green-string 350Image courtesy of Flickr/Scott Hess. From cows to vineyards to fruit trees, agriculture is central to Sonoma County’s economy and identity, as it is for much of California. But the biggest national law governing agriculture – the federal farm bill – represents an outdated mindset – one dating back to the Great Depression. 

grocery-isle 240Image courtesy of Flickr/photoscott.Food policy touches all areas of American life. Unfortunately, the new Farm Bill is still out of touch with the needs of Sonoma County, and America as a whole, say food and health advocates such as Dan Imhoff of Healdsburg. 

corn-vistavision 240Image courtesy of Flickr/vistavision.The 2008 Farm Bill dramatically increased funding for nutrition programs, such as Food Stamps. Imhoff cautions that the current bill will reverse that move and reduce those funds, possibly dramatically. 

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    "The Dangerous World of Butterflies"

    Nature lovers versus breeders. Preservationists versus poachers and smugglers. A history that goes back eons versus threatened extinctions in the 21st century. These are just some of the stories that lie within the dangerous world of....butterflies? Here on the west coast, we enjoy seeing the…
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    February 08, 2013

    Battling Bottled Water

    Civic and national freshwater advocates are reminding us not to take tap water for granted. Instead, they say, we should take it as our drink of choice.
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    February 08, 2013

    The Messages in Bird Song

    Birds speak in a language all their own. Through chirps, warbles, trills and calls, they advertize for mates, warn of approaching predators and defend territories. Naturalist and author David Lukas trains listeners to pick up on these cues and hear a new world, as KRCB's Danielle Venton reports.…
  • Sullivan
    February 07, 2013

    In the Tracker's Footsteps

    Jim Sullivan, tracker, artist, writer, at Salmon Creek Beach. KRCB photo by Danielle VentonTracking, the ancient art of detecting subtle signals left by animals, is alive and well today -- especially in the North Bay. Through local tracking clubs, classes and the Point Reyes Tracking School,…
  • immigration
    February 06, 2013

    Shaping Immigration Reform

    As the national debate over immigration reform moves from gridlock toward negotiation, members of the Dream Alliance in Sonoma County are both hopeful and concerned. Hopeful that action will finally be forthcoming this year, but worried that the final result may be too restrictive or otherwise…
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    February 04, 2013

    Social Justice Posters

    A history of social activism in the bay area can be found in a Berkeley man's collection of thousands of political posters, newly documented in the book, All of Us or None by Oakland archivist Lionel Cushing. Today's North Bay Report takes a peek inside. Lionel CushingIn the heyday of bay area…
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    Feb 04, 2013

    Foreign Trade Zone Expands

    The Bay Area's federally sanctioned Foreign Trade Zone is expanding to include Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties. It's meant to expedite parts…
  • Cullinan map
    Jan 31, 2013

    Restoring Cullinan Ranch

    A network of dikes and dams has kept seawater away from an old hay farm near the mouth of Napa River for nearly a century. Now it's close to being…
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    Jan 31, 2013

    Violence and Video Games

    Predictably, a San Francisco video game developer opposes any moves to restrict violence in those games' content. But not for the reasons you might…
  • Spud pots
    Jan 30, 2013

    Updating Bodega Bay's Marinas

    While looking for short-term ways to cover the costs of operating its marinas at Bodega Bay, Sonoma County is also beginning to imagine a…
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    Jan 30, 2013

    Non-point pollution plagues Russian River

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  • russian-river-web
    Jan 29, 2013

    Incremental improvements on Russian River

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  • Masthead no-tagline
    Jan 25, 2013

    Shift Change

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    Jan 23, 2013

    Co-op Workshop

    What does it take to start a cooperative, worker-owned business? Answers will be offered at an all-day workshop in Santa Rosa on Saturday. Andrew…
  • Job Growth
    Jan 23, 2013

    Sonoma County Economic Outlook, 2013

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  • mallard
    Jan 22, 2013

    Dueling petitions battle future of hunting in Tomales

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  • Signs
    Jan 21, 2013

    Move to Amend Initiative

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    Jan 18, 2013

    Grading tobacco policies

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    Jan 17, 2013

    Beach Access Fees

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    Fatal tumors afflict raccoons

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    Jan 15, 2013

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    Jan 14, 2013

    Sonoma county nurses protest contract proposals

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    Jan 10, 2013

    Nature's Dirty Needle

    Lyme Disease is hard to detect and diagnose, harder still to treat effectively. So perhaps it's not surprising that the disease is becoming more and…
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    Jan 09, 2013

    Managing your online privacy

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    Jan 08, 2013

    Women Winemakers Part 2

    Working in the wine industry is increasingly an option for women. But owning the winery is another matter. We hear from some two local women winery…
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    Jan 06, 2013

    Women Winemakers

    Women are entering California's wine industry in ever-increasing numbers. But how many of them are actually making the wines? Lucia Gilbert Women…
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    Jan 05, 2013

    Fish and Game Commission changes

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    Jan 04, 2013

    New To Your Electricity Bill: A Climate Dividend

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    Jan 03, 2013

    Sugar's Toxic Effects

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    Jan 02, 2013

    New Ag Certifications

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    Dec 31, 2012

    New Home for Sebastopol Arts Center

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    A Cure for the New Years Hangover

    It's New Years Eve this evening and revelers across the county and the Nation will be toasting the year the past and the year to come. Tomorrow many…
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    Dec 26, 2012

    Identity Theft, Part 2

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    Identity Theft

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    Dec 24, 2012

    Protecting Petaluma's Badgers

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    Dec 23, 2012

    Positive (Law) Enforcement

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    Dec 20, 2012

    Smart Meter Hearing

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    Dec 19, 2012

    Rest easy, world continues after tomorrow

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    Dec 18, 2012

    Rohnert Park;s First 50 Years

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    Dec 17, 2012

    Questioning Drones

    Weaponized drones have become widely used by the US military in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other trouble spots. But there are some serious flaws with…
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    Dec 13, 2012

    Unions at Memorial Hospital

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    Dec 12, 2012

    Tank Houses

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    Dec 12, 2012

    Landscape painting

    19th century American landscape master Thomas Cole wove a preservationist perspective into his art. First grade students liked seeing it, but enjoyed…
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    Dec 11, 2012

    Sonoma's Medical Pot Rules Stand

    Medical marijuana supporters heaved a sigh of relief last night as the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors chose to reject a recommendation to reduce…
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    Dec 11, 2012

    Western lands important carbon sink

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    Dec 07, 2012

    Cork Competition

    When you open a bottle of wine, your focus is usually on the contents. But what you remove to get at the wine is a subject of competition and debate…
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    Dec 07, 2012

    New eyes on the Pineapple Express

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    Dec 05, 2012

    Climate Change and Health

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    Dec 04, 2012

    Sonoma Clean Power JPA

    Locally controlled production of new green energy sources in Sonoma County is an attractive concept. But the future of the proposed Sonoma Clean…
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    Dec 03, 2012

    Hospice

    Hospice care is for patients with just six months of life expectancy remaining. But it isn't just medical care, and it's not only for the…
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    Nov 30, 2012

    Fibersheds

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    Nov 29, 2012

    Drums for Solar

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    Nov 28, 2012

    Wine and History in the Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is acclaimed for its complex red varietals and the wine made from them. But it wasn't always that way, as a local film-maker…
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    Nov 27, 2012

    The surprising fate of compostable plastic

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    Nov 25, 2012

    Project Censored 2013

    Before the rest of the news media unfurl their end-of-the-year lists of the biggest stories of the past 12 months, Project Censored is out with their…
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    Nov 21, 2012

    Immigration's Environmental Impacts

    How many more residents can the environment of United States support? That question hasn't been comprehensively studied, but there's a group that…
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    Nov 20, 2012

    Sex Surrogate Therapy

    The Sessions, a popular current film, depicts the real-life interactions between a man who is mostly paralyzed and a professional sexual surrogate.…
  • Nov 16, 2012

    Invasive Snails in Tomales Bay

    A complex interaction between native crabs and oysters and invasive Atlantic snails (seen at right) is playing out beneath the waters of Tomales Bay.…
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    Nov 16, 2012

    Invasive Kelp

    Not all invasive plant species spread on land. A fast-growing and rapidly reproducing oriental kelp has been found in San Francisco Bay, and could…
  • Savio 1
    Nov 15, 2012

    SSU Honors Savio

    Mario Savio, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement leader who was later a Sonoma State professor, is now fittingly memorialized on the local university…
  • david-lukas
    Nov 14, 2012

    Tuning in to Bird Talk

    Birds speak in a language all their own. Through chirps, warbles, trills and calls, they advertize for mates, warn of approaching predators and…
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    Nov 13, 2012

    Antibiotic resistance

    Penicillin and other antibiotic "wonder drugs" have save countless lives over the past 70 years. But widespread use is threatening the future…
  • CPC-logo
    Nov 12, 2012

    Greenhouse Gas Reductions

    Sonoma County has set an ambitious goal for greenhouse gas reductions by 2015. A new report shows that encouraging progress toward that target is…
  • go local caed
    Nov 09, 2012

    Local Currency

    Economic benefits multiply when dollars re-circulate in the local business community. Creating a form of local money ensures it won't go elsewhere,…
  • eyes
    Nov 08, 2012

    Through My Eyes

    For Army "grunt" Bob Whitworth, the war in Viet Nam was 12 long months of danger, stress, fatigue and hardship. Yet he calls his new memoir of those…
  • panna cover
    Nov 07, 2012

    Pesticides and Kids' Health

    Widely used chemical pesticides that boost agricultural production and assist in landscape maintenance, may also have serious harmful impacts on…
  • Election 2012
    Nov 06, 2012

    2012 Election Results

    The almost-final election results are in from yesterday's balloting,but the last word on some of the closest races may not be known for nearly…
  • Glaciers cover
    Nov 05, 2012

    California's Glaciers

    Climate change is being felt even at the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada, where the remaining glaciers in California are melting away. So Tim…
  • cows-marin
    Nov 03, 2012

    How to Save the Planet Through Grazing

    Can cows and compost stem global climate change? One project in West Marin thinks so. The Nicasio-based Marin Carbon Project is finding ways to…
  • Bike trails book
    Nov 01, 2012

    Cycling in Sonoma County

    How important is bicycling to Sonoma County? Well, it boosts tourism, public health, business, real estate, transportation, recreation, manufacturing…
  • global
    Oct 31, 2012

    An Unknown Earth

    Science has both helped create global climate change, and led us to understand how and why it is occurring. But according to writer and philosopher…
  • ghost-towns-cover-art
    Oct 29, 2012

    Ghost Towns of the Bay Area

    California has an abundance of historic ghost towns, including a handful around the edge of San Francisco Bay, some familiar places you may not have…
  • cadsp
    Oct 26, 2012

    Small Distilleries Seek Tasting Rooms

    Beer and winemakers can have onsite tastings and sales, but small makers of specialty distilled spirits can't. So they're trying to get changes made…
  • deferred action
    Oct 25, 2012

