Dec 02, 2021

"Forever known as a dirty cop;" former Rohnert Park police officer pleads guilty to all charges

by Greta Mart
The former Rohnert Park police officer facing federal charges for shaking down motorists on Highway 101 pleaded guilty in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday. Brendon Jacy Tatum admitted to charges of extortion, tax evasion and falsifying police…
Dec 01, 2021

First U.S. case of omicron variant detected in Bay Area

by Steve Milne/Capital Public Radio
A person from the Bay Area has become the first in the United State to have an identified-case of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the news during a press conference today. "This individual, who is a resident of San…
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Dec 01, 2021

Tom and Dick Smothers along with Marc Maron join Doug Jayne on a Wednesday afternoon

by mark prell
December 1 was an exciting day at KRCB 104.9! Doug Jayne came to work early to do a phone interview with Bruce Cockburn. Jayne told Cockburn he was particularly excited because two of his heroes, the Smothers Brothers, were in the next studio…
Nov 30, 2021

Tempers rise as deadline for redistricting nears

by Marc Albert
New boundaries for Sonoma County's supervisorial districts inched closer to reality Monday but perhaps not quite as planned. Rather than small tweaks to a map developed by the county's Advisory Redistricting Committee or ARC, at Monday's special…
Nov 29, 2021

Drought forcing ranchers to sell livestock

by Steve Milne/Capital Public Radio
Sonoma County's rolling hills may be emerald green right now, but the region is still in "extreme drought," per the U.S. Drought Monitor. The ongoing drought is making it harder for California ranchers to provide water for livestock, forcing some to…
Nov 29, 2021

How will hotter average temperatures affect Sonoma County's water supply in the future?

by Greta Mart
Recently Sonoma County’s water agency released a plan that looks at threats to the county’s water supply from climate change. According to Sonoma Water, it’s a plan to enable the county to “be ready for the changes that are coming and they're coming…
Nov 29, 2021

Palacios' vaccine reluctance rooted in history, family experience

by Marc Albert
Skylaer Palacios says she had no wish or intention for the spotlight. But proceedings on November 1st, forced the hand of the Healdsburg councilwoman. That was when her colleagues opted to resume in-person meetings. Palacios says she felt little…
Nov 23, 2021

Dungeness scarce as fishing mainly on hold for whale migration

by Marc Albert
If turkey's not your thing, you'd better find an alternative quick. Dungeness crab right now is rarer than a hen's tooth. Dungeness is synonymous with Thanksgiving in many Bay Area households. But rather than debates over cooking methods, portions…
Nov 22, 2021

SonomaWater asking for suspension of some rules, could reduce river flow, save more behind dams

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County officials have asked state officials to temporarily change in how state officials measure drought conditions in the region. If approved by state regulators, it could allow SonomaWater to hold back more water at the two main dams in the…
Nov 22, 2021

County supervisors asked to examine sheriff's management of inmate welfare fund

by Greta Mart
Recently the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury looked at telephone call and commissary charges at the county’s main jail, finding “a pattern of charges for inmate phone use that exceeds the market rate by more than tenfold.” At the Nov. 16 county…
Nov 18, 2021

'Kidnapping' wasn't real

by Marc Albert
An alleged broad-daylight kidnapping that left Santa Rosa on edge was a prank, say Santa Rosa police. This comes several hours after the California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert across parts of California based on reports that a 15-year-old…
Nov 17, 2021

Sonoma County supervisors back 19-member redistricting commission map, with tweaks

by Greta Mart
Besides big ticket items like cannabis or unwanted development, many items that go before the Sonoma County board of supervisors don’t attract a lot of public attention, so it was a surprise to some that the topic of redistricting garnered hundreds…
Nov 16, 2021

Healdsburg to weigh loosening food truck restrictions

by Marc Albert
Food trucks may become part of the Healdsburg vibe in the future, after elected leaders agreed to explore the possibility Monday. A final decision is likely months away. City officials vowed to conduct outreach, and consider locations, hours and a…
Nov 14, 2021

A rare look inside as county plots future of nearly 1000 acre Sonoma Developmental Center

by Marc Albert
Under clear skies, with rain-fueled emerald grass again pushing skyward, a two hour media tour of the abandoned Gothic facilities lacked any creepy foreboding. Dozens of buildings, from utilitarian mid-century brutalist, to wooden Victorians to a…
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Nov 13, 2021

WBCN and the American Revolution filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein and Executive Producer Mitchell Kertzman speak with Brian Griffith 

by mark prell
WBCN and the American Revolution filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein and Executive Producer Mitchell Kertzman speak with KRCB Music Director and Morning Music Host Brian Griffith about making the film. WBCN and the American Revolution airs Monday, November…
Nov 11, 2021

Foppoli's home searched as investigation moves forward

by Marc Albert
Sheriff's deputies served a warrant and searched the home of former Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli Wednesday, as an investigation into multiple charges of sexual assault entered a new phase. The Sonoma County Sheriff's office did not respond to an…
Nov 11, 2021

Representing Sonoma County at the UN climate change conference

by Greta Mart
The United Nations Climate summit taking place for the past two weeks in Glasgow, Scotland wraps up Friday. Sonoma County has been represented by a local supervisor, Lynda Hopkins. She's there as part of two delegations—Global Council for Science…
Nov 09, 2021

