Napa

6:41pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Witching to find water

Marc Mondavi demonstrates his divining rods.

The lack of rain has forced California farmers and wine makers to turn from the sky to the ground to find water. It’s down there, but you have to know exactly where it is in order to drill a well.  

There are a couple of options for how to do this: you can have a geologist use mapping and scientific data to get a lay of the land; or you can can hire a water witch. These are people who search for water using two thin sticks or iron rods that they say cross each other when there’s water  under the earth.

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5:38pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Napa community comes together to rebuild after earthquake

Downtown Napa after a 6.0 earthquake hit early Sunday morning
Leila Day


Yesterday’s 6.0 earthquake, reportedly originating along the the West Napa Fault, was felt across the Bay Area, but most of the damage was in Napa, Vallejo and the surrounding areas. 

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5:15pm

Tue September 10, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph: Behind the scenes of the Napa grape harvest

Field workers harvesting cabernet grapes in Napa Valley.
Julie Caine

At its heart, California’s food economy is all about agriculture. Our state produces almost half of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States. In the Bay Area, one of our biggest crops is grapes. And right now, it’s harvest time-- it started on August 1st and could run through late fall. 

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12:31pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Napa shows its LGBTQ pride

With events ranging from Big Gay Trivia Night to Big Gay Golf to the Dinner and Drag Show, and 19 other events – Pride in Napa has officially arrived. Chef’s Market is the weekly party Napa throws for its locals. This week, it comes with a twist – there are rainbow flags lining up and down the city light posts, proudly announcing “Do Pride.” Booths proclaiming LGBTQ organizations and clubs, and queer couples holding hands while experiencing the live music and fresh food, in what was once a very quiet homophobic country town. KALW’s Teddy Lederer was at the event and brought back these perspectives from the crowd.

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