When Psychedelia Flowered in the North Bay – December 14, 2016

1967’s “Summer of Love” was centered in San Francisco but it was felt in the North Bay as well. A new museum show examines that and we hear from its curator.

As the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” approaches, a new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum examines that how era played out in the North Bay.

The Beat Goes On exhibit goes on through April 2nd. The History Museum of Sonoma County is open Tuesdays through Sundays at 425 7th street in downtown Santa Rosa. There’s more about it on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

The Future of Composting in Sonoma County – December 13, 2016

What will it take to re-establish commercial composting in Sonoma County? At least another year, for one thing.

The process of setting up a new composting operation in Sonoma is finally taking its first steps. But in the meantime, both residents and compost users are paying significantly more.

Form more about the state and prospects of composting in Sonoma County, visit the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Documentary Focuses on Fish and Fishermen – December 12, 2016

North coast fishermen troll nearby waters for their catch, but most of it doesn’t land on local plates.

Fishing has long been a major industry on the Pacific coast, but surprisingly little of what is caught here winds up on local tables. A recent documentary examines that paradox, as we hear today from the filmmaker.

Of the Sea will be shown on KRCB television tonight at 9 pm. You can see the trailer for it and hear more from the filmmaker on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Blue Green Alliance – December 9, 2016

A quiet but potent coalition of politically active forces in Sonoma County has found added impact through joint efforts.

There are plenty of Democrats, union members, and environmentalists in Sonoma County, who often find common cause on local issues and candidates. Collectively, in those cases, they are the Blue-Green Alliance.

The Alliance will hold their post-election Blue Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on Sunday. Find details about the event, and more about the Alliance itself, on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

New Marijuana Strains Mimic Winegrape Flavors – December 8, 2016

Cultivators of cannabis breed their plants for specific characteristics—potency, medicinal efficacy, even appearance. Today we meet someone whose emphasis is primarily on flavors—which can be manipulated in some divergent directions.

Cannabis has long been combined with other things in foods—brownies being a classic example. But Jay Michaels says his cross-breeding efforts have been able to simulate the tastes of some other foods—and quite a range of them.

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Vote on Sonoma County’s Medical Marijuana Cultivation Rules Stalled – December 7, 2016

The disagreement on how to zone residential land for medical cannabis grows continues for Sonoma County residents and pot growers.

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…

See the proposed medical marijuana regulations on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Rancho Mark West – December 6, 2016

A carefully tended forest outside of Santa Rosa is becoming a popular site for family outings.

For 50 years, Jim Dirkson has managed and maintained a small mountainside covered in fir and redwood, and narrow footpaths. His Rancho Mark West is becoming an increasingly popular place for nature education and family outings.

Learn more on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Educating ‘Fellows’ to Counter Adverse Childhood Experiences – December 5, 2016

Violence, abuse and neglect can scar a child for life. But identifying those wounds can help healing begin.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as abuse and neglect, have life-long effects on both mental and physical health. But recognizing, and working to prevent them, can begin to break that pattern. That’s what a new educational program in Sonoma County hopes to do.

Learn more about ACES on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Cannabis and Cabernet: Collaborators or Competitors? – December 2, 2016

How will recreational Cannabis coexist and combine with California’s wine industry? Other states hold some interesting examples and possibilities.

The 2016 Wine Industry Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday included workshops on marketing to millennials, legislative issues, and harvest methodologies. But the panel discussion on “Marijuana and Wine” may have drawn the biggest crowd, among them KRCB’s Bruce Robinson.

Hear more from the Wine & Cannabis panelists on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

A Public Bank Could Serve Regional Cannabis Industry – December 1, 2016

Could a new public bank in Santa Rosa be the needed financial haven for the growing cannabis industry here?

A municipal public bank wouldn’t pay bonuses and dividends, and could have a more flexible relationship with federal regulators. All good reasons, says a local supporter of the alternative fiscal businesses, for creating one to serve the region’s cannabis industry.

There’s more on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.