Sportfishing industry decries proposed new emissions regulations

by James Reddick
A state agency is mulling new regulations requiring passenger fishing boats to upgrade to cleaner engines, but the state’s sportfishing boat operators say the proposed new rules could put them out of business. On a sunny fall evening, the “New Sea…
Nov 09, 2021

Chanate auction nets top bid of $15m, $3m more than 2017 effort, still plenty shy of county appraisal

by Marc Albert
If the sale goes through, buyers of a 71-acre abandoned medical campus in Santa Rosa will snag quite a bargain, if the county's recent appraisal is to be believed. Considering it was likely among the biggest North Bay land sales in decades, the live…
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Nov 09, 2021

Celebrate "Public Radio Music Day" on Wednesday, November 10th

by mark prell
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2021) – The noncomMUSIC Alliance today announced that the second annual Public Radio Music Day will take place on November 10, 2021, with a nationwide celebration uniting public radio music stations, fans, and…
Nov 08, 2021

Storm bringing rain, slight slide risk, but drought persisting

by Marc Albert
The North Bay is in for a pretty good soaker this evening, with as much as four inches in certain places. Forecasters aren't expecting significant flooding, and add we're still a long way from exiting the ongoing drought. After a strong atmospheric…
Nov 04, 2021

Future of Sonoma Developmental Center taking shape

by Marc Albert
Practically half the size of the city of Sonoma, county planning officials released three potential plans for redeveloping the 945-acre Sonoma Developmental Center just south of Glen Ellen. Established in the 1890s to serve the disabled, the…
Nov 03, 2021

Checking out legal assistance and solutions at the Sonoma County Law Library

by Greta Mart
In KRCB's ongoing series on Sonoma County places that are truly valuable resources to those who live and work here, we tour the Sonoma County Law Library with library director Nikolaos Pelekis.
Nov 03, 2021

Officials weigh options for federal COVID cash

by Marc Albert
County elected leaders Tuesday inched closer to developing a spending plan for a multi-million dollar infusion of federal COVID relief aid, weighing equitable distribution and how to target funds to maximize economic activity. Plans are still far…
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Nov 02, 2021

Sarah Baker tells Doug Jayne about writing the music for “I Married the War”

by mark prell
Sarah Baker spoke with Doug Jayne during Midday Music on November 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Baker)The conversation is just beginning. I Married the War, Wives of Combat Veterans Tell Their Stories, premiers virtually November 6th at 7:00 pm…
Oct 28, 2021

Protections for whales, turtles may delay crab season

by Marc Albert
Autumn. Colorful leaves, cooler temps and the first rains shift the minds and bellies of many locals to a certain gastronomic treat: Dungeness crab. But temporary new crabbing rules aimed at protecting endangered whales and sea turtles could delay…
Oct 27, 2021

Sonoma County's new public defender candidate a fan of restorative justice

by Marc Albert
If approved by Sonoma County's board of supervisors next week, the county will have a new public defender. Brian Morris is currently Marin County's assistant public defender, and has been tapped to lead the equivalent department here. Current public…
Oct 27, 2021

Santa Rosa's SOFA arts district looking forward to Winterblast

by Mark Prell
The SOFA Santa Rosa Arts District is so named because of its location: South of First and A streets. It's been revitalized from what was once a forgotten corner of the city, nestled where Highway 12 and Highway 101 meet. Today, it is home to a…
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Oct 24, 2021

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Oct 22, 2021

Anti-mask vlogger confronts Sebastopol business

by Marc Albert
By now, the genre's familiar. jerky camera, unsteady frame. An ask, a refusal then rising voices, and a crescendo with certain key words: masks, rights, freedom and arrest. Although mask confrontation videos are practically their own genre on social…
Oct 21, 2021

State biologists to euthanize Rohnert Park mountain lion

by Greta Mart
A mountain lion whose close proximity prompted school lockdowns in Rohnert Park on Monday morning has been euthanized, said a California Department Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) spokesperson. The mountain lion was collared and known to a local…
Oct 20, 2021

Future of hydro-power, diversions from Eel to Russian River uncertain

by Marc Albert
Far upstream of Lake Mendocino there's a century-old relic that's fueled farms and towns with water and power. Two dams, a tunnel and powerhouse are the main elements of The Potter Valley Project, infrastructure its owner, PGE&E wants to abandon.…
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Oct 19, 2021

The Gualala River, and those who depend on it, await rain

by Chris Lee
As much as Sonoma County residents may be thinking of fire season when they hope for more rain, in the northwest corner of the county, they're hoping the rain will spare the river they depend on from an environmental catastrophe. Where is it? Here's…
Oct 18, 2021

Incoming storms likely to snuff out fire season

by Marc Albert
Sunday's showers dampened much of the North Bay and delivered up to half an inch to the region's parched hillsides. Additional rains this week should put fire season in the rear view, but could also generate mudslides. The chance of another major…
Oct 18, 2021

Some locals join schools boycott over COVID vax

by Associated Press/Marc Albert/Greta Mart
More than a thousand people crowded the front steps of the California Capitol to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to require all children to get the coronavirus vaccine to attend public and private schools. Some Sonoma County parents joined in a…
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Oct 17, 2021

Can we conserve our way out of a drought crisis?

by Mark Prell
California is facing one of its driest years on record. Weather forecasters are concerned another La Nina weather phenomenon is forming in the Pacific, which could further dry things out by sending much needed rain far north of us. Erik Eckdahl…
Oct 15, 2021

