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Sonoma County News

Creek Maintenance

This week, The Sonoma County Water Agency, or Sonoma Water, began maintenance activities in more than 50 streams throughout Sonoma County. February's heavy rains and flooding along the Russian River caused an estimated $155 million in damage. Sonoma Water maintains 75 miles of flood control channels. (photo courtesy SSU News)


Great Redwood Trail

A plan to transform 300 miles of old railroad tracks into hiking and biking trails is on roll. The long unused tracks stretch from San Francisco to Humboldt Bay. Senator Mike McGuire will hold a town hall meeting and discussion this Saturday in Ukiah on the Great Redwood Trail plan


Pepperwood

More controlled burns will take place today to clear some of the loose branches and grass that could threaten the county later in the season. Today, Cal Fire will be doing a controlled burn in the Pepperwood preserve, and smoke may be seen in the area of Mark West Springs Road, Porter Creek Road, and Franz Valley Road. (photo courtesy pepperwoodpreserve.org)


Burn Permits Suspended

Starting today, Cal Fire will suspend burn permits in six counties, including Sonoma County, in consideration of the high fire risk in the region. The increasing fire danger that hot, dry conditions and the abundance of dead grass leftover from a wet winter pose prompted Cal Fire to suspend burn permits, with a few exceptions. (photo courtesy KBOI)


911 System Changes

The state's new budget that was approved at the end of last week will allow money to upgrade the states aging 911 system. To fund those changes, however, lawmakers want to impose a new monthly fee on phone bills and tax people who refuse to buy private health insurance, even though the state has a projected $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least 20 years. (photo courtesy The Press Democrat)


Youth Ecology Corps

Starting today, more than 40 Sonoma County youth will be working on ways to restore waterways, and learn about nature at the same time. The clean up and educational activities are part of the 2019 Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corp, which will run for 8 weeks. (photo courtesy Occidental Arts & Ecology Center)


Beach Murder Guilty Plea

The lead suspect in the murder of two people on the beach north of Jenner 15 years ago has pleaded no contest. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said she agreed not to seek the death penalty for Shaun Gallon of Forestville in three first-degree murder charges, including the shooting of two engaged camp counselors in 2004, his brother's slaying in 2017, and an attempted bombing murder in 2004. Gallonis scheduled for a preliminary hearing today. (photo courtesy WOODRV.com)


Smoke

You may notice some smoke in the air today, but it's not a wildfire. A planned 27 acre fire to clear grass and small brush will take place along Hwy 12 near Glen Ellen starting at 8:30am at Bouverie Preserve. (photo courtesy Flickr)


SDC sale

Sonoma Developmental Center closed it's doors last year, and since then, 140 buildings are being cleared out. Tomorrow there will be thousands of items set up for sale, a lot of them for just a dollar each. This is just one of many monthly sales to get rid of the contents of the site. (photo courtesy Sonoma Sun)


Groundwater Plan

The proposed fee for the use of groundwater will be discussed today at a public meeting with the Santa Rosa Groundwater Sustainability Agency. If the proposed plan is approved by the board, the fee would be based on actual or estimated groundwater pumped annually, and would be levied based on either pumping records or published studies of average groundwater use for irrigated crops and rural residents. (photo courtesy Hometown Water Wells)


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