California Updates Sonoma County EHV Outbreak Numbers

Following the euthanasia of a 6-year-old Warmblood mare that showed neurologic signs and subsequently tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at a Sonoma Horse Park show in Petaluma on July 24, officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) visited the mare’s home premises in Sacramento County on July 26.
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Sonoma County Fire District crew frees deer stuck in fence

A quick-thinking Sonoma County Fire District crew freed a deer stuck in a fence Wednesday, capturing the whole rescue on video. The crew was responding to a call regarding a fallen tree when they spotted the deer, the fire district said in a Facebook post about the incident. The animal...
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Magnitude 3.0 earthquake shakes Lake County

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake shook Lake County Wednesday night. The tremor’s epicenter was located about 1 mile southwest of Anderson Springs and 22 miles north of Santa Rosa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit at about 11:30 p.m. and was felt by residents in Sebastopol, Napa and...
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Eat, Drink And Shop: Sebastopol Is Your Next Sonoma County Must-See

Tucked between Santa Rosa and the Pacific shoreline, Sebastopol is an ideal pit stop to catch your breath outside of Sonoma County’s urban centers. Once filled with apple and plum orchards, the town is steeped in agricultural history, reflected in rich farm to table cuisine and emphasis on local produce. The quaint downtown district is a hub for all things spellbinding, speaking to Northern California’s affinity for the healing arts. If you’re planning a wine tour in the area, there’s no shortage of renowned vineyards and specialty breweries to balance your palette. For a convenient day out, make your way over to The Barlow, a diverse outdoor market that aims to bring Sebastopol’s past and present to a single, easy to navigate complex just off Highway 12 as you enter into town. The perfect day trip from Santa Rosa, Petaluma, or even San Francisco, Sebastopol does its best to introduce you to wine country on an intimate level. Trade crowds for charm within the span of a few blocks, and don’t miss the eccentric flair in between. Sebastopol is built on its resident businesses, so shop small and support local storefronts!
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Commentary: County must stop approving vacation rentals

If you happen to live in Sonoma Valley close to the town of Sonoma but still in the county, such as along Leveroni Road (where there are many small quiet side streets and rural cul de sacs), you may have noticed an unbelievable surge in short-term vacation rentals. This surge started around the same time as the COVID surge — when many of us had to endure clandestine weddings and increased vacation rental usage by groups looking to escape San Francisco and New York during lock-down, even when shelter in place was mandated for our county.
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Supervisors pursuing big move; thounsands of county jobs could be transferred to downtown Santa Rosa

Saying it is time for the county to walk it's own talk, the Sonoma County board of supervisors have agreed to consider relocating most county offices to downtown Santa Rosa. With deferred maintenance on its more than half-century-old campus estimated at a quarter billion dollars, county supervisors are pursuing decamping to a new location, walking distance from the downtown Santa Rosa Smart station.
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Sonoma County Jail hit with second outbreak of COVID-19

In its second outbreak since the pandemic began, 31 inmates in the Sonoma County Jail have contracted the infectious disease amid a another wave of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations countywide. All the infected jail inmates are asymptomatic and the outbreak that began July 23 appears isolated from the general...
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Water restrictions may worsen with another dry winter

Water conservation efforts have been cranking into high gear across California, as local governments adjust to drought conditions and prepare for an uncertain water future. Napa is no different: All five Napa County municipalities have taken on water conservation measures. What comes next will depend upon the rainfall this winter, said city of Napa deputy utilities director Joy Eldredge. If it’s a dry year once again — Napa received 10 inches of rain last year, compared to about 27 inches in a normal year, according to Eldredge — water use could be restricted even further.
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Alta Madrone affordable apartments filling with new residents

The apartments on Broadway at Clay Street were noticeably silent on a Friday morning in mid-July, the playground empty, the computers in the community room unused. At one point the sound of a TV and someone in loud conversation on a phone drifted down the stairs of a two-story apartment, but there was little other evidence of the 70 or so residents of Alta Madrone, the new affordable-housing complex at Sonoma’s southern edge.
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Sonoma County’s Summer Fun Fest Starts Today

Sonoma County’s Summer Fun Fest will begin today, and there is a chance people can get free admission. Officials announced yesterday that those who go to the event can get the coronavirus vaccine and receive a free one-day festival pass and ride ticket. All visitors have to do is go to the Jockey Club for their choice of vaccine shot. The Summer Fun Fest is taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa and will run until August 8th.
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PD Editorial: Mask up (again) to stop new COVID variant

You’re tired of the pandemic, right? We are, too. Unfortunately, the coronavirus isn’t tired of us. So, we’re putting our masks back on. We hope you will, too. This isn’t political. It isn’t tyranny. It’s a matter of health — for you, for your loved ones, for us and for the entire community.
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Sonomans at center of same-sex marriage case

A Sonoma attorney and her local client are at the center of a San Francisco Superior Court ruling last month that they believe could have a deep ripple effect on the status of thousands of previously nullified same-sex marriages. Or, to paraphrase Sonoma attorney Amy Harrington: Think you’re not married...
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Santa Rosa residents can put in a good word — or several — for use in public art project

Santa Rosa city officials are asking residents to submit words or phrases that could be included in a new public art piece that will be located in Old Courthouse Square. The artwork titled “Unum” by Blessing Hancock will be permanently installed in the downtown square, made of stainless steel with words or phrases submitted by the public that will be water-jet cut into the surface of the structure, according to the city.
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Another 30 people test positive for COVID-19 in Napa County

The acceleration in coronavirus infections continued in Napa County as health authorities reported 30 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday afternoon. The latest daily update by the county’s Health and Human Services agency, posted to its COVID-19 informational website, followed a report of 24 new cases Tuesday. Total infections in Napa County now total 10,400 since the pandemic arrived in California in early 2020.
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California Drought: Shrinking Lake Mendocino Forces Water Cuts To Sonoma County Russian River Region

HEALDSBURG (KPIX 5) — Residents in the Russian River region of northern Sonoma County are already facing mandatory water rationing. But now, the situation has become so dire that some agricultural users are being cut off completely. Healdsburg was ordered by the state to reduce water usage by 40 percent and the city stepped up, cutting by 54 percent over last year. But those who live there know this is just the beginning. “People have been talking for a long time that it’s going to come to a point where we don’t have enough water for our city, and it’s gotten to...