    Deferred Action

    A new federal program allows undocumented young people between the ages of 15 and 30 protection from deportation and a chance to obtain work permits,…
  • Explaining the work
    Oct 24, 2012

    Learning from African Farmers

    In Northern California organic food comes with a sheen of luxury, but that’s not the case everywhere in the world. Farmers in southern Zimbabwe have…
  • nanotechnology in food
    Oct 22, 2012

    Nanotechnology in Food Products

    Nanotechnology changes things at the molecular level, creating microscopic substances that can enter the body through our skin, the air we breathe,…
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    Oct 19, 2012

    Cotati Roundabouts

    There's a circular argument dominating local politics in Cotati this election, which will determine if traffic roundabouts will have any place in…
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    Oct 18, 2012

    Fort Ross History

    A new book about the Russian settlement at Fort Ross creates a multi-faceted picture of life there, through dozens of original documents from…
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    Oct 17, 2012

    GreenFaith

    GreenFaith is an organization that combines a theological imperative for environmental interventions with community-building across religious…
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    Oct 16, 2012

    Protesting Drones in Pakistan

    Unmanned and weaponized, drones have become a lethal presence in the skies over many foreign hot-spots, including our nominal ally, Pakistan. A local…
  • suitability-maps
    Oct 15, 2012

    Conservation Economics Research Gains SSU Prof. Prize

    Even if the Nobel Prize committee overlooked Sonoma County this year, our local university is home to one professor who recently received a…
  • food waste
    Oct 12, 2012

    Avoiding Food Waste

    Wasted food accounts for more of our garbage than anything except paper, and costs consumers considerably more. Little wonder that the Frugal Goddess…
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    Oct 11, 2012

    Reverse Migration

    Reverse migration—a wave of Hispanic immigrants who are returning from the United States to their homelands—is being driven by more than a lack of…
  • Occupy Anniversary
    Oct 10, 2012

    Occupy Santa Rosa's Anniversary

    Occupy Santa Rosa has gone through some changes since the movement first emerged a year ago, but despite a lowered public profile, they have…
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    Oct 10, 2012

    New Film Explores that Caged Rat Feeling

    This summer Mike Freedman finished his first feature film, "Critical Mass," a documentary that explores human population growth and its effects on…
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    Oct 08, 2012

    Depression

    Depression can be debilitating, and is surprisingly common, especially among college students--two reasons why Santa Rosa Junior College will hold…
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    Oct 05, 2012

    Napa Ballot Measures

    Californians are regularly asked to make far-reaching budgetary decisions through ballot initiatives, from Propositions 30 and 38 this fall to dozens…
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    Oct 03, 2012

    Caregiving

    The lessons learned from three months of caregiving for a dying spouse form the basis of a poignant and instructive memoir, which reveals a deeply…
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    Oct 03, 2012

    Police Try Positive (Law) Enforcement

    When a police officer approaches, it's easy to assume you are in trouble. The Sebastopol police department is trying to change that. This summer they…
  • CMC sign close
    Oct 01, 2012

    SR Community Media Center

    There's less money available now to run Santa Rosa's Community Media Center, so candidates for the next 15 contract to do that will have to develop…
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    Sep 29, 2012

    Geothermal Energy

    Solar and wind are attractive sources of renewable energy, but neither one is available constantly. But there's another resource that is, and…
  • ssu-green-music-center
    Sep 27, 2012

    Nolan Gasser's Sonoma Overture

    As part of their debut at the Green Music Center this weekend, the Santa Rosa Symphony will also premiere Sonoma Overture, a new work by local…
  • Stein for pres
    Sep 25, 2012

    The Green Candidate for President

    When Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein stopped off in the North Bay Tuesday, there were no motorcades or fancy fundraisers. But there…
  • Expo art
    Sep 24, 2012

    Pinball Expo

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    Sep 21, 2012

    Billionaires and Ballot Bandits

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  • solutionTREEonblue
    Sep 20, 2012

    Cradle to Career

    Cradle to Career, a comprehensive new partnership between education and the broader Sonoma County community, was introduced at the annual Community…
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    Sep 19, 2012

    Developing the iSplit Divorce App

    Untangling a household's finances and belongings can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. Now there's an app for even that. George…
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    Sep 18, 2012

    Santa Rosa's Measure Q

    Santa Rosa's City Council expanded from five to seven members a decade ago; now city residents must decide whether their representatives will to…
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    Sep 17, 2012

    Locavesting

    Moving money from Wall Street investments and pension funds to support local business initiatives instead is an emerging tool for creating new jobs…
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    Sep 14, 2012

    SR Downtown Underground

    A little-known and less often seen piece of Santa Rosa gets some public exposure this evening, when the City's Creek Week activities feature guided…
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    Sep 12, 2012

    Surviving Estate Planning

    Just about everyone has assets; when you die, they become your estate. But what happens then depends a lot on choices you make beforehand. Santa Rosa…
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    Sep 11, 2012

    Rohnert Park's Past in Pictures

    In just five decades, Rohnert Park has grown from a rural seed farm to a suburban city with a population of more than 42,000. As the community…
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    Sep 11, 2012

    Desperate Cases, Part II

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    Sep 10, 2012

    Desperate cases: Identity theft

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    Sep 05, 2012

    Propositions 30 and 38, 31 and 32

    California voters are being asked, twice, to increase taxes through ballot measures in November. But Propositions 30 and 38 differ in how much they…
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    Sep 05, 2012

    Possible link between region's breast cancer rates and vitamin D

    Vitamin D and variations in how women metabolize it, could play a role in Marin County's high breast cancer rate, suggests recent research. Kathie…
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    Aug 30, 2012

    Prop 36: Modifying the Three Strikes Law

    California's prison system is crowded and expensive, two things that Proposition 36 on the November ballot hopes to change. But first they'll need to…
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    Aug 30, 2012

    Rob Kapilow's Chrysopylae

    Rob KapilowThe Golden Gate is a dramatic space traversed by an iconic bridge. These two strongly visual elements have now been rendered in music, in…
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    Aug 29, 2012

    Invasive Mussels

    A specially trained dog with a sensitive nose is the newest weapon being deployed in regional efforts to protect Northern California's lakes from…
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    Aug 28, 2012

    Our Acidic Oceans Part II

    Rising ocean acidity makes growth difficult for shellfish. However in Tomales Bay, Terry Sawyer of Hog Island Oyster Company, has a plan. He's…
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    Aug 27, 2012

    Our Acidic Oceans

    Marine ecosystems are in for some sour changes as the oceans turn more acidic. Increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon are lowering pH…
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    Aug 25, 2012

    Richmond's Soda Tax Measure

    While California as a whole takes on the issue of labeling genetically modified food ingredients, the city of Richmond has launched a very different…
  • Graywater Graphic 1
    Aug 23, 2012

    Graywater workshops

    Diverting household graywater to your yard or garden isn't just legal now, it's also beneficial at both ends of the residential water system. The…
  • kids
    Aug 22, 2012

    Ant Spotting: Your Help Wanted

    A nasty, stinging ant is invading the U.S. and scientists want your help spotting it. Researchers with the citizen science project School of Ants are…
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    Aug 21, 2012

    Jail Realignment

    As the Sonoma County jail adapts to the influx of inmates from the state prison realignment program, a few unanticipated adjustments have been…
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    Aug 20, 2012

    SSU Convocation

    A fiscal future that rests on the choices of California voters cast its long shadow over the annual convocation to begin the new year at Sonoma State…
  • SRJC Sign
    Aug 16, 2012

    Back to School at SRJC

    Students are heading back to school at Santa Rosa Junior College this week—at least for those who could get into the classes they needed. Dr. Frank…
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    Aug 16, 2012

    Little League Fever in Petaluma

    Crowds cheered loud and long Thursday afternoon at the Petaluma Boulevard Cinemas for the live broadcast of the Little League World Series game…
  • OccupyInMotion
    Aug 15, 2012

    Occupy and Transition in Santa Rosa

    Where will the energies of Occupy Santa Rosa be directed next? That's a key question they are asking themselves, and getting some constructive…
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    Aug 14, 2012

    Botanical Dimensions

    A remote and little known repository of Amazonian plant specimens is being digitized and shared with the world, in part through the efforts of an…
  • dresses1
    Aug 14, 2012

    Dressed for Happily Ever After

    From now through Sept. 30 the Petaluma Historical Museum’s exhibit “I Do!” is displaying vintage wedding dresses donated from local families. The…
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    Aug 12, 2012

    Pot, Inc.

    In Colorado, for-profit medical marijuana vendors are moving ever closer to legal legitimacy, perhaps wedging open the door toward full-scale…
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    Aug 09, 2012

    A Move to Protect Rare, Misunderstood Badgers

    American Badgers, tenacious, rarely seen creatures, have found friends in Petaluma. For the past 12 years members of the non-profit Paula Lane Action…
  • EOGcoversmall
    Aug 08, 2012

    The Future of Economic Growth

    Climate change, mounting consumer and government debt, and the coming scarcity of cheap fossil fuels. Together, says one local analyst, they spell an…
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    Aug 07, 2012

    Death Penalty Initiative

    California's Death Row inmates are getting older and more numerous, but they are not getting executed. A proposed change in state law, on the ballot…
  • Lifers cover
    Aug 06, 2012

    Lifers

    California pays more than a billion dollars per year to house prisoners with life sentences. By spending a little more on their education, says one…
  • CCT Insignia 450X450
    Aug 05, 2012

    California Coast Trail

    Up and down the California coast, hikers and walkers enjoy access to many trails and paths that follow the shoreline. But the dream of a single…
  • 184-SaveTheLastDanceForMe-TheDrifters
    Aug 02, 2012

    Doc Pomus

    The real-life story behind a familiar musical "oldie" casts the song as a tribute to the writer's ability to draw strength and common experience from…
  • Fair Food Tour
    Aug 01, 2012

    A Nutritionist Surveys the Sonoma County Fair

    Between now and Aug. 12 the Sonoma County Fairgrounds are loaded with prize livestock, quilts, flowers and, of course, lots of food – from steamed…
  • foodcycle-header1
    Jul 31, 2012

    Food Cycle

    What's a good way to promote local organic and sustainably grown foods in school lunches? How about a cross-continental bicycle ride? Adam…
  • Greentivities
    Jul 30, 2012

    More than Fun at the Fair

    There's something for everyone at the Sonoma County Fair, including dedicated volunteers who are there to share public service information and…
  • soil art
    Jul 28, 2012

    Symphony of the Soil

    Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem. Deborah Koons…
  • SBI-block-logo
    Jul 26, 2012

    Biochar Initiative

    In centuries past, it helped the Indians of the Amazon basin feed their people for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards…
  • trout
    Jul 25, 2012

    Summer Living Ain't Easy, If You're a Fish

    It’s summertime and the livin is easy. But not if you’re a wine country salmon or trout. Summer is dangerous for young fish. Ted Grantham, a…
  • CorporationNotPeople
    Jul 24, 2012

