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Vaccination Guidelines

Today, state health officials will announce new health guidelines, as the federal government now recommends that states allow people 65 and over receive the vaccine. Other considerations include adults with certain pre-existing conditions. Another change will be the government releasing all of it's vaccine doses, rather than holding on to supply of second doses. (photo courtesy USA Today)

County Working With Leap Solutions

Sonoma County health services is partnering with Santa Rosa based Leap Solutions on local vaccination distribution. The human resource and organizational team will assist the county with a series of virtual meetings with business and organization leaders to help spread information about the equal distribution of the vaccines throughout the county. (photo courtesy County of Sonoma)

COVID Aid Money

Still looking for the second round of pandemic relief payments? The IRS says it shouldn't be much longer. The agency says after some problems at the start of payments, more second-round funds are being sent to taxpayers. The process began at the end of December. But many who filed their taxes with an online preparation service found that an administrative issue delayed having the money sent to taxpayer bank accounts. (photo courtesy youtube)

Chanate Property

The former site of Sutter Hospital on Chanate Road in Santa Rosa is on the market again. The 72 acre site has been in contention for sale several times, with the last developers dropping from negotiations, and the County stopping talks with two others. This will be the 5th attempt to sell the property. (photo courtesy County of Sonoma)

Crab Pots Pulling Up Today

Commercial Dungeness Crab pots are being pulled up starting today, after a price agreement was reached between wholesalers and fishers. State Fish and Game postponed the season start for more than five weeks to protect migrating whales that were clustered in the fishing grounds, risking entanglement. (Photo courtesy Aquarium.org)

Young Writers Contest

Jack London State Historic Park has announced the opening of its 2021 Young Writers Contest. The program encourages middle school students, grades 6-8, to create an original 2,000-word story inspired by the works of Jack London. This year’s theme is Coping with Isolation. All students who enter the contest will receive a free pass for admission to the park, plus cash prizes for the winners. (photo courtesy Graduate Programs)

COVID-19 Monday

As of last night, Sonoma County Health Services reported 199 more active COVID 19 cases, raising the total to over 21,000 since the pandemic began in March. And across the state, more than 30,000 deaths, 3,000 of those here in the Bay Area. Vaccinations continue for healthcare personnel and residents of skilled nursing facilties. (photo courtesy WBUR)

Firefighters Helping Hospitals

Firefighters are joining the fight against COVID 19 by trading turnouts for scrubs. Petaluma Valley Hospital has EMT and Paramedic firefighters helping in various departments. More firefighters are being deployed to hospitals in Southern California where ICU capacities are near zero. (photo courtesy AP News)

New Sonoma County CHP Captain

Sonoma County's CHP office has a new Captain after the top officer was named assistant cheif of the CHP Northen division. Sonoma County CHP welcomed Captain Randy England, who transferred from Clear Lake. (photo courtesy Ukiah Daily Journal)

Mike Reeser

Sebastopol Assistant Fire Chief Mike Reeser has died from an apparant heart attack one day before his 65th birthday. He served the department for 42 years, 33 of those years as assistant chief. And, he worked with many Sonoma County companies with Santa Rosa Fire Equipment since the 1970's. (photo courtesy The Press Democrat)

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