March 14-18, 2022
WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK:
Covid Cases Continue Decline In Sonoma County But New Variant Is Here
"Covid cases in Sonoma County continue their decline. After peaking at just under 27-thousand cases in late January, active cases in the county now stand at 1,336, which is just about where cases were when the Omicron surge began. Active cases, though, are slightly up by just under 300 active cases from the same time last year. Three more deaths have been reported bringing the death toll in Sonoma County to 481. Local health officials have seen at least five cases of the new covid variant, BA.2, also known 'stealth omicron' or 'Deltacron' which appears to be almost as contagious as measles."
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Chemical spill prompts shelter-in-place order in Rohnert Park, evacuation of Straus Family Creamery
"A chemical spill at the Straus Family Creamery in Rohnert Park prompted the evacuation of the business and a shelter-in-place advisory for residents and businesses on Martin Avenue Friday morning. The advisory, issued at 9:23 a.m, was in response to a nitric acid spill after a forklift punctured a storage tank at the business containing the acid. The advisory was lifted a little over an hour later at 10:26 a.m. The incident caused about 250 gallons of acid to spill into the front parking lot. Rohnert Park police and Sonoma County hazmat personnel responded to the spill."
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Elementary students spread positivity through viral hotline
"A group of Sonoma County elementary school students shares some positive messages through their viral help hotline. NBC News’ Vicky Nguyen explains how the students aim to give their unique support through tough times."
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Sonoma County Enacts Cannabis Tax Cut Through June 2023
"The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary tax cut of 45 percent for cannabis cultivation through June 30, 2023. The cut is retroactive to July 1, 2021, according to a news release issued by county officials Wednesday. Supervisors said the cut is intended to mitigate financial hardship on local growers."
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Sonoma County weighs new vacation rental rules for unincorporated areas
"The Sonoma County Planning Commission on Thursday will hold a public hearing to consider changes to a vacation rental ordinance covering unincorporated parts of the county. The proposed updates include creating a system to license vacation rental properties and imposing new restrictions on the number of short-term rentals allowed in certain neighborhoods. County planning staff said the licensing system would help address neighbors’ concerns over parking, noise and public safety by making it easier to enforce vacation rental regulations. The county would also launch a 24/7 hotline to respond to complaints."
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Sonoma County’s Latest Pop-Up Serves Epic Cajun Dishes
"Waking up to the aroma of frying beignets at his grandmother’s house in Louisiana is one of Chef Bradley Wildridge’s earliest memories. Cajun through and through, he has jambalaya in his blood and roux in his soul. 'Yoo-hoo!' was his grandma’s call for him to get out of bed and make a beeline for the kitchen, where the warm, yeasty puffs waited."
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Peek inside Sonoma County grocery stores from the 1900s
"Like any downtown, Santa Rosa has restaurants, gift shops, bookstores and bars. But a century ago downtown Santa Rosa also had grocery stores. One downtown grocery store at the corner of Fourth and A streets for several years before the 1906 earthquake was Kopf & Donovan, which sold ”first class ranch quality” local eggs in agreement with the Sonoma County Poultry Association in 1905, according to the Santa Rosa Republican."
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Mortgage Rates Exceed Four Percent
"The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage exceeded four percent for the first time since May of 2019. The Federal Reserve raising short-term rates and signaling further increases means mortgage rates should continue to rise over the course of the year. While home purchase demand has moderated, it remains competitive due to low existing inventory, suggesting high house price pressures will continue during the spring homebuying season."
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