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Named in honor of the first newspaper that once served this area, Sebastopol Times covers local news, politics and education. Our goal is to help you engage more fully in civic life by keeping you well informed of what is happening in West County. We are an independent, locally owned publication managed and edited by Dale Dougherty and Laura Hagar Rush

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We accept letters to the editors. Please send them to: Dale Dougherty: dale.dougherty@gmail.com AND/OR Laura Hagar Rush: hagarlaura@gmail.com.

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The Sebastopol Times is edited by Dale Dougherty of Make: Magazine and Laura Hagar Rush, the former editor of the Sebastopol newspaper, Sonoma West Times & News, and North Bay Biz. Mark Fernquest and Steve Einstein are regular contributors.

Be part of a community of people who share your home town news. We welcome article submissions, as well as “letters to the editors.”

Contact Us

Need to reach us? Email us at:

Dale Dougherty: dale.dougherty@gmail.com
Laura Hagar Rush: hagarlaura@gmail.com

You can call us at 707-322-8696 or drop by our office at 524 S. Main Street in Sebastopol.

Put the Sebastopol Times on your phone

Most people read the Sebastopol Times via email, but you can also put it as an icon on your phone so you can read us any time. It’s super easy.

For iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch the Safari browser and go to https://www.sebastopoltimes.com.

  2. Click on the Share icon — the square with an arrow pointing upward. (On the iPhone this is located along the bottom of the screen; on the iPad it’s in the upper right corner.)

  3. Then scroll down till you see “Add to Home Screen.” Click that and voila!

For Android:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser and go to https://www.sebastopoltimes.com.

  2. Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) and tap “Add to Home Screen.”

  3. Type in SebTimes when you’re prompted to enter a name and then Chrome will add our icon to your home screen.

Can’t figure it out? Feel free to drop by the Sebastopol Times’ new office at 524 S. Main Street and we’ll add the Sebastopol Times to your phone for you. We even make house calls now and then. (Seriously, we’ve done this.) Contact me at hagarlaura@gmail.com.

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An independent publication with local news and views of Sebastopol, CA, and parts of West Sonoma County


Editor/reporter for the Sebastopol Times. Former editor of North Bay Biz and the west county newspaper, Sonoma West Times and News.
Dale is a Sebastopol resident of over 30 years. He is editor and publisher of Make: Magazine, a DIY Tech quarterly.