    Corporations Are Not People

    Corporations don't eat, breathe, sleep or die—nor even pay taxes in some cases, yet legally they enjoy many of the important Constitutional rights…
  • Sprinkler head
    Jul 23, 2012

    Water Testing Standards

    Irrigation with treated wastewater has been common on the Santa Rosa Plain since the 1980s, and may soon spread across much of the rest of…
  • capitalismpapers-FIN
    Jul 21, 2012

    The Capitalism Papers

    Capitalism is an economic system that worked just fine when resources were abundant, labor was cheap and markets were expanding. But none of those…
  • plastic-bag-suit
    Jul 19, 2012

    Sonoma County Preps to Ban Plastic Bags

    The Santa Rosa City Council reviewed a proposed county-wide ban on plastic bags this week. By and large they're for it. But the ordinance is still…
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    Jul 18, 2012

    San Fancisco Mime Troupe

    A century old melodrama is made timely again—with considerable adaption—in the hands of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Velina Brown The current…
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    Jul 17, 2012

    Fluoridation

    The next flashpoint in public health policy in Sonoma County could center on adding fluoride to local water supplies. Dr. Lynn Silver ChalfinNew…
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    Jul 16, 2012

    Trans Fats

    In 2007, Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin, helped New York City ban trans fats at fast food restaurants. Today, the new Public Health Officer for Sonoma…
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    Jul 13, 2012

    Santa Rosa Poised to Shake Hard in Next Quake

    With nearly 30,000 recorded earthquakes every year, it’s always earthquake season in California. But during the next big one Santa Rosa, which sits…
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    Jul 12, 2012

    Creation of Care

    After several years of quiet at the gates of Bohemian Grove, the annual encampment of the rich and powerful is getting renewed attention this…
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    Jul 11, 2012

    Breathing

    Few things are more basic to our health than breathing. Yet how we breathe, unconsciously, can contribute to a wide range of physical problems. And…
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    Jul 10, 2012

    2011 Crop Report

    2011 was a pretty good year for most crops in Sonoma County, except for the biggest one—wine grapes. Although wine grapes are far and away the…
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    Jul 09, 2012

    Islands of SF Bay

    Red Rock Island is unique in two ways: It's the only privately owned island in San Francisco Bay—currently for sale at under $5 million—and it is…
  • cropped bill of rights
    Jul 06, 2012

    Homeowners Bill of Rights

    California's "Homeowners Bill of Rights," passed by the legislature last Monday, offers some important protections against foreclosures. But those…
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    Jul 05, 2012

    Western Hills Reopened

    With 3 acres full of colorful and unusual plants, meandering trails, two dozen bridges and a handful of ponds, Western Hills Garden is a botanical…
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    Jul 03, 2012

    Employers and Health Insurance

    Companies that have more than 100 employees, and smaller businesses with 50 or less, will feel the effects of ObamaCare differently. But both groups…
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    Jul 02, 2012

    Vote counting

    It takes more time to verify and count mailed-in ballots than those marked at polling places. So, as voting by mail continues to gain popularity,…
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    Jul 01, 2012

    State Parks Status Report

    Eleven state parks in the North Bay that were threatened with closure have managed to dodge the budge axe, but only temporarily. What will happen…
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    Jun 28, 2012

    Public Help Needed in Fighting West Nile Virus

    This year's warm winter and the late rains will mean a bumper grape crop, a heavy wildfire season... and lots of mosquitoes. Regional health…
  • art neuro
    Jun 27, 2012

    Neurobiology of Leadership

    Science is finding new evidence that humans can use their brains to rewire...their brains. And change unwanted habits and other behaviors in the…
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    Jun 26, 2012

    Drone Warfare

    Weaponized drones have become widely used by the US military in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other trouble spots. But there are some serious flaws with…
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    Jun 25, 2012

    Foreclosure Prevention

    Whether it's for homeowners who are already deeply underwater, or those who may get swamped in the expected second wave of foreclosures that may be…
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    Jun 21, 2012

    Comfort Women

    A shameful aspect of World War II history that victimized thousands of Asian women is belatedly coming to light, despite denials from the Japanese…
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    Jun 21, 2012

    Butterflies Welcome, But Few at Hallberg

    On Sunday, June 24, the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol holds an annual "Open Gardens Day." Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds, watch…
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    Jun 20, 2012

    Renewable Energy Projects

    In keeping with Sonoma County's recent history as a hotbed of renewable energy innovation and expansion, two new projects, each using a different…
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    Jun 19, 2012

    Legislating Transparency

    It's a given that we will be inundated with campaign advertising again this fall. But the California legislature is considering a measure that would…
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    Jun 18, 2012

    Vineyards Desperate for Labor

    Farm labor is in high demand this year. With a bumper grape crop expected this year, many vineyard managers are worried about getting the help they…
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    Jun 15, 2012

    "The First 70"

    If dozens of California State Parks are closed this summer, as currently planned, millions of people may never know what they've lost. The First 70,…
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    Jun 14, 2012

    Clara Schumann

    She married one giant of classical music, inspired and counseled another, and befriended many others. Yet Clara Schumann's story is not well known…
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    Jun 13, 2012

    Supporting Steve Norwick

    The man charged with hit and run driving into a much-loved local bicyclist was in court for the first time yesterday, an appearance that shocked and…
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    Jun 12, 2012

    Citizens United Revisited

    One of the most unpopular Supreme Court rulings in recent years, the Citizens United decision that defined corporate political spending as a form of…
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    Jun 11, 2012

    ArtStart

    Murals, mosaics and colorfully painted benches don't just happen. In many cases locally, they are the result of an unusual summer arts education…
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    Jun 08, 2012

    Landfill Update

    Ever since the Sonoma County central landfill—the dump—reopened, in September of 2010, it has been engaged in a race pitting space against time: Can…
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    Jun 06, 2012
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    Jun 06, 2012

    Primary Election Results

    Dan RobertsBig fields in a couple of North Bay races led to a couple of modest surprises in yesterday's California primary election, leaving limited…
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    Jun 04, 2012

    Primary Electioneering

    With new districts drawn for state legislators, as well as the new top two primary system in place, business and labor groups, are rolling out new…
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    Jun 01, 2012

    Hard Times for Affordable Housing

    The loss of redevelopment money across California has compounded already hard times for affordable housing. And the prospects for new sources of…
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    May 31, 2012

    Unionizing Memorial Hospital

    A long, often bitter union organizing effort in Santa Rosa offered lessons in practical theology for both sides, and may have set some important…
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    May 30, 2012

    The Golden Gate at 75

    The most famous bridge in America celebrated its 75th birthday over the weekend, but the most interesting aspects of its past are even older, in the…
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    May 29, 2012

    Gearing up for a long hot summer

    Predictions for a hot, dry summer across northern California are worrisome for fire-fighters and farmers, but could be good news for endangered…
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    May 26, 2012

    Genetically engineered salmon

    Fast-growing genetically engineered salmon could reduce food prices and ease pressure on wild fish. But are they safe for humans and the environment?…
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    May 24, 2012

    Monitoring Conservation Easements

    Keeping legally designated Open Space lands remain open isn't voluntary. But teams of volunteers play a central role in monitoring the properties'…
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    May 23, 2012

    Laguna Evironmenal Center

    A new building on a historic old farm west of Santa Rosa is home to the long-planned Laguna Environmental Center, which officially opens tomorrow.…
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    May 21, 2012

    Emergency Room Billing

    Emergency Room visits are a smaller part of our overall health care spending than is popularly supposed. Yet insurers are looking to shift some of…
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    May 21, 2012

    Why EV Charging Stations?

    Chevy Volt charging. At some Sonoma County businesses, shoppers fill up their car batteries, while filling up their grocery bags. In our continuing…
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    May 19, 2012

    EV Charging Stations

    From schools to shopping markets, places to charge elecrtic vehicles are sprouting all over. At Sonoma County's northern most station, customers can…
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    May 17, 2012

    Peter Asher

    Peter Asher, now and thenFrom a 1960s pop star to being a respected artist manager and a highly successful record producer, Peter Asher's musical…
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    May 16, 2012

    SMART Neighborhood Planning

    With the SMART Train commuter rail system will come a growing number of commuters. So plans are being formulated to build new neighborhoods around…
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    May 14, 2012

    Iran: The Making of an Enemy

    Mockery and disparagement are key steps in creating an enemy, and setting on a path toward war. But recognizing those early steps and questioning…
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    May 11, 2012

    Goodwill Diversifies

    The remodeled flagship Goodwill store on Stony Point Road in Santa RosaWith the economy still lagging, more shoppers are looking to thrift stores for…
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    May 10, 2012

    Disappearing soundscapes

    The richness and diversity of the biological world is reflected in the multitude of sounds created by the creatures that inhabit it. But as their…
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    May 09, 2012

    Bernie Krause's Soundscaped

    In his most recent book, Bernie Krause traces of origins of music in the sounds of our natural environment Bernie Krause has spent his life capturing…
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    May 08, 2012

    Railroad Freight Update

    Freight trains have been quietly rolling through the south part of the North Bay twice a week over the past 11 months. Now they are poised to run…
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    May 07, 2012

    Save Our Sonoma Roads

    One of the many hazards that awaits unwary travelers on Lichau RoadThe hundreds of potholes that jar travelers Sonoma County's roads should not be…
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    May 04, 2012

    "Chrysopylae"

    Rob KapilowThe Golden Gate is a dramatic space traversed by an iconic bridge. These two strongly visual elements have now been rendered in music, in…
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    May 03, 2012

    Roma Culture

    The Roma people, often known as gypsies, left their ancestral homeland centuries ago, for reasons long forgotten. But they have retained their…
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    May 02, 2012

    Coho hatchery

    Biologists are trying to bring Coho Salmon back from near extinction in the Russian River. The breeding program at the core of this effort just got…
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    May 01, 2012

    Little Kids Rock

    With music education cut or barely surviving in many elementary schools, a San Francisco non-profit is stepping in to help with a different sort of…
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    Apr 30, 2012

    Public Banking

    Private banks, both local and national, mostly benefit their shareholders. Publicly owned banks operate for the benefit of the public, and do so with…
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    Apr 27, 2012

    Gerald Haslam on S. I. Hayakawa

    Dr. S.I. HayakawaDr. S.I. Hayakawa was a colorful and polarizing figure in California politics in the 1960s and 70s. But a new biography of the noted…
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    Apr 26, 2012

    Occupy Mayday

    Next Tuesday is International Workers Day, and the newest group to join in the annual Mayday march for immigrant rights and related issues locally is…
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    Apr 25, 2012

    Gardens in Santa Rosa City Parks

    Arlie Haig checks new growth in a community garden at Julliard ParkMore and more, people are turning to community gardens to grow their own fresh…
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    Apr 24, 2012

    Fort Ross Conference

    An artist's depiction of the colony at Fort Ross as it appeared just before the Russians left in 1841The Russian settlement at Fort Ross was…
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    Apr 23, 2012

    "The Bay Area Forager"

