It's been a tough few weeks since the holocaust of wind-driven fires swept through Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino (and other) counties. My wife and I had it good: the only inconvenience for us was having to wear the now-well-known N95 dust masks during the smoky days that followed. We were not affected by evacuation orders, uncertainty about road closures, or the despair of having lost one's home.
Although the first responders rightly claim hero status, I'd like to put in a word of great thanks to our lowly little AM radio station, KVON, for staying on the air day and night during the firestorm. Ira C. Smith, I'm quite sure, put in plenty of hours during the day and night, keeping us posted on "on the ground" reports, called in by actual residents.
This little station has always provided cutting-edge news on local events, and I wanted to give them a big shout-out. Without the local news, and the Napa Valley Register's coverage of the fires, we'd be stuck with the overhyped hysterical reporting of the big-city TV stations; not helpful.
Thanks again, KVON.