North Bay News

Growing Greenery to Counter Carbon
6:38 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Introducing the Waterboxx

Newly installed Waterboxxes dot a hillside at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park, where they are re-establishing oaks and other native trees in the area.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A simple but carefully designed planter box allows newly planted trees to grow and flourish, using just the water naturally available in their environment.

  The Waterboxx is installed around a newly planted tree, and remains in place for a year or more, until the sapling is established. Caitlin Cornwall from the Sonoma Ecology Center explains what goes on during that time.

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California Update
6:17 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Bill Would Require Search Warrants For Digital Files

Democrats continue to be the most popular party in California by a wide margin, at 43 percent. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of eligible Californians are not registered to vote at all.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: The California Secretary of State’s office says nearly a quarter of voters are now registered without party preference.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles Increasing
6:28 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Hybrid Trucks Deliver Small But Growing Market Share

Hino's Class 5 cab-over delivery truck

  Over the past 15 years, Hybrid cars have become a familiar presence on California’s roads and highways, but they are just beginning to be joined by hybrid delivery trucks.

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Benefits From Eduction
10:58 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Job Prospects Better for California College Grads

California ranks eighth among states as a promising online job market for positions that require college degrees, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Credit Chris Thomas

  In California's job market today, a college degree is a definite benefit. But not all majors offer the same advantages, as Chris Thomas reports.

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California Update
6:12 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Some Immigrants Having Trouble Obtaining AB 60 Licenses

The grounds of the state Capitol, as seen from the top of its outer dome. The state has intentionally let much of its grass die off to save water during the drought.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a $1 billion aid package with money for emergency drought relief and long-term water projects.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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Energy & Climate
5:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

100% Renewable Energy, is it Possible?

A wind turbine on Altamont Pass. Wind energy is now cost-competitive with natural gas
Credit Flickr user Baron Reznik/Creative Commons

Energy: civilization can’t run without it. But the way we use energy – depending mostly on fossil fuel – can’t go on for long, say analysts worried about the rising impacts of climate change. Elena Krieger director of Oakland-based energy think tank PSE Healthy Energy has a plan for boosting renewable energy. 

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Parks Update
7:07 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sonoma County Regional Parks Going Green

Credit ca-ilg.org

  From employee miles driven, to landscape watering, to miles and miles of toilet paper, Regional Parks is looking at myriad ways of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  John Ryan shares some of the ways Sonoma County Regional Parks is going green.

Learn more about your Sonoma County Regional Parks.

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California Update
6:37 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State Eases Sex Offender Residency Limits

Ankle monitor worn by a registered sex offender.
Credit news10.net/AP

  ALSO: A recent poll shows support for the legalization of recreational marijuana is growing in California.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr.

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North Bay News
5:33 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Teacher-District Disagreements in Santa Rosa

Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

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North Bay News
5:33 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Teacher-District Disagreements in Santa Rosa

Credit Flickr/creative commons

Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

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