    Long before humankind developed agriculture, gathering food from the natural landscape provided sustenance. And to a limited degree, it still can,…
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    Apr 19, 2012

    Grace Slick's Art

    "Crossover 1964"For much of her life, the White Rabbit has been an iconic image for Grace Slick. Once the central metaphor for her huge hit with the…
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    Apr 16, 2012

    Park Closures & the Bay Ridge Trail

    The Bay Area Ridge Trail passes across national and regional parklands, public open space, many private properties, and, in the North Bay, a handful…
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    Apr 16, 2012

    Red Cross Hero Louis Hopfer

    It's not easy for 18 year olds to make the transition from foster care to successful self-sufficiency in the adult world. So having an adult friend,…
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    Apr 16, 2012

    Red Cross Hero Gary Barth

    Dr. Gary BarthIt's a long way from his modern clinic in Santa Rosa to working in traveling tents in the Indian country side, but the challenging…
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    Apr 15, 2012

    Eagles in the Laguna

    The American Bald Eagle wasn't named our national bird just its size and fierce countenance. They were also widespread across much of north America,…
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    Apr 13, 2012

    The Buck Institute Expands

    Researchers studying aging at Marin County's Buck Institute now have an imposing new lab where they will focus on the roles that stem cells play in…
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    Apr 12, 2012

    Allergies

    It's one of the few drawbacks to living here in the North Bay: allergy season. And it's happening now. But you probably already knew that. Denise…
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    Apr 11, 2012

    The New Cold War

    In our finite world, there is a direct connection between military spending and the international economic crisis. So cutting the one could boost the…
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    Apr 10, 2012

    VOICES: 3 years old and growing

    Mitch Findley, Sydney Wagner and Jynessa Lazzaroni are settling into VOICES' new home at 714 Mendocino Avenue, between downtown and SRJC in Santa…
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    Apr 06, 2012

    Beyond "The End of Growth"

    Peak oil is inevitable if not imminent, and peak debt could strangle efforts to rebuild the economy even sooner. But setting new and different goals…
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    Apr 06, 2012

    "The End of Growth"

    Climate change, mounting consumer and government debt, and the coming scarcity of cheap fossil fuels. Together, says one local analyst, they spell an…
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    Apr 05, 2012

    Disability Service Cuts Hearing

    At a Santa Rosa Town Hall Meeting with legislative representatives Thursday morning, a roomful of developmentally disabled adults spoke out against…
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    Apr 04, 2012

    Tax Preparation Assistance

    It's tax time again, but for households with earning of less than $50,000 in 2011, there is free assistance available to help get the necessary tax…
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    Apr 03, 2012

    "There But For Fortune"

    Phil Ochs, one of the best and best known topical folk singers of the 1960s, has since been largely forgotten. A new documentary film is out to…
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    Apr 02, 2012

    Ratna Ling

    Publishing thousands of sacred Buddhist texts is a worthy endeavor. But should it be considered—and regulated--as a constructive extension of the…
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    Mar 30, 2012

    Tall Ships in Bodega Bay

    It's something never seen before in Bodgea Bay: a pair of tall-masted wooden sailing ships, that will arrive Monday afternoon and spend the week…
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    Mar 29, 2012

    "Bound"

    The journey from a Sonoma County high school to playing basketball professionally is long and arduous, with an ultimate destination that may be a…
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    Mar 28, 2012

    Local Short Documentaries

    Builders of tiny houses, recycling pens, and the issues facing aging gays are among the subjects with local connections featured at the upcoming…
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    Mar 27, 2012

    Underground Tsunami

    The rare Devils Hole pupfish lives only in a single subterranean pool, deep in the southern Nevada desert. The survival of the fish—there are only…
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    Mar 26, 2012

    Buzzy Martin's Movie

    From Sebastopol to San Quentin to Hollywood-- a local musician's wild, uplifting, issue-driven ride continues to accelerate. Sebastopol bandleader,…
  • combined flag
    Mar 23, 2012

    Cultural Identity and Politics

    Some Mexican-American voters tend to be conservative, while others lean liberal. But what determines their preference? It could be the way they view…
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    Mar 22, 2012

    Rohnert Park History

    From a rural seed farm to a suburban city with a population of more than 42,000, Rohnert Park is a city with a succinct civic history, which is now…
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    Mar 21, 2012

    "Who Bombed Judi Bari?"

    Judi Bari died 15 years ago, but the mystery surrounding the car bombing she survived lives on--in part in a new, partly auto-biographical…
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    Mar 20, 2012

    Red Cross Family Reunification

    How does someone find out what became of an ancestor who disappeared in the chaos of World War II? They turn to the Red Cross for help. Christina…
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    Mar 19, 2012

    Occupy at Bohemian Grove

    This summer could see the revival of a long-standing leftist tradition in western Sonoma County—colorful protest demonstrations against the 1% when…
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    Mar 16, 2012

    Countering "Girlie-girl" culture

    The role models that young girls find in fairy tales are shifting, warns writer Peggy Orenstein. In the consumption-driven age of "princess culture,"…
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    Mar 15, 2012

    Gaza Mom

    Prolonged border crossings, meager water supplies, economic privation and endless worries of violence. These are among the complications that attend…
  • Stethoscope PC3
    Mar 14, 2012

    Electronic Health Records

    Electronic Health Records are a new technology that will soon be nearly universal in the United States. But a watchdog group says they need some fine…
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    Mar 13, 2012

    California Disclose Act

    Corporations and billionaires today don't have to reveal themselves as sponsors or funders of ballot measures or political advertising. A bill in the…
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    Mar 12, 2012

    Disposable Bag Policy Options

    Paper or plastic? A ban or a fee? Sonoma County residents are invited to comment on new single-use shopping bag policy options in a series of public…
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    Mar 09, 2012

    Wastewater Irrigation Runoff

    As irrigation of treated wastewater moves into more urban areas, it increases the risk of human exposure and runoff into sensitive waterways. Brenda…
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    Mar 08, 2012

    NorCal Academy

    Facing a decline in the preparation and enthusiasm of their student athletes, a group of high school varsity coaches have teamed up to offer shared…
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    Mar 07, 2012

    Rare Earth Metals

    Obscure elements scattered deep within the Earth have become critical to much of the technology we depend on today. But they are rare and hard to…
  • ParksAlliance Logo_Clr-1024x713
    Mar 06, 2012

    State Parks Update

    Four of the five state parks in Sonoma County that are facing closure at the end of June are making good progress toward remaining open in the hands…
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    Mar 02, 2012

    Tiger Salamander Tunnels

    To keep endangered tiger salamanders on the Santa Rosa plain from becoming roadkill as they come out of their burrows to mate, a set of test tunnels…
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    Mar 01, 2012

    Biochar

    In centuries past, it helped the Indians of the Amazon basin feed their people for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards…
  • top2
    Feb 29, 2012

    Top Two Primary

    California voters will have their first experience with the new Top Two primary election process in June. But even those who supported that change,…
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    Feb 28, 2012

    Deported from Bahrain

    While Americans were celebrating Valentines Day earlier this month, pro-Democracy demonstrators in the small Arab nation of Bahrain were observing…
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    Feb 26, 2012

    The War on Sex

    Gay marriage. Contraception. Extra-maritial affairs and divorce rates. They're all caught up in what one writer calls "America's war on sex." Dr.…
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    Feb 24, 2012

    Durban Climate Conference

    The 17th United Nations Climate Change Conference in South Africa last winter didn't generate big policy initiatives. But it did have a lasting…
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    Feb 23, 2012

    Economic Outlook for 2012

    The economy is gradually getting better for California and the North Bay, but taking its own sweet time, while significant obstacles to recovery must…
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    Feb 22, 2012

    Choral Kate Wolf

    Sonoma County singer-songwriter Kate Wolf died of leukemia in 1986, when she was just 42. Now her enduring music is being presented in a new form—as…
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    Feb 21, 2012

    Hungry Owl Project

    It's a classic win-win. The Hungry Owl Project is providing habitat and boosting populations of barn owls in the north bay, enabling the nocturnal…
  • coopercover
    Feb 16, 2012

    Tankhouses

    Once-functional relics from a century or more ago, tank houses still dot the northern California landscape—and fill the pages of a book published to…
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    Feb 16, 2012

    Occupy's Newspaper

    In the heyday of San Francisco's underground radio station KSAN, newsman Scoop Nisker would tell listeners, "If you don't like the news, go out and…
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    Feb 15, 2012

    "Save The Last Dance For Me"

    The real-life story behind a familiar musical "oldie" casts the song as a tribute to the writer's ability to draw strength and common experience from…
  • HPS logo
    Feb 13, 2012

    Health Physics

    Health physics is a field that concentrates on using radiation safely. That can include everything from inspection nuclear weapons test sites to…
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    Feb 10, 2012

    Being Abraham Lincoln

    Roger Vincent as Abraham Lincoln, in a joint appearance with another actor at the state capitolAbraham Lincoln was born 203 years ago this week, yet…
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    Feb 09, 2012

    Groundwater study

    A long-awaited survey of groundwater levels and fluctuations beneath the Santa Rosa plain was previewed to a keenly interested group of about 3 dozen…
  • Town-Hall3
    Feb 08, 2012

    Occupy Sonoma County

    Many outside observers have suggested what they think the Occupy movement's goals and actions should be. But in Sebastopol, a conscientious subgroup…
  • Petition1
    Feb 07, 2012

    Preservation Ranch Petition

    Backers of a huge mountaintop vineyard conversion project in far northwestern Sonoma County called it Preservation Ranch. Opponents call it a bad…
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    Feb 06, 2012

    Peace-making in Afghanistan

    A candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims of war, held in a photography studio in Kabul.In a country whose adults have known little but war…
  • cat harvesting
    Feb 02, 2012

    Algae Research

    Harvesting biomass from one of the test "green rectangles" at the Santa Rosa Wastewater treatment facility. The plant mass is sent on to a digester…
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    Feb 01, 2012

    Salmon status in the Russian River

    Much is being done to support wild salmon in our local waterways, from habitat restoration projects in remote creeks to extensively debated…
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    Jan 31, 2012

    Americorps at The Bishop's Ranch

    AmeriCorps draws college age youth from across the country to do dozens of public service projects every year. Right now, a team of those young…
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    Jan 31, 2012

    World Book Night

    Every booklover has felt the urge to share a favorite title. Now a nationwide program is coming to support that urge—at no cost to the giver. After…
  • BHDC logo
    Jan 30, 2012

    Redevelopment and Affordable Housing

    Community-based affordable housing projects could be an inadvertent victim of the demise of redevelopment agencies across California. And even a…
  • protected sign
    Jan 27, 2012

    Open Space in 2012

    It's a buyers' market for real estate in the North Bay, and that's working to the benefit of the Sonoma County Open Space District. At least, some of…
  • Storm drain pollution
    Jan 26, 2012

    Stormwater awareness

    Most storm drains don't flow to sewage treatment facilities, but feed into local creeks, streams and rivers instead. So what goes down those drains…
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    Jan 24, 2012

