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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)


Walbridge Fire Update

Today, firefighters are continuing to work to reinforce containment lines in the Walbridge Fire, and also the fires in Napa and Lake Counties. The Walbridge Fire is now 96% contained. One volunteer firefighter from Petaluma had his fire pack stolen while sleeping in his fire vehicle following a long fire fighting shift on the Walbridge Fire. (photo courtesy Napa Valley Register)


FEMA Center Open

FEMA, has opened a "mobile response intake center" in Santa Rosa, to help those impacted by the Walbridge or Meyers fires. You'll be able to obtain information and support from a variety of assistance programs. The FEMA center is open Monday through Sunday, 9-6, and is located at the offices of the Sonoma County Office of Education. (photo courtesy wikipedia)


COVID-19 Numbers Monday

After 6 months of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, the numbers here in Sonoma County have grown, but now we are starting to see some changes in the right direction. Although there are 35 more cases added in the past 24 hours, there have been 499 less active cases, and 534 recoveries from the virus. (photo coutesy Fox News)


Local Scientists Win NASA Award

Two Sonoma County scientists have won a NASA award for coming up with a small device that measures X-Rays in the sunlight. The device will possibly accompany a space payload on a trip to the moon scheduled for 2024. Congratulations to Phil Jobson of Santa Rosa and Garret Jernigan of Petaluma. (photo courtesy Facebook)


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