Rachel Dornhelm got her start in radio at WHYY. After anthropology graduate school, Rachel lived in Uzbekistan working with youth near the drying Aral Sea. Rachel returned to radio full-time in 2001. Her work has appeared on WNYC, WBUR, Marketplace, NPR news magazines and KQED.
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Program brings food to residents of low-income hotels — and tries to break their isolation, too.
Last month’s police shooting has raised issues of exclusion, disrespect for Latinos in North Bay.
CropMobster grew organically, like everything else at Sonoma County’s Bloomfield Farms. The website connects individuals and nonprofits with food producers who offer items for deep discount or donation and, in the process, help tackle the perennial problem of waste. “Food insecurity, farmer insecurity, waste and then the transfer of knowledge to the next generation,” said […]
Who knew? Downtown San Jose is booming with exotic wildlife. Earlier this month came news that beavers had returned to the Guadalupe River after a long absence. Now … an update on the falcons that are making their nest on top of San Jose’s City Hall. This week biologist Glenn Stewart rappelled over the top […]
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Caltrans say they will replace or reinforce all 96 of the 2008 anchor bolts installed in the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, not just the 30 that have failed so far. Those bolts snapped within days of being tightened this March. MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger […]
Q: What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs the same as an average car? A: The first solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night. The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse airplane came to town last month. It’s scheduled to start a coast-to-coast journey next week. But grab your binoculars. Today is its final […]
Point Reyes Station, a pastoral West Marin outpost, has a population of 848. But on one recent weekday, parking is tight on the town’s main street and there is a steady stream of foot traffic. Steve Costa, co-owner of Point Reyes Books, has an easy explanation. He points to the 2.3 million visitors who flocked […]
BART is rolling closer to allowing bikes on its trains all day, every day. The transit system is setting up a pilot program from Monday, Mar. 18 through Friday, Mar. 22 that will allows bikes at all hours throughout the system. Currently there’s a blackout on bikes during commute hours in many highly trafficked stations. […]
Oakland got an unexpected influx of visitors this morning. Many people headed to San Francisco on BART from the East Bay this morning, ended up rerouted through Oakland City Center. BART riders were told (sometimes in reportedly cryptic messages) that they needed to get off the train at Oakland 12th Street and catch a bus […]
UPDATE: SFWeekly reports that the Santa Cruz location may be staying open Since word first came yesterday that the popular vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude was closing its seven Northern California locations, the story has gotten stranger and stranger. Co-owner Terces Engelhart posted this message on her Facebook page, saying “aggressive lawsuits” were forcing the chain […]