North Bay News

Local Documentary
4:28 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Filmmaker Plunges into Russian River's Health

  From gravel to grapes, dredging to drought, the many forces that shape the health of the Russian River are examined in a new documentary by a local filmmaker.

“Russian River: All Rivers” will get a special screening at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm. It will also be shown at the Rio Theater in Monte on Saturday, November 7th at 3 pm. See the trailer for the film below:

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The Exchange
11:05 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Measure M Would Boost Library Services

  The second and smaller revenue measure facing all of Sonoma County’s voters in this election would increase the sales tax by one-eighth cent to increase funding for the county system.  Restoring the hours that the branches are open each week is at the top of the list of benefits, should Measure M pass, but there is more to it as well.

  Measure M will require a 2/3ds vote to pass. It would be in effect for 10 years, and raise about $10 million per year.

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Parks Update
6:39 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Crane Creek Regional Park Offers Something for Everybody

Crane Creek Regional Park
Credit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

  There are over 50 parks, trails, and beaches in the Sonoma County Regional Parks system. Today, John Ryan tells us about Crane Creek Regional Park. One of the smaller parks with lots to explore.

Discover Crane Creek Regional Park.

Explore all of Sonoma County's Regional Parks.

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California Update
6:05 am
Fri October 24, 2014

US Forest Service & Environmentalists Reach Agreement on Sierra Nevada Forests

The US Forest Service has ended a decade long legal battle with environmental groups over the way the Sierra Nevada national forests are managed in California.
Credit inedc.com

  • Late Water Bond Deal Costs California Taxpayers

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

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Local Energy Symposium
6:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Encouraging EV Adoption

Renewable power sources and wider use of electric cars are radically reshaping the energy business, in ways that are just beginning to take hold, with California and the North Bay at the forefront.

Tourism could be another avenue toward wider adoption of electric vehicles. Plans to support that in Sonoma County have been gradually getting rolled out for some time now, says David Worthington, the county's vehicle fleet manager. But right now, electric car rentals are an important missing link.

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California Update
6:37 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New PPIC Poll on Propositions, Support for Governor

The poll also found Democratic Governor Jerry Brown continues to lead Republican Challenger Neel Kashkari 52 to 36 percent.
Credit inlandpolitics.com

  • California Still At Risk for Floods During Drought

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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Sustaining Tradition
4:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Indian Basket Weaving in the 21st Century

  

 Native Americans have been weaving baskets for generations, and while their methods have changed little over time, access to the indigenous materials they use has grown much more complicated.

   The "Tending the Wild" workshops are being held on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Pepperwood Preserve on Franz Valley Road northeast of Santa Rosa. Linda Navarro, Executive Director of the sponsoring California Indian Basketweavers Association, tells attendees what to expect:

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Waste to Riches
12:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Closing the Waste Loop with Compost

Bob Cannard, farmer at Green String Farm in Petaluma feeds his vegetables with compost made from San Francisco food scraps
Credit KRCB

Farms in Sonoma County are part of an innovative program to close the waste loop. It’s “Farm to table, back to Farm.”

After bottles and cans are separated out for recycling, food scraps are the largest section of household waste that enters landfills. But as KRCB finds, several local cities like San Francisco and Oakland are working to change that and Sonoma County farms are cashing on the benefits. 

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California Update
6:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Kashkari Steps Up Attacks On Governor Brown

Credit businessweek.com

  Down in the polls and way down in the fundraising game, Kashkari isn't backing down.

 

Today's report by Katie Orr.

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California Update
7:08 am
Tue October 21, 2014

California Learning Lessons From Napa Quake

A FEMA spokesman says Napa and Solano Counties have been approved for government assistance. But the president hasn't yet acted on individual household assistance.
Credit sfgate.com

  • California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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