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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…
Aug 27, 2021

Weather service predicting continuing drought, water agencies contemplating solutions

by Marc Albert
Long range weather forecasts don't see drought-busting storms on the horizon, and local water agencies are starting to brace for the worst. If you've been following the drought intensify for two years, the words of Brad Puig, a meteorologist with…
Aug 27, 2021

Weather stations helping PG&E forecast fire danger

by Marc Albert
Utility Pacific Gas & Electric says it has installed hundreds of weather stations, including dozens locally, to help anticipate fire danger and reduce preventative blackouts. Just off 101 at River Road, under a canopy of wires near hulking…
Aug 27, 2021

Fire prep, recovery program launched at SRJC

by Marc Albert
Instructors are hired and students enrolled as Santa Rosa Junior College launches a wildfire resiliency program. Launched with half a million dollars from the county's PG&E settlement, officials at SRJC say the program teaches strategies to prevent…
Aug 26, 2021

Supes considering Styrofoam prohibition

by Marc Albert
Following a largely symbolic county supervisors vote Tuesday, an ordinance taking shape here in Sonoma County could ban Styrofoam. A vote could come as soon as next month to take affect January 1st. Promoted as environmentally friendly, the proposal…
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Aug 25, 2021

Housing fraud allegations raise questions

by Chris Lee
Local developer Bill Gallaher and his companies have been accused of housing fraud. That's one takeaway from a series of stories by Press Democrat reporters Ethan Varian and Andrew Graham. The charges stem from a wrongful termination suit that is…
Aug 25, 2021

Housing in high demand as county opens lottery for affordable units

by Marc Albert
The mailbags at Sonoma County's Housing Authority have been particularly full in recent days. Housing Director Martha Cheever said they've received more than 600 applications since opening a wait list for affordable three bedroom units last week.…
Aug 23, 2021

Santa Rosa ped overpass clears hurdle, would pair with proposed SMART crossing

by Marc Albert
With a bit more than half the money assembled for a highway crossing talked about for two decades, Santa Rosa officials are confident they'll quickly find the rest. If built, cyclists and those on foot wouldn't feel like they're playing chicken with…
Aug 23, 2021

Concerns raised as Sonoma County considers 'micro-restaurants'

by Marc Albert
With a statewide law letting people sell certain homemade foods considered a success, there's a push to allow budding home chefs to open their homes to diners. Already in place in a handful of California counties, some on a trial basis, the rules…
Aug 20, 2021

Young Sonoma County 'promotores' help their communities through emergencies

by Tessa Paoli
“Having the youth at the center of this work is really key,” said Latino Service Provider’s director of programs Stephanie Manieri. “To make sure that our community feels that the information that is being presented is coming from trusted people and…
Aug 20, 2021

This Santa Rosa Teacher centers social justice in her classroom

by Tessa Paoli
Samantha Kim teaches sixth grade at Santa Rosa's Steele Lane Elementary School. On the first day of school, Kim assigned self-portraits. “As I was watching the kids color I was like, oh my gosh some of these kids are only using orange, yellow or…
Aug 19, 2021

Sonoma County increases COVID-19 testing as cases remain high

by Tessa Paoli
The demand for testing in Sonoma County has increased 60 percent in the past month as cases of the highly transmissible delta variant soar. And local physicians like Dr. Jenny Fish have witnessed how hard it's been for patients to get tests promptly…
Aug 18, 2021

What's new with the delta variant? One expert explains

by Tessa Paoli
KRCB's Tessa Paoli talks with UC Berkeley infectious disease and vaccine expert Dr. John Swartzberg to understand where we stand with the highly transmissible delta variant and how we can protect ourselves. Part I: Part II:
Aug 17, 2021

Why Offshore Winds in August Raise Alarms

by Chris Lee
National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Garcia talks with KRCB's Chris Lee about the dangerous weeks between seasonal offshore winds (that are coming sooner) and the season's first rains (which are coming later). Fires, he says, are essentially…
Aug 17, 2021

