Sonoma County News

Richmond Bridge

Repair work on the Richmond San Rafael Bridge begins tonight, now that inspections are finished and the weather is cooperating. A CalTrans contractor will begin the permanent replacement of the expansion joint during overnight hours. Two weeks ago, chunks of concrete from the expansion joint fell from the upper deck to the lower deck.

Super Moon

A Super Moon was out last night and again tonight. It's the brightest moon of the year when it is as close as it ever gets to Earth. It is typicallly bigger and brighter than a full moon, and will be visible in Sonoma County again tonight

Missing Girl Found

The 11 year old girl who was missing from in front of her school last week was returned to her family unharmed. She had been picked up by her mother, who does not have legal custody of the girl. A relative found the mother and daughter, and was able to bring the girl home safely.

Santa Rosa House Fire

This morning, Santa Rosa Firefighters were called to a large residential fire in the 5600 block of Evening Way near Highway 12 off St Francis. It started with an SUV on the side of the house and spread to the home. Everyone got out safely, but it is a total loss. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from the next door house.

Trump Declares National Emergency

President Trump declared a national emergency on the border with Mexico on Friday in order to access billions of dollars that Congress refused to give him to build a wall there, transforming a highly charged policy dispute into a confrontation over the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution.

Bruce Bochy Retires

SF Giants Manager Bruce Bochy announced today he's retiring at the end of the 2019 season. "It's time," Bochy said. "I've managed with my gut, I came up here in 2007 on my gut. It's been an unbelievable ride, there's so much to be grateful for."

Local Quake

There were a number of small aftershocks today around Sonoma County, after the 3.7 earthquake that struck just 5 miles from Sonoma. There were no reported injuries or damage from yesterday's quake, which was felt as far away as San Francisco.

Bike Funding for Sonoma County

12 million dollars in grant money is reportedly on the way to Sonoma County, which will help pay for a bike path extension. SMART is in line for the funding, that would be used, to construct about 5 miles of pathway along the rail line in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and some of Penngrove.

Hwy 37 Closure

State transportation officials are planning for what they called a possible long-term closure on Highway 37 southeast of Novato, after floodwaters breached a levee in two spots near the roadway. This is the latest major transportation dilemma to hit the North Bay after the recent nine-hour closure of the Richmond- San Rafael Bridge.

Hot Air Balloon Crash

An investigation continues today into the cause of that hot air balloon that made an emergency landing near Vallejo. There were about a dozen people on board. One person suffered minor injuries. The balloon was blowing toward power lines when the pilot decided to make that emergency stop.

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