Why it will take Sonoma County until next year to lift the mask mandate

by Tessa Paoli
Officials say Sonoma County won't meet the requirements, set by Bay Area Health officials earlier this month, to lift the indoor mask mandate until early next year. The reason it will take so long is because the process is complicated. First, the…
Oct 15, 2021

PG&E pleads not guilty to Kincade Fire charges.

by Marc Albert
In a not entirely unexpected move, the company entered a not guilty plea on all 33 counts. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch's office is prosecuting the case. Her office declined comment. Charges were filed against the utility following a…
Oct 15, 2021

Sale of historic Johnson's Beach renews fears of big changes

by Marc Albert
Johnson's beach...for decades an iconic swimming and sunbathing spot along the Russian River in Guerneville, will likely be changing hands again. That's generating some unease and concern about what the future may hold. The beach, concession stand,…
Oct 14, 2021

KRCB Converse: boosters, COVID surges and mask mandates

by Tessa Paoli
Today a panel of FDA advisors recommended the emergency use authorization of the Moderna booster shot. Similar to the Pfizer booster approved last month, the recommendations include seniors sixty-five and older and adults that are at high-risk of…
Oct 13, 2021

Santa Rosa Council lays down law on short term rentals

by Marc Albert
The wild west days for vacation rentals in Santa Rosa should be winding down. Following a marathon session late Tuesday, the city council adopted an emergency ordinance to regulate short term rentals. The regulations cover the number of rooms that…
Oct 13, 2021

Santa Rosa approves crisis intervention teams; will replace police on some calls

by Marc Albert
As expected, officials in Santa Rosa Tuesday approved the first steps in a new policy for responding to homeless people and those in crisis. Two measures suspending competitive bidding and awarding a million and a half dollars in contracts to…
Oct 13, 2021

Santa Rosa adopting new homelessness, mental health approach

by Marc Albert
Santa Rosa is considering substantial changes in how the city's police respond to mental health crises. Proponents call it a sea change. John Cregan is a captain with the Santa Rosa Police Department. "This is going to provide a better level of…
Oct 12, 2021

Local artists build a 'hall of love' at Napa State Hospital

by Tessa Paoli
When you walk into Life on Earth Art’s temporary gallery in downtown Petaluma, you see hearts with wings everywhere. The first sight is a 15-foot winged heart rotating around a spherical cage. “Life on Earth Art really utilizes art to shine a…
Oct 11, 2021

Communication controversy after COVID outbreak at courthouse

by Marc Albert
There's a bit more disagreement over information sharing and responsibility in the local legal community, after the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Saturday that a COVID-19 outbreak among court bailiffs went largely unreported, exposing lawyers,…
Oct 11, 2021

Hundreds of farm workers and advocates gather in Healdsburg plaza to distribute safety equipment

by Tessa Paoli
On Sunday afternoon, on the fourth anniversary of the Tubbs Fire, North Bay Jobs with Justice took over a portion of the Healdsburg Plaza, in the heart of the touristy downtown, to give farmworkers free safety equipment for protection against COVID…
Oct 08, 2021

In solemn ceremony, Santa Rosa commemorated those killed in the 2017 wildfires.

by Marc Albert
Under a cloudless sky with a slight chill still in the air, dignitaries stood to honor those lost four years ago when a wind-whipped inferno rained terror across the North Bay. Addressing those gathered, Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers said, "We're…
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Oct 08, 2021

No mystery to the missing water from the upper Russian River

by mark prell
Because of severe drought conditions, water releases from Lake Mendocino are at an all-time low. That's the water that keeps the upper Russian River—from the Coyote Dam to Healdsburg—from going dry. According to data published by the Army Corps of…
Oct 08, 2021

Officials set criteria for dropping mask mandate---likely early next year

by Marc Albert
While still required at the moment, health officials throughout the Bay Area have released a roadmap for dropping indoor mask requirements. The short answer: it's not now, but soon, sort of. Matt Brown is a spokesperson for the county of Sonoma.…
Oct 07, 2021

Local nurses demand more staff and resources

by Tessa Paoli
Nurses from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital held a rally this week to demand the administration hire more staff and provide more resources. California is the only state with a minimum ratio for how many patients a nurse is caring for at a time.…
Oct 07, 2021

School mask drama now playing out in court

by Marc Albert
A microcosm of the vocal national movement opposing mask use by schoolchildren is playing out here in Sonoma County. A lawsuit was one thing Daniel Hoffman...superintendent and principal at Petaluma charter school Dunham Elementary...said he didn't…
Oct 06, 2021

Assistant Sheriff Engram sets sights on top job

by Marc Albert
Three career law enforcement officials have launched campaigns to replace Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick. Essick announced he won't be seeking re-election next year. All three men have long law enforcement backgrounds. Two, Dave Edmonds and Eddie…
Oct 06, 2021

Supes looking to revamp events, charge big cycling events

by Marc Albert
The free ride for major bicycling events may reach the end of the road next year as Sonoma County officials begin revamping rules for certain gatherings involving public roadways. Separate from a process regulating parties and events at wineries and…
Oct 06, 2021

