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Jun 11, 2021

Drought so severe, even water 'royalty' could run dry within a month. 

by Marc Albert
Holders of the most senior water rights in the upper Russian River drainage, typically spared during shortages, could soon face a new reality. State water officials meeting Tuesday will get knee deep in a process that could force even those with the…
Jun 11, 2021

Sonoma County teens go the distance for climate change

by Tessa Paoli
Dozens of people, young and old, created an aisle to welcome the Sonoma County teens who have been walking hundreds of miles for the past two weeks to spread a message about the urgency of climate change. They are part of the Sonoma County hub of…
Jun 09, 2021

Despite recent setbacks, Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit is confident it can deliver

by Marc Albert
Just as its Larkspur station opened, making San Francisco commutes viable, half a world away, a mysterious ailment started sending people to hospitals. After an initial jump, ridership faltered, then plunged. "We just opened that segment in January…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One teacher gets through another abnormal school year

by Tessa Paoli
Samantha Kim is 25 and started teaching at Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa, right after she graduated from Sonoma State in 2017. She now teaches a combination class of fifth and sixth graders. “These kids are starting to form their own…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County to revisit ban on disposable food containers

by Tessa Paoli
The proposal for a county-wide ban on products containing polystyrene foam as well as non-recyclable and non-compostable items, like Styrofoam, isn't new. Six jurisdictions including Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor and Healdsburg have already adopted an…
Jun 08, 2021

Santa Rosa considers extending, weakening eviction protections

by Marc Albert
As Santa Rosa officials consider extending a COVID-related eviction moratorium, housing advocates worry changes will leave tenants with few real protections. The urgency proposal would extend protections beyond the end of June, but essentially roll…
Jun 07, 2021

Compost facility could be years away

by Marc Albert
Compostable trash will continue making a long haul out of Sonoma County for at least another year and a half, after a proposed local facility fell through. 100,000 tons. That's about the weight of 581 empty 747 jetliners---equivalent to how much…
Jun 07, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One mom's journey through distance learning

by Tessa Paoli
“Everybody knew James and they accepted him,” Larkin O’Leary, a mom and co-founder of the nonprofit Common Ground Society, said in a zoom interview last January. O’Leary’s seven-year-old son James started at Madrone Elementary School in 2019. She…
Jun 04, 2021

Newest Windsor council member on barriers to office

by Tessa Paoli
"People I was running against knew that the residents of Windsor are definitely interested in Rosa. But I thought they were doing anything and everything possible to keep me out of the council," Windsor City council member Rosa Reynoza said. Reynoza…
Jun 04, 2021

Sonoma County Drought Townhall Raises Fears

by Chris Lee
Two county supervisors hosted an online drought meeting June 3. Supervisors Hopkins and Gore presented some dire predictions from water experts and warnings for well owners. More from Chris Lee
Jun 03, 2021

Every drop counts in this year's historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
"Everyone’s water use matters, it all adds up. We are going to get through this drought drop by drop," Barry Dugan, Principal Program Specialist at Sonoma Water, said. "There's a lot of ways we can all reduce our water use." Two consecutive years of…
Jun 03, 2021

D.A. settles with MoviePass over bait & switch, fraud

by Marc Albert
Officers of a company offering deep discounts on movie theater seats, will pay $400,000 after the firm, MoviePass, descended into a legal drama of its own. Prosecutors, including Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, say numerous plot twists…
Jun 02, 2021

Fire risk danger growing, spreading

by Marc Albert
A fire season like no other seems to be developing, with the latest predictions from long range forecasters showing a convergence of ominous news. A normal June would seem lush by comparison. Typically, by late spring, vegetation would be drying,…
Jun 02, 2021

Windsor attempting to turn page on Foppoli

by Marc Albert
Windsor's town council will plot a course forward tonight, following the resignation of Mayor Dominic Foppoli in the face of sexual assault allegations. Several options are before the council Wednesday evening: set a special election for a new…
Jun 01, 2021

Clock ticking on recall with candidates yet to emerge

by Marc Albert
Candidates hoping to unseat Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch have about a month left to file their candidacies. Sonoma County voters will face two questions on a September 14th special election ballot. Whether to recall Ravitch, who has…
Jun 01, 2021

Hundreds of new apartments could rise in Santa Rosa

by Marc Albert
Part of California's big push to build more housing, plans for close to 400 new apartments go before Santa Rosa officials this evening If approved, the three separate proposals would build 371 apartments, 271 of them either meeting the definition of…
Jun 01, 2021

Pride celebrations begin in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Organizers from Sonoma County Pride raised the rainbow flag today on top of the Rosenberg building in downtown Santa Rosa. This kick-off to Pride month was extra special, after in-person events, like the annual parade, were done virtually last year.…
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May 27, 2021

State Lawmakers to Attorney General: Probe PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has asked for California Attorney General Rob Bonta to probe the spending and administration of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust. The request comes after a KQED investigation into overhead costs of the Trust, which…
May 27, 2021