    Ellsberg on Secrecy

    Twenty-first century America is an ominous environment for political whistle-blowers, says Daniel Ellsberg. That's why they are so badly needed now.…
  • stages
    Jan 24, 2012

    Changing Demographics of American Couples

    As Americans in their 20s increasingly live apart from their parents, they are marrying later, and finding partners from a far greater pool of…
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    Jan 23, 2012

    Raising Socially Resilient Children

    To raise "socially resilient" children, says a consultant and trainer, parents should simplify their lives, decrease clutter and increase…
  • CIL cover
    Jan 20, 2012

    California Indian Languages

    Long before Europeans ventured into California, scores of native tribes here were speaking dozens of indigenous languages. A new book attempts to…
  • fingers peacesign
    Jan 19, 2012

    "My So-Called Enemy"

    Cultural differences and animosities run deep in the Middle East. But a yearly gathering of girls from varying backgrounds is working to counter…
  • occupy-the-courts
    Jan 18, 2012

    Occupy the Courts

    Wall Street was an obvious and iconic focal point for the Occupy movement as it began. Tomorrow, a nationwide series of coordinated protests will…
  • WH logo
    Jan 17, 2012

    Restoring Western Hills

    There's nothing close to a vacuum at the former Western Hills Nursery in Occidental, but volunteers working to restore the property must still…
  • WHN sign
    Jan 17, 2012

    Western Hills Nursery

    A major attraction for plant lovers and gardeners in the hills of Western Sonoma County is now in the process of being restored. Maggie WychThe…
  • ochre
    Jan 16, 2012

    Sea Star Research

    The common star fish uses a distinctly uncommon internal mechanism to mitigate its exposure to warm air at low tide. Understanding that may unlock…
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    Jan 13, 2012

    Thyroid Treatments

    Thyroid imbalance can result in diverse and lingering heath and even psychological problems, but may often go undiagnosed. When properly identified,…
  • thyroid
    Jan 12, 2012

    Thyroid Health

    Too much or too little hormone output from your thyroid gland can cause or contribute to a lengthy list of health problems. Yet these imbalances are…
  • mystics manual
    Jan 05, 2012

    A Manual for The Modern Mystic

    Anyone can be a modern mystic, and a new book from a local astrologer offers some detailed instructions on how to go about it. Astrology is sometimes…
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    Jan 04, 2012

    Cambodian Women's Art

    Surviving the murderous regime of former Cambodian despot Pol Pot required fortitude and resilience, as well as good fortune. Revealing the strengths…
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    Jan 04, 2012

    Occupy Wells Fargo

    In their first actions of 2012, Occupy Santa Rosa is working with local immigrant rights groups to protest the policies and practices of one…
  • Benefit Corp
    Jan 03, 2012

    Benefit Corporations

    For most corporations, profit is their only legally sanctioned goal. However, a new law taking effect in California in the new year creates an…
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    Dec 23, 2011

    Plan Bay Area

    The Bay Area's population is forecast to grow by a third over the next 25 years. Working together under the banner, One Bay Area, four regional…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Americans Elect

    Can American presidential politics be wrested away from the dominance of Democrats and Republicans? A new campaign, primarily organized online, is…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Pesticide causing bee colony Collapse?

    Leaked documents from government researchers cast doubts on the approval process for a potent pesticide that is now suspected as a major factor in…
  • balancing act
    Dec 22, 2011

    Repurchase Lending Woes

    It wasn't just the over-valued mortgage-backed securities that tanked the economy three years ago. The bigger, behind-the-scenes problem was a daisy…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Repurchase Lending Now

    The $4 trillion Repurchase Loan market was a key factor in creating the 2008 recession, but it remains largely unregulated. That's risky for both big…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Bullied in High School

    High school is hard enough without enduring bullying. But when there is constant verbal abuse, and fear of worse, learning becomes impossible. Rick…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Wood Smoke and DNA

    Humans have been burning wood for millennia, but new research indicates that breathing in the smoke from those fires can have negative health impacts…
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    Dec 22, 2011

    Meet NPR's New President

    New NPR President & CEO Gary Knell, with some of his prior business associatesNPR's greatest challenges may swirl around their headquarters in…
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    Dec 19, 2011

    Radish "Wisdom"

    The pitfalls and rewards of do-it-yourself organic farming come alive in The Wisdom of the Radish, a sometimes rueful and consistently informative…
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    Dec 19, 2011

    Jack London's Photographs

    As a writer, Jack London wielded his pen as a prolific and passionate novelist, journalist and essayist. A new book reveals that he also became a…
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    Dec 19, 2011

    Jonah in Marijuanaland

    California has been on the front lines of the culture changes surrounding marijuana over the past half century. A local writer documenting them has…
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    Dec 16, 2011

    Jimi Hendrix' Early Years

    Before he became the most innovative and influential rock and roll guitarist ever, James Hendrix was just another struggling musician trying to get…
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    Dec 16, 2011

    Julia Whitty's "Deep Blue Home"

    As an environmental writer, Julia Whitty reports on the oceans of the world and the life they support, from beneath the surface--in more ways than…
  • coffeebooks
    Dec 15, 2011

    Marketing Local Authors

    The works of Sonoma County writers can get lost on the shelves of even the most supportive local bookstores. So one resourceful author has found a…
  • STOREFRONT
    Dec 14, 2011

    Share Exchange Turns 1

    Whether by retailing local crafts and fine arts, or offering office infrastructure for business self-starters, the Share Exchange has been quick to…
  • battery recycling
    Dec 13, 2011

    Exporting Lead Batteries

    We all use lead-based batteries daily, if not directly in our cars (including hybrids), then indirectly in cell phone towers, computer servers, or…
  • agency
    Dec 12, 2011

    California Mentor

    A Mentor—with a capital M—to a developmentally disabled adult, is like a specialized form of a foster family. And more are needed, all across…
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    Dec 09, 2011

    Toxic Algae Research

    Red tides—caused when millions of algae spread across the surface of coastal waters—have been around for centuries. But our understanding of how and…
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    Dec 08, 2011

    Children's Dental Health

    The number one chronic health problem affecting young children isn't something they can be vaccinated for, but it can be readily prevented. It's...…
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    Dec 06, 2011

    Lynn Cominsky

    A serious scientist with a sense of humor, Lynn Cominsky has studied the far reaches of the galaxies, and now explains what's found there to students…
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    Dec 06, 2011

    Move to Amend

    The concept of "Corporate Personhood" has been in place for well over a century, but recent court decisions expanding corporate influence have fueled…
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    Dec 05, 2011

    Nanotechnology in Food

    Nanotechnology changes things at the molecular level, creating microscopic substances that can enter the body through our skin, the air we breathe,…
  • Greenway
    Dec 02, 2011

    SE Greenway Update

    Right now, the long thin strip of land from Farmers Lane to Spring Lake in Southeast Santa Rosa is bare and disused. But a shared vision for its…
  • Sin Pais
    Dec 01, 2011

    Deportation Documentary

    Nearly two thirds of the undocumented immigrants in the United States have been here ten years or longer, according to a new study, and almost half…
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    Nov 30, 2011

    World AIDS Day

    Food For Thought, Sonoma County's AIDS Food Bank, is still struggling to compensate for losing all their federal funding last year, even as the needs…
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    Nov 29, 2011

    Media & Censorship

    Progressive journalist and media critic David Barsamian has often observed and denounced propaganda and censorship. But becoming the direct object of…
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    Nov 28, 2011

    Welfare Reform

    If the intent of public assistance is really to wean recipients off welfare, the programs need to be restructured to accomplish that goal. A local…
  • stories
    Nov 22, 2011

    Day of Listening 2011

    As a contrast to the frenzy of commercialism that erupts after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps founder David Isay suggests a quiet interlude spent listening…
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    Nov 22, 2011

    Education and Poverty

    Higher education is often a ticket out of poverty, even for single mothers who face extra challenges in obtaining a degree. Sheila KatzAfter tracking…
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    Nov 21, 2011

    SBA Fraud Bill

    Diverting 23% of all federal contracting to small businesses, as required by law, would create jobs, hold the line on government spending and,…
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    Nov 18, 2011

    Cap & Trade in California

    Three years in the making, California's first-in-the-nation rules restricting carbon emissions are now finalized, and ready to take effect in 2013.…
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    Nov 17, 2011

    SMART Train Rally

    Seventy percent of the voters in Sonoma and Marin Counties backed the sales tax levy for the SMART commuter train three year ago, and enthusiasm and…
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    Nov 16, 2011

    SSU Class Loads

    Small protest flyers, such as this one, were strung in banners between trees at several SSU campus locations on Tuesday.It's taking longer than ever…
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    Nov 15, 2011

    Parks Alliance for Sonoma County

    What will it take to keep five threatened state parks inSonomaCountyfrom being closed next summer? An array of new non-profit partnerships are just…
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    Nov 14, 2011

    Food Stamp Challenge

    The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)—better known as Food Stamps—provides a single adult with $31.50 per week in purchasing power.…
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    Nov 10, 2011

    Repurchase Loan Market Today

    The $4 trillion Repurchase Loan market was a key factor in creating the 2008 recession, but it remains largely unregulated. That's risky for both big…
  • balancing act
    Nov 09, 2011

    Repurchase Loan Problems

    It wasn't just the over-valued mortgage-backed securities that tanked the economy three years ago. The bigger, behind-the-scenes problem was a daisy…
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    Nov 08, 2011

    SF Bay in 2099

    Climate change globally begets climate change locally. What will that mean for the San Francisco Bay region? By the end of the century, a new study…
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    Nov 07, 2011

    Sea Level Rise

    San Francisco Bay used to be much larger, before dredging and infill created new real estate where marshlands were before. So what will happen to…
  • Revolutiontools
    Nov 04, 2011

    Social Media and the Arab Spring

    Even more than Facebook and the internet, cell phones were the disruptive new technology that helped empower the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt. Dr.…
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    Nov 03, 2011

    Green Jobs in California

    Forget Solyndra. The real news in the growing efforts to develop green jobs and businesses is happening at the local level, all across the country.…
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    Propagating "Extinct" Clover

    Showy Indian CloverThe number of plants and animals listed as threatened or endangered is almost constantly growing. But only rarely does a species…
  • SMART Car
    Oct 31, 2011

    SMART Status Report

    Three years after the election that authorized Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit, the commuter train is close to making more visible progress—and…
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    Oct 31, 2011

    Drug Abuse & Treatment

    Opium dens may be a relic of centuries past, but modern prescription opiates are a large and growing part of contemporary drug abuse problems.…
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    Oct 27, 2011

    World Population Growth

    The biggest threat to sustaining life as we know it on planet Earth could be humankind's still-burgeoning birthrates. Our planetary population has…
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    Oct 27, 2011

    Healdsburg's Twisted History

    Healdsburg Museum curator Holly Hoods (she's the one on the right) with the recreated effigy of reviled newspaper editor "Nowlin the Knocker."From…
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    Oct 26, 2011

