Rapid Response Network Poster
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Yesterday, we heard about a new hotline that helps protect local immigrants who may be swept up in raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

At the rally announcing the new "Rapid Response" phone line, news director Steve Mencher spoke with immigrant rights activist Anna Salgado. He asked  whether her neighbors’ fears of deportation have been heightened by the North Bay fires and how the hotline will help.

Healdsburg’s Long History with Tourism

Jun 17, 2017
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

As the impacts of high-end tourism stir increasing debate in Healdsburg, a new exhibit at the local museum traces the history of that industry in the north county area.

The large display that greets visitors to the “Destination Healdsburg" exhibit is a detailed recreation of a block of the storefronts that faced the downtown plaza roughly 80 years ago. Curator Holly Hoods says it’s the work of a uniquely skilled volunteer.

Tiffany Camhi

The North Bay is known for its burgeoning food and wine industry, people travel far and wide to get a sip of our local wine or bite into an organic steak. But now some of Sonoma County’s smaller towns are starting to feel crushed by the tourism, like in Healdsburg where some in the community feel the town could lose its small town character. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Expanding Agri-Tourism in the North Bay

Feb 16, 2017

An informational meeting about the expanding business of agri-tourism drew an intensely interested cross section of farmers, promoters and others to the Petaluma Community Center yesterday. 

Tim Zahner, Chief Marketing Officer for the Sonoma County Tourism office, says that the agricultural and culinary diversity of Sonoma County is one of the area’s greatest attractions.

Nancy Fiddler sees expanding operations to bring more visitors to her Rollin’ F Ranch near Sebastopol as a critical step to maintain her business viability.

Additional funds will temporarily boost repaving roads

Nov 10, 2015
Sonoma County

Sonoma County Supervisors will spend an additional $13 million on road repairs over the next two years. But they warn that this is one-time only money, so a long-term source of sustained funding is still needed.

Susan Klassen, the county's Director of Transportation and Public Works, says the additional road repair funds will be spread throughout the county, according to already-established priorities.

Inside Bodega's Historic Schoolhouse

Sep 3, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB


 Alfred Hitchcock is long gone from Bodega, but the historic schoolhouse his Birds attacked remains an intriguing landmark in the small west county town.

Although Leah Taylor and her family were not around the Potter School building when classes were being held there, she has been able to gather a collection of artifacts from that earlier time. Their authenticity, she says, is well-established.

New ‘Art Museum of Sonoma County’ Debuts

Apr 9, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The new Art Museum of Sonoma County opens its doors this weekend, with a lively exhibit of ‘Iconic” prints, and a vision for bringing more high-profile art to downtown Santa Rosa.

   Jordan D. Schnitzer, whose collection provided the 90 works in the new museum's opening exhibit, talked with Charles Sepos this week on KRCB's Curtain Call. In these abridged remarks, he focused on one of the iconic pieces to be displayed, Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup print, and its cultural and political significance.

Napa Rebounds From August Earthquake

Dec 10, 2014

 In less than five months, Napa has largely rebounded from the sizable earthquake that shook the area last August, even as the total damages have climbed to more than $550 million.

  Napa City Manager Mike Parness says he is pleased with the way their emergency planning helped the community respond to and cope with the 6.0 earthquake. But planning for a disaster, and actually experiencing one are two different things, so there are lessons to be drawn from what actually happened. One of them involved dealing with debris.


Tracking California's Fall Colors

Oct 1, 2014
Kevin Lennox

  As summer turns to fall, California experiences its own seasonal wave of brilliantly changing foliage, something that is now being tracked and reported online for the benefit of those who want to seek out the fall colors nearby.

See lots more multi-hued photography at the California Fall Colors website.

Sonoma County Tourism Revenues Up in 2013

Feb 12, 2014

 In some good news for the local economy, tourism in Sonoma County took a sizable jump upwards ion 2013. Bruce Robinson gets the particulars on the annual tourism report released earlier this week. 

Fountaingrove Lodge Opens

Nov 21, 2013

  Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement and resort complex specifically for LGBT couples and individuals is opening its doors in Santa Rosa this week, and held a public open house last night. Bruce Robinson talks with their senior marketing director, Gena Jacob, about the project.

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.

Baja Resort Approvals Challenged

Apr 12, 2013

A coalition of 11 conservation groups has submitted a petition to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to investigate the Mexican government's approval of four massive tourism projects in Baja California. Lori Abbott reports.

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.

Updating Bodega Bay's Marinas

Jan 30, 2013
KRCB photo

While looking for short-term ways to cover the costs of operating its marinas at Bodega Bay, Sonoma County is also beginning to imagine a transformative future for those facilities.