Sonoma County to waive health fees for local businesses

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County small businesses forced to close during the pandemic now have access to $2.8 million in grant money. Nick Rodin took over Petaluma Tattoo a few months before shelter-in-place. The shop has struggled through the pandemic as a brand new…
May 26, 2021

Sonoma Water to revive old well during historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
A $400,000 plan is in motion to revive an old well as a way to conserve water during one of the worst droughts in Sonoma County's history. One of the three dormant wells that Sonoma Water owns, which were built in the late 1970's in the Santa Rosa…
May 26, 2021

PG&E settles Kincade suit with Sonoma County & cities

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County and four local cities will receive $31 million after settling with Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., over the 2019 Kincade Fire. The deal was announced this morning. KRCB's Marc Albert has the details... Announced a month after Sonoma…
May 26, 2021

Frustration and Tears as Paradise Turns out to Protest the PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
PARADISE, Calif. -- Teri Lindsay said she had no intention of speaking at a fire survivors’ rally that drew about a hundred people to the Skyway in Paradise Saturday. But as her daughter, Erika, stood by her side — tears streaming down the young…
May 25, 2021

County unveils new evac zones, maps

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County hopes new evacuation zones and maps will speed egress in an emergency. The maps chop unincorporated Sonoma County into 210 different zones. Incorporated cities have their own, though Sonoma and Windsor rely on the county's map. Misti…
May 24, 2021

Decades-old clergy abuse cases inching through courts

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County residents victimized decades ago by Catholic priests are still awaiting their day in court. Public outcry following a Boston Globe investigation--popularized by the movie Spotlight led California lawmakers... in 2019... to reopen the…
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May 21, 2021

Sonoma County shifts to pop-up vaccine clinics

by Tessa Paoli
So far, over half a million vaccine doses have been administered throughout the county, and local vaccine clinics have given out about a fifth of those doses. Because of that progress, most clinics will close down by the end of June and shift their…
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May 20, 2021

Regulations coming for winery events

by Marc Albert
credit: 'goingslo'A long-awaited plan to regulate events at Sonoma County wineries will go before the public next month, one of the final steps before facing the board of supervisors. Six and a half years in the making, the proposed ordinance won’t…
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May 20, 2021

Teens signing up for COVID vaccine in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Omé Gael Zúñiga, 14, getting vaccinated last Sunday at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. (Photo courtesy of Martín Zuniga) When eighth grader Omé Gael Zúñiga went to get his first shot last Sunday, he was prepared for the worst because he has a…
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May 19, 2021

Supes scrap cannabis plan; vow thorough process

by Marc Albert
May 19, 2021 - Under pressure from all sides, Sonoma County officials today decided unanimously to head back to the drawing board for a local cannabis ordinance. Following hours of aggrieved public testimony, the board of supervisors voted five to…
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May 19, 2021

COVID-19 restrictions to end next month

by Marc Albert
Barring a major outbreak of variants, Sonoma County, along with the rest of California, will end restrictions, including facial masks June 15. Although the county again missed benchmarks that would have bumped it into the least restrictive tier,…
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May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa to move forward on safe overnight parking sites

by Tessa Paoli
(photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr)This week Santa Rosa's city council discussed spending money on safe parking for unhoused people living in their cars, something advocates have suggested for years. The plan is to create an overnight safe…
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May 17, 2021

Officials awaiting word on emergency cutbacks to Russian River.

by Marc Albert
Governor Gavin Newsom and Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources ponder dried mud that should be deep beneath Lake Mendocino in this April 21, 2021 file photo, courtesy California DW Sonoma County officials are…
May 14, 2021

Help Us Investigate PG&E’s Power Lines

by Aaron Glantz and George LeVines/NPR, Lisa Pickoff-White/KQED, Chris Hagan/CapRadio, and KRCB’s Marc Albert
California’s public radio stations are investigating the safety of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s power lines ahead of wildfire season. We want your help. Email pictures of the lines in your area to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pacific Gas and Electric Company…
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May 13, 2021

State, insurers & homeowners cooperating to reduce fire risk

by Marc Albert
Image courtesy CalFireAs Sonoma County's fire season starts, state and local officials are pitching strategies and programs aimed at making homes more fire resistant. When fire rages out of control, few things survive. But smartly-built homes with…
May 13, 2021

Small uptick in cases keeps Sonoma County in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
Although the county was eligible to move into the yellow tier last week, a small increase in cases keeps Sonoma stuck in the second least restrictive orange tier for at least a couple more weeks, along with the majority of other Bay Area counties.…
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May 13, 2021

Each Sonoma County school district reopens differently

by Tessa Paoli
As state guidelines have shifted to allow schools to begin reopening, officials said nearly every district in Sonoma County is offering either hybrid or in-person learning. But each district is making their own decisions about how many days and…
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May 12, 2021

