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Jan 24, 2022

Sonoma County moves to new election model

by Greta Mart
Going to your designated polling place every election is now officially a thing of the past. A state law called the Voters Choice Act has permanently changed elections in California. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted more vote by mail. All…
Jan 20, 2022

Rainy season could still deliver

by Marc Albert
After rocketing to a prodigious start, the rainy season seems to have fizzled out. Forecasters say there is still time for things to turn around. For all the doom and gloom prompted by clear skies, Matt Mehle a National Weather Service Forecaster,…
Jan 20, 2022

Sonoma Dems endorse Burke in Sheriff's race

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County Democrats have made an endorsement in the upcoming county sheriff election. The organization has endorsed former Healdsburg police chief Kevin Burke in the now four way race set for June. Attorney John Kelly is with the Sonoma County…
Jan 19, 2022

Mediation pressure mounting for Cotati Rohnert Park school district and educators' union

by Greta Mart
Because educators and district officials in Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove can’t come to an agreement over salaries, they are heading into a mediation session this week. Called a fact-finding hearing, both sides will present their final offers…
Jan 19, 2022

Omicron pushing local hospitals to the brink

by Marc Albert
Beds are scarce at local hospitals and ambulance response times are rising as Sonoma County strains under a cresting Omicron tide. Those were among the main takeaways from an online county town hall meeting Tuesday. Gary Green is an infectious…
Jan 18, 2022

Navient Agrees To $11.5 Million In Restitution For CA Borrowers

by Steve Milne/Capital Public Radio
California Attorney General Rob Bonta has announced a settlement with Navient, one of the nation's largest student loan companies. Bonta says Navient steered borrowers into costly repayment plans and predatory loans. "As a former student loan…
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Jan 15, 2022

Tsunami advisory issued for Sonoma Coast

by Mark Prell
A tsunami advisory went into effect this morning for the entire California coast, including the San Francisco Bay and Sonoma Coast. An undersea volcano in the Tongan islands erupted shortly before 8:30 PM PST last night, according to the U.S.…
Jan 14, 2022

Students bail from class as H.S. name fray goes on

by Marc Albert
What's in a name? That which we call a school by another name...can turn sour. Hundreds of students poured from the doors of a Sebastopol high school Friday, ending school after third period. It wasn't about COVID or any national issue--but the…
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Jan 14, 2022

A virtual MLK celebration in Sonoma County planned for Sunday

by Mark Prell
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee is holding its forty-first celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King with a virtual community-wide event. This year acknowledges the King family’s admonition to remember the deepest…
Jan 13, 2022

"It kills solar." Opposition grows for plan to change the economics of rooftop solar in California

by Greta Mart
This morning at 11 am, people will be rallying in Los Angeles to save their jobs, their livelihoods and their very industry, they say. Others will join a socially distanced crowd in front of the San Francisco headquarters of state utility regulators…
Jan 10, 2022

Sonoma County appeals to stay-at-home once again; bans large gatherings until mid-February

by Greta Mart
Just after 5 pm Monday, Sonoma County's public health officials sent out an urgent appeal for residents to voluntarily stay home, and they banned any large gatherings until mid-February. The appeal is for all Sonoma County residents to stay home as…
Jan 10, 2022

Blount trial opens with sparring opening statements

by Marc Albert
Despite a current hold on most court business for public health reasons, the criminal trial of a former Sonoma County sheriff's deputy proceeded Monday because it was already underway. Jurors and alternates sat motionless, but seemingly riveted, as…
Jan 10, 2022

PG&E expected to be the first utility to tap state's $21B wildfire liability fund

by Scott Rodd/Capital Public Radio
PG&E will likely be the first utility to access California’s wildfire liability fund, after the company’s equipment started the massive Dixie Fire. In 2019, California had a utility crisis. The state’s biggest electricity providers were causing…
Jan 07, 2022

