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Two Fire Survivors Remember Lost Mothers and Seek Support

Tuesday October 8, 5 pm. Santa Rosa Courthouse Square. A small group gathers to commemorate lives lost two years ago in the Sonoma Complex fire. News director Steve Mencher sought out two women who were moving through the crowd with purpose – Catharine Merkel seems almost serene. But she’s feeling a torrent of emotions on this anniversary. I ask if she lost her home in the 2017 fires, not knowing she lost so much more… To find out more about the memorial that these women are helping organize,…

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Sonoma County Ridesharing Service Aims to Help Women Feel Safer

A Sonoma County company wants to make ridesharing safer. “Women Driving Women” is based in Healdsburg and serves customers in both Sonoma and San Diego County. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with founder Renee Cooper about how driving for Uber and Lift inspired her to start her own company. (Image:…

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Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin. Third-grade teacher, Tracy Henry, points to an American flag hanging in her classroom at Schaefer Elementary. The flag is melted along the edges, it shows just how hot the classroom got when the Tubbs fire swept through Santa Rosa…

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Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White. Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the scar of the Tubbs fire stretch across the hillside. Two years later, the trees are still charred and the sounds of reconstruction are constant. Among…

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