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High mercury levels in fish caught in Laguna de Santa Rosa

Fish caught at a popular fishing spot in the Laguna de Santa Rosa between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa had unacceptably high levels of mercury, well above the threshold where health officials normally recommend against eating them, according to a new state survey.

Sonoma County celebrates new trail along Laguna de Santa Rosa

Under stormy skies, a long-awaited trail along the eastern side of Laguna de Santa Rosa got its public debut Friday. Several dozen park supporters and local government officials huddled against intermittent sprinkles and unveiled the new 2.4-mile network at its southern trailhead off Highway 12 just east of Sebastopol.

Santa Rosa seeking wastewater credits

Just as Al Gore can buy carbon credits to offset the damage his globe-trotting causes to the atmosphere, the City of Santa Rosa is exploring ways to offset the damage its wastewater causes to the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.

Sebastopol approves expansion of cellphone tower

After three hours of sometimes bitter debate about whether radio frequencies cause health problems, the Sebastopol City Council Tuesday allowed additional antennas to be added to an existing telecommunications tower behind City Hall. The council in a 2-2 vote denied the appeal of the EMF Safety Network, a Sebastopol group that has vociferously fought PG&E’s SmartMeters, downtown Sebastopol Wi-Fi and cellphone antennas.