North Bay News

"The Secret Life of Scent"
6:59 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Understanding Fragrance

Mandy Aftel

  Not only is there a nearly infinite variety of smells in the world, we each perceive them a little bit differently. Yet everyone is directly affected by the scents around them.

  Because the sense of smell is so primal, Mandy Aftel says it is only natural that odors play such a central role in our appreciation of  "comfort foods."

    

  

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California Update
7:08 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Wildlife Agencies See Near Collapse Of 2014 Salmon Species

Federal agencies will begin releasing triple the number of hatchery-raised juveniles next week.
Credit baynature.org

  

ALSO: CSU Chancellor Timothy White is promising increased graduation rates for freshmen and transfer students over the next decade.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

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Andy Lopez protests
7:01 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Uproar Halts Supervisors’ Session

This adamant call to action -posted on the Justice for Andy Lopez Facebook page--drew a restive group of activists to the Board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Angry and impatient Andy Lopez activists loudly vented their frustrations before county supervisors yesterday afternoon, forcing an early halt to the public comment period.

The text of the letter to Sheriff Freitas is reproduced here, with his response below.

September 9, 2014

Re: Letter of Concern

Dear Sheriff Freitas,

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California Update
6:38 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Regulations Proposed For E-Cigarettes In California

The use of electronic cigarettes is on the rise and one California lawmaker says it’s time to crackdown.
Credit time.com

  ALSO: The Governor's Office abruptly retracted a DMV regulation that tightned the rules for ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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West County Health Care
6:25 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Palm Drive Operating Plan Endorsed

Sebastopol’s Palm Drive Hospital could reopen in early April with a new name and management team, under a plan endorsed by the Palm Drive Health Care District’s Board of Directors Monday.

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California Update
6:53 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Brown Says Criminal Justice System Must Be Improved

California Governor Jerry Brown
Credit capradio.org

  • Vaccination Opt-Outs Declined, But Some Counties Still Have High Rates

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Pauline Bartolone.

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A growing, graying population
5:18 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Healthy Aging in Sonoma County

  As Sonoma County’s adult population grows older, additional programs and supports will be needed to serve them. A “Healthy Aging Collaborative” is underway to map those needs and find ways to address them.

See the summary that will be presented to the Board of Supervisors here. The item should be taken up around 10 am  Tuesday.

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Parks Update
9:54 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Regional Parks Focuses on Invasive Plant Removal

Volunteers removing invasive Himalayan Blackberry from Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
Credit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

  When an invasive plant is introduced into a park, it replaces the native plants, and that has implications for the native wildlife. John Ryan explains how this happens and tells us about upcoming workdays aimed at removing invasive plants. 

Find out more about volunteering for an upcoming workday HERE.

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California Update
6:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

California Farmers Turn Sugar Beets Into Energy

They're called "energy beets." They look like a red table beet but, but they're larger, white, and very high in sucrose.
Credit californiareport.org

  Struggling sugar beet farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are turning their crop into energy instead of sweetener. A pilot plant could prove to be good for the environment and the economy.

 

Today's report by Lesley McClurg.

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Jobs and other good news
5:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Sonoma County's Economic OUtlook for 2015

Dr. Jerry Nickelsberg presents his economic outlook at the 2015 State of Sonoma County breakfast in Rohnert Park Thursday morning
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Great Recession is now safely behind us, with the nest two years expected to be a time of continuing gradual economic growth. That was the forecast presented at the annual State of Sonoma County forum yesterday.

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