Time to Hit the Beach in Sonoma County

Water levels, weather and beach improvements make for optimal conditions along the Russian River. Here are the best places to go and what to do when you get there.

Wildflowers Blooming in Sonoma County

Written by Mary Callahan for The Press Democrat. It’s early yet, but splashes of color that have recently appeared amid bright grasslands and shaded local woodlands tell of glorious weeks to come, as spring takes hold and this year’s crop of wildflowers bloom into life. Even in a region with the comparatively temperate climate we […]
Fish and Wildlife warden Don Powers watches abalone divers from a bluff on the Mendocino Coast near Little River. (Photos by Christopher Chung)

In Pursuit of Abalone Poachers

Along the North Coast, the state’s attempt to protect the red abalone fishery takes a bit of undercover work.