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Two More Local COVID-19 Deaths

Two more people in Sonoma County have died from complications of the Coronavirus, making this week the deadliest so far in this pandemic. Four people have died since Sunday in Sonoma County from COVID 19. California is seeing a surge in infections across the state, and so far Sonoma County is not among the 19 counties forced to reinstate restrictions against activities alike indoor dining at restaurants or tasting rooms. There are 44 more COVID 19 cases in Sonoma County over the past 24 hours, 42 of those are active cases. (photo courtesy PBS)


Compliance Strike Teams

California is creating strike teams from 10 state agencies to enforce guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, targeting businesses that have refused to follow state health orders. The teams include representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Alcohol Beverage Control, Barbering & Cosmetology, and others. Restaurant and salon representatives say they're concerned about employees being asked to enforce health mandates, but many businesses want to comply. (photo courtesy Business Insider)


Cloverdale Fireworks Cancelled

The only official fireworks show in Sonoma County has canceled for this weekend. Cloverdale Lions Club announced the cancellation because of the coronavirus case increases across the county and state. Cloverdale is still one of the only places to buy "safe and sane" fireworks for home use, along with Rohnert Park. Outside of those two cities, fireworks are prohibited in all other parts of Sonoma County. Because Cloverdale had to cancel their fireworks show, the Lions Club lost out on their biggest fundraiser of the year. However, an anonymous donor stepped up and gave the club the money they would have raised, to keep their programs going for people in need. (photo courtesy GOBankingRates)


Holiday Weekend Concerns

With the July 4th holiday weekend coming up, Sonoma County officials are urging residents to follow the orders to avoid gathering with groups other than your own household, make sure you wear your facial coverings when away from your home, and wash your hands frequently. There are 49 more local cases than yesterday, now totally 1,185, and all 49 new cases are active. (photo courtesy The Desert Sun)


No Dog Bark Lagoon Swimming

One of the summer treats for dogs has been the Water Bark dog swimming at Spring Lake Regional Park lagoon on the weekends. Sonoma County has had to cancel Water Bark this summer to comply with health regulations that prhibit gatherings of even a dozen or more people and the lagoon has been nearly drained of water. Park trails are open to dogs on leash, though. (photo courtesy News Break)


Smoke At The Coast

There will be a prescribed burn in the Fort Ross State Historic park starting today and through Friday. Fire districts will be burning 120 acres of wildland in the area. Prescribed burns reduce dangerous fuel that builds up over time, helps restore new growth, while at the same time provides valuable training for fire crews. (photo courtesy Flickr)


Bridge Tolls And Repairs Increase

Prices go up on the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco starting today. Increases range from 20 cents to 35 cents. However, Highways101, 37, and other road and transit upgrades are going to take place after a state appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling allowing a 2018 voter approved toll hike on state owned bridges, putting $4.5 billion to work on roads. (photo courtesy The Mercury News)


Blue Green

The signs are posted. Toxic Blue Green Algae Bloom warnings are posted by State and County officials at Salmon Creek Lagoon in Bodega Bay. the algae and scum in the water can cause eye irritation, skin rash, and flu-like symptoms. Children and animals are expecially susceptible to the toxic algae. (photo courtesy CBS SF)


Postal Vehicles

The Postal Service is going green with their delivery vehicles. Congressman Jared Huffman had introduced a plan over the past 6 years that would replace the less-than-efficient vehicles with eco friendly versions. This week, the House votes on the $1.5 Trillion infratructure bill, that now contains $6 billion to replace old postal vehicles. (photo courtesy Deseret News)


PG&E Shutoffs

The State Senate approved a plan to have PG&E and of the utilities assist the public during power shutoffs. The senate unanimously approved State Senator Bill Dodd's measure that will require the utilities to help community members during the power shut offs intended to prevent wildfires, and also assist local governments in covering costs related to the shutdowns. Sonoma County suffered $50 million to $70 million in economic losses from a PG&E power shutoff during the Kincade fire last fall. (photo courtesy PG&E)


Congressman Thompson Legislation

Today, Congressman Mike Thompson and 47 members of Congress introduced his GREEN act, or Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now legislation. The Green Act works to tackle the threat of climate change through the tax code by extending and expanding the federal tax incentives to promote clean energy technologies, and supports widespread depolyment of zero-emission vehicles. (photo courtesy mikethompson.house.gov)


DMV Driving Tests Resume

Today, the DMV will resume behind the wheel driving tests. Since early March, first time licence holders and commercial license applicants have had to wait to finish this one part of the exam. The first to be allowed to do the driving part will be the appointments that had to be cancelled for the past three months because of the pandemic. (photo courtesy ABC& News)


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