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