Sonoma County requires county employees to get vaccinated or tested

by Tessa Paoli
Today’s decision adds more than 4,000 county workers to the list of public facing employees that must either show proof of vaccination or get tested weekly. Police, firefighters and school staff were already required. Today's move by the board of…
Aug 16, 2021

Medical Experts optimistic right precautions can protect local kids

by Tessa Paoli
Safety in the classroom has been a big topic this summer as schools across the county return to full-time, in person instruction. UC Berkeley Infectious disease specialist Dr. John Swartzberg said, with the highly transmissible delta variant, more…
Aug 13, 2021

Sonoma County covid cases continue rising, impacting local hospitals

by Tessa Paoli
COVID cases and hospitalization rates remain high in Sonoma County due to the emergence of the highly transmissible delta variant. And the surge is impacting local hospitals. Dr. Chad Krilich, the chief medical officer for Providence St. Joseph…
Aug 12, 2021

Following state mandate, Sonoma County's school staff will need to show proof of vaccination or weekly testing

by Tessa Paoli
For many school districts throughout the county, today is the first day of full-time, in-person instruction since March 2020. And before Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement this week about the vaccine requirement and weekly testing for those not…
Aug 11, 2021

Despite curtailment order, water still vanishing

by Marc Albert
Despite a week-old curtailment order, water levels in the upper Russian River remain stubbornly low. KRCB's Marc Albert reports. Since the end of July, operators of the Coyote Valley Dam at Lake Mendocino have sent 115 cubic feet per second down the…
Aug 10, 2021

Sonoma County schools are back to a sense of normalcy this fall

by Tessa Paoli
This year's back-to-school throughout the county resembles a more normal year, with full-time, in-person instruction and full class sizes. “With the elimination of social distancing, we no longer have to have smaller classes,” said Sonoma County…
Aug 10, 2021

Wastewater conundrum sparking west county controversy

by Marc Albert
Neighbors are suing to block a sewage transfer station north of Sebastopol, arguing Sonoma Water and other agencies swept environmental concerns under the rug. Currently, sewage from the small west county town of Occidental is trucked 18 miles to a…
Aug 06, 2021

Much local progress on carbon emissions, more left to do

by Marc Albert
While the nation and world bickers about climate change, Sonoma County at least has been making headway. Statistically, the gains are fairly impressive. We're a bit late, but Sonoma County is meeting targets established by the 1997 Kyoto…
Aug 06, 2021

More COVID recovery aid available for small businesses; nonprofits

by Marc Albert
Another round of emergency funding will start becoming available to small businesses next month after California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate announced additional funds became available. Non profits, cultural institutions, and sole…
Aug 05, 2021

Sonoma County tells emergency personnel get vaccinated or tested weekly

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is now requiring vaccine proof or weekly tests for its four thousand firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical service workers and disaster shelter staff, starting September first. This health order expands on last week's…
Aug 05, 2021

Railroad crossing impasse may be heading for resolution

by Marc Albert
According to some neighbors, the train that was supposed to weave the north bay together has instead chopped a community in two. Instead of a quick jaunt across the tracks, those on foot must walk nearly a mile via Guerneville Road to cross. As a…
Aug 03, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: the pandemic through the eyes of a local ICU nurse.

by Tessa Paoli
“I don't think a single medical team member will come through this and say that their life has not been forever changed,” said Andrea Nofi, a clinical staff nurse at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. Nofi has been an emergency medical technician,…
Aug 03, 2021

In water emergency, Healdsburg residents ponder if everyone is doing their share

by Marc Albert
While California's housing crisis is prompting a lot of construction, where is the water for all those new homes and hotels going to come from? That was among the questions facing the Healdsburg council Monday night, one of Sonoma County's most…
Aug 03, 2021

Red Cross calling for blood donations to alleviate shortage

by Mark Prell
The American Red Cross says there is a blood shortage across the country, and that it needs thousands of donations a day just to meet current demand. “We're experiencing a severe blood shortage because the number of trauma cases, organ transplants,…
Aug 03, 2021

