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Congressmen oppose cuts in geothermal payments

The Geysers geothermal plant.

Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman are urging President Barack Obama not to eliminate geothermal royalty payments totaling nearly $2 million a year to Sonoma and Lake counties.

Mike Thompson upset with lack of information on Rancho recall

Rep. Mike Thompson.

North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson criticized federal regulators Wednesday for failing to answer his questions about the growing Rancho Feeding Corporation meat recall.

New law reduces holds placed on immigrants

Steriff Steve Freitas.

A new state law that seeks to limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents may be having a significant impact in Sonoma County.

Rep. Mike Thompson tours Sonoma factory to promote manufacturing

Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative for California's 5th congressional district, asks a question of Price Pump Co. CEO Bob Piazza, left, as Thompson and others tour the plant in Sonoma Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Thompson, D-Napa, met employees of Price Pump Co. and other manufacturers.

Appeals court denies Drake’s Bay Oyster Company’s rehearing bid

Francisco Manzo, left, and Francisco Lopez process oysters at the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm facility near Inverness in this 2012 file photo. For the third time, a federal appeals court has rejected Drake's Bay Oyster Company's bid to appeal last year's ruling that shut down the farm's operation at Drakes Estero. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday denied Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s bid for a rehearing in the year-old case that pitted the family-owned farm in Point Reyes National Seashore against the federal government.

Rep. Mike Thompson decries cut to federal unemployment benefits

Rep. Mike Thompson.

The termination of federal unemployment benefits last month halted payments to 3,086 Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino county residents totaling about $936,000 in the first week, according to state figures.

Jared Huffman reflects on freshman year in Congress

Rep. Jared Huffman talks with Point Reyes ranchers Kayla, Joey and Jarrod Mendoza, now the 4th generation owners of the historic B Ranch near the lighthouse. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Reflecting on his freshman year in the House of Representatives, Huffman said he, like his mother, was offended by House Speaker John Boehner’s comment — ‘we’ve done our work’ — at the close of the least productive year in recent congressional history.

Post office welcomed back to Camp Meeker

Kirsten Edwards picks up a parcel from postmaster relief Chelsea Crayne at the post office in Camp Meeker on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The post office re-opened on Tuesday after operations were suspended in June because of water leakage. (Christopher Chung/  The Press Democrat)

After a six-month displacement from the humble trailer that for two decades has served as post office and community center for the forested hamlet of about 425, the public was welcomed back Tuesday with a pledge that discussions about closing Camp Meeker’s post office for good had been abandoned.

Sonoma County’s jobless brace for federal benefit cut

unemployment office

A lifeline that helped many people who lost their jobs during the recession stay afloat could be cut at the end of the month.

North Coast policyholders hope to keep health insurance with Obamacare change

Health care

Facing a big jump in the cost of her health insurance, Ellyn Moscowitz of Jenner said she was heartened by President Barack Obama’s decision Thursday, to allow some people to keep their health plans for one more year, but she worried about how it will play out.