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2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

With the new cannabis laws starting January 1, and with Santa Rosa positioned to be a hub in the industry, it seems worthwhile to revisit the role of medical marijuana in this new legal climate.

2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Climate Change Climate instability is probably the most prominent health issue in modern times, and with the recent extreme climate events, it is becoming painfully obvious that we are in a new epoch.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

For some of the 480 Santa Rosa Junior College students who lost homes in the recent fires, returning to class will help them regain a sense of normalcy. But many students will find it challenging to attend classes while trying to resurrect day-to-day basics of their lives. 

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Post disaster times of this scale are no doubt unfamiliar to a large majority of Sonoma County residents. Many people are left with shock, disbelief, grief, fear, a sense of hypervigilance and/or of “survivor’s guilt”. Our County is changed, our routines are altered, and we are all in shock from this unexpected event.


2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Sifting through the ash wasn’t pleasant. The smell of scorched earth permeated everything. It was dirty, the soot of incinerated dreams was everywhere. And it was sad beyond emotion. But helping her friend dig in this ashen wasteland of a burned home changed her life.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

At this moment, someone is suffering from stress related reactions to the devastation of their home, neighborhood and community.

2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

The American Red Cross will be opening a Client Service Center for residents impacted by the Pocket, Tubbs, and Nuns Fires on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the American Red Cross Santa Rosa Office (5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, October 29th.

2017-10-12Oct 12, 2017

Sonoma Fire Info is a community service run by a group of volunteers collecting and verifying information about the fires affecting Sonoma county. Based out of the Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol, we are compiling a live database and comprehensive website that has verified up-to-date information, resources, and news for those affected by the fires.

2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017

Imagine being in fear of the person you care about most. Imagine feeling you have nowhere to turn because you lack resources, perhaps have children to care for and you don’t know if family and friends will believe you. It happens every day.

2017-10-09Oct 9, 2017

Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), which administers Medi-Cal benefits in 14 Northern California counties, is expanding services to its members affected by the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. “We are extremely concerned about these devastating fires and hope that all of our members are out of harm’s way,” said PHC CEO Liz Gibboney. “We’ve launched emergency response plans to help members get the care they need.”

2018-01-01Jan 1, 2018

Since 2006, fire departments participating in the Bucket Brigade Challenge have recruited nearly 10,000 participants who donated thousands of units of blood for patients in Northern California hospitals. Last year, Windsor Fire Protection District took home the coveted Bucket Trophy with 86 participants.

2017-10-08Oct 8, 2017

The Cavity Free Sonoma Pilot Project is for children ages 0-6 years of age who are enrolled in Medi-Cal. Families are provided with a dental assessment that lets parents know if  their children are at high, medium or low risk for dental disease. 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Do you want to be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Sonoma County? Health information and wine expert Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information to see which vineyard pesticides are being used in Sonoma. She’ll also present information on how to support Sonoma’s best organic and biodynamic producers.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Legislation is making its way to the floor of Congress that could waste millions in tax dollars, by funding the attempts of dental lobbying organizations to force fluoridation on communities across the country. 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Who do you know who has been diagnosed, was treated and is dealing with their adjustments to healing?  Perhaps someone who died from Prostate cancer? 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is.

2017-09-25Sep 25, 2017

Last month we looked at research exploring environmental influences on addictive behavior, Current scientific thinking is shifting away from previous models of a “moral deficiency” and of a “disease state” being the only issues behind addiction. More recent approaches view it as a complex interaction between the neurotransmitters in the brain, early childhood experiences (especially trauma), and current environmental stressors and reward systems. Yet contemporary treatment approaches tend to be mired in older views.

2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017

“This bill would almost certainly remove coverage from those who gained access through the Medi-Cal Expansion in 2014, and make access more difficult for those remaining on Medi-Cal,” said Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO of PHC. “This is a no-win situation. Any cost savings on the federal side will be shifted to the states and, in reality, shifted to nonprofit community organizations that would then provide care that would be unfunded. The loss in funding would devastate local rural communities, which have historically lacked access to care and would have to identify new funding sources or face the loss of valuable safety-net providers.”

2017-09-20Sep 20, 2017

Walk & Roll to School events create safer routes for students to walk and bicycle. They emphasize the importance of increasing children‘s physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion mitigation, reducing our carbon footprint and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.  Over 7500 K-8 Sonoma County students and their families participated in 2016, and an additional 1200+ high school students participated.

2017-09-15Sep 15, 2017

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announced today that a group of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv) in Sonoma County. The WNv positive mosquitoes were collected in the vicinity of Wilfred Avenue and Whistler Avenue in Rohnert Park. 

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Jewish Community Free Clinic is seeking volunteer Providers (MD, DO, NP, and PA) and Nurses (RN and LVN) to help us
provide care at our weekly drop-in clinics.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

With freeze warnings in the forecast across Sonoma County, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to be cautious when heating their homes.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Single payer, universal healthcare, socialized medicine, call it what you like. The fact is that the United States is the only industrialized nation on earth without a universal healthcare system.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Roughly 4 percent of us have some degree of brain damage from exposure to alcohol in the womb(1); such exposure is the single largest known cause of intellectual disability(2), although there is a wide range of severity (3)

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Clearly something is out of balance in our society-- the most economically well-off in human history, yet with ever-increasing human want and suffering.

2017-12-19Dec 19, 2017

January 1st, 2018 will be the first day in history that anyone over twenty-one years old can legally buy cannabis products in Sonoma County. Tonight the Sebastopol City Council voted to allow adult use sales and  permits to its existing two dispensaries, Solful and SPARC.

2017-12-15Dec 15, 2017

In the first weeks of October, the Tubbs Fire raged through the Coffey Park neighborhood destroying nearby K-Mart and numerous businesses along Hwy 101. Flames and high heat scorched Kohl's Department Store and destroyed Chloé’s French Café located on the north side of Sutter Health's Largest Medical Office Building in Sonoma County. But the building survived even though nearly 300 widows blew out and smoke and heat damage closed the center for nearly two months.

2017-11-29Nov 29, 2017

In his book Drawdown, Paul Hawken lists food waste as the third largest combatible cause of climate change. His research indicates that with a 50% reduction in food waste by 2050, we could reduce emissions equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide, or 8% of greenhouse gases.

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

As we cope with the massive impact of the fires in our community, the current and future health impacts have started to come into focus.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

The first U.S. Government-funded study investigating prenatal neurological damage from fluoride, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico, finds that each 0.5 part per million (ppm) increase in a pregnant woman’s urine fluoride levels reduced her child’s IQ by 2.5 - 3 points.*

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

As I write this, the ground is wet and the clouds dispersing after the first rains. Not long ago, the landscape was on fire and smoke was everywhere. Now Sonoma County is recovering, rebuilding and restoring our communities and landscape. Our world has shifted again.

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