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Work/Life/In Focus: Women Empowerment

Author: Christina Riccioni
Apr, 2019 Issue

KSRO’s Pat Kerrigan and her colleague, B Fernandez, creative director of Studio B, are at the helm of an exciting project: developing the framework for Women Empowerment 2020: WE-2020. According to Fernandez, the plan is to ring in the year of the woman like never before.


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Work/Life/Travel

Apr, 2019 Issue

Travel agents haven’t gone anywhere. In fact, they can help save valuable time while adding panache to an excursion, according to Alyse Cori, owner and president of Travelwize, a home-based, virtuoso affiliate travel agency in Sonoma County since 2006. “The main difference with an online website is: you’re just a number,” Cori says. “But when you work with a travel consultant, not only do you get a confirmation number, but we call the hotel. We call the resort. We get you better seats. We VIP you for no extra charge.”


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Work/Life/Women

Apr, 2019 Issue

Companies with more than 100 employees must report to the U.S. government data about how much workers are paid broken down by sex, race and ethnicity, possibly as soon as this spring, according to a new court ruling. The pay disclosures were finalized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the summer of 2016, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) froze the expanded requirements after President Trump took office.


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Work/Life/Feminism

Apr, 2019 Issue

Whether it’s dry cleaning, toys, razors or shampoo, women pay more for gender-specific items than men. The Pink Tax, named because of the color of products directed towards females, refers to the price difference for female-specific products compared with gender-neutral items, or those marketed towards men. In a study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, nearly 800 products from more than 90 brands were checked for price differences in items marketed to different genders. On average, products for women or girls cost 7 percent more than comparable products for men and boys.


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Work/Life/People

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2019

George Haymaker launched Re:Think—an ice cream company serving real, healthy and guilt-free ice cream by the pint in 2018. A recovering alcoholic, Haymaker struggled with addiction. He was at the end of his road, he explains, taking 50 pain pills a day, along with at least a bottle of hard liquor. After attempting suicide, Haymaker entered rehab where he was forced to “rethink” everything in his life. He gradually began piecing his life together, with a driving force leading him toward an entrepreneurial and healthy business opportunity


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Work/Life/Biz

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2019

On the surface, interviewing a candidate for an open position sounds easy, but the nuance of interviewing goes well beyond skills and abilities. By asking the right questions, you can gauge maturity level, culture fit and self-awareness to assess the quality of the candidate and how someone will mesh with your team. Here are a few interview questions to ask candidates:


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Work/Life/Millenials

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2019

The dictionary describes a Millennial as a person born in the 1980s or 1990s. Though previous generations have described them as people who are unproductive and entitled, a recent study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) describes them as “workaholics.”


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Work/Life/Wine

Mar, 2019 Issue

Wine drinkers may soon be sipping wine from bottles made with sugar, with no label and delivered via drone, according to a report by Armit Wines and food futurologist, Morgaine Gaye. Here’s a look at what may be the next big trends in wine.


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The ABCs of AEDs

Author: Michael Barnes
Mar, 2019 Issue

The cozy confines of the cubicle world aren’t considered an inherently dangerous environment, unless paper cuts and weekly deadlines are particularly menacing to you. However, all businesses are required to have certain safety items on site as a precautionary measure for their employees. First aid kits, fire extinguishers and safety alarms are a few of the items mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to meet minimum safety requirements.


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Work/Life/Health

Mar, 2019 Issue

 Each year, nearly 700 babies are born at the hospital from across Napa County. This represents approximately 50 percent of the total annual births in the county. And, Queen of the Valley is the only hospital in the region with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which provides high-risk obstetric coverage 24/7. In 2017, 15 percent of the babies delivered at the Queen were born critically ill and required life-saving intervention.


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Work/Life/People

Feb, 2019 Issue

WELL Sonoma in downtown Santa Rosa is an oasis of serenity and wellness. The smell of hot tea and the sounds of trickling water from the fountains throughout the center ease your mind and body. A long hallway leads to yoga studios, meditation rooms and private offices where holistic practitioners can help assist with a variety of mental and physical ailments. One of the offices is home to the Saxena Clinic, where Lorelle Saxena, acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine specialist, provides acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling and lifestyle recommendations.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Detailing Air Force One

Columnist: Mallorie Kerrigan
Sep, 2018 Issue

Last year, Shawn Sepulveda became a member of an elite group: the Air Force One detailing team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where he and his individually selected team clean and restore historic and extremely delicate paint as well as apply protective coatings to several aircrafts worth millions of dollars. This past July, Sepulveda returned to Seattle as team leader for his crew of 10, named Detail Mafia. The team donates their time, every year, for up to two weeks at a time.