KRCB Converse: Mohammad Jabbari on why spreading kindness is the answer to hate

by Tessa Paoli
This year hate crimes have reached the highest level in more than a decade, according to an NPR report. And Sonoma County's Mohammad Jabbari created a project to combat exactly that. Jabbari founded Sonoma County United in Kindness in 2019, with a…
Oct 06, 2021

It goes beyond the numbers;" Sonoma County's districting commission tackles equity and representation

by Tessa Paoli
Today Sonoma County had a public meeting on redistricting, and how to achieve more equitable representation. According to the new 2020 census data, Sonoma County's overall population grew by one percent in the past decade, now very close to half a…
Oct 04, 2021

Sheriff Essick retiring at end of term

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick counts emergency preparation and management, creation of a strategic plan and having jail staff wear body cameras as high points. Improving outreach and diversity in hiring remain on the docket. He announced…
Oct 04, 2021

'Enough is enough.' Hundreds rally for reproductive rights in Santa Rosa

by Tessa Paoli
This weekend people rallied in cities all across the county to defend reproductive rights, including Santa Rosa. By 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, women, men and non-binary folks formed a line on third street, at one entrance of Old Courthouse Square,…
Oct 01, 2021

This Casa Grande parent seeks change after series of bomb threats

by Tessa Paoli
Dove Cook was in English class around 10AM when she heard an announcement on the loudspeaker. "It was confusing because they didn't really give us a lot of information, so I didn't really know how worried I should be," Cook said. Cook said the…
Sep 30, 2021

Will new state law change Sonoma County residential neighborhoods?

by Chris Lee
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a suite of bills aimed at adding housing and reducing homelessness in the state. But none is bigger than Senate Bill 9, signed two weeks ago. It will enable many property owners in areas zoned for single-family homes…
Sep 30, 2021

Small quake rumbles through North Bay along fault overdue for big shake

by Marc Albert
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake centered in Santa Rosa shook the region awake at 5:45 this morning. Suzanne Hecker, a research geologist with the US Geological Survey, said Thursday's small seismic event and twelve smaller ones over the past three weeks…
Sep 30, 2021

Police investigate bomb threat at Casa Grande High School

by Tessa Paoli
Petaluma police continue investigating a bomb threat made against Casa Grande High School. But it appears no one was ever in any danger. Officers arrived to the high school early this morning and secured the cafeteria during the lunch hour, the time…
Sep 28, 2021

Long path ahead for cannabis ordinance

by Marc Albert
A quarter century after California voters began legalizing cannabis, elected leaders in Sonoma County opened a new, multi-year process to regulate the county's most contentious crop. After hours of airing grievances, Sonoma County Supervisors stayed…
Sep 28, 2021

KRCB Converse: Afghanistan's Fawzia Koofi

by Greta Mart and Lowell Bergman
This month we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which launched America's invasion of Afghanistan and what became the longest war in U.S. history. Renowned investigative journalist and Sonoma County resident Lowell Bergman is one of the…
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Sep 28, 2021

DANGEROUS AIR: As California burns, America breathes toxic smoke

by Alison Saldanha, Farida Jhabvala Romero, Caleigh Wells, and Aaron Glantz
Western wildfires pose a much broader threat to human health than to just those forced to evacuate the path of the blazes. Smoke from these fires, which have burned millions of acres in California alone, is choking vast swaths of the country, an…
Sep 27, 2021

KRCB Converse: Janet Napolitano, 9/11 and facing new risks

by Greta Mart and Lowell Bergman
This month we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which launched America's invasion of Afghanistan and what became the longest war in U.S. history. Renowned investigative journalist and Sonoma County resident Lowell Bergman is one of the…
Sep 24, 2021

Local operating engineers at Kaiser strike for higher wages

by Marc Albert
They aren't doctors or nurses, but for a modern hospital, they're nearly as critical. Members of operating engineers Local 39 repair and maintain medical equipment. Along with the actual hospital buildings, including electrical work, plumbing and…
Sep 23, 2021

Rohnert Park officers indicted in "highway robbery" case

by Marc Albert
Federal prosecutors allege two former Rohnert Park police officers seized money and drugs they kept for themselves in a 18 month spree ending in 2018. This week's 18-page indictment accuses former Rohnert Park Sergeant Brendan Jacy Tatum and officer…
Sep 23, 2021

KRCB Converse: Vaccine boosters

by Tessa Paoli
Today Center for Disease Control and Prevention decided Pfizer boosters should first go to people who received the first two Pfizer vaccines and are 65 and older, nursing home residents and people between the ages of 50 and 64 that have underlying…
Sep 22, 2021

A new wildfire breaks out in Schellville near Napa Road

by Greta Mart
A wildfire broke out Wednesday afternoon in Schellville, southeast of the city of Sonoma. Located on the east side of Freemont Drive, near the intersection of Napa Road, the Freemont fire grew from about a half-acre to 40-plus acres in under an…
Sep 22, 2021

With wildfires come lawyers, but past survivors have a message: buyers beware

by Lily Jamali/NPR CA Newsroom
Attorneys in the fast-growing wildfire litigation industry are racing to recruit victims of fires ravaging parts of Northern California, and they're promising to take on a familiar target: PG&E. In July, the company disclosed that its equipment may…
Sep 21, 2021

Petaluma moves ahead with micro shelters for homeless

by Marc Albert
Assurances that counseling, treatment and other programs will be integral, Petaluma's city council unanimously approved a 25-unit tiny house village to shelter to some of the city's chronically homeless Monday night. Addressing the council,…
Sep 20, 2021

