Sonoma County Overhauls Emergency Management Division – Aug 29, 2018

Sonoma County is overhauling its emergency management division and changing the way it deals with fires and other disasters. One change; it plans to use community – wide wireless emergency alerts, which officials say they didn’t use last October for fear of clogging evacuation routes. KRCB’s Adia White sat down with Interim Emergency Manager Christopher […]

Monarchs, Milkweed and the Food Chain – Aug 30, 2018

Imagine a world without the monarch butterfly. Those gorgeous creatures with the “stained-glass” wings, have been in decline for years. That’s largely because it’s hard for larvae to find food. Reporter Sarah Reith spoke with advocates for the Monarchs at a farmers market in Ukiah. See a monarch caterpillar and find a link to Sarah’s […]

Introducing Cannabis Commentator David Downs – Aug 28, 2018

There are lots of complications as counties, towns and the state of California create regulations about cannabis. And things are getting more complicated, not simpler. News director Steve Mencher introduces a new contributor today who will unpack the complicated California cannabis industry: David Downs is the California Bureau Chief of the online cannabis resource Leafly.com. […]

Life Jacket Program Saves Lives on Russian River – Aug 23, 2018

The number of drownings is down at the Russian River in recent years, and life jacket use is up. Even in summer, the calm surface of the Russian River masks hidden hazards. This summer, the county parks department has expanded its River Patrol safety program at several popular beaches along the River’s lower reach. Independent […]

Mendocino Homeless Series Continues: Meet Chris and Cheri – Aug 22, 2018

Perhaps you passed someone on the street today as you went about your business – someone in your neighborhood who can’t afford housing or who doesn’t want to live under a roof. To better understand the housing crisis in our region, KZYX in Mendocino County is putting a human face on homelessness. First up today, […]

Free and Reduced Lunch at Roseland Elementary – Aug 21, 2018

With the annexation of Roseland by Santa Rosa, one of the things that hasn’t changed is the high rate of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches at school. Nearly ninety percent of students in the district take advantage of this key boost to their health — that’s according to the California Department of Education. […]

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean Talks Wildfire Containment – Aug 16, 2018

Firefighters continue to make progress on the three largest wildfires burning in California right now. The Ranch Fire is now just over 321,000 acres and is 72 percent contained. The Carr fire is around 215, 000 acres and is also 72 percent contained. The Ferguson fire is now around 97,000 acres and is 87 percent […]

Mendocino County Farm Saved by Quick Thinking and Collective Action by Neighbors – Aug 16, 2018

The backcountry of Mendocino County is well known for its cannabis grows. Meet some farmers who pooled resources and muscle to save their crop from the Ranch Fire. In Potter Valley, workers at Heartrock Mountain Farm, saved their property with quick thinking and collective action. Reporter Sarah Reith talked with cultivator Daniel Morford and others […]