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Mary Callahan - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Mary Callahan

Two short stretches of trail are still closed, but the Santa Rosa-area park is welcoming visitors to its southern reaches for the first time since October’s wildfires.
A group of Sonoma County scientists and conservationists offer reason for hope — and heartache — as the nation approaches 50 years of environmental awareness marked by Earth Day.
College trustees declined to discipline President Frank Chong after a closed-door meeting. His leadership and theirs came under fire in the public session that followed.
Critics of a plan to harvest timber from 342 acres of the Gualala River floodplain have again sued Cal Fire, hoping to block logging operations.
The 26-member Academic Senate is asking SRJC trustees to put Frank Chong on probation in the wake of missteps starting with a surprise move last week to slash summer courses.
Police are seeking witnesses to the midnight stabbing.
A new study based on California’s 2015 wildfire season indicates smoke exposure elevates risk for heart attack, stroke and other serious health conditions.
Bodega Bay’s seafaring traditions will be honored this weekend even as local anglers face continued restrictions on the salmon season.
An atmospheric river sweeping through the North Bay could dump more than 8 inches in parts of the coast range.
A San Francisco woman stopped for speeding was arrested when deputies found a huge stash of marijuana and cash in the trunk of her car.
Six months into the recovery and rebuilding from the October firestorm, many are still struggling.
A 20-year-old man shot himself in the chest while playing with a handgun and was later arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.
'The tendency to personify the natural world is a good lens to consider when trying to understand another world view,' said ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison.
Local runners are on a mission to restore burned running trails and park amenities with their #SonomaStrong Parks Restoration Challenge.
The property, near Hood Mountain’s Los Alamos Road entrance, contains the last stand of redwoods in the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and habitat for rare steelhead trout.
The former operator of a Rohnert Park senior care home was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail on a charge of criminal elder abuse related to the 2016 death of a client in her care.
The 19-year-old suspect had a loaded shotgun when he tried to flee police but ultimately surrendered.
A big rig that knocked over a utility pole near Windsor left about 20 households in the dark until midnight Thursday.
A heavy spring storm has emergency officials watching burn zones for signs of debris flows.
Despite many unanswered questions, 'we know that an entire family vanished, and perished during this tragedy,' Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said Wednesday.
A hazardous materials investigation of unknown white liquid leaking from barrels closed a rural Petaluma intersection Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the Tuesday incident in which a suicidal man reportedly aimed his gun at officers.
The suspect in the double homicide of a couple on a Jenner beach in 2004 has not been charged but remains jailed, accused of shooting his brother to death.
'It’s surreal,' said Bruce DeKalb, describing months of worrying about what was going on in the Washington family that shared his driveway as the search continues for three kids missing since the Mendocino Coast crash earlier this week.
A new child welfare complaint has resurfaced as CHP cites evidence to suggest that the crash off a Mendocino Coast cliff that killed a Washington family was intentional.