North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Maker Space sign
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Sonoma State University has just opened a newly enlarged and renovated “maker space.” If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a place where people can use a variety of tools – from sewing machines to laser cutters to 3-D printers – to collaborate creatively. The National Science Foundation provided a large grant to set up the space in the SSU library, and physics professor Jeremy Qualls provided leadership to get the project off the ground. He spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher at the ribbon cutting in early October.


Seeking to establish a secure environment for Sonoma County residents, the North Bay Rapid Response Network is creating a hotline for residents to witness immigration enforcement activities that threaten members of our community.

The 24-hour hotline will activate a phone tree that calls volunteers to respond to raids on undocumented immigrants by ICE and other agencies. 

California Update for Wednesday, October 26, 2017

Oct 25, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• It's Flood Preparedness Week, and state officials are worried about water runoff and quality issues at the sites of recent fires. State workers are evaluating risk factors, such as mud flows in urban areas, at these locations.

• A panel of California lawmakers is promising state action, after a major cyber security breach at the credit agency Equifax.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

Our Friend, the Bat

Oct 24, 2017
Elaine Miller Bond

All the flying mammals in the world are bats: the pollinators, the blood-sippers, and the insect-eaters. In Northern California, most bats spend their nights hunting down the kinds of insects people regard as pests. These include moths, which, in larva form, can devastate an entire field of corn or soybeans. Reporter Sarah Reith caught up with a farm adviser and an animal rescue worker to learn more about these voracious nighttime creatures.

California Update for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

• After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shot down single-payer health care, he tasked a committee with taking a hard look at universal coverage. They hold their first hearings this week.

• California’s new gas tax will add twelve cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel starting November 1st. That will help pay for tens of billions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance and roadwork. Officials say catching up on it all will take years.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Daniel Potter.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017

• An alleged joke made by Vice President Mike Pence about “hanging gay people” might have been the inspiration for a vicious poster found hanging on the walls at Cleveland University this week and university officials are being criticized for defending it.   

• California will have a new legal gender designation called “non-binary” that can replace traditional male or female designations on birth certificates and drivers licenses. 

• The HRC released the 2017 Municipal Equality Index this week.  Santa Rosa and Guerneville scored well above average.

California Update for Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• When the four Democratic candidates in next year’s California governor’s race debated for the first time over the weekend, they really only disagreed over one thing: single-payer health care.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Bob Young Vietnam vet
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Bob Young talks to us about saving lives as a medical corpsman in Vietnam, and taking them too when threatened by enemy soldiers. Years after his combat duty, he found himself diving out of his bed -- as if he was once again under fire. With the help of his family, he's been able to move forward with his life, understanding his PTSD and getting it somewhat under control. Listen to his story below:

Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman present Company town
Allison Levenson

"Company Town," a new documentary, airs on KRCB Monday October 23 at 9 p.m. Filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman chronicle a Board of Supervisors race in San Francisco -– a race that became something of a last stand for those fighting gentrification in the city.

Kaufman and Snitow spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about their film. 

Watch the trailer below:

California Update for Friday, October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017
AP photo

• State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the data surrounding the outbreak of fires in California this month is "chilling." He says more than 54-hundred homes were destroyed and nearly 42-hundred damaged.

• Hundreds of people respond to fires just as firefighters do. And, as we saw this week, their lives are in danger too.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Bob Moffitt.


The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa have opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS). The LAC is a one-stop shop where residents who have been affected by the fires can find about critical services to help you recover from the fire disaster.

 Local Assistance Center (LAC)  

 9:00 AM-7:00 daily, last entry by 6:00 PM 
Open daily from October 14-October 22 
Please note: hours and days of operation may change based upon need for services  

California Update for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

• California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.

• The many thousands of people who lost their homes, condos and apartments in wildfires burning in Northern California will have to find new places to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Cody Drabble.

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings: TOMORROW: Thursday, October 19 

Re-Entering Neighborhoods, Debris Removal and Clean Up, and Shelter and Temporary Housing Update  


The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco will be offering resources to victims of the North Bay wildfires in Santa Rosa. 

Some of the resources being offered will include support in accessing important personal documents that were lost due to the fires, assistance in finding short-term shelter, missing persons services, as well as information regarding emergency economic support.

