My favorites from 2001, By Kent Porter / The Press Democrat


1/11/2001: A rainbow appears over Highway 12 east of Sebastopol during a break in the rain Wednesday afternoon.


1/15/2001: Rich Gannon, the 35-year-old quarterback who transformed his image this year from journeyman to Pro-Bowler, had his poorest game of the season. He was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and was forced from the game with a separated shoulder.


Five year old Alyssia Butler of Fremont, Ca., USA tries on her father Rhett Butlers, Oakland Raiders costume, Lord Mordrid as she waits just outside of the Networks Associate Coliseum Saturday afternoon, Jan 13, 2001 as she and a thousand other fans wait for the parking lot to open for the AFC Championship game between the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens Sundat Jan. 14, 2001.


2/14/2001: Dairy cattle bask Tuesday on the lush winter hillsides of Sonoma County’s pasture land off of Burnside Road, east of Bloomfield, as Mount St. Helena shows off its accumulation of snowfall from the weekend’s winter storm.



San Francisco Giants Manager Dusty Baker shares a quiet moment with his two year old son Darren Baker, just before the Giants spring opener with the Chicago Cubs, Thursday March 1, 2001.


4/1/2001: Sebastopol firefighter Rob Lamb removes debris from one of two school rooms consumed by fire at Apple Blossom School on Saturday.


4/19/2001: A bumblebee buzzes for nectar near California wild lilac bush at Sonoma State University’s peaceful wildflower garden, where many species of plants, bugs, birds and butterflies thrive.

10/14/2001: Antonio Ochoa, 8, watches the sun set over his Two Rock home, a little more than a month after terrorist attacks shook all corners of America.














Magic Fantacy piloted by Bob Locklin of Fresno takes off at Dawn at the Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival in Windsor Saturday morning June 30, 2001. Magic Fantacy was one of three balloons dubbed the Dawn Patrol that took flight before sunrise.
















11/25/2001: Anthony Lewis of Monte Rio, in white coat, got the scare of his life early Saturday morning when a 180-foot-tall redwood tree crashed through his rented home on Redwood Glade Road as a result of the high winds in the area.















7/15/2001: The calming silence of Santa Rosa Creek near Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa greets Paul Diese, 38, and his son Michael, 8, as they wash up before a breakfast of applesauce, noodles and potato chips. Diese recently set up camp along the creek with his girlfriend, two kids and family dog.
















5/31/2001: State Department of Correction inmates Aaron Anderson, left, and Tim Terry run downhill as they evacuate their fire line construction Wednesday because of a dangerous flare-up.















5/20/2001: At right: Vector Boy Jayce Leslie, 5, tries to keep up with his dad, Vector Man Dan Leslie, who works for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District..





















5/5/01: Helen Habtemariam, left, Samhar Semere and Rodas Kidane, grieve for their childhood friend Meseret Kebede during a candlelight vigil Friday on Northcoast Street in Santa Rosa, where Kebede was stabbed to death earlier this week.
















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