    Stem Cell Research

    Seven years ago, California voted to fund stem cell research in the state. After a slow start, those efforts are now beginning to show some…
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    Oct 25, 2011

    Hawks

    Red-tailed HawkWhen you see a hawk gliding high overhead, the bird is getting a much better look at you. But what it's really looking for is a mouse…
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    Oct 24, 2011

    Rankism

    Competitive and even predatory behaviors are deeply ingrained in the human psyche. But that doesn't mean we can't overcome them to superimpose…
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    Oct 21, 2011

    Not In Our Town

    When the residents of Billings, Montana came together to oppose hate crimes in their city, they inspired a film that launched a movement. But Sonoma…
  • fingerling
    Oct 19, 2011

    Vandalized Salmon

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the vandals who prematurely released thousands of young, pen-raised Chinook salmon into San…
  • green light
    Oct 18, 2011

    Sonoma Clean Power advances

    From solar to geothermal, wind to biomass, potential renewable energy sources are abundant in Sonoma County. A new initiative headed by the county…
  • ecoliteracy t250
    Oct 13, 2011

    Teaching Eco-Literacy

    While state and federal educational standards concentrate on the basics, to the exclusion of almost everything else, proponents of Eco-literacy are…
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    Oct 13, 2011

    Fatty Liver Disease

    French farmers stuff geese with carbohydrates to produce fatty livers for pate. Humans are doing much the same to themselves by consuming too much…
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    Oct 11, 2011

    "Black Tide"

    The devastating impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill live on in coastal Texas and Louisiana, says writer and industry critic Antonia Juhasz, and they will…
  • crashcoursebook
    Oct 10, 2011

    The Crash Course

    Chris Martenson's Crash Course works two ways: as a three and a half hour intensive study of trending economic changes, and as a guide for coping…
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    Oct 10, 2011

    Slow Money

    Instead of investing in the markets, Woody Tasch encourages investing in the planet and the food that grows on it. It's a concept that has come to be…
  • BiomimicryVeer
    Oct 06, 2011

    Biomimicry at Bouverie

    From Leonardo DaVinci to the Wright Brothers, men studied birds to develop flight for humans. New applications of that practice—now known as…
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    Oct 06, 2011

    "Harvest the Rain"

    One of our most bountiful and essential natural resources falls freely from the skies, yet we let most of it slip away without making good use of it.…
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    Oct 05, 2011

    Flu Season

    It's time again for flu shots, with a reminder that even the worst reaction to the vaccine is still much milder than the disease itself. The call for…
  • portrait
    Oct 04, 2011

    "Joe Hill's Last Will"

    Long-ago labor organizer Joe Hill used music to make his point. Now his music is central to a biographical play about Hill's life, which gets its…
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    Oct 03, 2011

    SSU Turns 50

    From two stark concrete classrooms surrounded by muddy fields, to a lush 269 acre campus with a mounting reputation for academic rigor, Sonoma State…
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    Sep 30, 2011

    Immigration as a Moral Issue

    Immigration reform may be a politically charged subject, but ultimately, says the head of America's Unitarian churches, it should be seen as a moral…
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    Sep 29, 2011

    Green Flight Challenge

    Brien Seely has a vision for the future of personal aviation, and it doesn't include gasoline. Iit has been getting tested in Santa Rosa this week.…
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    Sep 27, 2011

    1493

    It wasn't just the islands of the Caribbean that felt the effects of Christopher Columbus's arrival. The consequences of his "discovery" were felt…
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    Sep 27, 2011

    After "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    An estimated 60,000 men and women in our armed forces have been directly affected by the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. But that may be…
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    Sep 26, 2011

    Bahrain Protests

    The Arab Spring pro-democracy movement is continuing its struggle in multiple locations, including a small island nation that has been largely…
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    Sep 23, 2011

    Burrowing Owls

    Nesting sites for burrowing owls were widespread in the north bay until about 25 years ago. Now some small steps are being taken to encourage the…
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    Sep 21, 2011

    Seniors and Savings

    In addition to investing for retirement, Baby Boomers and others need to make sure those assets are accessible if they should become incapacitated.…
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    Sep 19, 2011

    "Naked in the Nursing Home"

    Baby boomers and others, when planning for their long-term future, need to think about more than wills and financial matters. Harold Lustig's book,…
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    Sep 16, 2011

    "The Dolphin in the Mirror"

    From ancient creation myths to rescues after recent tsunamis, humans have shared an affinity with dolphins. But we're still just beginning to learn…
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    Sep 16, 2011

    Quakefinder

    Earthquakes have long been feared as natural disasters that occur with no advance warning. But a different detection methodology is hoping to change…
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    Sep 15, 2011

    Arrested at the White House

    Joining a national protest movement, even knowing that it will result in getting arrested, is one thing. But actually going through that experience…
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    Sep 14, 2011

    Tar Sands Protest

    Kenna Lee, a mother of three from Sebastopol, is committed to leaving her kids a healthy planet for their kids. So she's jumped into the effort to…
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    Sep 13, 2011

    Islamophobia in America

    Cultural stereotypes, ethnic profiling, and simple racism combine to raise fears and risks for Muslims in American, even those who were born here. A…
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    Sep 12, 2011

    Braceros Film

    It was World War II, indirectly, that brought large numbers of Mexican workers north to harvest California crops, in a government-sanctioned Bracero…
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    Sep 09, 2011

    Napa 9-11 Memorial

    It's a long way from Napa to Manhattan, but a September 11 memorial sculpture and garden now under construction is designed to create an enduring…
  • Sep 08, 2011

    Ishi Exhibit

    Ishi, the so-called “Last Yahi” may be the most famous Indian in California history ( in the photo at left, he is seen as he appeared when…
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    Sep 06, 2011

    "Marajuanaland"

    California has been on the front lines of the culture changes surrounding marijuana over the past half century. A local writer documenting them has…
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    Sep 06, 2011

    Sebastopol Business Incubator

    It's rare to find a new business incubator in a town of just 7500 residents. The Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project is exactly such a rarity. In the…
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    Aug 30, 2011

    Library Hours

    Everyone is unhappy about the reductions in hours at all 13 Sonoma County libraries. But there is some disagreement over other steps the library…
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    Aug 29, 2011

    Business Relocation

    Conservatives often charge that California and its state government have an "anti-business attitude" that is driving record numbers of companies out…
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    Aug 26, 2011

    Food Bank Cuts

    The need for groceries from the Redwood Empire Food Bank is on the upswing, while federal support for their programs is moving in the opposite…
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    Aug 22, 2011

    The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

    It can be a short trip from great success to a complete breakdown, usually followed by a long, arduous way back. It's a path that the creative light…
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    Aug 22, 2011

    Domestic Workers' Rights

    The workers who clean, cook, and help care for the inform and disabled are mostly women, and largely Latino. That's left them outside the labor…
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    Aug 18, 2011

    Neighborhood Summit 2011

    For more than 30 years, Portland Oregon has been developing an extensive and diverse network of neighborhood associations and coalitions among them.…
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    Aug 18, 2011

    Family Justice Center

    Victims of domestic violence, elder abuse and childhood sexual abuse need many kinds of help and support, both to recover and to take action against…
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    Aug 17, 2011

    Credo School

    A new high school emphasizing the Waldorf approach to education is poised to open its doors, at a former grade school campus not far from Sonoma…
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    Aug 16, 2011

    Cayman Islands

    Adults may associate the Cayman Islands with banking and high finance, But for a team of National Geographic youth explorers—including one from…
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    Aug 15, 2011

    "Vanishing America"

    Corporate–driven sameness is swallowing up the localized sense of place that has long characterized the American landscape, writes preservationist…
  • Homeless
    Aug 11, 2011

    Homeless Initiatives

    With homelessness in Sonoma County still rising sharply, and resources to assist trending in the opposite direction, some creative new programs are…
  • sctf
    Aug 10, 2011

    Homeless Update

    There's a new subgroup among Sonoma County's homeless population, those who have been displaced by economic factors outside their control. And…
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    Aug 09, 2011

    Vernal Pools

    Vernal pools--seasonal ponds that dot the central Sonoma County landscape before they dry up each summer--are the product of unusual geology and home…
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    Aug 08, 2011

    Community Health Centers

    It may have slipped your notice that this is National Health Center Week. A combination press conference and town hall meeting in Santa Rosa Monday…
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    Aug 05, 2011

    HybridCore Homes

    By partly prefabricating new houses, a Santa Rosa company is out to save builders time and money, with a stated goal of "revolutionizing the way…
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    Jul 28, 2011

    Gleaning in Marin

    What might have become compost is instead feeding school children, through Marin Organic's weekly volunteer gleaning program at local organic farms.…
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    Jul 28, 2011

    "Tribes of Burning Man"

    Burning Man arises from the northern Nevada desert each year, and returns to dust again six days later. Even so, there is a lot going on behind the…
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    Jul 27, 2011

    SR Teacher at Sea

    A six-day stint as an assistant marine biologist, measuring the ocean life and waters off the Sonoma-Marin coast might not be everyone's idea of an…
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    Jul 26, 2011

    Teaching the Beatles

    A summary of the 1960s is merely the backdrop for a popular summer session class at SSU, one that focuses on the music--and the lives--of the…
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    Jul 26, 2011

    Electric Cars--For All?

    Asians and Latinos in California are widely worried about air pollution and climate change, yet they are among the least likely to own hybrids or…
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    Jul 22, 2011

    Citizens and Politics

    Although Americans have been increasingly disengaged in politics, over the past two decades, that doesn't mean they aren't interested in getting…
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    Jul 20, 2011

    Immigration Enforcement Suit Settled

    A settlement in a lawsuit over immigration enforcement in Sonoma County either makes notable changes in policy, or merely codifies current practices.…
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    Jul 19, 2011

    Sheep in Vineyards

    Sheep may safely graze in vineyards during the dormant, winter months, but expanding that to a year-round option requires applying some ovine…
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    Jul 18, 2011

    "What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?"