Roseland’s Mitote food truck park designed to lift up local chefs

by Tessa Paoli
On a Monday afternoon in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood, chef Ezequiel Valentín prepares tacos, hot dogs and the signature mole in the Oaxacan style, the region of Mexico where he’s from. Valentín is a chef at Maria Machetes, one of four trucks…
Sep 20, 2021

Delinquent water customers could face new rules once COVID passes

by Marc Albert
Those who have fallen behind on water bills in Petaluma may soon face new protocols as the city council considers policy changes tonight. Petaluma assistant city attorney Dylan Brady said the bulk of the changes are to comply with a bill recently…
Sep 17, 2021

Casino proposal may face long process

by Marc Albert
When the Koi Nation revealed plans for a 200-room casino resort between Santa Rosa and Windsor this week, tribal officials said the facility could be up and running, and providing eleven hundred permanent jobs, within four years. As a sovereign…
Sep 17, 2021

Coast Guard works to contain Bodega Bay diesel spill

by Marc Albert
The Coast Guard continues monitoring conditions in Bodega Bay following a diesel fuel spill late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning at Spud Point Marina. As of Friday afternoon, officials said clean up efforts have concluded. No marine…
Sep 17, 2021

While summer surge slows, health officials urge vigilance

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's case rate has decreased by more than fifty percent from the peak of the delta surge in mid-August. And hospitalizations have also dropped to 51 patients from the peak of 84. While ICU numbers have also declined, there are still a…
Sep 17, 2021

Minimum wage to rise in Santa Rosa in January

by Marc Albert
Minimum wage workers in Santa Rosa will see a small bump in pay come January, as the second of several hikes takes affect. The slightly bigger paychecks are courtesy of Santa Rosa's city council which is raising the local minimum wage to $15.85 per…
Sep 16, 2021

Crews reduce wildfire risk while building better futures

by Mark Prell
Along the roads in and around Occidental, you'll hear the sound of chipper/shredders, chainsaws and weed trimmers. It's part of a state-funded project to create and maintain fire-safe pathways for residents who may need to evacuate from a wildfire.…
Sep 15, 2021

Ravitch routs recall

by Marc Albert
About 60 local politicos and supporters of Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch gathered at Teamsters Hall in Santa Rosa Tuesday night. But any fears of a nail-biter among attendees were swept away with the first results. Within minutes of…
Sep 14, 2021

Preliminary results point to landslide against DA recall

by Greta Mart
Preliminary election results have Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch with a big win so far. Over 100,000 local voters said 'no' to the effort to recall Ravitch. That campaign was funded by developer Bill Gallaher, and just under 25,000…
Sep 14, 2021

Sonoma County considers adopting home commercial kitchen program

by Tessa Paoli
Today Sonoma County's board of supervisors looked at adopting a statewide program allowing aspiring chefs to cook and sell food from home. The Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations, or MEHKO for short, was signed into state law in 2018. It allows…
Sep 10, 2021

Sonoma County DA write-in candidate Joe Castagnola

by Greta Mart
On the Sonoma County version of the Sept. 14 recall election ballot, voters are asked if they support the recall of District Attorney Jill Ravitch. If a voter opts for "yes," there are no names on the ballot of possible replacements. Instead there…
Sep 10, 2021

Local doctors say hospital patients continue to be younger and unvaccinated

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Dr. Chad Krilich, chief medical officer for Providence, which operates three hospitals throughout the county, said they saw a slight uptick in ICU patients earlier this week, and about half of the hospitals' ICUs were filled with COVID patients. "We…
Sep 10, 2021

Windsor town manager resigns

by Marc Albert
With Windsor still reacting to the potential return of former mayor Dominic Foppoli, more turnover is coming to town hall. City Manager Ken MacNab has announced his resignation, effective the end of the year. MacNab, 55, declined to return an email…
Sep 09, 2021

Sonoma County 75% vaccinated and COVID rate begins to stabilize

by Tessa Paoli
This week the county announced that 75 percent of all residents over 12 years old are fully vaccinated. And although COVID transmission is still widespread and driven by the delta variant, Supervisor David Rabbitt says cases are on a downward trend.…
Sep 09, 2021

Tanker trucks begin water deliveries to Mendo coast as wells dry up

by Marc Albert
Emergency water supplies are flowing, or more accurately rolling, out to thirsty residents along the Mendocino Coast, after officials approved a stop-gap measure. The first trucks hauling an estimated 5 million gallons of water a month left Ukiah…
Sep 08, 2021

Santa Rosa officials hope up-armored restroom will resist abuse, prove financially wise

by Marc Albert
There are no skylights, no heated seat or bidet. Nevertheless, Santa Rosa officials remain confident the city's new expensive public toilet will pay off. Plopped on Santa Rosa Avenue near the city's transit mall, the metal kiosk has some post-modern…
Sep 07, 2021

Arson suspected in slew of north Sonoma County brush fires

by Marc Albert, Greta Mart and Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County police and fire investigators continue to work on finding a cause for a string of suspicious fires that started Monday night. Between 8 and 10 p.m.,15 spot fires started burning along roadsides in Healdsburg, Geyserville and one in…
Sep 07, 2021

