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Homeless Project Gift

A housing project for homeless in Sonoma County just got a big boost from Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. The $1 million gift will help Caritas Village in downtown Santa Rosa. It's a combination housing and homeless shelter project. Santa Rosa City Council approved the project earlier this year. (photo courtesy City of Santa Rosa)

Schools To Remain Online

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Mase is urging all local schools to continue teaching online until they can prove safety to reopen. Sonoma County is still in the most restrictive stage of the state's new plan for reopening. Because of the school closures, Dr. Mase believes students have avoided virus outbreaks. Currently there are 62 new cases, however 405 have left the active list, and 467 people have recovered from the virus locally. (photo courtesy The Daily Californian)

Unemployment Claims Stall

California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days. (photo courtesy the social media monthly)


The Giants beat the A's yesterday 14-2, but the A's won the 3 game series, winning Friday and Saturday. Tonight the Giants play the Rockies, and the A's play the Dodgers tomorrow. The 49ers got a 31-13 win over the Jets, but with several injuries of key players. The team will evaluate players' health this week. At theTour De France, Ireland's Sam Bennet won the last stage yesterday, but it was Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia who ended as the overall winner of the 21 stage event. (photo courtesy logos)

Walbridge Fire Update

Firefighters are still working the fires in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties. The LNU Lightning Complex Fires are now 98% contained and have burned over 363,000 acres, 55,000 in the Walbridge fire West of Healdsburg. The entire complex is expected to be 100% contained by October 1st. (photo courtesy Wildfire Today)

FEMA Cost Share Increase

Congressman Mike Thompson, joined by several other key members of Congress, introduced legislation to adjust the Federal cost share of FEMA. The plan is to ease financial burdens on states, local and tribal communities that have been granted emergency declarations this year. It would raise the assistance from 75% now, to 90% federal help. (photo courtesy BBC)

Santa Rosa Schools Decision

Santa Rosa City Schools voted unanimously to continue distance learning through the rest of 2020. The decison was expected for the nearly 16,000 students of the largest school district in Sonoma County. The meeting last night had comments from both parents and staff, sharply divided on what each felt was best for the academic and emotional wellbeing of students. (photo courtesy The Daily Californian)

Economic Community Survey

The County of Sonoma’s Economic Recovery Committees have launched the Sonoma County Economic Recovery Community Survey and needs community feedback. Input from this survey will help inform a long term economic recovery strategy. The Economic Recovery Committees are focused on long term recovery with emphasis on business specific recovery, workforce recovery, and community recovery. The survey is available at SoCoLaunch.org. (photo courtesy Sonoma County)

Sierra Rescue Tie To Sonoma County

A Sonoma County man led the crew of the California Army National Brigade who swooped in to the Sierra National Park to rescue hundreds of campers trapped by the Creek Fire east of Fresno. They were given special awards by President Trump this week during his visit to Sacramento. The Commander of that brigade who led the rescues is Coronel David Hall, a graduate of Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. (photo courtesy The Patriots Report)

Public Health Officer Meeting

This Afternoon, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase will hold an online community breifing regarding COVID 19. It will be held at 3:30 today on Zoom and Facebook, and after the briefing from Dr Mase, she will answer questions from the public and media. Submit questions in advance by email at public affairs@sonoma-county.org, or by commenting online during the Facebook Live post. (photo courtesy Petaluma Argus-Courier)

Flu Shots Available Now

The Flu Vaccine shots have becun being administered as health officials look ahead to what could be a bad flu season, which could put strain on hospitals and clinics. The flu vaccine is widely known to be safe and effective by health experts in dampening what can be devastating impacts of influenza, especially for the elderly and the young. The County is planning on drive thru flu shot clinics. (photo courtesy SelectHealth)

PG&E Money Ideas Requested

The city of Santa Rosa is asking residents to give input on the use of money received from PG&E. After the 2017 wildfires, PG&E was ordered to pay Santa Rosa $95 million. Residents are encouraged to learn more about the settlement funds at srcity.org, and then complete an online survey to provide input and ideas by October 4th. (photo courtesy PG&E)

Santa Rosa Schools Zoom Meeting

The future of Santa Rosa Schools going through this Fall and 2021 will be discussed in a Zoom meeting tonight. Superintendent Diann Kitamura is expected to recommend that classrooms remaim closed through December, and stay with distance learning. The decision is in line with Sonoma County Schools, and Health Officer Dr. Mase. To join the meeting, go to sr schools.org. (photo courtesy Dave's Travel Corner)

Healdsburg Hotel Penalized

A luxury hotel in Healdsburg that hasn't even opened yet, has already be slapped with $6.4 million environmental penality. Erosion from construction sent millions of gallons of mud and sediment into the Russian River watershed, putting fish and other wildlife at risk. Montage Healdsburg Hotel is scheduled to open in December. (photo courtesy Hospitality Net)


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