Vigils for democracy on anniversary of Jan. 6 attack

by Marc Albert
Vigils commemorating last year's attack on the US Capitol Building were held Thursday in Sonoma and Santa Rosa, two of hundreds of events across the nation. KRCB's Marc Albert spoke to several of the roughly 75 people gathered in Courthouse…
Jan 05, 2022

Sonoma County receptive to cannabis growers demands for tax relief

by Marc Albert
After testimony from about two dozen cannabis growers, Sonoma County officials appeared close to offering some tax relief, ahead of an overhaul of cannabis regulations likely more than a year away. That relief, likely in the form of postponing taxes…
Jan 04, 2022

New state police report shows racial disparities in policing

by Sarah Mizes-Tan/Capital Public Radio
A new report analyzing millions of traffic stops across California found that Black people were disproportionately stopped and searched by police. The annual report on police stops highlighted five major California cities. Out of nearly 3 million…
Jan 02, 2022

SoCo says staffing shortages, pandemic hindering more winter homeless services

by Greta Mart
Nighttime temperatures are warming up after dipping as low as 30 in Sonoma County on Saturday night. Last week, we heard from the group Homeless Action Sonoma County, and their concerns about how the county government, in their view, wasn't doing…
Dec 30, 2021

County failing homeless in hour of deepest need, advocates say

by Marc Albert and Greta Mart
With overnight temperatures dipping near freezing amidst soggy weather stretching more than a week, advocates for the homeless are demanding immediate help. Kathleen Finigan is a volunteer spokeswoman for the group Homeless Action of Sonoma County.…
Dec 30, 2021

Big federal infrastructure law to fill potholes, partially fund larger initiatives

by Marc Albert
Aside from the topline figure, and that it was signed into law, few details have emerged about President Biden's infrastructure bill, approved in early November. Local transportation officials say some of the money, distributed via complex…
Dec 30, 2021

Reservoirs rising thanks to recent rains, levels still cause for concern

by Marc Albert
With recent rains, water levels at local reservoirs are on their way back from near oblivion. In two months, the amount of water in Lake Mendocino has tripled. While the lake is one of the region's major sources of drinking water, don't get too…
Dec 29, 2021

Sonoma County rescinds mask exemption

by Eli Walsh/Bay City News
Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco and Alameda county officials announced Wednesday they will no longer allow indoor mask mandate exceptions for small settings like college and fitness classes in which everyone is fully vaccinated. The four counties --…
Dec 28, 2021

As new year approaches, California reaches 5 million COVID-19 cases

by Kris Hooks/Capital Public Radio
2021 has been a year of milestones for California, and the state just crossed another: 5 million COVID-19 cases. On June 15, Governor Gavin Newsom stood atop a stage at Universal Studios in Hollywood; the day marked California’s economic reopening…
Dec 28, 2021

Christmas tree disposal options

by KRCB staff
With Christmas behind us and the holiday season drawing to a close, you may wonder how to properly dispose of your fresh-cut tree. If you have weekly residential garbage service, you can place your tree curbside the night before your regularly…
Dec 27, 2021

Legal challenges to new animal confinement law

by Randol White/Capital Public Radio
Animal welfare and the supply of bacon are about to collide in California as we start the new year. The nation’s toughest animal confinement law requires livestock to have enough space to lie down and turn around. It also bans the sale of products…
Dec 24, 2021

Small restoration projects to give salmon/steelhead a better chance

by Marc Albert
A total of 15 different environmental restoration projects around California were announced this week, 11 of which are right here on the North Coast. They sound inconsequential and scattered about the state, but taken together, experts from the…
Dec 23, 2021

Chanate buyer's big gamble: developer has little background in big projects

by Marc Albert
Important documents involved in the sale of Santa Rosa's Chanate campus are set to be signed today. On Wednesday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran the results of what they found in researching Eddie Haddad, a Las Vegas-based developer, who is about…
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Dec 22, 2021

