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Mary Callahan - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5249

The Latest Stories By Mary Callahan

Sonoma County Sheriff-elect Mark Essick was surprised and gratified to avoid a fall runoff election and is gearing up to hit the ground running.
UC Davis researchers are hoping to learn more about the health effects of exposure to toxic ash and smoke from urban wildfires.
Proposition 68 includes $3 million for what could be one of the most ambitious environmental planning efforts on the North Coast in years.
Divers joined forces to cull purple urchins from a central Sonoma Coast cove, removing 7,100 pounds of the critters in their first outing.
After a half-cent sales tax failed 19 months ago, county parks is hoping to send an eighth-cent tax to voters in the fall to fund both county and city parks and recreation.
Cal Fire chief warns of “volatile” conditions on par with devastating 2017 wildfire season.
The longtime clinical director of the Sonoma Valley treatment center for boys was fired in 2016 after raising concerns about bullying, drugs and other issues.
A century after its debut, Santa Rosa Junior College honored a diverse class of 1,775 students on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
A trained dog detected invasive mussels on a boat before it could be launched at Lake Mendocino.
Abalone divers and other ocean enthusiasts have scheduled a two-day blitz to clear purple urchins from a spot on the Sonoma Coast in hopes of saving the kelp forest and the reviving abalone that depend on it.
Back at school and working hard to recover from a devastating spinal injury, Carson Pforsich is focused on helping his body heal.
Sonoma County Regional Park planners will host a Thursday night meeting to discuss possible improvements and additions at the Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach.
Katrina Bartolomie took a commanding lead in early voting results, while Pinches and Williams emerged as likely front-runners for county supervisor.
Lake County voters were strongly opposed to Measure G’s sales tax hike intended to fund public services and aid the county’s recovery from devastating wildfires.
Mussels found clinging to a watercraft at Lake Mendocino have put pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers to act on boat inspections.
Lifeguards say having an elevated post will improve their ability to monitor hazardous Goat Rock Beach, one of the most popular and dangerous on the Sonoma Coast.
The driver died Friday after her car slid into an oncoming sedan on Bennett Valley Road.
Little new housing has been built in Sebastopol in the past 5 years. Some want that to change, and an upcoming hearing could prove influential in that debate.
A man suspected of barricading himself inside an apartment with a firearm and two small kids has been jailed on suspicion of more than a dozen felony offenses.
With temperatures nearing 80 this holiday weekend, carloads of beachgoers are expected at the Russian River and Sonoma Coast.
For the second time in less than two weeks, a Lake County driver struck and killed a bear.
Police monitored a bear as it wandered through central Healdsburg early Friday morning on its way toward Fitch Mountain. See the video.
Officials say the squalid homeless encampment is filled with hazards and litter, and represents a safety issue for trail users as well as residents.
A truck driver identified by family members as a West Sacramento man died Saturday after hitting a tree on the side of Highway 1 while passing through Salt Point State Park.
The man was with four friends when he fell off the rocks into the ocean Wednesday.