    The human body is born with an innate anti-cancer mechanism, a compound that mimics a widely available herb. But the plant's potential benefits have…
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    Jul 15, 2011

    The Mondragon Cooperatives

    The driving motive for the Mondragon Cooperatives of northern Spain is not earnings, but strengthening community and boosting quality of life. Their…
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    Jul 14, 2011

    Reviving the American Dream

    It means many things to many people, but there's a widespread sense that "The American Dream" is now tattered, tarnished or unattainable. A…
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    Jul 13, 2011

    The Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve Bank plays a critical, but low-profile role in maintaining the stability of our national economy. Today's' report offers a peek…
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    Jul 12, 2011

    "Blood on the Tracks"

    In a horrific peaceful protest gone wrong, S. Brian Wilson lost both his legs when he was run over by a train loaded with military weaponry. He's…
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    Jul 11, 2011

    Sonoma Clean Power

    From chicken manure to geothermal steam, Sonoma County is rife with renewable energy potential. A new public-private partnership, currently being…
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    Jun 21, 2011

    "Pop’d from the Panel"

    Which came first, cartoons or art? That question is explored, if not exactly answered, in a new exhibit at the Charles Schulz Museum that features…
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    Jun 21, 2011

    Global Student Embassy Projects

    Students from Analy High School in Sebastpol pause to pose while working on a reforestation project in Ecuador's La Punta Gorda Nature Preserve.Would…
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    Jun 21, 2011

    Lyme Disease

    The deer ticks that carry Lyme Disease are small, sometimes so tiny their bites go completely undetected.Lyme Disease is an elusive bacterial…
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    Jun 21, 2011

    Green Party in California

    Since the Green Party was established in California in 1990, they have elected 220 candidates, all at the local level. With a new director from the…
  • coffeebooks
    Jun 17, 2011

    Selling Local Authors' Books

    The works of Sonoma County writers can get lost on the shelves of even the most supportive local bookstores. So one resourceful author has found a…
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    Jun 17, 2011

    "Zits" cartoonist

    What began as a sideline for Jim Borgman, a highly regarded political cartoonist, has become his main occupation: drawing the hugely successful daily…
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    Jun 17, 2011

    "This Modern World" cartoonist

    For some cartoonists, their medium is about more than entertainment. Even before Thomas Nast, there were artists who used their pens to make…
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    Jun 17, 2011

    The End of "Opus"

    Berkeley Breathed and OpusWithin the world of dedicated fans of the Sunday Funnies, there was muted mourning three years ago, when cartoonist…
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    Jun 17, 2011

    "Bizzarro" cartoonist

    Dan PiraroDan Piraro’s one-panel comic, Bizarro is published in more than 200 newspapers, including the Press Democrat and the Chronicle. In April of…
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    Jun 17, 2011

    "Mutts" cartoonist

    Patrick McDonnell & friendFor KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson, one of the benefits of having the Charles Schulz Museum open in Santa Rosa is the…
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    Jun 16, 2011

    California's DREAM Act

    California is one of several states considering laws aimed at expanding educational opportunities for undocumented youth who have grown up here,…
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    Jun 15, 2011

    Landslide Risks Mapped

    Geologists can predict where earthquakes may happen, but not when. With landslides, they can zero in on both. One further extension of the landslide…
  • Aldensm
    Jun 13, 2011

    A Buck for the Parks

    Eleven million dollars are needed to keep 70 of California's state parks from closing later this year. One man is out to raise that money, asking for…
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    Jun 10, 2011

    The Mayan Calendar

    There are nine distinct levels on the pyramids built by the ancient Mayans, and that number was also central to their remarkably complex calendar.…
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    Jun 09, 2011

    "The Wisdom of the Radish"

    The pitfalls and rewards of do-it-yourself organic farming come alive in The Wisdom of the Radish, a sometimes rueful and consistently informative…
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    Jun 08, 2011

    The North Pacific Coast Railroad Right-of Way

    Beginning in the late 19th century, a local train line carried tourists from Sausalito to western Sonoma County and back. Eco-tourism advocates now…
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    Jun 06, 2011

    Online Legal Issues

    The world of online dialog is sometimes characterized as a digital version of the "wild west," where just about anything goes. That's an…
  • SQ_signs
    Jun 03, 2011

    Budget Cuts for Disabled Californians

    Even if Gov. Brown prevails in his bid to extend the state's current sales tax rate as a way to close the remaining budget deficit, cuts already…
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    Jun 02, 2011

    "Wicked Bugs"

    Out of the hundreds of thousands of species of bugs on Earth, only about a hundred can actually harm humans. But that's enough to populate a…
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    Jun 01, 2011

    Satewide Apple Moth EIR

    Light Brown Apple MothThe fight against invasive insects that threaten crops is a big concern in California. Now a proposed statewide environmental…
  • farms_to_fuel
    May 26, 2011

    Climate Change & Agriculture

    Using chicken manure to create electricity, and the benefits of getting to know your local farmer. These were among the myriad topics covered at a…
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    May 25, 2011

    Mussel Farming

    Demand is high and the costs are relatively low for a new aquaculture crop that holds rich potential for expansion along the North Coast — mussels.…
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    May 23, 2011

    West County Seed Bank

    In a small bountiful community garden in Sebastopol, the goal is not producing food, but harvesting seeds to be shared with others for future growing…
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    May 23, 2011

    Bicycle Commuting

    John Daly says his bright riding garb is a form of protective coloration.The 36 mile round trip from Occidental to Santa Rosa Junior College is…
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    May 20, 2011

    "Real Common Sense"

    Members of the Tea Party movement often invoke elements of the US Constitution to buttress their political positions. In doing so, they often distort…
  • DeepBlueHome-large
    May 19, 2011

    Deep Blue Home

    As an environmental writer, Julia Whitty reports on the oceans of the world and the life they support, from beneath the surface--in more ways than…
  • Annadel_sign
    May 18, 2011

    Countering State Park Closures

    If there's no money available to keep state parks in Sonoma County open, what else can be done? County Regional Parks director Caryl Hart is working…
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    May 17, 2011

    Analysis of Taser Studies

    Numerous studies have concluded that tasers do not pose risks to the people they shock. A closer looks finds this conclusion is far more likely when…
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    May 16, 2011

    Regional Growth Planning

    The Bay Area's population is forecast to grow by a third over the next 25 years. Working together under the banner, One Bay Area, four regional…
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    May 13, 2011

    Sales Tax for Agriculture

    If we value the agricultural diversity that abounds beyond the vineyards in Sonoma County, would be we willing to tax ourselves to sustain and…
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    May 11, 2011

    The State of Sustainability

    Our Gross National Product, as currently calculated, is not a good measure of actual economic productivity, much less the growing move toward more…
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    May 10, 2011

    "Carbon Nation"

    Renewable energy and increased efficiencies are concepts that anyone can understand and embrace, regardless of their views on climate change. A new…
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    May 06, 2011

    Legalizing Industrial Hemp

    From the sails on Columbus' ships to some early American currency, industrial hemp has played a vital and varied role in American History. A North…
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    May 05, 2011

    Endocrine Fish Research

    Pesticides, birth control pills, and human hormones are all part of the chemical stew in the Sacramento River delta. A Bodega Bay researcher is…
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    May 05, 2011

    "Indian Voices"

    The oldest cultures on our continent are struggling to find their place in 21st century America. Contemporary Native Americans tell their stories in…
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    May 03, 2011

    Marine Protection Areas

    Important offshore habitat areas near us, including the Farallone Islands and the Cordell Banks, have long been protected as National Marine…
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    May 03, 2011

    Homeless Shelter, 2011

    Changes in the homeless populations in Sonoma County are being matched with new services made available to them at the regional shelter in downtown…
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    May 02, 2011

    Sri Lanka Preschools

    If it's too far for very young children to walk to the nearest school, then the school must come to them. That's an approach that is working for…
  • coast_redwood
    Apr 27, 2011

    Redwood Research

    Beyond being a beautiful building material, redwoods hold promise for carbon sequestration as well as pest resistance. The trick is unlocking that…
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    Apr 26, 2011

    Eco-Odyssey

    If the local economy relies, in part, on tourism, and tourism is dependent on fossil fuels, what happens if — or when — gas prices head past $5 per…
  • Fritz
    Apr 25, 2011

    Studying Redwoods

    Redwoods grow quickly, but live for centuries, which makes tracking their life history a long-term project. But in a remote 1-acre plot in southern…
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    Apr 22, 2011

    Volunteers

    California's beaches, parks, waterways and open space have benefitted from hundreds of thousand of hours of volunteer labor. But an ongoing,…
  • iton_sm
    Apr 21, 2011

    Sonoma County in 10 Years

    There is no single path to a healthier Sonoma County, participants at a conference on health an poverty were reminded yesterday. But getting there…
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    Apr 20, 2011

    Russian River, Then and Now

    Back when Santa Rosa was still a sleepy farm town, the lower Russian River was a lively vacation hot spot. That history is a marked contrast with the…
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    Apr 20, 2011

    Wood Smoke Health Hazards

    Humans have been burning wood for millennia, but new research indicates that breathing in the smoke from those fires can have negative health impacts…
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    Apr 19, 2011

    SE Santa Rosa Greenway

    Community gardens, walking and bicycle paths, meandering creeks, and a habitat corridor for wildlife. All of these could be part of an urban open…
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    Apr 19, 2011

    "From the Back Porch"

    Today, Ace Remas teaches Buddhist meditation, but there was a time—captured in his community newspaper editorials—when his teachers were his two…
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    Apr 18, 2011

    Fire Free Fitch

    Meet another of this year's Red Cross Real Heroes. Laura Tietz is being recognized with their environmental award, but it could just as easily have…
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    Apr 15, 2011

    Prosthetika

    The local chapter of the Red Cross holds its 8th annual Real Heroes breakfast and fundraiser on Wednesday morning, at which ten North Bay citizens…
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    Apr 14, 2011

    "Plane Jane" at Costco

    After a local small press author persistently talked his way into doing a book signing at a local big box store, he found that talking customers into…
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    Apr 13, 2011

    CSU Budget protests

    Students and faculty across the California State University system staged concurrent protests Wednesday, railing against the recent history of rising…
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    Apr 12, 2011

    Gravenstein History

    From the dominant local crop, to a specialty fruit with a fervent fan base, Sebastopol's Gravenstein apples have a long and colorful history, now…
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    Apr 11, 2011

    Immigration Hunger Strike

    Rick CoshnearWith US immigration policy a confusing and unworkable mess, Sonoma County's participation in its punitive practices should be kept to a…
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    Apr 08, 2011

    "Hoodwinked"

    To fend off the forces behind the global recession, suggests former economic hitman John Perkins, consumers need o embrace justice and sustainability…
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    Apr 06, 2011

    SRJC Education Forum

    California's community colleges have already seen their budgets for the coming year slashed by $400 million, and even bigger cuts may be looming. And…
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    Apr 04, 2011

    Mosquito Season

    It's an annual sequence: First the rains, then the sun comes out, and soon thereafter, clouds of mosquitoes. But at least now they are more of an…
  • Apr 01, 2011

    New Home forTool Library

    Obeying the old admonition to “find an need and fill it,” Dustin Zuckerman has created the Santa Rosa Tool Library. On April 4th, it reopens in a new…
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    Apr 01, 2011

    Sonoma County Energy Independence

    Sonoma County's innovative program to charge energy-saving home improvements against future property tax bills is two years old, and growing. The…
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    Mar 31, 2011

    Skaggs Island

    This aerial view of Skaggs Island shows the narrow waterways that separate it from the other nearby lands.From nature to hay fields to the Navy and…
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    Mar 30, 2011

    Sarah Vowell on Hawaii History

    Sarah Vowell Writer Sarah Vowell turns her attention to the westernization of our 50th state in her newest book, giving Hawaiian history a healthy…
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    Mar 29, 2011

    "Happiness is a Warm Blanket"

    A new generation creative team, led by the son of cartoonist Charles Schulz, has revisited the world of Peanuts to produce a new animated video that…
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    Mar 24, 2011

    Phil Ochs Documentary

    Phil Ochs, one of the best and best known topical folk singers of the 1960s, has since been largely forgotten. A new documentary film is out to…
  • Mar 24, 2011

    Remembering Doris Murphy

    Doris Murphy, who became a matriarch to the entire town of Occidental, passed away earlier this week, just a few days after her 101st birthday. The…
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    Mar 23, 2011

    Ministerial Hiring Discrimination?

