UNADJUSTEDNONRAW thumb adA Sonoma County company wants to make ridesharing safer. “Women Driving Women” is based in Healdsburg and serves customers in both Sonoma and San Diego County. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with founder Renee Cooper about how driving for Uber and Lift inspired her to start her own company.
(Image: Renee Cooper stands near her car. Credit: Steve Mencher)

Science & Health News

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    October 10, 2019

    Two Fire Survivors Remember Lost Mothers and Seek Support

    Tuesday October 8, 5 pm. Santa Rosa Courthouse Square. A small group gathers to commemorate lives lost two years ago in the Sonoma Complex fire. News director Steve Mencher sought out two women who were moving through the crowd with purpose – Catharine Merkel seems almost serene. But she’s feeling…
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    September 14, 2019

    Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

    Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin. Third grade teacher, Tracy Henry, points to an American flag hanging in her classroom at Schaefer Elementary. The flag is melted along the edges, it shows just how hot the classroom got when the Tubbs fire swept through Santa Rosa…
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    September 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

    Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the scar of the Tubbs fire stretch across the hillside. Two years later, the trees are still charred and the sounds of reconstruction are constant. Among…
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    August 23, 2019

    October 2017 Wildfires Are Affecting Crucial Health Programs

    Image: Ashley Vejar and son Angel. Photo courtesy of the subject “It just chokes me up every single time,” says Kemberly Mahiri, the supervisor for Sonoma County’s Teen Parent Connections Program. She’s showing me one of the hundreds of thank you cards she and other counselors for the program have…
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    August 01, 2019

    Officials Address Safety Along SMART Train Corridor

    Five people have been killed by the SMART train since June, three are believed to have died by suicide. County leaders are now looking for ways to improve safety for a complicated problem. Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has served on the SMART train board for ten years. KRCB’s Adia White…
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    July 30, 2019

    Grand Jury Commends Sonoma County Jail Mental Health Program

    In Sonoma County, as elsewhere, jails increasingly serve as mental health facilities. In its yearly report, the Sonoma County Grand Jury commended a county jail program that has gained national attention for positive effects on prisoners’ mental health. Sonoma West Editor Laura Hagar Rush spoke…
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    Jun 29, 2019

    Summer of Space!

    NorCal Public Media brings you the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes a month full of science and history…
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    Jun 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing…
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    Jun 05, 2019

    Opioid Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement

    GABRIELLE EMANUEL NPR Article Therapeutics, an opioid manufacturer, has agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and…
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    May 07, 2019

    Kaiser CEO Tyson Meets with Families on Mental Health

    In late April, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane traveled to Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland. She was there with a group of family…
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    May 03, 2019

    Opioid Epidemic in the Bay Area

    The opioid epidemic is devastating communities throughout the country. Northern California Public Media partners with regional public health agenies…
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    Apr 30, 2019

    New Health Officer Tackles Measles and Other Top Concerns

    Sonoma County has a new Health Officer, responsible for overseeing the Department of Health Services. Dr. Celeste Philip started the job on April 9th…
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    Apr 24, 2019

    San Mateo County Jail Struggles With A New Role For Opioid Detox

    Eric Westervelt NPR News(Redwood City, California) Felipe Chavez, who's doing time at the San Mateo jail for selling fentanyl, is taking part in the…
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    Apr 17, 2019

    Family Turns Grief to Activism After Daughter's Suicide

    Editor's Note: On April 25, Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson met with the Brown family and Shirlee Zane, and with several others seeking improvements in…
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    Mar 19, 2019

    San Jose says NO to incentives

    LISTEN TO THIS STORY ON NPR Jasmine Garsd February 15, 2019 3:25 PM ET A mayor from another city that tried to land big tech companies might be…
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    Mar 05, 2019

    Sonoma County Emergency Manager Speaks on Flood Recovery

    Although the Russian River has receded below flood stage, those affected are still struggling to get their lives back in order. At a community…
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    Mar 04, 2019

    Sonoma County Residents Search for Flood Recovery Assistance

    1,900 homes and 578 businesses were damaged by the Russian River flooding and record rainfall last week. Sonoma County officials estimate the total…
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    Mar 01, 2019

    Russian River Flood Recovery Resource Page

    Russian River. Courtesy of Sonoma County Sherriff's Office. DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: While crews are working to open roads, County staff have also started…

NorCal News

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    October 14, 2019

    Fire Survivors React to Power Shut-off

    Millions of Californians had their power shut off last week by Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a way to help prevent wildfires from starting during dangerous conditions. As part of a five-part series dedicated to the anniversaries of the Tubbs and Camp Fires, we look into how these two…
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    October 09, 2019

    Residents Observe Anniversary of the Sonoma Complex Fires

    Community members gathered on Tuesday evening to observe the anniversary of the Sonoma Complex Fires. At the end of the service, organizers rang a bell 44 times in memory of those who lost their lives in the fires. KRCB’s Steve Mencher talked with assembly-member Jim Wood and former Santa Rosa…
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    October 08, 2019

    Fire Survivors Demand Insurance Companies Continue to Cover Rent

    Two years ago today, the Tubbs fire swept through Santa Rosa and destroyed more than 5,000 homes overnight. One year and one month later, the Camp Fire leveled an entire town, surpassing the Tubbs as the most destructive wildfire in California history. This story is the first in a five-part series…
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    Oct 03, 2019

    Smokey the Bear Has Affected Forest Management for Decades

    Fire season in California has been getting longer and more intense. One major reason for the severity is fire suppression. Putting out fires is a…
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    Sep 27, 2019

    Julián Castro Addresses Top Issues Facing Californians

    Presidential candidate Julián Castro visited our studio for a live interview on Thursday. Castro served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban…
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    Sep 25, 2019

    Behind the Scenes at one of the Nation’s Largest Cannabis Companies

    Ever wonder how vape oil or cannabis candies are made? One of the nation's largest cannabis manufacturing facilities is right here in Santa Rosa.…
  • Sep 24, 2019

    Rohnert Park Opens Emergency Cooling Centers

    With extreme temperatures forecast today and tomorrow, Rohnert Park is opening two cooling centers. One at the Rohnert Park Community Center, the…
  • Sep 24, 2019

    Santa Rosa Will Open Cooling Centers Tuesday and Wednesday

    A Heat Advisory for the North Bay has been issued by the National Weather Service for Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25 from 11:00…
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    Sep 23, 2019

    Group Asks Santa Rosa Businesses to Hasten $15 Minimum Wage

    The state of California is planning for a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. But it won’t fully take effect until 2023. Marty Bennett has been…
  • Sep 23, 2019

    PG&E Announces Planned Public Safety Power Shut Offs for This Week

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is monitoring hot, dry and windy weather over the next few days and expects to shut off power for safety in…
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    Sep 19, 2019

    West County High School District Negotiates with Teachers

    The West Sonoma County Teachers Association is currently in negotiations with the West Sonoma County Union High School District over teachers’…
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    Sep 19, 2019

    West Sonoma County Teachers May Strike Over Salaries

    The West Sonoma County Teachers Association is currently in negotiations with the West Sonoma County Union High School District over teachers’…
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    Sep 18, 2019

    President & CEO Nancy Dobbs to Retire

    SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, SONOMA COUNTY, CA — Northern California Public Media (NCPM), announces that President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Dobbs…

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