Art Volkerts, Former Press Democrat Editor, Dies at 96

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Art Volkerts, the retired Press Democrat editor who grew up in Sonoma County, knew it like his backyard and through his newspaper editorials won some decisive battles over the county’s development, died Saturday on the family ranch where he was born.

Volkerts, a generally soft-spoken and knowledgeable man who for decades recharged himself by fishing the Russian River and other North Coast waterways he came to value and understand like few others, was 96.



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