No more water to support water rights along the Russian River

by Mark Prell
Unprecedented drought conditions have forced state water regulators to take the drastic step of officially suspending water rights along the Russian River. Sam Boland-Brien with the state water board said conditions have continued to worsen in the…
Aug 03, 2021

Will mask mandate drastically change local behavior?

by Marc Albert
Prior to the new announcement, crowds seemed ready to mingle as bands played and beer poured last Thursday evening at the Barlow, a commercial development in Sebastopol. On Friday a cook at a nearby Thai restaurant, who declined to provide their…
Aug 02, 2021

Sonoma County reinstates indoor mask mandate

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County, along with six other Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley, has re-instated a mask mandate for all indoor work settings and public spaces. The decision comes less than a week after state officials recommended all people,…
Aug 02, 2021

Additional aircraft join CalFire roster, with more on the way

by Marc Albert
A dozen extra firefighting planes and helicopters joined CalFire last week. Each has taken to the air since in what's shaping up as California's worst fire year ever. The air assets, a mix of planes and choppers, aren't exactly new, but state…
Jul 30, 2021

Local pediatrician talks trust, listening and collaboration to overcome vaccine hesitancy

by Tessa Paoli
Dr. Brian Prystowsky is a pediatrician at Sutter Santa Rosa and has spent the last decade talking to concerned parents about vaccines. When the pandemic hit, Prystowky started collaborating with doctors, outreach workers, businesses and artists to…
Jul 30, 2021

Local Ag group urges state financial aid as drought slams farming

by Marc Albert
About two dozen small farmers gathered on a withered field on Santa Rosa's edge Wednesday, hoping to pressure state officials for financial relief. "We don't know when our well is going to say 'no' can't take this drought anymore," said Yael…
Jul 29, 2021

Supervisors pursuing big move; thounsands of county jobs could be transferred to downtown Santa Rosa

by Marc Albert
Saying it is time for the county to walk it's own talk, the Sonoma County board of supervisors have agreed to consider relocating most county offices to downtown Santa Rosa. With deferred maintenance on its more than half-century-old campus…
Jul 28, 2021

County vows major outreach efforts to assure federal COVID relief cash is equitably distributed

by Marc Albert
Though decisions won't be final before December, elected officials are moving forward with a strategy to ensure people, businesses and groups often overlooked get a fair share of $96 million in federal funds Sonoma County has or will receive. While…
Jul 27, 2021

"COVID isn't done with us," cases continue to rise in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's overall daily case rate has risen to three times where the county was a couple months ago. Case rates are more than four times higher among unvaccinated people. And new cases are disproportionately high among Latinx and Black…
Jul 27, 2021

Sonoma County grapples with new mask recommendation

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County, along with six other Bay Area counties, has gone back to recommending all people, vaccinated or not, wear masks indoors because of the highly transmissible delta variant. Sonoma County COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than doubled…
Jul 26, 2021

Despite pandemic, hundreds do their part for new Santa Rosa mural

by Tessa Paoli
The pandemic hasn't slowed down Santa Rosa-based youth art organization ArtStart. In late March lead artists and young students painted a quarantine-themed mural in downtown Petaluma. And now the group is finishing up a second mural in a…
Jul 23, 2021

Local coalition calls for safety and respect for Sonoma County farmworkers

by Tessa Paoli
A local coalition called North Bay Jobs with Justice is leading the campaign for farmworker safety and respect during wildfires. And it started with intensive interviews with farmworkers about their needs. “As an organization, this work is worker…
Jul 21, 2021

New PG&E CEO vows to bury thousands of miles of power lines

by Marc Albert
In a dramatic shift, Pacific Gas & Electric Company has announced a new effort to bury powerlines underground in coming years. The company said, since 2018, it has completed demonstration projects aimed at converting overhead power lines to…
Jul 21, 2021

