: A natural remedy for today's ills?

CBD: A natural remedy for today’s ills?

May 16, 2019

A promising new health product with much-touted medical benefits is gaining both a national and statewide reputation. It’s called CBD, and it’s available throughout Sonoma County and California, without prescription. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the s...

Rhiannon Jones was crowned the 2019 Miss Sonoma County at the 73rd Annual Miss Sonoma County Scholarship competition on March 2, 2019.

Step into the daylight and let it go: Title IX sheds light on the realities for sexual assault survivors

May 16, 2019

Silence blankets a packed Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. Backstage, a nervous Rhiannon Jones prepares to recite her platform statement for the Miss Sonoma County competition. She stands, closes her eyes and collects her thoughts. The...

Makeup has no gender

Makeup has no gender

May 15, 2019

The first time I heard someone say “makeup is only for girls,” I was about 8 years old —  too young to really care, but old enough to understand what was being said. The more I grew and began to understand the beauty community, the more I reali...

Passion for fashion

Passion for fashion

May 15, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College student Shae Bent comes from a long line of seamstresses and is in her second semester of clothing construction. While she has multiple majors, her eyes light up the most when she talks about what she’s learning in fashion st...

In the dugout with Amy

In the dugout with Amy

May 15, 2019

Amy Gutierrez, the San Francisco Giants sideline reporter and a native of Sonoma County, always knew she wanted to be on television, but never thought she would become a sports journalist. “As a kid, my mom said I would always pretend to be a news anc...

After revitalizing the cheer program, coach Dori Elder hosts cheer team tryouts on April 8.

Go! Fight! Win! With Dori Elder

May 15, 2019

Trust, stability and high expectations: Dori Elder plans to bring all three to the Santa Rosa Junior College cheerleading team. Elder is the new Bear Cubs cheer coach. She has 19 years’ coaching experience, from Pop Warner to high school teams aro...

A second chance at life

A second chance at life

May 14, 2019

Apolinar Vega sits quietly at a table in Bertolini Student Center, listening as fellow students trickle into the conference room discussing exams, family and summer plans. One woman keeps her distance in the corner, worried the stink from her cabbage lun...

SRJC nursing student Jocelyn Zhaori Contreras-Toscano is vice chair of Student Life and co-chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanista de Aztlán (MEChA). She flew into the U.S. at age 2 on the lap of a stranger and talked with the Oak Leaf about the difficulties of being undocumented.

This is my home: Three SRJC students share what it means to be undocumented

May 14, 2019

A fractured identity. Unable to travel freely. Feeling unwelcome in the place they’ve made home. Such are the circumstances for millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of a better life — and for three Santa Rosa Junior Co...

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