Fire season outlook suggests serious challenges ahead

by Marc Albert
Thirty wildfires have been contained or extinguished by CalFire since New Year’s Day. That’s six times the total on this date five years ago. There are signs that California could be in for a very trying summer. To learn what experts foresee, KRCB’s…
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May 12, 2021

Ominous signs suggest epic fire season on its way

by Marc Albert
On dry land that should be beneath Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties in April. Photo courtesy Calif. Department of Water ResourcesComing off back-to-back miserly rainy seasons,…
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May 07, 2021

Santa Rosa residents call for more police accountability

by Tessa Paoli
During this week’s special Santa Rosa city council meeting, spanning almost two full days, the public heard three reports interrogating Santa Rosa officers’ responses to the 2020 protests. They say Santa Rosa police used an unparalleled amount of…
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Apr 30, 2021

Context is important when choosing J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
Before the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused, Dr. Brian Prystowsky, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at Sutter Health in Santa Rosa, was excited about the one-dose shot. "I think that two weeks ago, I was primarily recommending Johnson and…
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Apr 29, 2021

Gripped by drought, California could face epic fire season

by Marc Albert
Standing on the dried out bed of what should be Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties April 21More than half of California has slipped into extreme drought, according to the federal drought…
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Apr 27, 2021

Sonoma County resumes use of J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
In accordance with recommendations by federal and state health officials, Sonoma County is once again distributing the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a two week pause. In a statement Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the vaccine is…
Apr 22, 2021

County holds its first COVID-19 briefing in Spanish

by Tessa Paoli
Instead of offering Spanish translations online during the meeting, like they’ve been doing for the past year, officials switched to Spanish as the primary language this week, with English translations available on Youtube. The change is an effort…
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Apr 22, 2021

Residents react to the Chauvin verdict

by Tessa Paoli
Photo of a Black Lives Matter Protest in 2020. (Photo by Adia White)Santa Rosa Jr. College student and activist Caitie Ferro cried when she first heard the news that Derek Chauvin was guilty of murder, and thought the dozens of marches she went to…
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Apr 22, 2021

Healdsburg ponders 'granny-flat' red tape, incentives

by Marc Albert
Ordered by Sacramento to encourage more so-called granny flats, Healdsburg has gone a step further in hopes of encouraging a mini building boom. Officials predict new, less onerous rules will spur more homeowners into becoming small-scale landlords.…
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Apr 16, 2021

Santa Rosa parents ask district to fully reopen

by Tessa Paoli
At least 250 parents in Santa Rosa city schools this week signed a letter asking the district to open full time, in accordance with the state’s updated reopening plan. On April 1st, the district began in-person instruction two shortened days a week…
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Apr 15, 2021

As vaccine eligibility opens, hesitation is the next hurdle

by Tessa Paoli
As of today, all adults in Sonoma County are eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s still a lot of hesitancy about whether to get the shot. Sonoma County has successfully vaccinated 36 percent of the adult population, and is…
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Apr 14, 2021

J&J pause slows down vaccinations of vulnerable residents

by Tessa Paoli
Because the new J&J vaccine didn’t arrive in the county until March, so far it only makes up about three percent of those administered. But the single-dose vaccine has been important in getting shots to unsheltered and homebound folks. Now, a few…
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Apr 13, 2021

Businesses have more options in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
After spending six months stuck in the state's most restrictive purple tier, Sonoma joined the majority of the Bay Area in the second least restrictive orange tier last week because of low COVID numbers in the county. Being in the orange tier means…
Apr 12, 2021

Windsor mayor under sex-crimes cloud

by Marc Albert
Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli is refusing to step down despite sex-crime allegations from half a dozen women, including a fellow city council member. An increasingly isolated Foppoli is rejecting calls to resign from just about every North Bay…
Apr 07, 2021

Sonoma County enters orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's virtual community COVID-19 briefing.Less than a month after moving out of the state’s most restrictive purple tier, the County made it into the more relaxed orange tier Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Governor Gavin…
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Apr 06, 2021

Health Fair vaccinates hundreds of residents

by Tessa Paoli
Art about the COVID-19 vaccine by Santa Rosa art nonprofit Raizes Collective at the Cesar Chavez Health Fair. People waited in line starting at 9 a.m. to get one of the 200 Moderna vaccines given out at last weekend’s Cesar Chavez Health Fair in…
Apr 01, 2021

Santa Rosa hands out weather radios to boost alert system

by Tessa Paoli
A NOAA Weather Radio. (photo courtesy of the City of Santa Rosa's website)Santa Rosa is boosting its ability to notify residents when a fire breaks out through weather radios. The battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio is common in the Midwest for…
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Mar 31, 2021

Sonoma County teens design quarantine mural

by Tessa Paoli
Santa Rosa-based art organization Artstart's Shelter in Place Mural. (photo courtesy of Jennifer Tatum). COVID has affected everyone, old and young. But for teenagers, being stuck at home has been especially challenging and often painful. That's why…
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Mar 29, 2021

