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Wave Flips Fishing Boat, Kills 4 Off Sonoma

Boat overturns amid conditions reported as 'fairly decent'

(Newser) - A crabbing trip went horribly awry yesterday morning off the coast of California's Sonoma County, when a wave hit a fishing boat upon its return to Bodega Bay, flipping it over and killing four of those aboard. As the LA Times reports, a sheriff's helicopter plucked the lone... More »

Calif. Faces Worst Drought Ever

With snowpack well below normal, state likely to face water rationing, higher food prices

(Newser) - With winter precipitation lagging well below normal, California officials say residents should prepare for the state’s worst drought on record, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada—the state’s main water supply—is at just 61% of normal after an unusually sunny and dry... More »

Sonoma-Napa Rivalry Escalates

Larger Sonoma frowns upon high-end Valley

(Newser) - The friendly rivalry between California’s two leading wine regions has evolved into an out-and-out marketing duel, reports Reuters. Sonoma winemakers frown upon the more famous—and much pricier—wine made by their neighbors over the hills. Collectors covet Napa Valley’s exclusive vintages, paying from $400-$1,000 a bottle... More »

Elwood Named Ugliest Dog

(Newser) - A 2-year old mixed breed, Chinese Crested and Chihuahua, dog named Elwood won top honors as the world's ugliest dog at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair.  Elwood's owner, Karen Quigley was delighted with the outcome.  This was Elwood's second try at the title.  No word on whether Karen... More »

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