North Bay News

An Uncertain Transition
6:32 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Composting’s Cloudy Future in Sonoma County

A huge mechanical grinder chews clean wood and brush cuttings into mulch for use on vineyards at the soon-to-be-closed Sonoma Compost facility west of Cotati.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From modest beginnings in the 1990s, commercial composting in Sonoma County has grown into a sizable enterprise, one that has been embraced by both consumers and farmers. But with big changes about to kick in, the future of composting here is uncertain.

  Alan Siegle, co-owner of Sonoma Compost, recalls how they had to persuade county supervisors to launch the operation more than 20 years ago.

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Parks Update
7:32 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Taylor Mountain Volunteer Trail Work This Weekend

Volunteers planting trees.
Credit sonomacounty.com

  The Sonoma County Trails Council is working with Sonoma County Regional Parks to build trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve with volunteers. This week, John Ryan tell us about the next opportunity to help complete the second entrance to the park, which opens soon to the public.

Find out more about volunteer work days at Taylor Mountain Regional Park.

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California Update
6:57 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Undocumented Health Care Bill Moves Forward

The bill could also allow undocumented immigrants to buy insurance through California’s health care exchange.
Credit Katie Orr / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown says California faces a lot of challenges, but he still sees the state on an upward trend.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr.

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Supreme Court Decision
5:55 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Medicine Disposal Requirements Upheld

In a decision reaching from Washington to your medicine cabinet, the US Supreme Court has held that local governments can require pharmaceutical companies to take responsibility for the collection and disposal of their excess products.

Heidi Sanborn,  Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council, says laws such as the Alameda ordinance, are advancing the concept of “Extended Producer Responsibility,” which is a critical component of overall efforts to reduce consumer waste.

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California Update
6:18 am
Thu May 28, 2015

California Budget Proposal Raises Questions Of Vaccine Bill Retaliation

Credit mirror.co.uk

  Assembly Republicans want to know if Legislative Democrats are using their state budget proposals to punish a medical group that opposes California’s divisive vaccine bill.

 

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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Agricultural Compliance Required
5:56 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Implementation of Riparian Corridor Rules Begins

"Blue line streams" such as those shown on this USGS map, have new environmental protections enacted by Sonoma County
Credit Sonoma County Department of Agriculture

  Sonoma County’s Riparian Corridor ordinance is the culmination of an effort that began 25 years earlier. But a late addition to the new rules is causing some grumbling among growers.

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California Update
7:12 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Strong El Niño May Not End California Drought

U.S. forecasters say there's an 80 percent chance that El Niño will continue through 2015 in the Northern Hemisphere.
Credit Ed Joyce / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: The California Assembly has passed a bill that would raise the filing fee for a voter initiative or referendum from $200 to $8,000.

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce and Ben Adler.

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New Measure Would Require Opting Out
6:32 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Expanding 'Motor Voter' Registrations

The 1993 federal Motor Voter law only requires states to offer voter registration through DMV offices. California's proposed new measure would automatically register the holders of all new or renewed driver's licenses, but includes an 'opt out' option.

  

  Voter turnout hit record lows in California last year. So new legislation in Sacramento aims to increase registration, as a first step toward greater electoral participation.

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California Update
8:27 am
Tue May 26, 2015

State Builds Emergency Barrier To Protect Water Supplies

California’s jobless rate dropped from 6.5% in March to 6.3% in April. The national unemployment rate is 5.4%.
Credit mercurynews.com

  ALSO: Another strong jobs report for California.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

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North Bay News
7:53 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Prepping for Fire Season With the Hot Shots

Shasta Lake Hot Shots cutting a line
Credit KRCB

Fire season is coming fast upon us. Up and down the state firefighting agencies are busy preparing for a year that could be one of the worst --- as drought continues to cripple the state. KRCB recently spent a day with a group of elite wildland fire fighters to learn what goes into getting ready for fire season. 

To learn more about Hot Shot crews, including what it takes to be one, visit the U.S. Forest Service website.  

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