New voices confirm low income housing fraud charges

by Chris Lee
Press Democrat reporter Andrew Graham discusses his and Evan Varian's latest investigation with KRCB's Chris Lee. It adds evidence to the claims that state and county officials may not have explored all the evidence in a housing fraud charge against…
Sep 03, 2021

Filing hints at Northwest Pacific RR revival for coal trains

by Marc Albert
A filing with an obscure federal body suggests moves are underway to revive the old Northwestern Pacific Rail Road to deliver coal to conceptual port facilities in Arcata. Though few details have emerged, state Senator Mike McGuire is vowing to…
Sep 03, 2021

August had the highest COVID death rate since the winter surge

by Tessa Paoli
County officials reported nine additional deaths on Thursday, making August the deadliest month since last Winter's surge. There have been a total of 30 COVID-related deaths in August, just behind last February when 31 COVID deaths were reported.…
Sep 03, 2021

KRCB Converse: Epidemiologist on summer surge and fall forecast

by Tessa Paoli
UC Berkeley infectious disease specialist Dr. John Swartzberg walks us through the summer surge driven by the highly transmissible delta variant. Swartzberg also gives insight to what fall and winter may look like through back to school and flu…
Sep 03, 2021

Foppoli's quest baffling, stupefying Windsor

by Marc Albert
Resigned from office after alleged sex offenses, former Windsor mayor Dominic Foppoli filed initial papers for another run at the office, though there seems little enthusiasm among local residents. Despite the fact that none of the salacious…
Sep 02, 2021

Neighbors concerned as county again puts Chanate campus up for sale

by Marc Albert
A big chunk of Santa Rosa will be offered to the highest bidder Tuesday, as officials again try to off-load an abandoned 71-acre former hospital campus. Largely vacant since Sutter Health relocated seven years ago, the last sale attempt failed after…
Sep 01, 2021

Santa Rosa considers amending anti-harassment policy

by Marc Albert
Elected leaders in Santa Rosa met Tuesday to review the city's anti-harrassment policy, last updated five years ago. Officials say the current policy conforms with an updated state law, but Amy Reeve, director of human resources for the city, says…
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Sep 01, 2021

KRCB FireCast Resources

by Darren LaShelle
FireCast is a collection of the internet's best fire monitoring tools - all tuned for Sonoma County. The FireCast resource page is available on our website at krcb.org/firecast and on our free NorCal Public Media app. The app is available at in the…
Aug 31, 2021

New tech aiding Pacific coast fish census

by Marc Albert
Federal marine scientists are halfway through what they are calling their most ambitious and comprehensive fish census off the west coast. Conditions in the Pacific are looking pretty good. Since early June, the Reuben Lasker, a research ship…
Aug 31, 2021

Calling for micro grids to ease pains of preemptive blackouts

by Greta Mart
Pacific Gas and Electric is installing dozens of weather stations across Sonoma County to get real-time, localized data to anticipate and respond to wildfires, as well as working towards breaking up its electric grid into smaller pieces called…

Examining Georgia's prison conditions through the death of one man

The Department of Justice is investigating whether chronic understaffing at Georgia state prisons has led to increased violence and death among those…

The billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks buys a town

Mark Cuban last month purchased Mustang, Texas, all 77 acres, with a population of 23 people. He told the Dallas Morning News that he bought the town…

Her mother went missing 22 years ago. Now, she finds comfort in the past and future

The last time Carolyn DeFord, a member of the Puyallup tribe, saw her mother was in 1999. That's when Leona Kinsey, who raised DeFord in La Grande,…

Biden administration will resume 'Remain in Mexico' policy for asylum-seekers

NPR's A Martinez talks to Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, of the American Immigration Council, about the U.S., which was forced by a court order, to…

Airlines were beginning to recover from the pandemic, then Omicron showed up

The travel industry is bracing for another slowdown, or worse, as a new coronavirus variant spreads — leading many would-be travelers to think about…

As Oakland's murders rise, the mayor wants planned cuts to the police reversed

Homicides in many U.S. cities are up again this year after rising nearly 30% last year. We look at the impact of the spike in homicides and shootings…

News brief: omicron variant, border policy, Alec Baldwin interview

The omicron variant spreads in the U.S. The Trump administration's 'Remain in Mexico' policy will be re-starting. Alec Baldwin had his first TV…

Elle magazine says it will ban fur from its publications worldwide

Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and…

The final, anguished years of a warrior-scholar who exposed torture by U.S. troops

Retired Special Forces Maj. Ian Fishback graduated near the top of his West Point class, deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan, earned a Ph.D.…

California coronavirus updates: Status of COVID-19 vaccine mandate is still up in the air

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Status of COVID-19 vaccine mandate is still…

Infrastructure law set to boost Colorado's work tackling poverty and climate change

Colorado is trying to fight both poverty and climate change by retrofitting low-income homes. Now the state set to get a big boost from the new…

No end in sight for Major League Baseball lockout

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post about Major League Baseball's lockout and the ramifications it could have…

We may be one step closer to storing data in DNA

Researchers at Microsoft have developed a faster way to write data into DNA — a biological alternative to the bits on a hard drive.

The impact on Supreme Court rulings beyond abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler about the other Supreme Court decisions that could be…

How inflation affects low-income people

Low-income people are especially affected by inflation, economists say. While some are struggling with the rising prices of gas, food and rent, the…

With films 'Flee' and 'Encounter,' Riz Ahmed helps tell the stories of men on the run

Riz Ahmed has a pair of films opening this weekend — the sci-fi thriller Encounter in which he stars, and the documentary Flee, which he co-produced.