Sonoma County eyes further constraints on vacation rentals

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is a tourist destination for people from all over. But it's also a place with unpredictable, severe weather and a lack of affordable, permanent housing. "People are increasingly being priced out," Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said. "We are…
Jul 21, 2021

Loan fund pitched to speed housing construction

by Marc Albert
A multi-million-dollar revolving loan fund for housing construction will likely move a bit closer to reality Tuesday evening, as Santa Rosa officials work on finalizing agreements. If all goes smoothly, over the next four or so years, the funds…
Jul 19, 2021

PG&E opts to remove downed trees left behind

by Marc Albert
Pacific Gas and Electric has abruptly changed course and will remove logs burnt and cut down in 2019 and 2020 in Sonoma county. The giant Northern California utility has had an on-again, off-again policy concerning wildfire-damaged trees cut down by…
Jul 19, 2021

Wetlands improvements coming to Sears Point

by Marc Albert
A new phase of a wetlands restoration project is set to get underway at Sears Point in August. The 1,000 acre project, fallowed grazing land once eyed for a casino, is instead creating habitat for shorebirds, a refuge for salmon smolts and other…
Jul 17, 2021

How do COVID breakthrough infections occur? One expert explains

by Tessa Paoli
COVID numbers have doubled in Sonoma County this month and this week there has been a reported outbreak at Santa Rosa's Samuel Jones Hall Homeless Shelter, where over half the residents tested positive and almost half of those were fully vaccinated.…
Jul 15, 2021

Do your part." Coffey Park residents plead with city to complete fire recovery

by Tessa Paoli
More than 70 residents of Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood asked the council to spend the $27 million PG&E settlement money fixing streets damaged in the fire. Because FEMA denied the city's request to repair damaged sidewalks, these funds…
Jul 15, 2021

Ravitch recall floundering as no challengers emerge

by Marc Albert
The campaign fliers keep landing in local mailboxes, but unlike the gubernatorial recall, there aren't dozens of colorful characters angling to seize the office of county district attorney. "Interestingly enough the deadline for the district…
Jul 13, 2021

Despite improvements since Tubbs Fire emergency notifications remain imperfect

by Marc Albert
One of the most glaring lessons from the Tubbs Fire was the failure to warn those in its path. Concerned that blanket alerts would cause massive traffic jams, officials hesitated. The results were tragic. Much work has been done in the close to four…
Jul 09, 2021

Outrage, finger-pointing as redwoods fall to chainsaws

by Marc Albert
Even as firefighters fan out across California to battle new blazes, crews are still working in areas burnt in last year's fires. Along Mill Creek Road west of Healdsburg, where the Walbridge fire left devastation, there's also plenty of…
Jul 09, 2021

Local environmentalists call for reassessment of forest management

by Marc Albert
As local fire prevention and mitigation efforts race against collective fear of a season of flame, members of the Sonoma County environmental community are calling for priorities to be reassessed. After a century of fire suppression, authorities…
Jul 08, 2021

Petitioning for farmworker rights in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
North Bay Jobs With Justice is a growing coalition of 32 labor and community organizations working on economic, racial and climate justice. The group is circulating a public call to enhance protections for farmworkers ahead of late summer harvests…
Jul 08, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations rise in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's current case rate is fluctuating between five and six cases per 100,0000 residents, increasing from four on June 15. And Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says unvaccinated, young people make up the majority of new cases. "Yes I'm…
Jul 06, 2021

Sonoma County launches river revitalization project

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County and the Russian River Confluence launched a revitalization project to improve the health of the river this summer. The idea is to collaborate with organizations, businesses, residents and visitors to all be good stewards of the beloved…
Jul 02, 2021

A rise in COVID hospitalizations across Sonoma County concerns local doctors

by Tessa Paoli
Countywide, there are currently 33 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The average number of COVID hospitalization rates has almost doubled from last week. And so have the number of patients admitted to the ICU. “For a week or two it was really…
Jul 02, 2021

