Yousef Baig, Petaluma Argus

Yousef Baig

Petaluma Argus

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Past articles by Yousef:

Rise in mental health crises among Sonoma County youth a growing concern

The increased pressure of the pandemic and tendency to “doom scroll” on social media is compounding risk factors for younger generations. → Read More

Family, community mourns gifted Petaluma preschool teacher killed by boyfriend

On Oct. 2, police think Lauren McCrum was killed by her boyfriend who then killed himself by driving his motorcycle into a car on Highway 101. → Read More

Quiet second night of fire season’s most dangerous red flag warning

By Tuesday morning, a sense of relief had started to settle in throughout the region with winds expected to slowly weaken by midday and the red flag warning set to expire at 5 p.m. → Read More

No major fires overnight in North Bay; dry conditions continue through Tuesday

The most dangerous burst of fire weather conditions in the North Bay this year tormented residents overnight Sunday, but no major fires broke were reported as the winds weakened by Monday morning. → Read More

PG&E cancels planned power outages in North Bay due to changing weather conditions

The utility company announced Thursday morning that the Bay Area would not be impacted for the duration of the current red flag warning, which expires on Friday. → Read More

North Bay again at risk of dangerous fire weather conditions denoted by red flag warning

Another spate of dangerous fire weather conditions arrived late Monday when a red flag warning took effect for the North Bay mountains. → Read More

Sonoma County tenants, landlords face challenges as home evictions resume in pandemic

More than 50 eviction complaints were filed in local court since the state moratorium expired at the end of August. → Read More

National Weather Service issues North Bay wildfire weather watch starting Monday

Greatest threat will be in eastern Sonoma Valley mountains and across Napa County, according to National Weather Service who could raise alert to red flag warning Monday if conditions warrant. → Read More

Office of Equity leader tasked with creating diverse Sonoma County government

New Sonoma County department launched this summer amid a $45.7 million overall budget deficit, but officials say it was years in the making. → Read More

Sonoma County’s Glass fire survivors take first steps in recovery at assistance center

County and city officials opened a service center at Maria Carrillo High School, linking fire survivors with crucial resources and services they need to start their recovery. → Read More

Glass fire updates: residents of Oakmont, Kenwood, Calistoga allowed to return home

Authorities Sunday afternoon lifted evacuation orders for thousands of people in Sonoma and Napa counties who had been kept away from their homes since the Glass fire erupted one week ago across the Napa Valley and spread into Sonoma County. → Read More

Two men killed in Petaluma crashes in 24-hour span

Rene Alvarez-DeLeon, 38, was a delivery driver for Lily Kai restaurant. Mario Gongora Castaneda, 53, owner of JJ’s Burger Joint in Novato, was struck by an alleged drunken driver while taking his trash can to the curb around 7 p.m. → Read More

Unhealthy air returns to North Bay this weekend

The most dangerous air quality days have passed, as long as firefighters continue gaining ground on wildfires in Northern California and Oregon. → Read More

After weeks of unhealthy air, clean skies settle across Sonoma County

Air quality readings reached their lowest levels Wednesday since wildfire smoke filled skies starting in mid-August. → Read More

First 2020 PG&E preemptive power cut adds more hardship for Sonoma County residents

Utility’s move to cut power to curb risk of another wildfire came as many people needed reliable electricity because they’re at home working or taking classes during the pandemic. → Read More

Nearly $10 million Petaluma River dredging project begins after 13-year wait

The 18-mile waterway links Sonoma County’s second-largest city to San Pablo Bay, and on its best days, was an active commercial and recreational channel with barges hauling materials, and boats carrying tourists. → Read More

FEMA deadline approaching for people with wildfire expenses

This FEMA programs covers evacuees with food and lodging expenses. → Read More

Spare the Air alert extended in Sonoma County through Friday but air quality improves Wednesday

Pollution levels are fluctuating daily across the region. → Read More

Public shelter space limited for Sonoma County wildfire evacuees during pandemic

The county is referring residents to hotels, motels, RV parking and even campsites to avoid people congregating indoors at an evacuation center. → Read More

Sonoma State University notifies 51 workers of potential layoffs amid deficit, distance learning

The notices were the first step of a 90-day process where unions and campus officials can negotiate final terms and job cuts. → Read More