COVID-19 easing, while vaccine distribution hits bottleneck

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert Improving data suggests vaccines are gaining the upper hand and COVID-19 related restrictions across Sonoma County may be eased as soon as next week. Yet troubling signs elsewhere suggest the pandemic is far from over. Among those 75…
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Mar 24, 2021

New Data Shows an Uptick in Fatal Drug Overdoses

by Tessa Paoli
COVID-19 numbers are on the decline after Sonoma County moved into the state’s red tier a week and a half ago, but communities are facing other types of loss since the start of the pandemic. Sonoma County’s made progress in keeping case numbers low…
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Mar 19, 2021

Abalone season cancelled, at least until 2026

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert With wild abalone populations decimated by a string of environmental setbacks, besides over-fishing. State officials reiterated Friday that recreational abalone fishing will be entirely forbidden this year. And that the fishery will…
Mar 19, 2021

Sonoma likely facing challenging drought

by Marc Albert
One of the driest winters on record locally, may cause serious water issues this summerBy Marc Albert The rainy season has hardly been generous. California’s two largest reservoirs are less full than they should be. While the statewide situation is…
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Mar 17, 2021

Sonoma County schools planning April return to campus

by Greta Mart
About 70,000 school students across Sonoma County are heading back to classrooms in April. So far, 47 schools across Sonoma County have the green light to reopen soon to a hybrid model, said county supervisor Susan Gorin. “A list of local schools…
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Mar 12, 2021

Covid Restrictions to Ease Sunday

by Tessa Paoli
As predicted, declining new COVID-19 infections and other metrics will allow Sonoma County to ease pandemic-related restrictions this weekend. KRCB's Marc Albert has our story: The County will move into the so-called ‘red tier’ from the more…
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Mar 12, 2021

The Power of Art for Vaccine Outreach

by Tessa Paoli
Advocates, artists, healthcare professionals and residents gathered in Santa Rosa's Roseland Neighborhood on Valentines Day to showcase and pass out art about the Vaccine. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Lopez) West County Health Centers hired Isabel…
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Mar 10, 2021

Some COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted as soon as Sunday

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert Sonoma County is on the brink of being able to lift some pandemic-related restrictions….as soon as this weekend. That could mean cinemas, gyms, museums, zoos, and restaurants could reopen, though none at full capacity. Orders limiting…
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Mar 10, 2021

Sonoma schools readying classrooms for resumption of classes

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County schools are preparing for students’ return to campuses. Credit: “Courtesy of SCOE With vaccines more available, cases waning and the ink dry on a 6.6 billion dollar state plan, Sonoma County schools are preparing to resume in-person…
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Mar 05, 2021

Santa Rosa Public Schools Plan Return To Classrooms April 1

by Tessa Paoli
Santa Rosa’s public school district and its teacher's union have agreed on a plan for getting kids back into classrooms on April 1. The tentative deal includes schedules, safety protocols and a timeline for teachers to access both​ doses of the…
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Mar 03, 2021

Inching closer to the red tier

by Tessa Paoli
Since August, Sonoma County’s been stuck in the state’s most restrictive tier in terms of COVID-19 recovery. But the possibility of opening up the economy a bit more is finally possible. Sonoma’s one of four Bay Area counties still in the purple…
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Mar 02, 2021

Santa Rosa Clears a Large Homeless Encampment

by Tessa Paoli
Dozens of people living in Santa Rosa’s largest homeless encampment were forced to pack up and leave Tuesday morning. It marks Santa Rosas’s second encampment clearance in the past week. Activists showed up before sunrise to protest the clearing of…
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Feb 26, 2021

County Postpones Vaccine Appointments Due to Scarcity

by Tessa Paoli
Next week, Sonoma County is suspending all first dose vaccine appointments due to supply shortage. But the county will keep second dose appointments for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Sonoma County has been allocated 7,680 doses for…
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Feb 24, 2021

The County is Nervous about Blue Shield's Vaccine Takeover

by Tessa Paoli
On March 7, Blue Shield of California will start administering Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout. The nonprofit insurer will take over the data collection and decide how many doses each provider receives. They’ll also streamline the sign-up process,…
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Feb 19, 2021

County Shifts Vaccine Priority to 65 and Up and Food Workers

by Tessa Paoli
On Monday, residents 65 and older, along with food manufacturing, grocery store and restaurant workers will be eligible for a vaccine at one of the county-supported clinics. Prioritization will be given to those with server illnesses, such as cancer…
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Feb 17, 2021

The County Still Faces a Vaccine Shortage

by Tessa Paoli
Two months into Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout, 19% of the adult population has received at least one dose. The county is keeping up with other Bay Area counties in vaccinating residents and has opened up dozens of clinics, but the biggest problem…
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Feb 10, 2021

