Bruce Robinson

Radio News Director & On Air Host

Bruce Robinson is KRCB-FM News Director and host of Flashback, heard Fridays at 7pm. Bruce can be reached at (707) 584-2012, or email bruce_robinson@krcb.org

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Sonoma County Regional Parks

From  the slopes of Santa Rosa’s Taylor Mountain, hikers can see broad expanses of much of central Sonoma County. Beginning this weekend, they can also see the new park that offers those vistas. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

Provided by Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance photos of two persons of interest in their investigation of the Feb. 5 Forestville triple homicide. Investigators believe these men and an early 90s  gold-colored Ford Ranger may be connected with suspect Mark Cappello and could have information regarding the killings. Anyone with information pertaining to these subjects or the vehicle is asked to contact detectives at 707-565-2185.  The image are from the Chevron gas station in St. Helena and were taken the day before the homicides occurred.

Cherly Frei

It was a busy holiday weekend for California’s State Parks  And, as Lori Abbot reports, that’s good news for the state budget.

Aquarium Escapees

Feb 17, 2013
Photo provided by Susan Willaims
Bruce Nyden

Exotic aquarium fish and plants are beautiful and soothing in their containers. But if they get out into our natural waters, they can cause enormous problems. Bruce Robinson talks with a researcher who has been studying this issue.

 Importing exotic tropical fish to meet the demand from aquarium owners does inevitably increase the risk that some of those species may get out into the wild. But Susan Williams, Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab points out that this trade also helps preserve other threatened ecosystems.

When the 9/11 attacks rocked America, Muslim communities here had no idea what to expect. But survivors of the Japanese internment camps during World War II did, and many were quick to act on that experience.

The Day of Remembrance workshop in Sebastopol will be held at the Enmanji Temple from 1-3 pm on Saturday, Feb. 16. It’s free, but advance reservations are requested. Further details in the flyer below.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

 Two more public hearings on plans to expand existing marine sanctuaries north from Bodega Head to Point Area are being held  Feb. 12 ands 13. They are a key step toward a permanent ban on oil exploration and drilling along the North Coast.

In addition to the two public hearings this week (details below),  NOAA is also taking comments online here through the end of February.

The remaining meeting schedule is as follows:

Civic and national freshwater advocates are reminding us not to take tap water for granted. Instead, they say, we should take it as our drink of choice.

As the national debate over immigration reform moves from gridlock toward negotiation, members of the Dream Alliance in Sonoma County are both hopeful and concerned. Hopeful that action will finally be forthcoming this year, but worried that the final result may be too restrictive or otherwise flawed.

A history of social activism in the bay area can be found in a Berkeley man's collection of thousands of political posters, newly documented in the book, All of Us or None by Oakland archivist Lionel Cushing. Today's North Bay Report takes a peek inside.

The Bay Area's federally sanctioned Foreign Trade Zone is expanding to include Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties. It's meant to expedite parts importing and exporting of finished products, but the biggest local benefit is jobs.

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

  A network of dikes and dams has kept seawater away from an old hay farm near the mouth of Napa River for nearly a century. Now it's close to being returned to its natural condition.

Predictably, a San Francisco video game developer opposes any moves to restrict violence in those games' content. But not for the reasons you might expect.

Jason Shanke addressed a computer science colloquium at Sonoma State University Thursday afternoon on the topic, "Interactive Entertainment and Social Responsibility." You can read the paper on which he based that talk here.

In the wake of his widely applauded State of the State address last week, Governor Brown gets high marks in a notable new public opinion survey.

KRCB photo

While looking for short-term ways to cover the costs of operating its marinas at Bodega Bay, Sonoma County is also beginning to imagine a transformative future for those facilities.

Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Sonoma County leads the state in job growth right now, but will need to make adjustments as much of the current labor force turns toward retirement. Bruce Robinson summarizes the news from the 2013 State of the County breakfast presentations.

  A new documentary examines worker-owned cooperative businesses, from a huge complex in Spain to small start-ups here in the Bay Area.

UC Davis/Photo used with permission

Sick raccoons are nothing new in northern California, where distemper is fairly common among them. But some don’t fit that pattern for raccoon deaths, and new laboratory studies have found out why.

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Sometimes, researchers have an idea of what they will find when they begin their investigations. This was not such a case, says Dr. Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In fact, their findings surprised everyone involved.

Landscape Painting

Dec 13, 2012
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

19th century American landscape master Thomas Cole wove a preservationist perspective into his art. First grade students liked seeing it, but enjoyed making their own pictures even more.

Governor Brown is pleased that Proposition 30 passed, but cautions that it will not cure all the state’s budgetary woes. And he’s warning the leadership of the University of California to be more restrained in their top administrative salaries.

North Bay Report

Nov 29, 2012

Listen to KRCB's North Bay Report at 6:06 or 8:06 am, or at 5:30 pm, weekdays. Or see it online here.

Project Censored

Before the rest of the news media unfurl their end-of-the-year lists of the biggest stories of the past 12 months, Project Censored is out with their Top 25 list of the biggest subjects that got the least coverage.

A book release party for the new Project Censored anthology, with many of the contributors speaking, will be held this coming Saturday evening, Dec. 1,  at 7 pm in the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth Street in Santa Rosa.

(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

  

Penicillin and other antibiotic “wonder drugs” have saved countless lives over the past 70 years. But widespread use is threatening the future effectiveness of these important medications, and there is nothing yet known that could take their place.

CSU Fresno

On today's California Update, the state's university students catch a break, as fee increases are delayed. Also, a statewide goal for improved health.

Proposition 37

Nov 1, 2012

New polling shows a widening gap in support for rival Propositions 30 and 38. Also, youth crime declines in California.

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