bodega bay

No Nukes Peace Boat Sails into Bodega Bay

Jun 15, 2017

Almost 60 years after it first sailed into the South Pacific to protest nuclear weapons testing, the sailboat Golden Rule is spending the weekend in Bodega Bay with an updated message on the same issue.

Following their arrival in Bodega Bay this morning, the crew of the Golden Rule will host a public forum on nuclear policy Saturday evening will be in Santa Rosa. See this link for details

Dredging Planned for Bodega Bay Channel

May 4, 2017

It’s been 17 years since the shallow channel into Bodega Bay was last dredged. So it’s time to do it again, and plans for a project this fall are moving ahead.

The depth of the channel is already compromised at several places along the corridor. Noah Wagner, harbormaster at Spud Point Marin, details those locations.

Salmon Release Planned for Bodega Bay

Feb 8, 2017

Bodega Bay’s beleaguered salmon fishery will get a boost from the release of thousands of smolts there this spring. But the fishermen will have to wait another two years for the fish to grow, mature and return before they can be caught.

Tiffany Camhi

Over the next 20 years, sea levels along California’s coast are expected to rise by at least a foot, according to the National Research Council. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports on how Sonoma County is preparing a plan to deal with the looming reality of sea level rise.

Check out more of Permit Sonoma's Local Coast Plan events here.

Tall Ships Return to Bodega Bay

Apr 11, 2016
Bruce Robinson

  They’re back! After a four-year absence, a pair of tall-masted wooden sailing ships will sail back into Bodega Bay Wednesday for a 5-day stay, offering public tours and excursions.

  The Lady Washington’s companion vessel is actually older, and an original. The builder synthesized elements from several different historic ships to create the Hawaiian Chieftain, explains first mate Matthew Callen, but the first impression most modern observers have is “pirate ship.”

 

The scenic splendor and abundant wildlife are just part of the story of the Sonoma Coast in Simone Wilson’s new book. Her focus is also on the people who love it.

Simone Wilson has been exploring the Sonoma County coast for several decades, and has a number of favorite spots that she regularly returns to.

Singing to Save Bodega Head--Then and Now

Nov 21, 2014

  Fifty years ago, when local citizens rose up to oppose plans for a nuclear power plant at Bodega Bay, music was an important part of the protests. Cotati resident and Trad Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Lu Waters composed and recorded “Blues over Bodega” to call attention to the issue, but it was singer Barbara Dane who gave voice to the song. She’s making a special return appearance to Santa Rosa tonight, in connection with the current exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum, which is titled Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement.

The History of the Hole at Bodega Head

Nov 3, 2014
Sonoma County Museum

  Today it looks like a placid pond, but 50 years ago the deep hole at the base of Bodega Head was the focus of a battle that helped galvanize modern environmentalism.

  The crucial moment in the fight against the nuclear facility came when noted seismologist, Pierre St. Amand  was able to visit the site and report back to the US Department of the Interior. Doris Sloan clearly remembers the day she escorted St. Amand to that pivotal visit.

 

"The Body in Bodega Bay"

May 12, 2014

Old and more recent events in local history are strands in a brand new mystery novel based on the Sonoma coast, as a pair of frequent visitors from the Midwest set their art-themed novel there. 

  Having two authors share a single, first-person narrative voice can be a tricky balance. Michael Hinden says he and his wife, Besty Draine, manage it by trading off regularly, and through a "non-aggression pact" regarding each other's editorial choices.

Historic Figurehead Donated to Museum

Feb 28, 2014
Sonoma County Museum

The Sonoma County Museum offers exhibits of both fine art and local history, and in the latter category, they have just announced an unusual new addition to their permanent collection. Bruce Robinson gets us a bit of a preview.

Further details from the Museum's announcement of the acquisition:

Promoting Organ Donation in Russia

Feb 3, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A Russian film crew visited Bodega Bay over the weekend to recapture the story of 7 year-old Nicolas Green, with the intent of boosting organ donation rates in their home country. 

The issue of organ donation—and the huge need for donors—is far bigger than the story of Nicholas Green, says his father, Reg. So he helped the visiting Russian film crew expand their focus during their visit to northern California last weekend.

Sting Rays on the North Coast

Jan 21, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sting rays can be found in the shallow waters of sandy beaches almost anywhere, including the northern California coast. But they only pose a threat to humans when we accidentally step on them—and there are ways to avoid that.

  Although there are hundreds of kinds of rays populating the world’s oceans, biologist Bob Rubin explains that they all share a common ancestor—a 200 million year old shark.

Getting stung by a ray is excruciating, but rarely fatal. Even in the most publicized recent cases, says Rubin, the deaths attributed to rays were largely accidental.

Sea Star Wasting Disease Hits the West Coast

Nov 21, 2013
Danielle Venton/KRCB

From as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Orange County, sea stars are disappearing, decomposing in a matter of hours as they suffer from a mysterious illness known as 'sea star wasting disease.'

 

 

Tall Ships Return to Bodega Bay

Apr 1, 2013
historicalseaport.org

They’re back! Following a wildly successful debut visit last spring, a pair of tall-masted wooden sailing ships will return this afternoon to Bodega Bay, one year to the day after their local debut.

  Ticket information, reservations and a schedule of activities are all available from the Tall Ships website. The two vessels will visit Bodega Bay April 2-8, before sailing on to Eureka.

Updating Bodega Bay's Marinas

Jan 30, 2013
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.