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  • Published on June 6, 2019

    Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) and partners will celebrate the first inbound and outbound American Airlines Dallas flights on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

  • Published on May 24, 2019

    Travelers seeking expedited security lines and less hassle at over 200 U.S. airports are encouraged to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® program. IdentoGO®, mobile provider of the TSA Pre✓® program, will be at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS) May 29 - June 14, 2019.

  • Published on May 23, 2019

    On May 21, the Board of Supervisors approved funding and a plan to rehabilitate and preserve over 51 miles of roads in 2020 and 2021. The new two-year plan includes $24 million of general funds and $13 million of state and other local funding for a total of $37 million. 

  • Published on May 21, 2019

    The demand for diverse ground transportation options has increased in Sonoma County, and Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) is pleased to announce that Uber will be available to passengers May 20, 2019.

  • Published on April 30, 2019

    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced a new Community Roadside Clean Up Program designed to provide interested non-profit organizations and community groups the ability to assist in cleaning up litter along County roadways. 

  • Published on April 7, 2019
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced the second element of a new traffic calming program in response to recent fatalities and concerns among TPW officials and County residents about unsafe and aggressive driving. The new tactic involves the placement of three separate and straightforward warning signs, “Don’t Kill”, “Don’t Die”, and “Slow Down” along road segments that are known trouble spots. The measure follows the acquisition and  deployment of a radar feedback sign trailer  Countywide in response to community concerns.

  • Published on March 5, 2019

    Sonoma County Airport (STS) is excited to celebrate United Airlines’ daily nonstop service to and from Denver, Colorado. The inaugural Denver flight is scheduled to land at STS at 11:57 a.m., and depart STS at 12:30 p.m. beginning Friday, March 8, 2019

  • Published on December 20, 2018

    Travelers seeking expedited security lines and less hassle at all U.S. airports are encouraged to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® program. IdentoGO®, mobile provider of the TSA Pre✓® program, will be at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) January 7-11, 2019.

  • Published on December 13, 2018
    Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) is excited to announce expanded air service on American Airlines to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning June 2019, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting May 2019.
  • Published on December 11, 2018
    The Airport now offers expanded ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located in both the long-term parking lot and in front of the Airport terminal, and Tesla Supercharger Stations in the long-term parking lot.

  • Published on December 11, 2018
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced the implementation of a new traffic calming program in response to community concerns about aggressive and unsafe driving along certain road segments in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.
  • Published on December 5, 2018
    The Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced that Sonoma County Transit’s first zero-emission all-electric bus will be set in motion on Sebastopol Local Route 24
  • Published on December 4, 2018
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced that the Russian River Drought Relief grant program for property owners in the Russian River Watershed area will expire on December 31, 2018.
  • Published on October 30, 2018
    County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works officials along with representatives of District Four Supervisor and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, James Gore, and representatives of District Five Supervisor, Lynda Hopkins, will be joined by Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot and members of the public for a special gathering to inaugurate the new Laughlin Road Artistic Warning Sign on Wednesday, October 31 at 9 a.m.
  • Published on October 23, 2018
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced an innovative partnership with Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot to create two six-foot-eight-inch vultures that will be mounted on a mast arm over Laughlin Road to discourage long semi-truck traffic between River Road and North Laughlin Road.
  • Published on August 27, 2018
    Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) announced today that it will begin air service to Denver International Airport (DEN) starting March 8, 2019.
  • Published on August 27, 2018

    New air service to Sonoma County will be announced at a press conference on August 27, 2018, at Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS). Representatives from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors, Airport, Airline, Sonoma County Tourism, Santa Rosa Chamber, and Visit Santa Rosa will be available for questions and answers.

  • Published on August 20, 2018
    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works (TPW) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,082,969 by CAL FIRE, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fire Prevention Grants Program.

  • Published on October 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    As of 5:00 PM today, Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is opening the remaining burned unincorporated county areas of Mark West Springs Road to re-entry by residents and property owners.

  • Published on October 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Evacuation areas have been updated. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect and are unsafe to re-enter.

  • Published on October 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Las agencias de respuesta de emergencia en todo el condado de Sonoma continúan luchando numerosos incendios en el condado. El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Condado permanece activo y tiene personal dia y noche.

  • Published on October 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Las agencias de respuesta de emergencia en todo el condado de Sonoma continúan luchando numerosos incendios en el condado. El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Condado permanece activo y tiene personal día y noche.

  • Published on October 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Federal, state, county, and city elected officials, CAL FIRE personnel, the California Office of Emergency Services, Sonoma County schools, the Red Cross, and others assisting in the fire response and recovery will gather tonight at 6:30 pm for a public Community Meeting at Santa Rosa High School to provide status updates on the ongoing and active Sonoma County fires.

  • Published on October 10, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Multiple public agencies are closed for tomorrow, including the Sonoma County Courts, all public schools and libraries. The Emergency Operations Center has received over 100 phone calls to the missing person hotline. 7 fire related fatalities were confirmed by the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for parts of Sonoma County. 24 evacuation centers are open to the public. Evacuation orders remain in effect and many areas remain unsafe. Do not enter a road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are issued.

  • Published on October 9, 2017 at 6:39 AM

    Evacuations have been ordered in a number of areas. It is critical that residents comply with law enforcement when they are told to evacuate. Information on evacuations will be shared on the Sonoma County Facebook page and the Sheriff’s Office Nixle as it becomes available. 

