Sonoma County’s roads have taken a severe beating from this winter’s nonstop storms. Now the county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works is out with an initial estimate of over 16 million dollars worth of damages. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Santa Rosa is joining the ranks of cities across the nation that are broadening civil rights for immigrants but don’t call it a sanctuary city. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a resolution last night declaring it an Indivisible City.
Sausalito’s harborside restaurant FISH specializes in serving fresh and local seafood. But recently they have added fish shipped in from Florida and Kentucky to their menu. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi explains why.
What do you think of when you imagine your local landfill? Piles of trash? A foul stench? How about visions of peacocks? At Marin Sanitary Service those colorful birds, plus chickens and hogs are a part of the scene. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited the garbage service’s small farm, called the Flying Can Ranch, to bring us this report.
With rents continuing to rise and available housing stock dwindling, finding affordable housing in the Bay Area is increasingly difficult. Two North Bay groups have come up with creative ways to help more people keep a roof over their head. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
Learn more about how to legally build additional dwelling units in California at Lilypad.
It’s been over six months since Measure AA passed in the Bay Area with a two-thirds majority. The ballot measure, which will soon impose a parcel tax throughout the nine counties, is tasked with restoring wetlands and wildlife habitat. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi brings us an update on the agency in charge of allocating restoration funds.
Find out more about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, including when and where to attend meetings here.
This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the beginnings of the San Rafael-based humanitarian non-profit Roots of Peace. The group, founded by fifth-generation Marin County resident Heidi Kuhn, converts war-torn land in countries all over the world into rich and bountiful farmland. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports that with new federal funding, the organization can now take their efforts further.
Anyone that has ever visited one of Marin County’s crown jewels, the headlands, knows that there is only one of two ways to get there: A scenic two-lane road that winds along the hills or through the Baker-Barry Tunnel shortcut. But soon one of those two main arteries will be shutting down for a lengthy amount of time. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors are close to making a decisive decision on where and how much medical marijuana can be grown in parts of the county. It’s a step towards bringing this largely unregulated industry into compliance. But as KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the process has pitted small cannabis growers against their neighbors in rural, residential communities.
Over the next 20 years, sea levels along California’s coast are expected to rise by at least a foot, according to the National Research Council. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports on how Sonoma County is preparing a plan to deal with the looming reality of sea level rise.
Check out more of Permit Sonoma's Local Coast Plan events here.
For over a decade, Sonoma County 4-H and Slow Food Russian River's Heritage Turkey Project has been teaching local kids how to raise, butcher and sell Heritage Turkeys. That’s the colorful and longer-living turkeys that were nearly wiped out due to the commercial popularity of the traditional broad-breasted white turkey. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited a budding turkey farmer at his Santa Rosa home to find out more.
A fight over how to best use public open space land in Marin County is coming to a head. Caught in the middle is the Northern Spotted Owl, a federally listed endangered species. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports.
Can you remember what your school lunches were like? For many the thought can conjure up memories of bland sandwiches, dry meat meat patties and sugary juices. But with stricter food regulations and a general move towards healthy and nutritious eating those meals are poised to become a thing of the past. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one North Bay school district offering a different kind of lunch.
Sausalito and Marin City’s school district has been slowly gaining traction over the past 15 years by attracting parents and students back to the area’s two schools. But after disappointing test scores in recent years and a scathing report from a state agency accusing the district of diverting money away from its largely minority school parents, teachers and community members are looking for change. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports that change could come soon after voters in the district cast their ballot for two open seats on the school board tomorrow.
For years history buffs and archeologists have said Drakes Bay, in Marin County’s Point Reyes National Seashore, is the first North American landing site of the English sailor Sir Francis Drake. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Interior officially recognized the bay as a National Historical Landmark. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports now the site is getting attention again with a new plaque commemorating the historical event.
Women farmers have been a backbone in agriculture for hundreds of years, but according to some their voices and stories are not being heard. Now a group in Sebastopol is trying to break that mold. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
The event included many local Bay Area farmers and food advocates. To find out more information about the speakers check out the Foundations and the Future website.
For nearly a decade Marin County’s Open Space District has been working on a plan to better manage the vegetation and biodiversity on its land. That includes more than 30 preserves and nearly 16,000 acres. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the plan gained approval from the county’s Open Space Commission this week.
You can find out more about the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan here.
The San Rafael City Council wants to crack down on people living in recreational vehicles and cars. But some homeless advocates are saying a new city ordinance could push this population out on the streets. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
Three years ago, some Sonoma State students successfully built and launched a tiny research satellite into space. Now a new team of students is working to get an even smaller satellite into orbit. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
Near West Marin’s small farming town of Tomales there’s a ranch that is sucking tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The ranch was part of an experimental carbon farming project a few years ago and now it’s sharing the results. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.
Find out more about Stemple Creek Ranch and its farming practices at its website. The Marin Agricultural Land Trust hosts many events from educational talks like "Carbon Farming 101" to farm tours and tastings. Check their events page for more.
Earlier this week, Marin General Hospital took a first tentative step toward becoming California’s first public medical center to openly allow patients to use medicinal cannabis. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi was at the hospital’s governing board meeting and prepared this report.
Bay Area theater company We Players is known for immersing their audience into the scenes and actions of their plays - often at State and National Parks. In their new production of Romeo and Juliet the company transforms Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park into the hot and steamy streets of Northern Italy. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi went to a recent performance of the play.
Have you ever gone into an art gallery and seen a particular work of art and thought...huh? For one Marin County couple that’s the exact effect they want to get at their art gallery at their art gallery. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.
Find the entire McBag collection online here. And check back often as the gallery adds more "bad art" to the collection regularly.
Most recognize Petaluma based World Centric as a provider of compostable packaging to cafes, restaurants and retailers. But the core value of the company is to educate the public on environmental, sustainability and global world health issues. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports now that work is being recognized.
World Centric, along with Abacus World Health Partners, is hosting a B corporation mixer in Sebastopol on September 13. Find out more information here.
Toolbox, the social and emotional learning program that began in Sebastopol about a decade ago, is gaining more traction in the U.S. and worldwide. And educators near and far are hungry to bring it to their own classrooms. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi went to a recent Toolbox training to find out how teachers are learning the skills to bring the program’s 12 tools to their own schools.
Three months ago Sonoma County’s Wildlife Rescue got an unexpected call from the department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife: an orphaned female mountain lion cub was sick, under-weight and needed immediate care. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the Petaluma based rescue center was up for the task.
Wildlife Rescue is accepting donations for the cougar's remodeled enclosure. Find out how to donate and more about Nicole here.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is planning to build a new puppy training center at its national headquarters in San Rafael. The goal is to have more puppies graduate into certified guide dogs. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports.
The organization is currently accepting donations for its new puppy center through its "Puppies with a Purpose" campaign.