    Education and experience are pluses in the job marketplace, but they aren't necessarily enough to offset discrimination. And that can come in some…
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    Mar 22, 2011

    Green Music Center Gift

    A record-breaking financial gift to Sonoma State University will enable the completion of the concert hall at the new Green Music Center, whichis now…
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    Mar 22, 2011

    Garbage From the Beaches

    If the world's beaches are littered with all sorts of debris on a random Saturday in September—and they are—just think what washes up in the surf all…
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    Mar 21, 2011

    Health Care Bill Impacts in CA

    Political and legal challenges to the federal health care reform law may be getting more attention, but millions of Americans are already feeling the…
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    Mar 17, 2011

    Documentary Film Festival

    The account of how fourth graders restored a watershed in Marin and Sonoma Counties is just one of many remarkable stories on display this weekend at…
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    Mar 16, 2011

    Jimi Hendrix for Strings

    Two radically different musical traditions, their origins centuries apart, have found an improbable intersection in the hands of a bay area group…
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    Mar 15, 2011

    Hunger in Sonoma County

    According to a UCLA report, some 20,000 Sonoma County residents regularly go hungry. But the director of our local food bank says that number is…
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    Mar 14, 2011

    Nuclear Power Risks

    Regardless of the global public health impacts from the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan, the disaster can be expected to cast a dark cloud over the…
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    Mar 11, 2011

    Economic Environmentalism in Brazil

    One form of environmental activism currently being practiced in Brazil involves supporting economic development as an alternative to deforestation in…
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    Mar 10, 2011

    Labor's Civil Wars

    Internal strife over the past decade has weakened and disrupted organized labor in California, but may also have set the stage for a new, more…
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    Mar 09, 2011

    White Sharks

    For the first time, researchers have come up with an estimate of the number of great white sharks that circulate in the waters off the northern…
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    Mar 08, 2011

    Anticipating 2012 elections

    Next year will be a busy one for California's political junkies. For everyone else, get ready for a new, long barrage of campaign advertising. Not…
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    Mar 07, 2011

    California Redistricting

    California voters set the stage for some dramatic changes in our next statewide election, some of which will be felt very close to home here in…
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    Mar 03, 2011

    Electric car sales

    The first two electric automobiles from major makers are beginning to hit the streets in the Bay Area, with more to follow. But right now, consumer…
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    Mar 02, 2011

    Union solidarity vigil

    The showdown over collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin will have far-reaching effects for other states, including California. So…
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    Mar 01, 2011

    Belva Davis

    As a black woman, Belva Davis has forged a broadcast news career laced with awards and newly opened doors. In her new autobiography, she charts the…
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    Feb 28, 2011

    Green Building Codes

    Green building is now mandatory for all of California A new, three-tiered set of building codes is now in effect, giving designers, builders and even…
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    Feb 28, 2011

    Railroad resumption

    The resumption of freight train service between Sonoma and Napa Counties could be as close as six weeks away, but there are still a few obstacles…
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    Feb 26, 2011

    Housing goals

    Are regional housing goals an intrusion into local land use planning or a necessary tool to ensure the creation of affordable housing throughout the…
  • agInnovations
    Feb 24, 2011

    Sonoma County Food Forum

    Our local food system—from seed to table and back to soil again—is vital, yet fragmented. The inaugural day-long Sonoma County Food Forum Feb. 24th…
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    Feb 23, 2011

    Andrew Keen vs Web 2.0

    It's not the Internet itself that is making us dumber, suggests digital media observer and critic Andrew Keen, but the ways that we as a society are…
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    Feb 22, 2011

    Gay History Museum

    San Francisco has long been known as a tolerant center for gays and lesbians. Now the city has a new museum that traces their cultural history. Don…
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    Feb 18, 2011

    "A State of Change"

    Even before the first western men reached California, the natural environment was altered by the presence of native people. In an impressive work of…
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    Feb 17, 2011

    Climate Cranks

    The key question now about climate change: What will the planet be like in 50 years, if warming can be stopped that soon? We're long past the point…
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    Feb 16, 2011

    Time Banks

    Time banks don't have vaults or cashiers or ATM machines. They don't make loans or even let you write checks. But they do give value to your skills…
  • Feb 13, 2011

    Chocolate

    Chocolate is at least 3000 years old, and we have the ancient Mayans to thank for it. By way of the conquistadors, that is. There is tantalizing…
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    Feb 08, 2011

    Jack London, Photographer

    As a writer, Jack London wielded his pen as a prolific and passionate novelist, journalist and essayist. A new book reveals that he also became a…
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    Feb 08, 2011

    Mark Fiore

    Three things distinguish San Francisco political cartoonist Mark Fiore from most of his peers: He deals in colorful animated cartoons, and his work…
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    Feb 08, 2011

    Rachel Corrie

    Rachel CorrieShe set out to be an activist, not a martyr, and she tells her story, posthumously, in her own words, in the play, I Am Rachel Corrie.…
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    Feb 07, 2011

    Subtidal Ecology

    Most of San Francisco Bay is surprisingly shallow, a habitat that is home to a great diversity of undersea life—at least in those areas where the…
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    Feb 07, 2011

    Immigration Reform

    National security, economic vitality and partisan politics. Immigration reform is one issue that touches them all. But that doesn't mean there's much…
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    Feb 04, 2011

    Building Compassionate Communities

    Regardless of the weather, this is the Season of Nonviolence, the roughly nine-week interval between the anniversaries of the deaths of Mahatma…
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    Feb 02, 2011

    Single Use Bags

    Single use shopping bags, whether made of plastic or paper, are being targeted for extinction across California, a campaign that ratcheted up its…
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    Feb 01, 2011

    Sea Otter Deaths

    The number of sea otters found dead on the central California coast jumped sharply last year, but that can't be attributed to any one specific cause.…
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    Feb 01, 2011

    Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are on the rise, increasing in California faster than the national average. These are not life-style choices, cautions an eating…
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    Jan 31, 2011

    Public Employees

    Are public sector workers paid more or less than their private sector counterparts? A study from UC Berkeley says neither—they're essentially even.…
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    Jan 31, 2011

    Post Mortem in Santa Rosa

    A disgraced pathologist from a notorious Sonoma County murder case is just one example of how little his profession is monitored or regulated. The…
  • Activities
    Jan 28, 2011

    Our Fertile Ground

    A generation of kids in South Africa are growing up HIV positive, a medical and social challenge that overlies widespread poverty. Widening their…
  • epa
    Jan 27, 2011

    Clean Air Standards

    Republican members of Congress who want to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting stricter clean air standards are facing opposition…
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    Jan 26, 2011

    Bullying in High School

    High school is hard enough without enduring bullying. But when there is constant verbal abuse, and fear of worse, learning becomes impossible. Rick…
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    Jan 25, 2011

    Peak Nature

    The rate of extinctions globally is now hundreds, perhaps thousands oftimes higher than the historic incidence. Could we have already reached—or…
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    Jan 24, 2011

    Rob Kapilow

    The image of the Golden Gate Bridge is immediately recognizable worldwide. Composer Rob Kapilow has embraced the challenge of translating that image…
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    Jan 21, 2011

    Cannabis as Medicine

    As the legal jeopardy associated with marijuana diminishes in California, increased attention is being focuses on it's healing properties. That was…
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    Jan 20, 2011

    Reviving Progressives

    All across America, even here in California, political progressives have been dispirited and depressed by the apparent abrupt change in the electoral…
  • dollars
    Jan 19, 2011

    Economic Forecast 2011

    Trade and tourism will lead the local economy as it climbs out of the Great Recession, but job growth will be slow for at least another year, and…
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    Jan 19, 2011

    State of the County 2011

    Supervisor Efren Carrillo will chair the Sonoma County board of Supervisors this year, the youngest person ever to hold that position. One of his…
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    Jan 18, 2011

    "Uprisings for the Earth"

    If the worst problems facing the natural world are the result of too many people consuming water, power and food whose origins they never see,…
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    Jan 17, 2011

    Bottled Water

    Where did the water in that plastic bottle come from? Was it filtered or treated? And just exactly how pure is it? A new report from The…
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    Jan 07, 2011

    MLK Birthday Celebrations

    42 years after his death, the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as a focal point in the ongoing local efforts to overcome racism and build…
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    Jan 05, 2011

    California Demographics

    Demographic trends in California have already turned Caucasian residents into a minority of the total population. A new report from the Greenlining…
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    Jan 05, 2011

    "Green" Automobile Insurance

    In an infrequent instance of mutual benefits for insurers and consumers, two California companies will roll out what's been called Green car…
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    Jan 03, 2011

    Retrovirus

    XMRV cellsA newly discovered human retrovirus may hold clues to the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome and some kinds of cancer. But it is only…
  • handful
    Jan 02, 2011

    Sustainable Soil

    Dirt consists of much more than mere minerals. That's why the most important parts of the plants we grow may be the underground root systems we…
  • parks_logo
    Jan 02, 2011

    Parks in 2011

    By just about any cost-benefit analysis, public parks are a bargain. But that doesn't mean we can get away with not paying for them at all. Caryl…
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    Jan 01, 2011

    Education in 2011

    Sonoma County's public schools rate quite high in statewide and national comparisons, says new county superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington, so…
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    Dec 30, 2010

    Sonoma County Real Estate in 2011

    The worst appears to be over, as far as real estate is concerned in Sonoma County. But the fallout from the burst housing bubble will continue to…
  • Dec 29, 2010

    "Forbidden Creatures"

    The burgeoning illegal trade in rare and endangered animals isn’t good for them, or their native eco-systems, and it’s often problematic for the…
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    Dec 29, 2010

    Sonoma County Economy in 2011

    The economic outlook for the North Bay should continue to improve over the course of 2011. But we can expect the overall movement to be gradual and…
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    Dec 29, 2010

    Arts in 2011

    Support for the arts isn't just a cultural luxury. It's also an important economic engine for Sonoma County, and one that is positioning itself for…
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    Dec 28, 2010

    Golden Gate Bridge History

    Even though we may have seen and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge many times, it’s hard not to be impressed each time by its distinctive color and…
  • Dec 27, 2010

    "The Harvard Psychedelic Club"

    Much of the social upheaval of the 1960s can be traced back to four men at Harvard University at the beginning of the decade, contends journalist Don…
  • Dec 26, 2010

    "The Empathic Civilization"

    Empathy, not self-interest, is the core impulse of human nature, according to social analyst Jeremy Rifkin. And that realization may hold the key to…
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    Dec 22, 2010

    New CHP Commander

    The 80 officers of the California Highway Patrol in Sonoma County have a new boss, but one who's well acquainted with the territory. Capt. Greg…

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