The County Reaches for More Vaccine Data

by Tessa Paoli
Officials say Sonoma is administering vaccine doses at a faster rate than similarly sized counties. On February 10, officials announced the county has vaccinated nearly 50 percent of its residents who are 75 and older. But because of holes in…
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Feb 09, 2021

The County Compromises on Eviction Limitations

by Tessa Paoli
On February 9, Sonoma’s Board of Supervisors voted to place more limitations on evictions during COVID-19. The amendment limits evictions to extreme circumstances, like when landlords can prove their tenants pose an imminent threat or danger, or…
Feb 06, 2021

Sonoma County Extends Stay-At-Home Order

by mark prell
State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County. The move comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and ICU capacity for the larger Bay Area region remains below 15%. The order…
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Feb 03, 2021

The County Promises an Equitable Vaccine Rollout

by Tessa Paoli
Earlier this week Sonoma County reaffirmed its commitment to vaccinate the oldest seniors first, those 75 and older. Younger seniors were told to be patient, along with essential workers whose communities have been gravely affected by COVID-19. The…
Feb 03, 2021

What We Need to Know: COVID in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
What are the current county restrictions? Sonoma County is currently in the orange tier of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the second least restrictive tier and indicates that COVID-19 transmission is moderate. In the orange…
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Jan 31, 2021

Santa Rosa Nurses Demand Safe Staffing

by Tessa Paoli
UPDATE: Earlier this week California’s Department of Public Health halted the staffing waivers. The State says they will not accept any new applications and all approved waivers will expire February 8, unless a hospital can prove “unprecedented…
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Jan 27, 2021

Sonoma County Opens its First Clinic for Oldest Seniors

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is following the state’s guidance to prioritize seniors ages 75 and up in its vaccine rollout. While there’s progress and hope in the air, there’s also a lot of confusion and frustration about when and where people can actually get a…
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Jan 21, 2021

County Strategizes Reopening Schools

by Tessa Paoli
Covid-19 is rampant in Sonoma County and spreading faster than ever, which means kids are still stuck at home. While vaccines are being rolled out, the question about when kids will be able to go back to school is still up in the air. KRCB’s Tessa…
Jan 13, 2021

PBS Employee Makes Controversial Statements on Hidden Camera

by Darren LaShelle
Julian Wyllie of CURRENT news reports in a story entitled "PBS Distances Itself from Former Staff Attorney Ensnared in Project Veritas Sting," that Project Veritas, a group founded by conservative activist James O’Keefe, has released a video of a…
Dec 06, 2020

Understanding the New Regional Stay-At-Home Orders

by Darren LaShelle
Regional Stay Home Orders will go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability, and prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes most businesses and services except for critical infrastructure and retail, and…
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Nov 20, 2020

Radio Special: Democracy In Santa Rosa's First District

by Adia White
In 2020, for the first time, residents of Southwest Santa Rosa voted for a city council member to represent their community. The election gave more power to historically disenfranchised neighborhoods in Santa Rosa. How will decades of inequity be…
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Nov 11, 2020

Rohnert Park Welcomes Three New Council Members

by Adia White
Rohnert Park has three new city council members. The wins also mean there will be more diversity on what was formerly an all-white council. One of the newcomers is Jackie Elward who won against long-time council member Jake Mackenzie. KRCB News…
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Nov 09, 2020

‘She’s From Oakland!’ Photos Capture Bay Area Celebrations of Biden-Harris Win

by Adia White
By Anne Wernikoff November 8, 2020 In the corner of California where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris grew up and launched her political career, residents cheered, danced, honked horns, donned American flags and popped champagne to celebrate the…
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Nov 05, 2020

California Protects Homeowners From Having Fire Insurance Dropped — Again

by Adia White
By James Bikales November 5, 2020 As this year’s historic wildfire season winds down, Californians living in fire-prone territory got temporary relief from another threat: they can’t lose their homeowners’ insurance policies for another year.…
Nov 02, 2020

Slated For Deception? Beware of All Those Glossy Mailers Telling You How to Vote

by Adia White
By Ben Christopher, CalMatters Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 Amid the torrent of laminated campaign ads churning through the postal system this season, the slate mailer stands out as a perennial — and many say unseemly — California political tradition that…
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Oct 21, 2020

Election 2020: Results, Voter Guides and More

by Adia White
By NorCal News Staff Looking for election results? We've put together key resources to help you find the information you need past election night. Find local news updates, live updated results, and interviews with experts looking ahead. California…
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Oct 16, 2020

Santa Rosa Metro Chamber Hosts City Council Candidate Forum

by Adia White
NorCal News Team Oct. 16, 2020 At the end of September, the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber hosted a forum with city council candidates from districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Listen to the forum below. Participating candidates: Eddie Alvarez - District 1 Duane De…
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Oct 13, 2020

