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COVID-19 Monday

Sonoma County COVID 19 cases have continued to parallel the state's rise in numbers. This morning there are 149 more cases in the county, bringing the number to 12,198. And, Sonoma County remains in the most restrictive level of the state's four tier reopening plan. There are several testing sites available at socoemergency.org, including the pop up sites today at Sonoma Park & Ride in Boyes Hot Springs this morning, and Burton Ave Recreation Center in Rohnert Park this afternoon. (Delta Optimist)


Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday, with people turning to online shopping instead of heading to the stores. Adobe Analytics says consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That eclipses the previous record of $7.4 billion set last year _ and marks a 22% increase. And, today is expected to be even bigger. (photo courtesy CarbonTV)


Santa Boat Arrival

Petaluma saw the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by tugboat on Saturday. The Petaluma Downtown Association leadership decided that Santa’s annual riverboat cruise could continue Saturday, with modifications to try to keep things pandemic-appropriate. (photo courtesy Sonoma Index-Tribune)


Healdsburg Chief To Retire

Healdsburg's Police Chief will be retiring in a few months. Chief Kevin Burke has been with the Healdsburg for 10 years, after serving as Chief in Lakeport, and before that a decade with the Los Angeles Police Department. Burke has been at the helm during the recent fires, and with this past summer's racial disparity protests. (photo courtesy newsbreak.com)


Art Ibleto

Sad news of the passing of Art Ibleto, known affectionately as Pasta King. Art was known for his generosity to help countless numbers of fundraisers with his delicious food, and also for his quick wit and warm demeanor. Ibleto had a colorful life, with patriotism as a teenage freedom fighter against the Nazi's in Europe, and creating a huge commercial food business in Sonoma County, enjoyed by residents at events, and at the Sonoma County Fair. Art Ibleto was 94 years old (photo courtesy Patch)


Thanksgiving Meal Drive Through

The Redwood Gospel Mission has found a way to still give families a happy Thanksgiving. On any other year, today would be the Great Thanksgiving Banquet at the Fairgrounds, but becuase of the pandemic, preregistered families will be receiving all the holiday fixings at a drive through event today at Springhills Church in Santa Rosa. (photo courtesy La Prensa)


West County Schools

The decision whether or not to merge El Molino and Analy High Schools reversed course. The School Trustees decided on the proposed parcel tax to build up the needed money to keep both schools going separately. They also put their support toward the tourism tax that is on the March ballot. Last week's split decision prompted another vote after more discussion. (photo courtesy wschsd)


Crab Season Delayed Again

The Commercial Crab season has been delayed again until the middle of December. Whales are migrating and they can become entangled in fishing equipment, so commercial crabbers can't set their pots until mid December, but that delay could be extended if the whales are still in the fishing zone. (photo courtesy aquarium.org)


Sebastopol Hotel For Homeless

The Sebastopol Inn will become a shelter for some of Sonoma County's homeless. State housing officials have awarded Sonoma County $6.2 million to purchase the Sebastopol Inn for homeless housing. This follows the purchase of Hotel Azura in Santa Rosa as a homeless shelter. Sonoma County has now received $16 million from Project Homekey, the state’s $1.3 billion grant program aimed at curbing homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. (photo courtesy Agoda)


COVID-19 Tuesday

The Centers for Disease Control are urging people to avoid travelling for the holiday weekend. Sonoma County's Health Officer Dr. Mase said getting a COVID test now is not a guarantee of being safe, or not spreading the virus to others. Her warning came as local virus transmission has soared to summer high levels and California is dealing with an explosion of cases worse than at any point during the pandemic that began in March. Last night 122 more positive cases were added to the Sonoma County list. There are a variety of testing sites listed on socoemergency.org (photo courtesy PBS)


Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

The burn permit suspension in Sonoma County has been lifted, along with Napa, Lake and Solano Counties. Those possessing valid CAL FIREand air quality burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity’s and the chance of winter weather have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire. (photo courtesy Flickr)


School Waivers

Sonoma County schools that have been hoping to reopen campuses will have to wait a bit longer. Waiver applications have been put on hold while changing guidelines are being created by the state due to the surge in COVID 19 cases and hospitalizations. The 9 private schools in the county that have been given permission to reopen will likely remain open for now. (photo courtesy Sonoma Index-Tribune)


Fire Recovery Town Hall

Fire survivors and property owners impacted by the Glass, Meyers and Walbridge fires are invited to attend a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. to learn more about the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, eligibility for the state program, hazard tree removal; the right of entry application process; and post-fire watershed protection. (photo courtesy Petaluma Augus Courier) Here is the Zoom link to the meeting https://sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/93592040951?pwd=YVpKUHd3S3BLK3RVekVuSURQQkM4Zz09


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