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Work/Life/Trends

Sep, 2018 Issue

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Tipping Point Community Emergency Relief Fund to train its corpsmembers in the building trades, giving them skills and certifications needed to secure employment to help rebuild North Bay communities ravaged by the wildfires.

A study recently released by Numbeo’s mid-year Cost of Living Index revealed the top 20 most expensive places to live in the world.


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Work/Life/Green

Sep, 2018 Issue

Ask just about any Californian about picking the state flower—the California poppy—and you’re sure to get the same reaction: “It’s illegal!” But is it?

A well-maintained yard is like any beautiful accessory—it shines. But how can a home have curb appeal and lush landscaping during a drought or a fire season?


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Work/Life/Picks

Sep, 2018 Issue

The flavors of Latin America have made their way to the North Bay with Sungo, a tropical and exotic lightly-carbonated soft drink.

Local artisan cheese producer, Sonoma Creamery, has been hand-crafting quality cheese inspired by local Wine Country agricultural since 1931


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Work/Life/In Focus: Jean Hegland

Columnist: Karen Hart
Aug, 2018 Issue

The story behind local author Jean Hegland’s novel, Into the Forest, began with a sleepless winter night in her home in the forest west of Healdsburg, where she lives with her husband, Douglas Fisher. “I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to tell myself a story. The story let me think deeply and imaginatively about the natural world, the future and sisters,” says Hegland, who doesn’t have a sister, but was then a mother of two young daughters, ages one and three. At the time, living in the forest was still a new experience for them, and Hegland admits she was concerned about their situation. “We didn’t know anything about the forest, and with two young daughters I worried about the future.”


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Work/Life/Health

Aug, 2018 Issue

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health? Or, that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

How much is a tooth worth these days? Looks like the Tooth Fairy tightened her moneybag last year.

Almond butter, is gaining in popularity as a potentially healthier option. The question remains: Which is healthiest—peanut butter or almond butter?


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Work/Life/Wag

Aug, 2018 Issue

It’s easy to think of a reason to get a new puppy or kitty—the sweet puppy breath, fluffy coats and a playful spirit. But, there are a number of reasons to rescue from a shelter, rather than buying from a breeder. We look at five practical reasons to adopt.

How is a Santa Rosa-based business, Compassion without Borders, and a three-legged dog all connected? Not just by prosthetics, but by a little luck and a lot of love.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Tony Geraldi

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jul, 2018 Issue

Chances are you or someone you know has hopped on a Sonoma County Airport Express. It’s one of the longest running airport transportation services in the North Bay, serving more than 300,000 travelers annually. Life-long Sonoma County resident, Tony Geraldi, has proudly worked only three jobs in his 55 years—Press Democrat newspaper carrier, a local Straw Hat Pizza delivery boy and for the past 31 years, working for Sonoma County Airport Expres.


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Work/Life/Green

Jul, 2018 Issue

Most beverages in America come with a plastic straw—even if it’s only a glass of water. Though it may not seem such a big deal, when added up, plastic straws create a major problem for the environment. In the U.S., Americans uses 500 million straws every day—that’s enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times.

There’s finally a solution for the 500 million plastic straws Americans use and discard every day. It’s Lolistraw, the world’s first hyper compostable, marine-degradable straw.


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Work/Life/Agribiz

Jul, 2018 Issue

The cannabis cultivation tax and excise tax went into effect on January 1, 2018. Here’s a brief overview of the new tax rates and how they apply to cannabis business activities, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.


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Work/Life/Art

Jul, 2018 Issue

What better way to honor beloved pets than by capturing their personality, spirit and charisma on canvas? Santa Rosa pet portraiture artist, Patti Miller, has been conveying the spirit of animals and their human counterparts for 30 years.


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Work/Life/In Focus: Art Rises from the Ashes

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jun, 2018 Issue

Mike Owen’s home was close to being burnt to ash when flames were approaching on three sides of his house, 120-feet out. Like so many residents on October 9, 2017, Mike’s Nielson Ranch home in Santa Rosa was minutes away from being gone, until the winds shifted. Spared from destruction, Mike and his wife, Nancy Owen, learned their daughter Molly Owen’s home in Fountaingrove near Sweet T’s was completely leveled.


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Work/Life/Arts

Jun, 2018 Issue

In recent years, art programs have been cut from school curriculums, including music, art and theater. While the arts are fun for both kids and young adults, they’re also a fundamental resource for overall development.


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Work/Life/Business

Jun, 2018 Issue

About 95 percent of remote jobs include a geographic requirement where remote workers need to be based in a specific city, state, region or country, according to FlexJobs, an online service for professionals. To help job seekers identify states with high potential for remote job opportunities, FlexJobs has named the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based remote workers in 2017.


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