  • Published on October 9, 2017 at 2:16 AM

    Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are actively fighting numerous fires throughout the County. The County has activated the Emergency Operations Center, and is opening a shelter at the Finley Community Center, located at 2060 West College Ave in Santa Rosa, and will also accept small animals. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds, located at 1350 Bennett Valley Road, is available to accept large animals. Access the Fairgrounds via Gate 7 on Aston Ave.

  • Published on October 9, 2017

    The residents of Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties have lived through multiple large damaging wildland fires over the past several years including the Rocky, Jerusalem and Valley fires, to name just a few.

  • Published on September 5, 2017

    Over the next month, vehicles and bicyclists will be detoured around Hauser Bridge for a total of seven days. These detours will allow the steel for the new bridge to be delivered and set in place, using the existing bridge to stage the construction.

  • Published on August 24, 2017

    Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport announces that Sun Country Airlines will begin its nonstop flights between Sonoma County (STS) and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP) beginning this Thursday, August 24, 2017.

  • Published on July 14, 2017
    On Monday, July 17, construction is set to begin on 54 miles of major roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Improvements range from rebuilding roads to treatments that keep good roads in a good condition.
  • Published on June 7, 2017
    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the first contracts of the 2017 Pavement Program, kicking off construction on 54.49 miles of roads this summer, as part of a 97 mile program approved by the Board last year.
  • Published on May 16, 2017

    This week, construction ramped up on the replacement of Hauser Bridge, located on Hauser Bridge Road over the South Fork of the Gualala River about 4 miles east of the junction of Highway 1 and Kruse Ranch Road, near Cazadero.

  • Published on March 28, 2017

    Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) celebrates 10th anniversary of Alaska Airlines service. This milestone marks the Airline’s popular and convenient service that has carried nearly 2.25 million passengers on 38,000 flights to and from Sonoma County Airport.

  • Published on February 28, 2017

    Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) announces that United Airlines will offer three nonstop daily flights to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) starting June 8, 2017.

  • Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    The Sawmill Fire, which began at approximately 10:50 am today, has burned approximately 500 acres off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Due to ordered evacuations, the County of Sonoma has opened an Evacuation Center with the Red Cross. Read more

  • Published on March 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a second storm to pass through Sonoma County, with more heavy rainfall and some minor flooding of rivers and creeks. 

  • Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today and continuing through Sunday

  • Published on February 17, 2016
    The Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works is implementing new traffic calming measures on Agua Caliente Road West, between Sonoma Creek and Highway 12, to improve traffic safety conditions for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transportation users.
  • Published on September 21, 2015

    The Valley fire, which burned 75,781 acres, is now 75% contained. All roads in Sonoma County that were closed due to the Valley Fire are now open. Some road closures are still in effect in Lake County. Information regarding these closures can be found at www.fire.ca.gov/.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    For those wishing to make donations of goods to the Valley Fire Shelter, the Calistoga Beverage Company, located at 865 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga, CA 94515 is currently the designated site for drop-offs. Donations will be accepted every day from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    Residents of recently burned areas are advised to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that can be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

  • Published on September 17, 2015

    All advisory evacuation orders have been removed for Sonoma County residents. Soft road closures remain in place for two areas in northeast Sonoma County

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    Emergency responders make progress in combating the Valley Fire. Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks and removed hazards that were impeding fire crews. The fire remains active and is subject to changes.

    For your safety, please avoid these areas. Individuals with residences or businesses in the area are allowed access these roads but are encouraged to use caution when entering.

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    The Valley Fire has burned 67,000 acres, is 15% contained, and 2,362 fire personnel from across the state are involved in the response. The Board of Supervisors approved supporting all County employees impacted by the disaster with a Disaster Leave Program which allows employees to share accrued leave time with those employees impacted by the disaster, and supported other administrative leave options that will assist impacted employees as they continue recovering from this event.

  • Published on September 14, 2015

    The Valley Fire spread further into Sonoma County last night, and fire boundaries have been set north of Knights Valley and east of Alexander Valley. The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response.

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above
  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above

    Advisory evacuations notify residents that existing conditions dictate that a Mandatory Evacuation Order may be given in the near future, but that the threat to lives is not yet imminent.

  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are currently monitoring the Valley Fire taking place in Lake County. No Sonoma County residences threatened at this time. Sonoma County is supporting the disaster response in Lake County.

  • Published on July 6, 2015
    On July 9 th , 2015 southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured onto Madrone Road, Arnold Drive, and Verano Avenue from 9 am - 8 pm. There will be access to homes and businesses throughout the detour. This is the second of two detours that will allow PG&E to complete an essential tie-in of their gas transmission lines for the Highway 12 Improvement Project.
  • Published on June 9, 2015
    On June 18 th , 2015 southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured onto Madrone Road, Arnold Drive, and Verano Avenue from 9 am - 8 pm. There will be access to homes and businesses throughout the detour. The detour will allow PG&E to complete an essential tie-in of their transmission lines for the Highway 12 Improvement Project.
  • Published on December 12, 2014
    The Russian River crested at noon today at 33.41 feet. It was at 32.85 feet as of 6:00 PM this evening. With the River levels receeding, and no rain forecasted for tomorrow, the County is moving from emergency operations to a focus on recovery efforts.
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