And it’s here in Northern California.  So many stories to shoot.  So little time.

Native dancer Laila McCloud, 8, of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians at Fort Ross State Historic Park, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012 during the Bicentennial celebration of Fort Ross. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Violet Parrish-Chappell, 80, of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians talks with Russian Consul General Vladimir Vinokurov at Fort Ross State Historic Park, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012 after a blessing kicking off the Bicentennial of Fort Ross. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

The long dry spell California experienced this winter came to an end, Thursday Jan. 19, 2012, as rain fell for most of the day in Santa Rosa as a bike rider commutes down a wet fifth street. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Kendall-Jackson President Rick Tigner reacts to a scene in an upcoming CBS reality series Undercover Boss involving Tigner and Marcus Guillermo, left, a mobile line bottling supervisor with KJ, during a screening of the show for the media, Thursday January 19, 2012 at Kendall Jackson headquarters in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Doyle Park Elementary School students wait for their bus after school, Friday Jan. 20, 2012 at Doyle Park in Santa Rosa. A plan is being floated to possibly close the school at the end of the school year. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Generations of deer heads and dollar bills, stuck to the ceiling, Friday Jan. 20, 2012 at Volpi's Ristorante and Historical Bar in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A Horizon Air flight is guided in to the gate area at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012. Horizon is dropping their Las Vegas destination and adding San Diego. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

From left, friends Rob Scheid of Healdsburg, Tally Brand of Truckee, Janet Hershey of Incline Village, Terri Stone and Megan Kunkel, also of Truckee, bask in balmy temperatures as they sample wines from Truett Hurst Winery in Dry Creek during the Winter Wine Road in northern Sonoma County, Saturday January 14, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Dozens of days of no precipitation this winter has led to repeat performances of taking in the days last rays, Friday January 13, 2012 at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa,. Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Bikes, shorts and party dresses were on display, Friday January 13, 2011 as the rainless winter continues throughout Sonoma County. The Sebastopol Road business of Tienda de Ropa display their clothes on mannequin's most business days. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012


Freshly placed concrete is finished, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012 on the west pad of the new Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012



Eight year-old Luke Willis of San Anselmo reaches for the sky during a New Years Eve balloon drop and root beer toast, Saturday Dec. 31, 2011 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Derek Neidlinger, 11, can't quite come up with the ball as J.T. Stadum, 12, comes up with the ball, Aaron Lim, background backs up the play, Thursday Dec. 29, 2011, during the Santa Rosa Junior College winter baseball camp in Santa Rosa, organized by Damon Neidlinger, head baseball coach at the JC. The annual camp is designed for ages 7-15 years, drawing dozens of ball players from throughout Sonoma County. Former and current SRJC players helped with camp that ran three days. Players participated in conditioning, drills as well as fileding exercises ending with age group scrimmages each day. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter