Petaluma

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Sheep can chew down grasses that might later burn, snack on unwanted poison oak, and fertilize the soil as they go. And they can co-exist with human users of parklands while doing all that.

Sheep are an alternative to using tractors dragging discs to plow grass under and create firebreaks. But unlike the machines, says Aaron Gilliam, the sheep will graze around ground-level bird nests, and positively coexist with the native fauna in other ways, too.

Join KRCB, KQED, NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company for a celebration of the Tiny Desk Contest community in Petaluma! This event will feature a live performance by 2017 Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas, as well as some of our favorite local artists who entered the Contest this year:

Royal Jelly Jive 

Diana Gameros

Black Sheep Brass Band

Saturday February 11th - The Reverend Shawn Amos stops by KRCB-FM Radio 91 to visit with Doug Jayne on Our Roots Are Showing at 3:30 pm.

Tune in for Curtain Call, Sunday morning at 10, when host Charles Sepos chats first with director Larry Williams and actors Gene Abravaya and Steven Kent Barker. They talk about the musical “1776," February 10th through 26th at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 

Next, Actor Eric Thompson, puppeteer Sheila Devitt and producer Ellie Lichenstein preview Trevor Allen’s "One Stone,” February 10th through 19th at Cinnabar Theater. 

Join Brian on the Radio Friday morning, February 3rd, in the 11:00 am hour when recording artist, Forestville native, former American Idol contestant, and all-around good guy, David Luning stops by!

The electoral upheaval at the national level was not felt much in Sonoma County’s local races, where big money from Independent Expenditure Committees bought mixed results.

With both houses of Congress and the White House controlled by Republicans going forward, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman told KRCB Television that he and his colleagues in the Democratic minority will continue to exercise their role as the "loyal opposition," while stopping short of the disruptive tactics GOP lawmakers deployed to thwart the Obama administration.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From the neck up, she is 26 feet tall, with a head-full of fire-breathing snakes. It’s the Burning Man version of Medusa, the attention-commanding creation of Petaluma artist Kevin Clark.

Behind the mask and beneath the flaming snakeheads, medusa also offers a communal space, explains the man who (with considerable help) made her.

Sonoma Cast Stone

  In their perpetual quest for new and better winemaking tools and methods, some Northern California vintners have been turning to something that is almost as old as wine itself.

Sonoma County Water Agency

  As local well owners, water suppliers, and other stakeholders begin to implement the state’s new groundwater management law, they’re having to find ways to make something designed for central and southern California still work locally.

A series of three local workshops on implementation of the state’s the Groundwater Management Act hav e been planned in Sonoma County. See the full schedule below.

Thursday, June 30
Sonoma Valley Workshop
6-8 p.m.
Sonoma Charter School
17202 Highway 12, Fetters Hot Springs

  A significant share of Petaluma’s homeless population are addicted to alcohol or drugs, so a new program there is offering expedited treatment as a first step toward getting housed.

  For some people, says COTS CEO Mike Johnson, a decision to finally seek help and get clean and sober requires some extra pressure, such as the treat of a jail term. And the length of that threatened term makes a difference.

The Sober Circle is still in its early days, and program director Robin Phoenix says there have been a few little bumps along their learning curve.

When and Where to see and hear great LOCAL music in and around Sonoma County!

When and where to see and hear great LOCAL music in the North Bay!

Where and when to go see and hear great music in the North Bay!

  A darkly humorous author avatar and a lightly fictionalized Sonoma County city feature prominently in a new novel by a local writer who knows them both well. 

COTS Re-opens Doors to Family Shelter

Jun 28, 2015
KRCB

This week in Petaluma COTS, or Committee on the Shelterless, re-opens its facility to help homeless families, after shutting its doors three years ago. The shelter is located at 1500 Petaluma Blvd South. 

Jordan D. Schnitzer
Photo credit: Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services

Sunday, April 5th at 10am:
 

Tune in for Curtain Call at its new time, Sunday morning at 10, when your host, Charles Sepos, chats first with art collector and philanthropist, Jordan Schnitzer. They talk about the exhibition “Andy Warhol to Kara Walker: Picturing the Iconic,” opening April 10th at the newly expanded Art Museum of Sonoma County.

 

  Filming a TV spot for a McDonald's egg sandwich in Petaluma may have seemed cute to their marketing team—and the former Egg Basket of the World does look good in it—but the fast food giant is getting some pushback from local advocates for localism.

You can see the full McDonald's ad, and the hometown response to it, below.

  The biggest obstacle to turning salt water into fresh water is the considerable energy that’s required. A new Petaluma- based company believes it has found a way to cut those costs by more than 80%, and is now out to prove it.

    Beyond the promise the new Trevi Systems technology holds for desalinating seawater, CEO John Webley says there may be even greater potential in cleaning up municipal wastewater.

  In the 81 years since Prohibition ended, winemaking in California and the United States has made a remarkable recovery. In fact, says documentarian Carla De Luca Worfolk, the long dry years actually set the stage for those gains.

   In researching the various ways that California’s grape growers were able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by Prohibition, filmmaker Carla De Luca Worfolk says she was most impressed to learn about the production and distribution of what were known as “wine bricks.”

  Sonoma County voters came out strongly for education spending in this election, but they also largely supported current or returning city council members while  adding a newcomer to the county board of supervisors.

Full Sonoma County election results can be found here.

  Homelessness and the cost of rental housing are both going up in Sonoma County, which isn’t a good combination.  The question of how to maintain cultural and economic diversity in the face of these conditions is the focus of a North Bay Sustainability Mixer in Petaluma tomorrow night. Here’s a preview.

COTS' Mike Johnson will be one of four scheduled speakers at that gathering and mixer, which begins at 7 pm. You can find more information about it here.

Coastal California Owes Much to its Famous Fog

Aug 7, 2014
image courtesy of Flickr user Volker Neumann

Rolling coastal fog is part of the fabric of life near the Pacific Ocean. These low, damp clouds cool the area, while supporting agriculture and wildlife. Researchers are now working on measuring the value of fog, even as climate change makes its future uncertain.  

 

  We’ve all heard the saying,” It takes a village to raise a child.” But that same sort of collaborative community can play an important part in the lives of its older members as well. That’s what the Village Network of Petaluma is setting out to create., as we hear on today’s segment.

The Village Network of Petaluma will be holding their Kick Off and Membership Drive at the Petaluma Library Saturday afternoon, April 19 from 1-3 pm.  As their invitation says:

Plans for a new asphalt production facility alongside the Petaluma River on the south side of that city have been a hot button issue for more than five years now. After the Dutra plant was approved by county supervisors in late 2010, it was promptly challenged in court by the city of Petaluma and a group of local environmental groups. That case that was dismissed by the State Court of Appeal last week, but there’s still at least one more round of legal arguments being made, as we hear today.

Ugly Dogs Vie For Crown

Jun 21, 2013
Photos by Kira Stackhouse, Courtesy World's Ugliest Dog (R) Contest

On Friday the Sonoma-Marin Fair hosts the 2013 World's Ugliest Dog contest. Roughly 30 mutts, pugs and Chinese crested dogs will vie for the title and $1,500. KRCB reporter Danielle Venton visited one of the dogs preparing for the contest, Grovie of Santa Rosa, and files this report.

The event, in its 25th year grabs headlines from around the world and was recently the subject of a documentary "Worst In Show." 

KRCB photo by Danielle Venton

Big changes are underway at the venerable Hotel Petaluma, as a new owner implements upgrades. But evicted tenants and others contend that the former occupants have gotten a raw deal in the process. Bruce Robinson reports.