Do You Know What Should Go in Your Emergency Kit? – January 14, 2020

It’s hard not to think about disasters during fire-season, but during the winter months, emergency officials worry that we don’t think carefully enough about planning for other scenarios. The Sonoma County Library is working to change this by hosting a series of classes on emergency preparedness.  As part of our continuing coverage on that series, KRCB’s Adia White reports on what attendees of the first-class learned about packing emergency kits.

To find what you should pack in your emergency kit visit norcalpublicmedia.org. We’ll also have a link to the complete schedule of emergency preparedness classes.

(Photo: Sample emergency kit – Wikipedia)

Sonoma County Library Hosts Disaster Preparedness Classes – January 10, 2020

This year, Sonoma County was hit with a devastating wildfire, rolling blackouts, and historic flooding.

Starting this month, The Sonoma County Library is hosting a series of classes to teach residents how to prepare for disasters. Twelve library branches across the County will host the entire series, consisting of three classes. KRCB’s Adia White attended the first class at the Petaluma branch that kicked off the entire project.

Find the complete schedule of emergency preparedness classes.

Catch the next North Bay Report on Tuesday to find out what should go in your emergency kit. 

Californians Resist Restrictions on Building in High-Risk Fire Areas – January 9, 2020

Should local governments tell people how and where to build their homes to protect communities from wildfire?

In her recent article, entitled “Fire Amnesia,” Felicity Barringer, from the Bill Lane Center for the American West, argues that Californians are resistant to policies that would limit building in high-risk fire areas. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Barringer about the role of local government in protecting communities from fire.

You can read her complete article “Fire Amnesia Hurts Efforts to Make Wildland Housing More Resilient.”

(Photo:  Remains of a home in Paradise, CA – Courtesy of the California National Guard)

Rialto Theaters Celebrate 20th Anniversary Amid Uncertainty in Movie Business – January 8, 2020

Martin Scorsese’s film The Irishman was shut out at the Golden Globes on Sunday. That could be because Hollywood is mad at the film’s producer, Netflix. A local theater owner weighs in on streaming.

Ky Boyd opened his first Rialto movie theater 20 years ago in Sonoma County. Today, there are 3 Bay Area Rialtos, including one in Sebastopol. At those theaters, live and taped opera, ballet, and drama mix with Hollywood blockbusters and art-house flicks. News director Steve Mencher talked with Ky Boyd about his lifelong love of movies and the future of the business.

Keep an eye open for special 20th-anniversary events later this month.

Santa Rosa Junior College Receives $7 Million for Disaster Recovery Workforce Training – January 7, 2019

Fewer than half of Santa Rosa homes destroyed in the Tubb’s Fire have been rebuilt, but a recent grant could help speed up construction projects.

The US Department of Commerce announced Monday morning that it is investing around 7 million dollars for disaster recovery in Sonoma County.  KRCB’s Adia White tells us where the money is going.

To follow updates on this announcement, visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

(Photo: The Economic Development Administration presents a $7 million check to Santa Rosa Junior College – Adia White)

Creative Sonoma Releases 2020 Goals for Expanding Arts Education, Part Two – Janauary 3, 2019

Enrollment in arts education in Sonoma County lags behind the neighboring counties of Napa, Lake and Marin.

Yesterday, we reported on Creative Sonoma’s newly released plan to bolster arts education. In part two of this story, KRCB’s Adia White tells us just how far Sonoma County lags behind our neighbors and what educators are doing about it.

Creative Sonoma is a supporter of Northern California Public Media. To read Zoya Ahmed’s poem visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

(Photo: Maria Carrillo High School student, Zoya Ahmed, left, and her poetry teacher Margo Perin – Adia White)

Creative Sonoma Releases 2020 Goals for Expanding Arts Education – January 2, 2020

How important do you think arts education is for students?

 Nearly 80 percent of Sonoma County high schools do not offer comprehensive, arts education. That’s according to an analysis by the local non-profit, Creative Sonoma. Creative Sonoma released what it calls an “arts education framework for 2020” in early December. KRCB’s Adia White tells us what that could mean for local students.

To read the Creative Sonoma 2020 Arts Education Framework, visit norcalpublicmedia.org

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Approves Over 11 Million for Those Camped on Joe Rodota Trail – January 1, 2020

The County has come up with a comprehensive strategy to deal with homelessness along the Joe Rodota Trail.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved over 11 million dollars last week to help shelter more than 200 residents camped along the Joe Rodota Trail. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with County Supervisors Lynda Hopkins and Susan Gorin about the plan.

 It will be a least a few months before any of the new programs can get off the ground. For updates, visit noralpublicmedia.org.

Sonoma West Publishers Plans Big Changes for 2020 – December 31, 2019

Newspapers are shuttering their doors across the nation, but local publishing company Sonoma West has a plan to keep its newspapers afloat. 

2019 was a big news year for Sonoma County, with historic flooding along the Russian River, rolling PG&E blackouts, and another catastrophic fire season.  In the midst of reporting on these crises, Sonoma West Publishers, which runs four local newspapers, was also working on finding a new model that would help keep its papers afloat. KRCB’s Adia White talked with publisher Rollie Atkinson about the year in review and an exciting new announcement to come in 2020.

Atkinson says we can expect a big announcement on the changes at Sonoma West sometime in the next few weeks. Visit norcalpublicmedia.org to stay up to date.

(Photo: Courtesy sonomawest.com)

New Book Provides Background on Ukraine’s History, People and Culture – December 27, 2019

You may not have thought much about Ukraine before the impeachment, but now the country has come to play a pivotal role in U.S. politics.

“From Chernobyl With Love” is author Katya Cengel’s new book about the collapse of the Soviet Union and her experience reporting from Russia and Ukraine. Cengal believes it’s crucial to understand the history of the relationship between Ukraine, Russia and the U.S.

She told KRCB News Director Steve Mencher why she thinks Americans should want to learn more about Ukrainian culture and history.

Learn more at norcalpublicmedia.org.