The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in upcoming workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

“Sonoma County will recover from these devastating fires, but we cannot do it alone,” said Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore. “We invite community members from every corner of the County to come to the table and share your ideas about what actions will help lead to a successful recovery and resilient future.”

Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

The Sonoma City Council will be talking about cannabis at its Monday July 23 meeting. On the agenda – a citizen petition to hold a referendum making sale for recreational and medical use legal in the town.

A month ago about 50 folks gathered at the Sonoma Grille to talk about cannabis. They were united by their interest in the plant – with a focus on the business of pot.

Our news director Steve Mencher was there as organizer Michael Coats kicked off the meeting of the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts.

Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history.  

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed asbestos removals at 93 properties in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. 

Survivors of the October 2017 wildfires have one week left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

The deadline for both is Dec. 11, 2017 for those with losses. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues to make steady progress on the Consolidated Debris Removal Program in Northern California following the October 2017 wildfires. 

Residents recovering from the October 2017 fires in California have less than two weeks left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. The last day to register is Dec. 11, 2017. 

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Santa Rosa to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance. The DRC is a continuation of the locally led assistance center that opened in the early days of the fire response. 

The center is in the Press Democrat Building at 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95410, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. 


Debris Removal Process and Frequently Asked Questions

In coordination with state and federal partners, the County of Sonoma will hold a community meeting from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. The meeting will be held at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall located at 126 1st St. West, in Sonoma. 

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

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

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

October 16, 2017
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Evacuation CentersCurrently Open

The following centers are open and accepting people evacuated.

Sonoma Vineyard Doubles as Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jul 3, 2017
Steve Mencher, KRCB

Micro-grids are scaled-down versions of the giant network that delivers electricity across huge distances to thousands of customers. They hold great promise for both utilizing renewable power and serving remote or isolated populations. And an important testing ground for this emerging technology is a local vineyard.

Stone Edge Farm is part of a group of related businesses that are each exploring ways to adapt renewable energy technologies to their operations. Ryan Stoltenberg runs through the various applications.

Measure C Fails, Leah Gold Wins in Special Elections

Jun 6, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

Record spending by outside business interests dominated yesterday’s special election in Sonoma County, but Santa Rosa’s Measure C was not the day’s only story. 

Voter turnout was low yesterday with just 40 thousand ballots cast, nearly three-quarters of them in Santa Rosa. See the final totals here.

Carbon Farming with Biochar

Feb 21, 2017
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.

Deconstructing Libertarianism

Sep 28, 2016

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years which have moved it well away from its philosophical origins. A locally produced analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. 

Three of the authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a special book event in Sonoma Friday evening. For details, click here.

Arrowood Photography

Wild mustangs are an enduring symbol of American culture - representing freedom, beauty and power. But these horses are rapidly losing their place on public lands. One Sonoma County resident is trying to change that by providing a local sanctuary for displaced mustangs. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find out more about Montgomery Creek Ranch and horses up for adoption at their website. Founder Ellie Phipps-Price also produced a full-length documentary film on the United States' wild horses called "American Mustang." 

Inside Baseball at the Semi-Pro Level

Jul 11, 2016
Sonoma Stompers

  Armchair analysts tell themselves they could run a baseball team better that whoever is really doing it. But when two sportswriters got a chance to actually do that, it wasn’t quite what they expected.

How do two guys who mostly write and talk about baseball wind up helping to run a team? Sam Miller, co-author with Ben Lindbergh of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, says it was the indirect result of an off-the-cuff comment on their podcast.

Sonoma Museum Opens Surfboard Exhibit

Jun 30, 2016
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

  Surfboards---from rough-hewn slabs of wood to carefully shaped pieces of fiberglass, and from Hawaii to Africa—are all on display in Sonoma this summer.

  Every surfboard in the exhibit has a story behind it—including the one that curator Richard Henvin is holding in the photograph at the right.

Included in the Surf Craft show are rare boards designed by the early and influential board-maker Bob Simmons.

Sonoma Opens Homes to Talented Visitors

Jun 21, 2016

  From accomplished actors to aspiring athletes, folks in Sonoma regularly welcome talented summer visitors into their homes, a practice that is continuing to grow.

In each of these cases, the host households are not paid for the housing they provide for their summer visitors. But Sonoma Stompers Assistant GM Tim Livingston says they do offer something in exchange.

Similarly, the Transcendence Theater Company shares tickets to their performances and donor events with the homeowners who host their staff and artists.

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

Young Adults with Autism Thrive in Their New Home

Dec 28, 2015

  Eight years in the making, a new living environment for young adults with autism is attracting nationwide attention to their shared homes in downtown Sonoma.

Envisioning a Future for Sonoma's Developmental Center

Apr 29, 2015
Sonoma Land Trust

For more than a century, the state Developmental Center has been a large and complex presence in the Sonoma Valley. But what will become of it in the future is a wide open question.

  It’s become clear to everyone involved that the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center will be quite different from its past or present. So how will that new path be determined?  John McCaull, a land acquisitions manager for the Sonoma Land Trust, explains the process being initiated this weekend to explore answers.

Nature, Viewing Devices Converge at Optics Fair

Sep 12, 2014

  Nature protectors, nature watchers, and the makers of tools for their observations will all converge in Sonoma on Sunday. It’s the 3rd annual Wine Country Optics Fair, and today we hear from one of the event’s founders about what you might find there.

Admission is free at the Wine Country Optics Fair on Sunday at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma.  Find additional details here or see the flyer below.

New Sonoma Plaza Flap Unfurls Over A Flag

Mar 12, 2014
Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Remember the outcry over the pink door at the ice cream parlor facing the Sonoma Plaza? The door has been allowed to stay, unchanged, so that particular fuss has been settled, just in time for a new one to flare up. This time, though, you could say the issue is black and white.

You can read Don Frances’ full report on this burning issue here.

Another Bid for Professional Baseball

Feb 18, 2014

  There hasn’t been a professional baseball team—at any level—since the Sonoma Crushers played their last game in Rohnert Park, back in 1886. Over the past decade there have been a series of false starts toward launching a team somewhere in Santa Rosa, then Petaluma, then Windsor. The newest bid to do that is looking to the town of Sonoma, where the new Sonoma Stompers are making plans to up shop for the coming summer.

Buses link Sonoma, Napa

Jan 8, 2014

In Napa County, they’ve nicknamed the local public transit system The Vine. But  they also have a weekday connection running between the cities of Napa and Sonoma. You’re about to hear the details on today’s Exchange. Here’s Bruce.

Bruce Robinson, talking with Napa County Transit Director Tom Roberts. That website for schedule information on the bus connection between Sonoma and Napa is here.

Sonoma Rejects Hotel Limits

Nov 20, 2013

  There was an election in the town of Sonoma yesterday—just a single ballot initiative on the ballot. To bring us up to date on the outcome, News Director Bruce Robinson spoke with David Bolling, the Editor and Publisher of the Sonoma Index Tribune.

Sonoma's Measure B

Nov 15, 2013

Just when you thought the election season was over for the year, voters in Sonoma are deciding a special referendum tomorrow on the fate of future hotels in their town.