Film delves into 2013 Lopez case; 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy killed by Sonoma County deputy

by Marc Albert
Nationwide outrage following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police didn't occur in a vacuum. Dozens of questionable deaths at the hands of authorities had primed the pump for a reaction last summer that played out in cities across the US.…
Jul 01, 2021

FEMA fire safety grant welcomed by local officials

by Marc Albert
Locally, the announcement a bit of a surprise, but not entirely out of the blue. Officials say the money helps fund crucially needed work, and arrived just in time. Sonoma County officials weren't exactly astounded by Wednesday's announcement. They…
Jun 30, 2021

Restarting Sonoma County’s tourism engine

by Tessa Paoli
"Sonoma County is roaring back after the COVID-19 closures without question," said Sonoma County Tourism CEO Claudia Vecchio. Vecchio said last year travel to the county was down by 50 percent because of the pandemic. And the hospitality industry…
Jun 30, 2021

Petaluma sets priorities for next 12-months

by Marc Albert
Petaluma officials met Monday to finalize an exhaustive list of more than 100 local priorities into goals achievable within the year. Most of the items--like fixing tennis courts--are among the typical and mundane operations of local government.…
Jun 29, 2021

PG&E burying lines in Rincon Valley

by Marc Albert
When noise disrupts the typical suburban quiet in Rincon Valley, there will probably be few complaints. The area, just east of Santa Rosa, is perhaps where the most visible utility strengthening work going on in the county, is underway. The burying…
Jun 28, 2021

A new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant explained

by Tessa Paoli
Just when it seems the coronavirus pandemic is waning in California, we hear about new variants. But what does that mean? To learn about one variant that’s been identified in Sonoma County, we asked Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert…
Jun 25, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: Lockdown thwarts privacy and connection for therapists working with kids

by Tessa Paoli
“It's been a roller coaster,” said Meghan Nunez, clinical supervisor at Social Advocates for Youth. Social Advocates for Youth, or SAY, is a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit that provides counseling, housing and career services to children, teens and…
Jun 25, 2021

Ag insurers recalculation of wildfire risk leaving growers in the lurch

by Marc Albert
The chaos, stress and anger many fire survivors have endured trying to re-up their home insurance following mega-fires that have ripped through California the last five years are stories pretty well known. But, there's also parallel crisis locally…
Jun 25, 2021

Receding Sonoma Valley aquifers could prompt big changes in how wells are used

by Marc Albert
There's likely a vast, unseen reservoir beneath your feet, built by centuries of rain percolating through the earth. Problem is, it's not limitless. In the Sonoma Valley, one of the county's three basins, that invisible supply has sunk 10 feet in…
Jun 24, 2021

Many Bodega Bay restaurant workers are still keeping their masks on

by Tessa Paoli
It's been a week since Governor Gavin Newsom signed the executive order allowing fully vaccinated employees to ditch their masks. But some businesses are still treading cautiously. "I think it's ridiculous. We have been careful all this time, to…
Jun 23, 2021

The days of 'freeways' could be numbered

by Marc Albert
A long range plan could add tolls on many local highways. It's far from a done deal, and officials anticipate widespread displeasure, but sometime in the future, driving down 101 could cost you. A half million dollar Caltrans grant will allow the…
Jun 23, 2021

Using open space for fire resiliency

by Tessa Paoli
The Greenbelt Alliance is an organization that advocates greenbelts, or open spaces like parks, preserves and agriculture lands to create natural buffers between communities and wildlands. "We believe that there is huge potential for the Bay Area…
Jun 22, 2021

Delta coronavirus variant emerges in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Data shows there are currently nineteen reported cases of the delta variant in the County, which has been shown to be more transmissible by 50 percent. And it's becoming more widespread in the United States. "The virus does exactly what we expect it…
Jun 22, 2021