Corporate donations to agriculture schools can put educators in an awkward spot

Big agriculture schools have to rely more on corporate gifts to fund research as other sources have dwindled. While most gifts don't come with direct…

A prolific art thief got an incredible sentence

The only thing more incredible than Thomas Gavin's career as an art thief was the punishment he received for his crimes.

Here's what President Biden's winter COVID plan involves

President Biden announced his strategy to deal with COVID-19 throughout the winter months, including getting more people vaccinated and stepping up…

Scientists are combing through coronavirus samples to see how widespread omicron is

Scientists are scouring coronavirus samples for clues of the omicron variant. The U.S. is in a better position now than it was earlier to find the…

Can travel bans prevent the spread of new variants?

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Saad Omer about the effectiveness of travel bans now that the omicron variant has been discovered in the United…

Ireland's Sinn Féin leader on Brexit, cross-border relations and party goals

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin president and leader of the opposition in the Republic of Ireland, about Brexit and…

Biden administration says it will restart the Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will restart the "Remain in Mexico" policy. Officials promised "key changes" to the Trump-era…

Kellogg and its cereal workers union reach a tentative deal to end 2-month strike

The Kellogg Company and the union for roughly 1,400 of its cereal plant workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, ending a nearly…

Biden's new winter COVID plan will reimburse you for at-home tests

One of the new elements will be requiring private health insurers to reimburse people for buying home tests — just as they are currently required to…

Biden outlines a new plan to limit COVID surges this winter

One of the new elements will be requiring private health insurers to reimburse people for buying home tests — just as they are currently required to…

The 'Home Alone' house could be yours for a night

Calling all fans of Christmas movie classics: The iconic house from the 1990 film Home Alone will be available to rent on Airbnb for one night only…

The deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. 5 times in the back is charged with murder

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio sheriff's deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times was charged Thursday with murder in an encounter…

A ball for the 1st Black mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., is canceled over circus theme

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A ball planned for the first Black mayor of a major Florida city has been canceled amid concerns its circus theme was…

U.S. will resume 'Remain in Mexico' policy for asylum-seekers

SAN DIEGO — Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden…

California Failed to Protect Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke Under Biden's New OSHA Chief

Farida Jhabvala Romero | KQED President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the nation’s worker health and safety efforts largely failed in his previous job to…

Minnesota confirms an omicron case in a resident who traveled from New York City

Colorado health officials say the first case of the omicron variant has been detected in the state, marking the third confirmed case in the U.S.…

What we know about the young victims of the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan

Michigan's community of Oxford Township is mourning the loss of four young lives following a school shooting earlier this week. Tuesday's shooting at…

Michigan authorities consider charges against the school shooting suspect's parents

The parents of a teenager accused of killing four students and wounding seven others at a high school in Michigan this week could themselves face…

Manatees are starving in Florida, and wildlife agencies are scrambling to save them

In Florida, an ecological disaster has led to the deaths of more than 1,000 manatees. The large, slow-moving marine mammals graze on seagrass in…

Manatees are starving in Florida. Wildlife agencies are scrambling to save them

In Florida, an ecological disaster has led to the deaths of more than 1,000 manatees. The large, slow-moving marine mammals graze on seagrass in…

New Mexico State University students may use peanut butter to pay parking tickets

For this week only, students can pay the $35 fine in currency or in peanut butter. It has to be at least 80 ounces of peanut butter, and donations…

If you want your holiday package to arrive on time, here are the deadlines to know

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and while the holiday season may have snuck up on some of us, that doesn't mean your last-minute shipping…

Debt collectors can now text, email and DM you on social media

The next time someone tries to friend you on Facebook or follow you on Instagram, it could be a debt collector. New rules approved by the Consumer…

Latest Texas abortion law clamps down on abortions administered through pills

A new Texas law, in effect on Dec. 2, imposes new criminal penalties on prescribing the pills used in medication abortions via telehealth, and…

A Michigan student is charged as an adult in shooting at a high school

Prosecutors in Michigan charged a 15-year-old sophomore with terrorism and first-degree murder following a high school shooting that killed four…

We take a ride through Cincinnati's first drive-through Hanukkah lights display

While not a major Jewish holiday, Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. Cincinnati — the birthplace of Reform Judaism — is getting its first…

Ian Fishback's death spotlights the mental illness crisis suffered by veterans

Ian Fishback was a green beret who exposed torture by U.S. troops in Iraq. After serving four combat tours and earning a PhD in philosophy, Fishback…

Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec. Clarence Avant, is fatally shot

Police in Beverly Hills, Calif., are investigating the fatal shooting of Jacqueline Avant, a philanthropist and the wife of music legend Clarence…

Marcus Lamb, the Christian broadcaster who discouraged vaccines, dies from COVID-19

DALLAS — Marcus Lamb, CEO and founder of the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network who was outspoken against COVID-19 vaccines, has died…

How much will California redistricting shift political power?