They will be present at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center at 779 Sebastopol Rd. on Thursday Oct.19 and Friday Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


UPDATED Wednesday 10/18/17 10:07am

Mendocino Temple Holds Secret of Immigrants Past

Oct 17, 2017
Kwan Tai Temple altar
Sarah Reith

In the latter half of the 19th century, the village of Mendocino was home to one of the few large Chinese communities on the Pacific north coast. Mendocino’s Chinatown burned in 1910. Since then, its history has been pieced together through interviews and scraps of documents. Historian Jeff Kan Lee and reporter Sarah Reith took a tour of the Chinese Taoist temple in Mendocino one recent Saturday afternoon.

 This story originally appeared on KZYX, Mendocino.

Volunteers at Local Assistance Center
Milagros Gomez

A Local Assistance Center (LAC), which officials are calling a “one stop shop” to provide resources to those affected by the ongoing fires, opened October 14 in downtown Santa Rosa in the first floor of the Press Democrat building at 427 Mendocino Ave. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with weekend hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among the agencies represented there are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as the state of California, Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa.

   Local Assistance Center 

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa have opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) starting Saturday, October 14th and open daily for at least 2 weeks. 

California Update for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017
Jeff Chiu / AP photo

• Many evacuation orders in Northern California have been lifted after the deadliest week of wildfires in the state’s history. But officials with CalFire caution that fire season is far from over.

• California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation Sunday. He also vetoed more than 100 measures.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

Sonoma County Firefighters
Sonoma County

The psychological toll from our local fires is very much on our minds today, as people return to their neighborhoods to find homes that are destroyed, damaged, or in some cases, unscathed. News director Steve Mencher visited the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Building and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday afternoon and has this report.

 Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:10am 
SMART will resume its full service schedule Monday, reopening the Santa Rosa North and Sonoma County Airport stations that had been closed due to extreme fire conditions. Free service will continue through Wednesday to assist those who need transportation options. Service resumes Monday morning from Sonoma County Airport to downtown San Rafael, serving all stations in between.  

Pete Stringfellow

Songwriter Pete Stringfellow has donated the hit "Santa Rosa," which he cowrote with Glenn Dawson to the fire relief effort, posting the song for streaming and downloads on his Santa Rosa Strong web page. Below, a performance of the song at the county fairgrounds in August, 2013. He also performed the song in our studio today and we'll be sharing that performance later this week .

From: NAPA County Sheriff's Office - 

City of Calistoga Evacuation Order is hereby lifted effective at 2:00 PM today, Oct. 15th.

Community Information

Published:  October 15, 2017 at 3:54 AM

Current Evacuations: 

October 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM  

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa are opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 14th and will be open daily for at least two weeks.


Local Assistance Center (LAC) 


Opens at 9:00 AM, last entry at 6:00 PM, daily for at least two weeks


SONOMA COUNTY - Clinic and Urgent Care Locations

Published:  October 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Clinic and Urgent Care locations open during this fire emergency.


·         Alexander Valley Healthcare
6 Tarman Drive 

(707) 479-3553
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM



Type in your address in the search bar below to determine if your home is within the evacuation area. 

Webpage updated: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:42 AM

Friday Morning Update (Revised) (10/13/2017)


Sonoma County Update on Multiple Fires

Update: October 13, 2017; 8:00 P.M.


SANTA ROSA, CA – Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County. The County’s Emergency Operations Center remains active and is staffed around the clock.

CAL FIRE continues to release fire activity and containment information at approximately 7:00am and 7:00pm daily at There are 19 confirmed fatalities from the emergency.


UPDATED: Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:55AM

Friday Morning Update (Revised) (10/13/2017)


Santa Rosa Fire Info Line: 707-543-4511

For TDD, call 707-543-4536; or you may use the 711 Relay Service

For life-threatening emergencies dial 9-1-1

Confirmed Evacuation Areas

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 12, 2017 at 10:35 PM

Mandatory evacuation orders means it is unsafe to remain or re-enter that area.

Advisory evacuation means residents are under advisory and should consider readying for evacuation should the situation worsen.

Evacuation Areas

The following areas remain under mandatory evacuation orders unless otherwise indicated.

Agua Caliente Advisory Evacuations