Cricket Speeds Up, Gains Popularity in the North Bay

Oct 29, 2015
Napa Valley Cricket Club

  Playing cricket requires a bat and ball, and the ability to throw, catch and hit—just enough similarities to help the sport find a toehold in the North Bay.

  The Sonoma Gullies are one of three teams now active in the North Bay's Last Man Stands cricket games. The team takes its name from a Hindi word for “alleyway,” where kids will often play pick-up games in India. Team member Anu Shah says the local team also grew from informal beginnings.

Unraveling Baseball's Unwritten Rules

Apr 1, 2015

  Another new baseball season is about to begin, bringing with it a few changes in the rules. But there’s another set of rules in play that don’t change much, and rarely get spelled out.

  Paul Dickson has written  more than 50 non-fiction books and countless articles on subjects from toasting to ice cream to baseball to slang to Sputnik. He says he wrote this one when he became interested in learning more about the "covert aspects" of the game.

New Sonoma Mountain Park Dedicated

Mar 23, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  More than 10 years in the making, the newest Regional Park in Sonoma County offer bucolic vistas and a comfortably serpentine trail that belies the behind-the-scenes work required to create it. The park was officially dedicated Monday afternoon.

   Creating a large new public park is always a complex process, says Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart. But this one was more challenging than most.


Talking Rock Climbing with Kevin Jorgeson

Jan 16, 2015

  Over the past three weeks, Sebastopol resident Kevin Jorgeson  has gone from fame among rock climbers to international acclaim. But his unprecedented free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall was something that he and climbing partner Tommy Caldwell were already preparing for when Jorgeson talked with KRCB back in April of 2010. In honor of his new accomplishment, we reprise that interview now.

Venture Capital Meets Conservation in New Coalition

Dec 18, 2014
Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

  A dozen heads of investment firms think the U.S. should be "investing" in more protections for public land. They've formed a new Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition, and are making the points that today's workforce wants an active, healthy lifestyle that the outdoors can provide – and employers want to keep them happy.

  California State Parks manages two properties totaling 6600 acres in western Sonoma County. But the process of preparing a plan for that management is only now getting started.

Both Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area are overdue to get General Plans. But it is still uncertain if combining those documents for the two adjacent properties is the best approach, says Michelle Luna, who heads the non-profit Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Spreading the Maker Movment

May 14, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  First there was MAKE magazine. Then there were the Maker Faires. And there’s still more making on the way.

Described as "The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the 9th annual Bay Area Maker Faire will be held at the San Mateo Events Center May 17 & 18, 2014. Get more information here, or click here for tickets.

Anderson Honored as ‘Conservation Hero’

Feb 13, 2014

Craig Anderson, Executive Director of the outdoor conservation non-profit, Landpaths, has been named Bay Nature’s “Conservation Hero” for this year. It’s an award that his colleagues are roundly applauding.

iWalk Sonoma County Offers New Challenges for 2014

Jan 14, 2014

To overcome the winter doldrums —and perhaps help with some faltering New Year’s Resolutions -- Sonoma County’s iWalk program is back in action, this time with some new challenges. What are they? Today’s Exchange has answers.

Sign-ups are open now; the 10 week Challenge period begins Jan. 27.

Statewide Coastal Trail Group Forming

Jan 13, 2014

  California’s coastline spans 1200 miles and well over 100 local governments and other jurisdictions. A new initiative from Coastwalk in Sebastopol is trying to bring them all together in support of completing a single publicly accessible trail along the entire coast, and we learn more about that on today’s Exchange  segment.

Inside Taylor Mountain Regional Park

Nov 27, 2013
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  If you’re looking for a way to walk off a big dinner or avoid the crowds who are out shopping on Black Friday, consider a visit to the newest Sonoma County Regional Park.

Enlarge the map below to see the hiking trails already in place at the new Regional Park.

New Growth in Old Redwood Grove

Nov 8, 2013

One of the quiet wonders of western Sonoma County is the Grove of the Old Trees, a 33-acre stand of ancient redwoods that has been preserved and kept open to the public since 2000. And it will soon be getting bigger, as LandPaths Executive Director Craig Anderson explained to KRCB’s Bruce Robinson.

A Dogged Effort to Block Invasive Mussels

Jul 8, 2013
Kelly Ryan for KRCB

  Invasive zebra and Quagga mussels have clogged a path of destruction westward from the Great Lakes into California, where they are now being held at bay by a team of specially trained dogs. One of them was in action at Lake Sonoma over the weekend, and reporter Kelly Ryan was there, too.

The Magazine that 'Made' a Movement

May 11, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Dale Dougherty had a hunch he was onto something when he launched MAKE Magazine, but he had no idea what a responsive chord he’d be striking.

MAKE is now published in five foreign-language editions, all in Asia, with an English-for-Europe version in the pipeline. Maker Media also produces a digital edition, and has posted many how-to videos online. And CEO Dale Dougherty says they are also branching out into another once-popular area of merchandising.

Napa's 'Vine Trail' gains momentum

Feb 26, 2013
Shannon Kuleto, Napa Valley Vine Trail

Cycling enthusiasts are celebrating in the Napa Valley. A long-awaited bike path is gaining momentum. The 47-mile Napa Valley Vine Trail, stretching from Vallejo to Calistoga, will turn the area into a world-class destination for cyclists, both local and visiting. KRCB reporter Danielle Venton tries out the first mile.

Taylor Mt. Park to Open

Feb 20, 2013
Sonoma County Regional Parks

From  the slopes of Santa Rosa’s Taylor Mountain, hikers can see broad expanses of much of central Sonoma County. Beginning this weekend, they can also see the new park that offers those vistas. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.