By Sameea Kamal and Jeremia Kimelman, CalMatters Redistricting won’t change that California is a blue state. But it could decide just how blue it…

What it was like at the Supreme Court during Mississippi abortion case arguments

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Hillary Schneller, senior staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, who was in the courtroom for…

Law professor on his amicus brief in support of Mississippi overturning Roe v. Wade

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with O. Carter Snead, law professor at Notre Dame, about the legal standing for anti-abortion arguments at the Supreme Court…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings 2 dances made for the web to the stage

Like all performing arts organizations, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stopped giving in-person concerts in March 2020. During the pandemic,…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he won't be running for reelection

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican, says he won't run for a third term. Although he's one of the nation's most popular…

California coronavirus updates: First omicron variant case in nation detected in San Francisco

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates First omicron variant case in nation detected…

15-year-old charged in Michigan school shooting

Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old with murder, terrorism and other crimes in connection with Tuesday's school shooting in Michigan in which 4…

Public health messaging about omicron will be vital to curb conspiracy theories

Much is unknown about the omicron variant. Scientists are scrambling to gather information. But with the first case of omicron confirmed in the U.S.,…

How to find personal gifts without buying new during the holiday season

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with writer Annalise Griffin about her efforts to avoid buying anything new during the holidays.

As omicron spreads, vaccine inequity risks creating further variants

NPR's Ari Shapiro chats with Madhu Pai, a global health expert at McGill University, about the state of vaccine deliveries to Africa and the global…

'Colorization' explores the history of Black artists in Hollywood

A new book Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World unpacks the lens through which Black characters have been seen. Will…

Islamophobic comments are the latest racist rhetoric to come from fringe lawmakers

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., recently suggested Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was a suicide bomber. The Islamophobic comments are the…

An OBGYN Doctor on the Impact of Mississippi's abortion case

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Jamila Perritt, president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health, on what's at stake in the Mississippi…

1st case of the omicron variant in the U.S. has been reported in California

The first case of the omicron variant has been identified in the United States. The case occurred in a traveler who recently returned to California…

California has reported the first U.S. case of the omicron variant

The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., health officials said on Wednesday. The case was detected in a…

Authorities say a FedEx driver dumped hundreds of packages into an Alabama ravine

Suppose there's a supply-chain blockage, so you order your personal essentials and holiday gifts ahead of time. And let's say those packages made it…

A Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says she was recruited and abused when she was just 14

The jury in the federal sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell heard its first testimony Tuesday, including from a woman who says Maxwell and…

First US case of omicron variant detected in California

Watch live at 12:00 p.m. The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 was found in San Francisco last month, according to state and local health…

A 4th student has died in the Michigan high school shooting

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other counts for a shooting that killed four fellow…

15-year-old boy charged with murder, terrorism in Michigan high school shooting

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other counts for a shooting that killed four fellow…

Roe v. Wade's future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court

The right to an abortion in the United States appeared to be on shaky ground as a divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the fate of Roe…

California lawmakers vacate the Capitol annex, but lawsuits leave its future uncertain

A historic and expensive move years in the making is finally underway at California’s Capitol in downtown Sacramento. Lawmakers and staff are…

These women speak candidly about their abortions. Here's what they want you to know

Today the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a Mississippi case that could challenge Roe v. Wade, the case that set the precedent allowing…

After the 'Rust' movie set shooting, investigators look into the ammo supplier

Authorities in Santa Fe, N.M., are pursuing a new lead in the October Rust film shooting that left one cinematographer dead and the movie's director…

Michigan experiences its 4th COVID surge — the nation's highest case rate

Michigan has more COVID-19 hospitalizations than ever. This surge is coming at the same time hospitals are also getting hit with waves of non-COVID…

Police search for a motive in Tuesday's school shooting in Michigan

Authorities in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy is in custody and accused of killing three fellow students and injuring eight others at a high school…

Nashville's police academy moves to attract a more diverse force

Nashville police academy graduates are overwhelmingly white and male. A new recruitment approach that stresses real world scenarios over militaristic…

News brief: omicron variant, landmark abortion case, high school shooting

There is still not much known about the newest coronavirus variant. The Supreme Court considers the future of abortion in the U.S. In Michigan,…

Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade in historic arguments

An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and…

Listen live: Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade arguments

An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and…

Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade arguments

An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and…

Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade

An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and…

This Supreme Court case could make abortion more restricted across the U.S.

Outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinicin Mississippi on a typical morning, there's a steady stream of protesters trying to persuade…

This Mississippi clinic is at the center of the case that could end Roe v. Wade

Outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinicin Mississippi on a typical morning, there's a steady stream of protesters trying to persuade…

Democracy is declining in the U.S. but it's not all bad news, report finds

The United States has been labeled a "backsliding democracy" in a new report from the European think tank International IDEA. "I think for many of…

Democracy is declining in the U.S. but it's not all bad news, a report finds

The United States has been labeled a "backsliding democracy" in a new report from the European think tank International IDEA. "I think for many of…

With Federal Covid Sick Leave Gone, Workers Feel Pressure to Show Up at Work

By Rae Ellen Bichell Economists and public health experts alike say paid sick leave is an essential tool — like testing, masks and vaccines — in the…

CNN suspends Chris Cruomo over his role helping his brother

Documents show CNN's Chris Cuomo played an active role in helping former Gov. Andrew Cuomo deal with sexual misconduct allegations. The revelations…

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo over his role helping his brother

Documents show CNN's Chris Cuomo played an active role in helping former Gov. Andrew Cuomo deal with sexual misconduct allegations. The revelations…
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