Sonoma County News

Local Coronavirus Patient

One of the former passengers of the Coronavirus stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess is now being treated in Sonoma County. Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip said the patient has a confirmed case of COVID 19, but is not showing any symptoms. The patient ws transferred from Travis Air Force Base last night, and is being monitored in an isolation area at an undisclosed local hospital that has taken precautions to protect the public from the spread of the disease. (photo courtesy Fox News)


Drinking Water Pipe Repairs

Emergency repairs are going to take place along the Russian River-Cotati Aquaduct. The Sonoma County Water Agency received approval to replace a corroded 48 inch pipe, which is one of the main pipelines in the Sonoma Water distribution system that provides warer to more than 600,000 residents. Work will take place mid March for about a week. (photo courtesy SF Gate)


PG&E settlement

A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and PG&E goes to court again today. A judge will weigh whether state and federal agencies are entitled to tap the fund for any of the $4 billion they spent responding to the wildfires. (photo courtesy PG&E)


Santa Rosa Suing PG&E

The City of Santa Rosa is going to court against PG&E over the Kincade Fire. Today, Santa Rosa council members will vote to hire the legal firms already representing the city in its claims against PG&E for the 2017 fires to also initiate its case for the 2019 Kincade Fire. Cal Fire is still investigating the cause of the Kincade Fire. (photo courtesy SF Gate)


Missing Couple Found Alive

It was a happy ending to the search for the missing couple in Inverness. They were found alive after over a week of searching by hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement. Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky were found in a drainage deep into thick brush, and had survived with just a small bit of water nearby. They were taken to a hospital and showed gratitude for all the search efforts. (photo courtesy Marin Independent Journal)


Emergency Homeless Shelter Idea

The large strip of land once planned for the extension of Hwy 12 in Santa Rosa may become a site for emergency homeless shelters. Governor Newsom gave Santa Rosa the option of using the state owned property for homeless shelters, but emphasized the state was not forcing Santa Rosa in it's decision. (photo courtesy Press Democrat)


Mail In Ballots

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters wants your mail in ballots early, before the March 3rd primary. They are the first tallied on Election Day, and having them in sooner than later assures they will be ready for the count. You can either mail the ballot in, or drop it off at the Vets building in Santa Rosa or Petaluma, or at the Registrar of Voters office in the County complex in Santa Rosa. (photo courtesy Snopes)


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