Information about the North By Area fires.

MartinMartin Zuniga is a sculptor and painter. His home was surrounded by fire in October 2017. Through a mentorship and teaching project with youth, Zuniga created a mural project that reflects themes of endurance, survival, and endurance.
 
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MarkMark “Mooka” Rennick, the owner of Prairie Sun Recording Studios, produced and performed on a benefit CD called “Out of the Fire.” The proceeds will go to replace the instruments musicians and music students lost in the fire.

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AdamFound object artist Adam Shaw and his family survived the North Bay Wildfires fighting back the flames around their Sonoma Valley home. The objects he has collected and curated are used within his evocative works of art to express the damage that trauma can inflict, and also the hope that it can inspire.
 
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EkiMusician Eki Shola and her family narrowly escaped the North Bay Wildfires. Shola lost her home, instruments, and creative archive of music. She perseveres by creating new music that expresses her new appreciation for life. Music is a family affair with Eki Shola, her father has created new percussion sounds using found objects from the wreckage of the fire.

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On Monday night, The City of Santa Rosa invited the community to attend a ceremony and express themselves with chalk art in Courthouse Square.

KRCB reporter Adia White met the Terrazas family there. She listened to the stories of 15-year-old Isabella and younger brother Jesse.Their family was separated after they lost their  home in the Tubb’s fire. They are now living apart with friends and other family members. Terrazas Family Courthouse SquareThe Terrazas family, with 15-year-old Isabella on the left and 12-year-old Jesse in the middle. Credit: Adia White

 
KimberlyNew media artists Kimberly Koym-Murteira is preserving memories of the North Bay Wildfires through the unique medium of glass storage jars that project video footage. Koym-Murteira views this capture and display technique as a way to store and share memories that have shaped our community.
 
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This week we are remembering the night the wildfires ripped through our community. In observance of the anniversary of the fires, the City of Santa Rosa invited members of the community to illustrate their experiences with chalk in Courthouse Square. In this audio postcard, KRCB reporter Adia White listens to Lisa Mast as she writes messages of hope on the sidewalk with her friends. Lisa MastCoffey Park resident Lisa Mast (right) with friend. Credit: Adia White
 

VolkerGuitarist Volker Strifler cannot imagine what it would be like for a musician to lose all of their instruments in a natural disaster. Instruments become a part of the musician. This inspired him to collaborate on the benefit music CD “Out of the Fire.” He believes we need to focus on the spirit as well as the physical aspects of fire recovery.

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    July 19, 2019

    Food for Thought to Close Forestville Store but Retain Focus

    A Sonoma County group that supplies food and services to those experiencing homelessness or suffering from severe illnesses has announced the closing of its gift shop in Sebastopol. Founded in 1988 as a response to the AIDS epidemic, nonprofit Food for Thought announced Wednesday that its shop will…
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    July 18, 2019

    Sonoma County Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

    Paying your library fines might not seem like a big deal. It usually adds up to spare change. But earlier this month, the Sonoma County Library decided to remove that burden from its patrons in the name of fairness. Rushing quietly into the Sonoma County Library, a mother heaves a bag filled with…
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    July 18, 2019

    Museum of Sonoma County Opens Exhibition on History of Cannabis

    The Museum of Sonoma County opened a new exhibition in June. It’s called Grass Roots: Cannabis from Prohibition to Prescription. KRCB’s Adia White talked with Eric Stanley, the museum’s curator of history, about why the story of cannabis is important to share now. (Image: Mary Jane Rathbun,…
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    July 15, 2019

    California HOPE Crisis Counseling Ends

    The California HOPE crisis counseling program ended on June 30th. The program was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help survivors cope with trauma after the October wildfires. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with California HOPE project manager Wendy Wheelwright about the work…
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    Jul 09, 2019

    Host of KPCC's The Big One Podcast Shares Earthquake Tips

    Southern California was hit by two large earthquakes last week. One was a magnitude 7.1; the largest recorded in the state in twenty years. It’s a…
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    Jul 09, 2019

    'Hairspray': The Perfect Musical for this Moment

    It’s a time capsule of a time capsule, looking back to the 1988 John Waters film, the 2002 Tony-winning Broadway musical and the 2007 film starring…
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    Jul 03, 2019

    California on Independence Day in 1776

    This Fourth of July, we take a look at what California was like on Independence Day in 1776. From our partners at North State Public Radio, we’re…
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    Jul 03, 2019

    Book Tells Stories of Refugees Exiled 'Home' to Cambodia

    Exiled is author Katya Cengel’s recent book about Cambodian refugees in California. In the light of current refugee policies, it’s instructive to…
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    Jul 03, 2019

    Sonoma County Struggles With Property Tax Loss from 2017 Fires

    Mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a 1.78-billion-dollar budget for the next fiscal year. The new budget resulted in 14 million…
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    Jul 02, 2019

    State Bill to Boost Housing Density Stalls in the Legislature

    This spring, there was strong support in the state legislature for senate bill 50. SB 50 would have rewritten zoning laws to allow for more housing…
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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 28, 2019

    Sonoma County Interfaith Council Denounces Hate

    Hate crimes are on the rise across the nation and here in the North Bay. In response, The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County started a campaign to…
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    Jun 27, 2019

    Experts Showcase Fire Resistant Building Materials

    As we head into summer, homeowners are looking for ways to protect their properties from wildfire. KRCB's Adia White attended an event at the Santa…

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