Annual State of the Latino Community Covers Gaps in Home Ownership

by Adia White
Sonoma County leadership organization, Los Cien, hosts an annual forum on the state of the Latino community. The topic this year was "Re-imagining Sonoma County Post Pandemic". Panelists focused on equity gaps in homeownership and how to fix them.…
Oct 02, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURES for Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2, 2020…

by mark prell
The following school districts are confirmed to be closed through Friday, October 2, due to fire threat and evacuation: Bennett Valley Union School District (no distance learning) Kenwood School District (no distance learning) Rincon Valley Union…
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Oct 01, 2020

Photojournalist Describes Monday Night's Firefight

by Adia White
Firefighters, law enforcement and others working to evacuate residents were all on the scene as the Glass fire made a fast run toward the city of Santa Rosa on Sunday night. Also out during those late hours was Erik Castro, a freelance…
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Sep 30, 2020

Evacuation Orders Lifted for Some Santa Rosa Neighborhoods

by mark prell
Cal Fire announced Tuesday at 3:15 pm, evacuation orders are lifted for the following areas in Santa Rosa: All of Summerfield All of Spring Lake Northeast 1 Northeast 3/Middle Rincon Certain parts of the Calistoga-South/Skyhawk communities: west and…
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Sep 29, 2020

Sonoma County Learns From Past Botched Care Home Evacuations

by Adia White
Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has led the outreach effort to ensure that residents are getting the mental health support they need. She’s also been working to ensure that those housed at care facilities are evacuated safely and with ample…
Sep 29, 2020

Watch Cal Fire and Sonoma County's Glass Fire Updates

by Adia White
Sonoma County and Cal Fire host a joint press conference on the Glass Incident every evening at 5 p.m. Watch the press conferences here at 5 p.m. or on our facebook page @norcalpublic. . This article will update with the most recent press conference…
Sep 29, 2020

Sonoma County Glass Fire Evacuation Map: Updated Live

by Adia White
Monitor evacuation warnings and orders for the Glass Fire burning in Sonoma County. Please note that the map below is typically updated 15- 20 minutes after a Nixle evacuation alert is sent out. Sign up for Nixle by texting your zip code to 888-777.…
Sep 11, 2020

Sonoma County Supervisors Vote on 2020-2021 Budget

by Adia White
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is expected to finalize the county’s 2020-2021 budget today. Supervisors faced a 46-million-dollar deficit and spent Wednesday discussing where to make cuts. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Board Chair Susan Gorin…
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Sep 02, 2020

Conversations on Race Series Addresses Policy Reform (Aired: September 3, 2020)

by Adia White
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County has been hosting weekly conversations to discuss racism in our community. In Monday’s conversation, CAP's Communications Manager, Marcus Clarke, spoke with Sheba Person-Whitley, Executive Director of the…
Sep 02, 2020

Could Strong DAs Be a Solution to Police Accountability?

by Steve Mencher
Editor's Note: Solutions Journalism is a way of looking at problems and issues with an eye toward uncovering and explaining ways that communities have moved toward solving those problems. Find out more here. Driven by community input, our current…
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Aug 28, 2020

The West Is Burning, So California Struggles To Find Help Fighting Its Wildfires

by Adia White
BY JULIE CART , CALMATTERS AUGUST 28, 2020 California’s wildfire resources are the envy of the world: It owns the most extensive fleet of firefighting aircraft, and the largest and best-equipped crews. Yet, already this year, CalFire can’t keep up…
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Aug 27, 2020

Kaiser Begins Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial in Northern California

by Adia White
Northern California residents can now join the efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Kaiser Permanente began recruiting participants for an advanced clinical vaccine trial at the beginning of August. Dr. Nicola Klein, Director of the Kaiser…
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Aug 26, 2020

Crew Shortage Reveals California's Reliance on Incarcerated Firefighters

by Adia White
California’s efforts to fight destructive fires across the state were hampered this year by an unexpected circumstance. Coronavirus precautions made inmate crews a less reliable source of labor. This system has long been criticized, as their pay…

Maryland Repeals State Song That Called Lincoln A 'Tyrant'

Enlarge this image A Maryland state flag waves near the Statehouse in Annapolis. Maryland has decided to

Pervis Staples, Founding Member Of The Staple Singers, Dies At Age 85

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Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters Among Those Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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For Twin Cities Rapper Nur-D, Another Step Forward

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Musician Hopes Song 'Cootie Shot' Will Help Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Children ages 12 to 15 have been approved to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pierce Freelon, a children's musician, hopes to encourage more kidsto get…
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You Can Now Enter The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

YouTube If you're an unsigned musician who has always dreamed of playing a Tiny Desk concert, you're in luck: Starting today, you can enter the 2021…

Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 86

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Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 88

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Taylor Swift Makes Cameo On High School Students' Year-End Exam

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Lloyd Price, Singer And Early Rock Influence, Dies At 88

Enlarge this image Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony,
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Nancy Wilson's Solo Album Isn't Copying Heart's Signature Sound

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were the core of the group Heart. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to guitarist Nancy Wilson about her career in music, and her…

Ed Ward, Rock Critic And Historian, Dead At 72

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Announcing The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