New app to speed notification, aid evacuees in an emergency

by Marc Albert
When conditions align, California wildfires are terrifying and catastrophic. But a San Francisco-based startup named Zonehaven is harnessing technology and smart phone apps to give evacuees and rescuers an edge in an emergency. Launched with the aid…
Jun 21, 2021

City of Sonoma likely adding new development fee for fire services

by Marc Albert
The price of a new home in the city of Sonoma will likely to get more expensive soon. Sonoma city officials are considering a proposed fire protection development fee. It would bring Sonoma in line with ones approved for nearby unincorporated areas.…
Jun 18, 2021

Readying for the worst

by Marc Albert
Distinct, European-style high-low sirens will penetrate the redwoods around Occidental and Camp Meeker Saturday morning, the latest in a series of evacuation drills ahead of fire season. The exercises are designed as much for first responders as…
Jun 18, 2021

Sonoma County celebrates Juneteenth

by Tessa Paoli
"It really didn't start as a festival at all, it started as a kind of protest," said Nancy Rogers, chair of the Sonoma County Juneteenth Committee. The committee was started by Santa Rosa Junior College students over half a century ago. This is the…
Jun 17, 2021

Continued mask use varies in Cloverdale as economy reopens

by Tessa Paoli
Until clear guidance was handed down today by the state's workplace regulators, this week businesses all around Sonoma County have been making their own rules for mask wearing. "It felt freeing and it felt like we were breaking the rules," said…
Jun 17, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: Mental health workers on the frontlines of the pandemic

by Tessa Paoli
Brad LaBass started his job as a clinician on the mobile support team in Santa Rosa a few weeks before the pandemic hit. "There's so much unknown in general about COVID," LaBass said. "The anxiety for all of us was high too." The mobile support team…
Jun 16, 2021

Frustration and comradery as alumni vow to save faltering west county schools

by Marc Albert
Part political organizing, part reunion, about 80 people gathered Wednesday evening in Sebastopol; vowing to block the planned consolidation of two local high schools. Greg Jacobs, a 1966 graduate of Analy High, says the controversy isn't a…
Jun 16, 2021

Is it really safe? Some locals continuing to mask-up, despite restriction roll-back

by Marc Albert
With temperatures perfect for ice-cold beer, there were still vacant tables at the height of Wednesday's lunch rush at Russian River Brewing in downtown Santa Rosa. Between a quarter and a third of those spotted along Third Street were masked.…
Jun 16, 2021

Sonoma County plans distribution of $96 million dollars in post pandemic relief

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is moving forward with the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, that would provide ninety-six million dollars for post-pandemic relief. During the first budget hearing of the year, the same day the economy has fully opened up in over a…
Jun 15, 2021

Russian River to ebb as emergency measures approved

by Marc Albert
With the region's reservoirs dipping to historically lows, locals are being recruited into a water saving army--whether they like it or not. Within days, flows on the Russian River will drop nearly 60 percent, while 600,000 residents in Sonoma and…
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Each week, Santa Rosa-based travel writer Dana Rebmann introduces us to great local spots to visit. Listen on-air for the latest. Or click here:
 
Crane Creek Regional Park
Marijke's Sculpture Grove
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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. Here's what we've aired so far. 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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-Stanroy Music, Santa Rosa
-The Next Record Store, Santa Rosa
-All 10 SoCo Mary's Pizzas
-Acre Coffee (SR, Petaluma, Sebastopol)
-Wolf House Brewing, Cloverdale
 
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104.9 Party!

Northern California Public Media and KRCB 104.9 invite YOU to the 104.9 Launch Party, Sunday September 26th from noon to 5pm in Rohnert Park. Tickets are just $25. Enjoy food and drink and the best of live local music hosted by Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne. This is an outdoor event for vaccinated people! To learn more and buy your tickets, go here: https://norcalpublicmedia.org/launchparty

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We've got a new thing: text KRCB to (707) 606-0911. Or just add your cell number below. We'll text you back when we have something special on the radio--so you can listen live or with a link to listen later. No spam! Not more than once a week or so. Try KRCB-Me.

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