Female folk harmony group Bad Luck Magpies visit Studio A

by Mark Prell
Credit: Michael O'Brien/KRCBSo much fun having the female folk harmony group Bad Luck Magpies visit Studio A to play and chat about their upcoming show at the Lost Church. The three singers from a variety of different bands have created an exciting…
Dec 20, 2021

After years of delays, CalFire says updated and expanded wildfire hazard maps are on their way

by Chris Nichols/Capital Public Radio
For years, state officials have promised and failed to update maps that show the parts of California most at risk for wildfire. In the more than a dozen years since current maps were released, climate change and climate science have dramatically…
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Dec 20, 2021

Tahoe ski resort Squaw Valley formally switches its name to Palisades Tahoe

by Associated Press
Women of Nevada's Washoe Tribe have long fought against the word ``squaw,'' a racist slur that for more than half a century was part of the name of a famous Sierra ski resort. The resort north of Tahoe City, California, was called Squaw Valley long…
Dec 16, 2021

More shelter beds open up for forecasted nights of freezing temperatures

by Associated Press
For the second time in less than a week, Sonoma County health officials issued a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service's prediction for freezing overnight low temperatures expected now through Sunday morning. Saturday morning is…
Dec 15, 2021

Data suggests omicron is extremely virulent, but appears less severe, less deadly

by Marc Albert
The first major study on the omicron variant was published by South African epidemiologists. While much remains unknown, the new form, while apparently able to spread with abandon, defeating many precautions, the new research appears to show that…
Dec 14, 2021

Mask mandate returns across the state

by Associated Press
California is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate. Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced the new mandate will start Wednesday and last until Jan. 15. The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has…
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Dec 13, 2021

John Sebastian joins Brian Griffith for Morning Music

by Mark Prell
Brian had a nice chat with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and founder of the Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian. They spoke of the new release “Exploring the Lovin’ Spoonful Songbook” featuring Arlen Roth and special guests, John’s accidental Woodstock…
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Dec 13, 2021

Amanda Shires chats with Brian Griffith on Morning Music

by Mark Prell
Brian had a lovely chat with his friend Amanda Shires during Morning Music on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. They talked about her new holiday album “For Christmas," a recent health scare that sent her to the hospital, and her fight for women’s…
Dec 09, 2021

Enviros urge crab pot phase-out to eliminate whale and turtle entanglements

by Marc Albert
Citing whale entanglements, an environmental group petitioned federal regulators Thursday, seeking wholesale changes in how crab, shrimp and lobster are caught. But fishing industry reps claim the proposal may be financially untenable and make a…
Dec 08, 2021

Plan to rid Farallons of mice raising hackles among some enviros

by Marc Albert
A plan to aid endangered seabirds roosting on the Farallon Islands by banishing mice has environmentalists crying foul. 20 miles southwest of Point Reyes, the Farallons are part of a National Wildlife Refuge. The new plan, which would scatter…
Dec 08, 2021

Sonoma County supervisors pass new and final redistricting map to widespread opposition

by Marc Albert and Greta Mart
If there was one thing members of the Sonoma County board of supervisors got right about their redistricting efforts, it was the repeated assertion the results wouldn't please everyone. That certainly played out Tuesday among members of the public…
Dec 08, 2021

Winegrape value dropped by 46% in 2020, says SoCo ag commissioner

by Greta Mart
About 8,500 people work in agriculture in Sonoma County, and the county's two most valuable crops are wine and milk. That's according to the most recent Sonoma County crop report. But unlike the steady increase in overall value the county's seen in…
Dec 08, 2021

Vaccine confrontation sends Healdsburg city council online

by Marc Albert
After banging on windows, chanting and plotting to swarm the city council chambers, a crowd of close to 100 anti-vaccine demonstrators declared victory around 6:15 Monday evening, when it was announced that the night's meeting would take place…
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Dec 08, 2021