YouTube Every year, we ask unsigned artists to send us their songs. These artists invite us into their communities and spaces — their buildings and…

5 Facing Charges Over Shooting Of Lady Gaga's Dog Walker And Theft Of French Bulldogs

Enlarge this image Lady Gaga, pictured 2019 Academy Awards. Los Angeles police announced on Thursday that they

Money Mark, Beastie Boys Keyboardist, Has A Timeless Reminder

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Dawn Richard Joined NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Second Line'

YouTube The Listening Party is over, but you can watch the album stream and conversation for the next 72 hours. Join us in an online listening party…

Dawn Richard Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Second Line'

YouTube Join us in an online listening party for Dawn Richard's Second Line. With WNXP's Jewly Hight in the host chair, we'll feature a live…

Bob Fass, Free-Form Radio Pioneer, Dies At 87

Enlarge this image Bob Fass, longtime radio host for WBAI, died Saturday. His show, Radio Unnameable, aired
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Driessen's Latest Project Results From His Experiences Around The World

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with musician Casey Driessen about his latest project Otherlands: A Global Music Exploration. Besides recordings,…

Shock G, Leader Of Hip-Hop's Digital Underground, Dies At 57

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Black Rob, Former Bad Boy Records Rapper, Dies At 52

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Les McKeown, Singer For Bay City Rollers, Dies At 65

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International Jazz Day's Global Celebrations Are On, And Again Online

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Musician Distracts Himself During 1st Time Paragliding

The man in Turkey, to combat nervousness, brought along his violin — playing away as he soared through the sky. It's safe to say he conquered his…

Hundreds Of Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Poised To Win Payout In Class-Action Suit

Enlarge this image Billy McFarland, pictured leaving federal court in March 2018, was sentenced to six years

Oath Keepers Member Is 1st To Plead Guilty In Capitol Riot Investigation

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Sonny Simmons, Fiercely Independent Alto Saxophonist, Dies at 87

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The Rhymes And Reasons Behind Re-Recording Your Own Classics

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Sharon Van Etten Joined NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Epic Ten'

YouTube The Listening Party is over, but you can watch the album stream and conversation in the video above for the next 72 hours. Join NPR Music,

Sharon Van Etten Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Epic Ten'

YouTube Join NPR Music, Sharon Van Etten and Shamir in an online listening party for Van Etten's newest, epic Ten. The album includes her original…

Lovely Songs From The Big Hold, Inspired By Bureaucracy

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Film Composer Hans Zimmer Turns To Creating Ringtones

Zimmer, known for scoring films like Inception and Dunkirk, worked with Chinese phone maker Oppo to offer two unique ringtones along with music for…
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Rapper DMX Is On Life Support At New York Hospital After A Heart Attack

News of DMX's condition prompted an outpouring of prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick…
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Rapper DMX Is On Life Support At New York Hospital After Heart Attack

News of DMX's condition prompted an outpouring of prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick…

Rapper DMX On Life Support Following Heart Attack

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Bonnaroo Announces Lineup For 2021 Festival In September

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Akron Plans 'Devo Day' For April 1. Is It An April Fools' Joke?

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Michael Milosh Of Rhye Accused Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence By Ex-Wife

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Historic 'St. Louis Tinfoil' Added To National Recording Registry

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Composer Malek Jandali Considers Syria's Civil War, A Decade On

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NYC Mayor Promises To Help Broadway Re-Open By September

Enlarge this image A sign of the "Hamilton" marquee at New York City's Richard Rogers Theater on Mar. 12, 2021, commemorating Broadway's

NYC Mayor Promises To Help Broadway Reopen By September

Enlarge this image A sign of the "Hamilton" marquee at New York City's Richard Rogers Theater on Mar. 12, 2021, commemorating Broadway's

Bach's Favorite Instrument You've Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

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'Last Soul Company' Details The Story Of Malaco Records

A new book chronicles the history of Malaco Records, the oldest continuously run independent record label in America, and one of the biggest gospel…
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Join NPR Music's Listening Party For Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders' 'Promises'

YouTube Join us in an online listening party for Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders' new collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, Promises.…

A Grandson's Gift — A Spotlight — For His Grandfather's WWII Band

Enlarge this image Jason Burt, of Clarksburg, Calif., got help from Grammy award-winning sound engineers to digitize and prepare recordings of his

Paul Jackson, Headhunters Bassist Who Played With Herbie Hancock, Dies At 73

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Music Streaming Giants To Pay $424 Million In Royalty Fees

Streaming has revolutionized the music business, including how songwriters get paid. Now the 20 biggest streaming platforms have been ordered to pay…

'The Island We Made': Lip-Sync Opera And High Drag Sing An Ode To Mothers

Enlarge this image Sasha Velour stars in The Island We Made, an opera composed by Angélica Negrón and filmed in a mid-century

James Levine, Former Met Opera Music Director, Is Dead At Age 77

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For Rapper Drake, It Really Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Drake recently released Scary Hours 2, a mini-album with three songs on it, and those songs all debuted in the top-three spots of the Billboard Hot…
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Most Grammys Per Single Lady — Beyoncé's 28th Win Sets A New Record

With a total of 28 wins, Beyoncé broke the record for the most Grammys of any woman or any singer at this year's awards.

