North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Russian Riverkeeper

  The Russian River is the primary water way in the North Bay, but for most of its length, it flows quietly out of sight. This week, a group of river stakeholders, organized by LandPaths and Supervisor James Gore, are beginning a firsthand exploration of the waterway by kayak. Russian Riverkeeper Don McEnhill is leading the group, and checked in with KRCB to tell us about what they saw today.

Assembly Extends State Climate Change Goals

9 hours ago

  An expansion of California’s climate change goals has cleared its most difficult obstacle in the state Legislature.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Katie McMurran

Bolinas-based composer Suzanne Ciani has achieved success and earned five Grammy nominations for her New Age piano music – but her body of work goes far beyond that one category. Ciani was an early pioneer of the Buchla – an unusual electronic instrument developed here in the Bay Area in the 1960’s. Now thanks to renewed interest… and a recent music reissue… Ciani finds herself returning to her analog electronic sounds. Katie McMurran has her story.

Ciani made the recording below  in Paris in 1971.

Counties Could Hold More All-Mail Elections

Aug 23, 2016

  ALSO: More than 10-thousand firefighters in California continue to battle six large wildfires across the state. Cal Fire reports that crews were able to contain about 250 new fires that began in just the last week alone.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Amy Quinton.

Nicolas Grizzle, SSU

  Dr. Judy Sakaki, the newly installed 7th president of Sonoma State University, greeted the campus community yesterday at the annual convocation, which marks the beginning of the new academic year. 

Dr. Sakaki addressed the convocation for more than 30 minutes, during which she also introduced the new members of her administration. You can hear her speech in its entirety below.

Travelers to Zika Areas Need to Prevent Infection at Home

Aug 22, 2016

  ALSO: The California Legislature voted to increase public records requirements for charter schools.

Today's reporting by Ja'Nel Johnson and Ben Bradford.

Garbiel Ng

  Increasing acidity in the world’s oceans is affecting far more than coral reefs. A local researcher is studying how changing pH in seawater may alter the balance of life in tide pools along the North Coast.

  Community members, parks staff, and elected officials will gather in Bodega Bay on Friday, Aug. 19, to dedicate the newest segment of the Bodega Bay Pedestrian & Bicycle Trail and to name a trail bridge in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Burko, the late State Parks superintendent who oversaw the Sonoma Coast.

California Lawmakers Mull How To Spend Cap-And-Trade Money

Aug 19, 2016
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  ALSO: More than five times as many Democrats as Republicans registered to vote in California during the first half of the year.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton, Ben Adler, and Ben Bradford.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  With new legislation at last providing uniform statewide guidelines for medical marijuana in California, and the possibility of legalizing recreational use on the November ballot, cannabis is attaining new visibility in the business community. But that is accompanied by a great deal of uncertainty, which was a big part of the discussion at a Cannabis Impact conference in Rohnert Park this week.