Bruce Cockburn chats with Doug Jayne during Midday Music

by Mark Prell
Bruce Cockburn is one of the most beloved and celebrated singer-songwriters in the world. Just prior to starting a tour to promote his new album, Greatest Hits 1970-2020, Bruce took the time to speak with Doug Jayne about Canada, The Beatles, and…
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Dec 07, 2021

"Connections 7" showcases northern California women musicians to support KRCB 104.9

by Mark Prell
As the Summer of 2021 was winding down, Doug Jayne, host of Midday Music on KRCB 104.9, came across a social media post from one of his musician friends, Alison Harris. Alison is a champion of equality for women in the Northern California music…
Dec 06, 2021

Troubling use-of-force incidents continue, though IOLERO notes Sheriff's office reforms.

by Marc Albert
There's been a good deal of progress on certain policies, according to an official civilian oversight body's annual report on the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, but concerning incidents, similar to those reported in years past, continue occuring.…
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Dec 03, 2021

Blood donations are needed most during the holidays

by Mark Prell
Holiday blood drives are in full swing. And it's one of the most important gifts you can give. The process of collecting blood hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years. Justin Miller with the American Red Cross said gravity essentially still does…
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…
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You can do a recording right from your computer or smartphone, but please use an external microphone (ear buds are good enough). Don't worry, you can try as many times you like until you get a "good take." We won’t hear any of the bad ones. After you finish, the page will give you a chance to listen and decide if you like it. Once you get a good one, you'll be asked for your name and email address. Then hit "Send.” (Click "reset" if you would rather try again.)
 
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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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Listen to some recent episodes! Generations in Houston's Fifth Ward Contend with Contamination, Cancer Clusters will break your heart, and perhaps solidify your resolve to make change. The Sea Next Door is told in true partnership with the community living near California's Salton Sea, an environmental powder keg, where the state has no idea how to avoid a coming health disaster.

Get them here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

 
Postcards from Sonoma County...
        ... What people are talking about, direct from the locals.
 
Each week, our correspondents from all over Sonoma County check in with a weekly "postcard" of what people are talking about in their area. Not always "news," but still worthy of a mention. It's our way to give voice to communities that may not make it into the standard news cycle.
 
We play these in a random rotation throughout the week. Generally, each postcard airs from Sunday morning at midnight thru Saturday at 11:59:59 pm.
 
We archive all our postcards here. Have a listen!
 

 Week of Sunday, January 9th, 2022:
 
Greetings from Healdsburg
 
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Sebastopol
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
 
 

 
Week of Sunday, January 2nd, 2022:
 
Greetings from the Lower Russian River
 
 
Greetings from Petaluma
 
 
Greetings from Rohnert Park
 
 
Greetings from Windsor
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Savoring Sonoma with Clark Wolf
Clark Wolf publicityClark Wolf is a nationally recognized, James Beard Award-winning food and restaurant consultant, author, and columnist who now lives in what he calls “the Eden of All the Earth," in a 100-year-old logger’s cabin in the Redwoods of Sonoma County.
 
Savoring Sonoma is a weekly 60-second snapshot of what's importantly delicious in Sonoma County.
Each week, you'll hear two new episodes.
 
Episodes are archived here.
 
 
Persimmons
 
 
Sonoma County cheeses
 
 
Joys of fermentation
 
 
Winter squash
 
 
Pomegranates
 
 
Dungeness crab 2
 
 
Olive oil
 
 
Local Sonoma County meats
 
 
Mushrooms
 
 
Bodega Red potatoes
 
 
Local eggs
 
 
Dungeness crab
 
 
Should healthy food cost more?
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The Sonoma County ArtBeat
                                      With Satri Pencak
 
 
Satri picSatri Pencak is an independent art curator with an M.A. in Art History. She writes about the visual arts for her website, www.satripencak.com, her Facebook Blog, and other publications.
 
Satri loves knowing what’s going on in the art world and sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
 
All episodes are archived here:
 
Week of December 19, 2021
 
 
Week or January 2, 2022
 
 
Week of January 9, 2022
 
 
Week of January 16, 2022
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