Danielle Venton

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A service dog is the key to independence for many disabled people. Beyond opening doors and flicking light switches, dogs offer companionship and emotional support. Since the service dog concept was founded by Bonita Bergin in 1975, the use of service dogs has spread around the United States and the world.

   In our continuing series of speaking with local authors, today's North Bay Report visits with D.C. Murphy -- a former Mill Valley police officer with a love of rock and roll, who has written a book ABOUT a policing Mill Valley during the hey day of rock and roll. 

Murphy has also financed the filming of a 15-minute opening sequence for his hoped-for film version of Rooster. You can see it on his website.

Peace Novato

Each year in the Novato Fourth of July parade volunteers from PeaceNovato carry folded paper cranes in honor of the American service men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The practice draws on an Asian tradition, where paper cranes are symbols of good fortune and longevity. At the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park thousands of cranes memorialize young victims of the

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On today’s North Bay Report we look at a regional initiative to strengthen then middle class -- the Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan is a three-year initiative funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. 

Photos by Kira Stackhouse, Courtesy World's Ugliest Dog (R) Contest

On Friday the Sonoma-Marin Fair hosts the 2013 World's Ugliest Dog contest. Roughly 30 mutts, pugs and Chinese crested dogs will vie for the title and $1,500. KRCB reporter Danielle Venton visited one of the dogs preparing for the contest, Grovie of Santa Rosa, and files this report.

The event, in its 25th year grabs headlines from around the world and was recently the subject of a documentary "Worst In Show." 


Homeowners and environmentalists in Marin are at odds over measures to protect endangered coho salmon. KRCB reports residents are worried about losing property rights, while some environmentalists say the proposed measures don't go far enough.  

The proposed stream conservation ordinance will be considered at the Marin County Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 18. Access audio and video from supervisors meetings through the County of Marin's website.

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For adults, whooping cough--also known as pertussis-- is an annoying, but not dangerous, respiratory infection. For young infants, however, the cough can be dire, even fatal. KRCB examines local efforts to eradicate the disease.


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Cycling fans were out in force yesterday for the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. After leaving San Francisco's Marina Green early Sunday morning,  cyclists finished in downtown Santa Rosa shortly before noon. Sprinter Peter Sagan, from Slovaia, pulled away in the final moments to secure the lead. 

As expected, American cyclist Tejay van Garderen secured the overall tour title.  It was van Garderen's first professional stage race, won in the home town of his team, BMC Racing. His newborn daughter joined him on stage for the awards ceremony. 


At the mention of drones—remotely guided un-piloted aircraft—many people think of war-torn lands… but what about over Wine County? On Friday, May 17 Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco will address the Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He will discuss how how enforcement agencies and private companies around the country are expressing interest in drone technology and what concerned citizens are doing about it.