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Wind Storm

Strong winds knocked out the power to some 4,000 PG&E Customers in Sonoma County yesterday, and overnight. The Wind Advisory was upgraded to a high wind warning for elevations above 1000 feet , which will continue through today. Winds have been clocked at over 80 mph at the highest peaks, taking down trees or just branches. PG&E crews have been working around the clock to restore power, and will be watching for the threat of wildfires, and make decisions on shutting off power to certain areas based on the changing conditions. (photo courtesy Las Vegas Review-Journal)


Sonoma County COVID-19

January has been the deadliest period of time for the pandemic since it started last March. So far in 2021, 48 more deaths has raised the number to 240. Back in September, 80% of virus related deaths were in senior care homes, but now that percentage is down to 64%, so many more fatalities are from other age groups and settings. (photo courtesy PBS)


California COVID Numbers

California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, a third of those just since December 24th. California also has seen more than 33,600 deaths due to COVID-19. Officials warn that a recent slight downward trend could reverse when the full impact of holiday gathering transmissions is felt. Here in Sonoma County, 214 new cases were reported last night, along with 1 more death, raising the number to 240. (photo courtesy Patch)


Santa Rosa Earthquake

Some residents in West Santa Rosa reported feeling a slight earthquake last night. The Magnitude 2.7 tremor struck at 8:22 last night, centered near Kaiser Hospital. No reports of any injuries or damage. (photo courtesy Triple M)


Vaccination Guidelines

Today, state health officials will announce new health guidelines, as the federal government now recommends that states allow people 65 and over receive the vaccine. Other considerations include adults with certain pre-existing conditions. Another change will be the government releasing all of it's vaccine doses, rather than holding on to supply of second doses. (photo courtesy USA Today)


County Working With Leap Solutions

Sonoma County health services is partnering with Santa Rosa based Leap Solutions on local vaccination distribution. The human resource and organizational team will assist the county with a series of virtual meetings with business and organization leaders to help spread information about the equal distribution of the vaccines throughout the county. (photo courtesy County of Sonoma)


COVID Aid Money

Still looking for the second round of pandemic relief payments? The IRS says it shouldn't be much longer. The agency says after some problems at the start of payments, more second-round funds are being sent to taxpayers. The process began at the end of December. But many who filed their taxes with an online preparation service found that an administrative issue delayed having the money sent to taxpayer bank accounts. (photo courtesy youtube)


Chanate Property

The former site of Sutter Hospital on Chanate Road in Santa Rosa is on the market again. The 72 acre site has been in contention for sale several times, with the last developers dropping from negotiations, and the County stopping talks with two others. This will be the 5th attempt to sell the property. (photo courtesy County of Sonoma)


Crab Pots Pulling Up Today

Commercial Dungeness Crab pots are being pulled up starting today, after a price agreement was reached between wholesalers and fishers. State Fish and Game postponed the season start for more than five weeks to protect migrating whales that were clustered in the fishing grounds, risking entanglement. (Photo courtesy Aquarium.org)


Young Writers Contest

Jack London State Historic Park has announced the opening of its 2021 Young Writers Contest. The program encourages middle school students, grades 6-8, to create an original 2,000-word story inspired by the works of Jack London. This year’s theme is Coping with Isolation. All students who enter the contest will receive a free pass for admission to the park, plus cash prizes for the winners. (photo courtesy Graduate Programs)


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