Napa Valley College instructor Greg Miraglia was pleased, and a little surprised, when his new course in LGBT studies quickly developed a waiting list last fall. Now he’s making plans for it to continue on into the future.
From paper Mache to a video installation, vise-grips and nails to a toilet seat, the "Tools As Art" exhibition at the Sonoma County Museum mixes whimsy and practicality with dash of the inscrutable. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.
A just-concluded international partnership between high school art students from Santa Rosa and South Korea proved to be creative, educational, and inspirational. Bruce Robinson takes a closer look.
Below, the Korean students are seen with the Peace Tree they constructed from the wreckage of a warship, and adorned with living plants. It is on display at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Gyeonggi-Do, Korea.
The poetry of Emily Dickinson is the focus of the Big Read, Sonoma County this year. To help bring it to life, actress Barbara Dana is here this week, sharing her portrayal of the 18th century writer for local school groups and other audiences. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with her.
Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years that have moved it well away from their philosophical origins. A new analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. Bruce Robinson has more.
From Columbine to Newtown, experiences with mass shootings have changed how local law enforcement prepares to respond, should some sort of “active shooter” situation develop nearby. Bruce Robinson reports on how that is playing out here in the North Bay.
The civilian responses that provided the basis for the Healdsburg Police brochure are detailed at greater length in the video below which was prepared by the Department of Homeland Security.
Wal-Mart says expanding into a Superstore in Rohnert Park, essentially adding a grocery outlet, will create 85 new jobs. But at what cost, asks a prominent critic of the corporation. Bruce Robinson spoke with him.
Professor Reich will speak at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa at 7 pm on Monday, Feb. 25. Ticket and event information here. He also contends that Wal-Mart has a history that demonstrates they are not a desirable community neighbor, nor a good corporate citizen.
Every schoolchild learns that beavers gnaw down trees, build dams, and keep… busy. Less widely known is just how useful all that activity can be. On today’s North Bay Report, Bruce Robinson takes a closer look.
For a close-up look at beavers in action, restoring a winter storm-damaged home, see the video at the bottom of this page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.