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Sonoma County News

Power Grid Strain

High Temperatures are expected today, raising concerns about California's power grid supply. The California Independent System Operator has issued a heat bulletin, asking us to conserve power, but they are predicting they will have enough power. The Grid Operators say they will issue a flex alert if its needed, asking everyone to cut back on electricity use. (photo courtesy Forbes)

Solar Energy Affordability

Today, supporters of solar energy want to put a spotlight on what they call a "profit grab" by major utility companies. Later this morning they will gather outside of the state public utilities commission, and demand that state officials keep solar energy affordable. The PUC is debating changes to the way solar users send energy back to the power grid. Critics say the new proposal would make solar energy less affordable for families, schools, and small businesses, and also slow down California's progress toward cleaner energy. (photo courtesy Interstate Roofing)

Torch Relay For Special Olympics

This morning, the Law Enforcement Torch Relay for Special Olympics worked its way through south Santa Rosa, being carried by officers running to Rohert Park Department of Public Safety, who then took the hand off and ran with it to Petaluma. The annual torch run raises funds for the Special Olympics that will take place at UC Davis this summer. (photo courtesy NicePNG)

Juneteenth Holiday

The Senate has passed a bill that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to June 19th becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House, which would send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. (photo courtesy CNET)

Sonoma County COVID Briefing

Today, Sonoma County health officials hold a live discussion on the current status of the coronavirus spread and the vaccinations in the community ahead of tomorrow's lifting of COVID restrictions in California. The health officials will encourage residents to remain cautious, as the virus is still spreading in Sonoma County, although there has been a drastic reduction in the case rate. The briefing will be live streamed on the County's Facebook page at 3:30 this afternoon. (photo courtesy paho.org)

Governor's Reopening Plan

Today, Governor Newsom will hold a news conference to discuss tomorrow's reopening. He is expected to focus on investing in California's travel and tourism industry. Economists estimate US tourism is at it's lowest level since 2001. The Governor is also proposing $95 million in his budget to jumpstart the industry, including creating jobs and helping small businesses. (photo courtesy The Straits Times)

Healdsburg Water Restrictions

Healdsburg has implemented tough new water restrictions because of the drought. Commercial customers need to cut back water use by 40%. Residential customers are being told to use no more than 74 gallons of water per person, per day. And everyone is being ordered to turn off their sprinkers and drip irrigation systems immediately. (photo courtesy Smart Living Healdsburg)

Summer Fun Fest Tickets

Tickets go on sale today online for the Summer Fun Fest, presented by the Sonoma County Fair this summer. The Summer Fun Fest will be July 28-August 8, 2021 (Closed Monday and Tuesday). There will be rides and fair food, as well as junior livestock and music through the park, but no horse racing, or Hall of Flowers. More info and tickets sales at Sonoma County Fair.com (photo courtesy Whatcom Talk)


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