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After a year getting acquainted with the inner workings of Sonoma County's Department of Health Services, Barbie Robinson is starting her new job as the department's head with plans for some ambitious collaboration at the top of her agenda.

As Barbie Robinson takes the helm of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, she is keenly aware that the biggest challenge she will face in the near future is the possible repeal of the nation al Affordable Care Act.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It’s similar to the president’s January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

PG&E Decides Some Pot Growers Can Qualify For Ag Energy Rate

Mar 6, 2017
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ALSO: Assembly To Vote On $3B Park Bond

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

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For nearly ten years, a group of volunteers have been gathering every first Saturday of the month to clean up trash and help beautify the Santa Rosa Creek. Now what was once just considered a flood controlling waterway for the city has become a vibrant creek filled with life. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi checked out this month’s clean up.

CA Supreme Court Rules Private E-mails Can Be Public Record

Mar 3, 2017
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ALSO: Work crews are hauling away massive amounts of debris from the base of the damaged Oroville spillway, making it possible that a shuttered power plant could resume operation. Also, plans to redesign the spillway could set a new global standard.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Randol White.

Training new teachers for local schools isn’t enough. The Sonoma County office of Education is also partnering in efforts to help secure housing for them.

Learn more about the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County here.

Near Record Snowpack Readings For Sierra Nevada

Mar 2, 2017
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ALSO: A Democratic state senator wants the labels on cleaning products sold in California to include their ingredients. 

Today's reporting by Randol White and Daniel Potter.

To meet the persistent shortage of teachers locally, a new program is recruiting and training would-be educators who are already here, but doing something else right now.

One of the re-entry members in the current cohort is Amanda Park, who already has teaching experience, but decided to change course after moving to California last year.

Derek DiBenedetti has long enjoyed being a high school baseball coach. Now he’s joined the teacher internship program in order to be on campus even more of the time.

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ALSO: Beginning today, signage for all single use bathrooms in California must indicate that it is for all genders.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Donald Trump, both personally and politically, is deeply unpopular with a wide swath of Americans. That’s not a basis for impeachment, but there does appear to be one in the US Constitution.

With a strong Republican majority controlling both houses of Congress, it may not be surprising that no individual representative has yet come forward to argue for impeachment. But Norman Solomon, co-chair of the Mill Valley-based Grass Roots Coalition for Grass Roots Progress, says there has been one preliminary step taken.

Dem Senators In CA Express Regrets After Removing GOP Colleague

Feb 28, 2017
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ALSO: California's top Democratic state lawmakers say they want more transparency about recent immigration raids in California. They've filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

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Many of us start our day with a hot cup of coffee but for some local men who’ve gone through Redwood Gospel Mission’s coffee roasting program that cup of joe is beginning to mean a lot more. For them it could be a new way of life. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Redwood Gospel Coffee Company offers several varieties of specialty roasted coffee sourced from around the globe.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris recently claimed "studies have shown Latinos are more than 40 percent less likely to call 911 when they have been a victim of a crime.” One key study backs this up. PolitiFact California rated this Mostly True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Sonoma County is grappling with the many complexities of legalizing cannabis, bringing a fast-growing, largely free-wheeling industry under governmental control. Opponents of Measure A, which would tax cannabis businesses here, fear it will cripple the small-scale operations it is out to regulate.

Sonoma County Republicans have officially opposed measure A. The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association took no position, but their Executive Director, Dan Drummond, says he personally is inclined to favor it, despite some misgivings.

California Senator Ousted From Floor

Feb 24, 2017
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Security forcibly removed a California Senator from the floor of the chamber for the first time in the memory of long-time state Capitol staff.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Living With Autism

Feb 23, 2017

While Temple Grandin has become a well-known exemplar of a person with autism, attaining that status required overcoming a daunting series of challenges. It was a journey begun and largely shared with her mother, Eustacia Cutler, who has become an ardent advocate for families that include children on the autism spectrum. She has her own story to tell.

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ALSO: Congressman Tom McClintock told reporters that he would support cutting off federal funds not just to sanctuary cities -- but even to the state of California.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Lawmakers Look To End Jails That Don't Allow In-Person Visits

Feb 22, 2017
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ALSO: The labels on sugary drinks would have to warn consumers they can cause health problems, under a bill in the California Legislature. This isn’t the first time such a measure has been proposed...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

In centuries past, bio-char helped grow food for the indigenous people of the Amazon basin for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards arrived. Now it could help the 21st century world to slow global climate change.

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative is hosting a workshop on the process this Friday at Circle Bar Ranch south of Sonoma. Find details here.

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California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect. And there’s a potential conflict of interest in how the state inspects dams. Yet its program draws praise.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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The North Bay’s Highway 37 is one of the Bay Area’s many roadways that’s been plagued by flooding during this winter’s very wet season. But a recent U.C. Davis study suggests sea level rise is also playing a major factor in the highway’s flooding and transit agencies are taking note. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.

    

School Start Times Could Push Back to 8:30 A.M.

Feb 20, 2017
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ALSO: Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a single-payer health care system for all Californians, including immigrants living in the state illegally.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Mexican Senators Meet With California Dreamers

Feb 17, 2017
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ALSO: Winter rain and flooding in California has meant heavy erosion off hillsides and into the state’s waterways. Ecologically, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Amy Quinton.

An informational meeting about the expanding business of agri-tourism drew an intensely interested cross section of farmers, promoters and others to the Petaluma Community Center yesterday. 

Tim Zahner, Chief Marketing Officer for the Sonoma County Tourism office, says that the agricultural and culinary diversity of Sonoma County is one of the area’s greatest attractions.

Nancy Fiddler sees expanding operations to bring more visitors to her Rollin’ F Ranch near Sebastopol as a critical step to maintain her business viability.

California's State-Run Retirement Program Imperiled By House Vote

Feb 16, 2017
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ALSO: Nearly a hundred workers are part of a 24/7 crew assigned to the emergency Lake Oroville spillway repair project. 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Randol White.

The records made by the Beatles have sold millions of copies, and their songs have been heard exponentially more often. Yet there are details and surprises within that familiar music that can be revealed through careful deconstruction.

Producer George Martin not only supported the Beatles' studio experimentation, says Scott Freiman, he sometimes had a hand in the innovations himself.

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  ALSO: The Trump administration has approved emergency aid for California to help the state respond to the Oroville Dam situation and last month's heavy storms.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.

As school budgets shrink and curriculum requirements tighten, are Sonoma County students still getting taught about the arts? Creative Sonoma is trying to assess the situation, with an eye toward boosting those efforts going forward.

Creative Sonoma Director Kristen Madsen says the plan to address shortcomings in local arts education will be as comprehensive as possible—and give priority to areas where the needs are greatest—but implementation will have to proceed in stages.

Report: Lawmakers Should Extend Cap-And-Trade

Feb 14, 2017
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ALSO: Emergency conditions are improving for communities downstream from Lake Oroville according to incident command. However, an evacuation order remains in place for some 180-thousand people until engineers say the emergency spillway structure is safe.

Today's reporting by Ban Bradford and Randol White.

KRCB-Television has come out a winner in an auction of broadcast spectrum rights conducted by the FCC. While most viewers will not notice the resulting technical changes, the station’s long-term economic health has gotten a significant boost.

At the conclusion of the FCC spectrum auction process—which took more than three years to play out, North Bay Public media CEO Nancy Dobbs says the organization was able to accomplish the goals it established at the outset.

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