Escapism, Not Escape, At A Grammy Night Defined By Exceptions

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Grammys 2021: 10 Takeaways From A Big, Weird Night

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2021 Grammy Awards: Beyoncé Makes History, Billie Eilish Wins 2 Big Awards

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Yo-Yo Ma Celebrates 2nd Vaccine Dose With Solo At Clinic

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Beyoncé Reigns And Billie Eilish Repeats At 2021 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé (left) and Megan Thee Stallion, who each won three awards at the 2021 Grammy Awards, accept trophy for best rap performance
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2021 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Winners

The complete list of winners of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, presented on March 14, 2021, is below. The 2021 Grammy Awards will be handed out…

2021 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Nominees And Winners

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With A Long-Awaited Shot At Freedom, Mac Phipps Has His Eyes On The Future

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Shuttered Venue Grants Are Coming In April, After A Long Wait

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Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

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Performance Venues Wait For Aid From Earlier COVID-19 Relief Measure

A bailout for live music and other event venues passed in the last relief bill. But one month after applications were scheduled to launch, they have…

With Her Recording Series 'Rising Sun,' Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

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On 'Plugs I Met 2,' Benny The Butcher Is Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud, Up Front

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Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder, Dead At 73

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Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

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Ex-Collaborators For Squirrel Nut Zippers Reunite For New Music

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Dolly Parton Sings The Benefits Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccination

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Song From 'Les Misérables' Has A Long History In Pro-Democracy Movements

In Myanmar, protesters have adopted the song — "Do You Hear The People Sing?" — from the musical Les Misérables, as a rallying cry against the…

Bunny Wailer, Iconic Reggae Singer And Wailers Co-Founder, Has Died At Age 73

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Ralph Peterson Jr., Drummer Who Re-Enlivened Hard Bop, Dead At 58

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Vijay Iyer And A New Trio Reflect On The 'Uneasy' Past And Present

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Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

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Why is 104.9 becoming an NPR station?

104.9 FM has been purchased by Northern California Public Media. The former KDHT is now KRCB FM. The frequency has been changed, by permission of the FCC, from a commercial station to a non-commercial station. NorCal Public Media wanted to acquire a larger, more powerful radio frequency, and Amaturo Sonoma Media Group was willing to sell 104.9 to NorCal Public Media.

Why did KRCB need another signal?

The former KRCB FM Radio 91 signal covers a very small area, and only a portion of Sonoma County. KRCB FM listeners have made it clear over the decades that what they wanted most from KRCB was to expand the geographic reach and signal strength of the public media news and music service. Over the course of two years, NorCal Public 



KRCB 1049 radio logoBrowse around our site and you'll see a few ways you can join in the effort to make KRCB 104.9 a great community radio station for Sonoma County. You can record a message that we play on-air, give us some new ideas, and keep abreast of what we're doing. New ways to engage with us our coming soon.
But there's an old fashioned one that's really important to us: become a member! We're making a big commitment to serving Sonoma County better, and while we really do want you to listen, and participate, helping pay for all of this would be really helpful too! Any amount helps, and we've got lots of cool gifts including some great CDs curated by our DJ Doug Jayne.
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“Sonoma County Baby” began in 2013 as a way to connect new Sonoma County mothers with the history of the county. In cooperation with Sutter Health, a nice book was published that featured the stories of several dozen Sonoma County families, describing how they each came to Sonoma County. The book was given to new moms. The project’s website is here: http://sonomacountybaby.com/.
Now, we want to put stories like this on KRCB-FM, Sonoma County’s NPR station. How and when did your family come to Sonoma County? Does your story include some old Sonoma County landmarks that some of us might remember? What was interesting about it? Finding the interesting part is important! These recording are all short, less than a minute or under 100 words. That’s not enough time to tell the whole story—just the highlights. Here's a sample script that’s about the right length. Click "Read More" to hear what others have submitted.
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Be on KRCB 104.9...answer this month's "Talk to Me" question: What does Sonoma County need that it doesn't already have? 
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Listen to the Sonoma County Birdwatch!

fullerThroughout the week, we play short segments about what birds are out in Sonoma County and what they sound like, from Harry Fuller. Harry spent his working career as a TV and Internet newsman in the Bay Area.  He’s been leading bird trips and writing about birds for thirty years.  He has written three natural history books: Freeway Birding, I-5 San Francisco to Seattle; San Francisco’s Natural History, Sand Dunes to Streetcars; Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon & Washington. He blogs regularly about birds: atowhee.blog.  And he frequently leads birding trips on the Pacific Coast. Check him out at http://www.towhee.net/.

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