Will Schmitt, Petaluma Argus

Will Schmitt

Petaluma Argus

California, United States

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Past articles by Will:

Santa Rosa approves $38 million in loans for affordable housing

The federal disaster relief funds will be used to build more than 370 units of affordable housing in the next few years. → Read More

Sonoma County celebrates as Joe Biden wins presidential race

With about 226,000 ballots counted so far in Sonoma County, voters overwhelmingly demonstrated a preference for Biden, with about 76% casting ballots for the former vice president. → Read More

Santa Rosa man arrested in Petaluma, jailed on $500,000 bail after police chase

Troy Kobylinski, 30 remained in Sonoma County Jail Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, attempted vehicle theft, and residential burglary. → Read More

Updates: Evacuation orders lifted for Guerneville

Orders are still in place for Rio Nido and other parts of the county north of Guerneville and west of Windsor and Healdsburg due to the Walbridge fire. → Read More

Healdsburg on watch amid evacuation warning over Walbridge fire

The city of 12,000 was put on warning Wednesday night. Its residents went about business Thursday, including precautionary trips to the store. → Read More

Hottest week of the year ahead for Sonoma County

Highs in Santa Rosa are slated to reach 94 on Monday, 97 on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and 94 again on Thursday. → Read More

Sonoma County gets clearance from California to advance to Phase 2 reopening

The details of an anticipated revised health order outlining businesses and establishments permitted to reopen are expected later on Friday. → Read More

Petaluma residents howling into the night to release stress, support first responders during coronavirus shutdown

The ritual has grown popular across the North Bay at a time when many other social bonds have frayed amid social distancing and shelter-at-home orders. → Read More

Sonoma County food banks ramp up to meet residents’ needs during pandemic

This week, Redwood Empire Food Bank has distributed four times as many food boxes as what it typically gives out in a month. → Read More

Coronavirus testing intensifies in Sonoma County, while some clinics cite shortage of test kits

So far, 196 coronavirus tests locally have been conducted by county, state and federal laboratories, said the county’s top public health official. Here’s what you need to know about getting tested. → Read More

Sonoma County officials likely to order people to shelter at home

Sonoma County health officials say a local shelter-in-place order could come as early as Tuesday morning. → Read More

Driver apologized before sentence in crash that killed Bodega Bay scientist

The young man, who was unlicensed at the time, will spend the month of jail time in a work-release program instead of being incarcerated. → Read More

Measure G, sales tax to boost firefighting efforts, falling short in early returns

The measure, which needs a two-thirds majority for passage, was garnering about 60% of the vote in early returns. → Read More

Overnight Highway 101 lane closures coming to Petaluma

The closures are scheduled to run overnight for eight weeks. → Read More

Lawyers break down $13.5 billion PG&E settlement for fire victims

The deal followed a $1 billion settlement that included $415 million to about a dozen North Bay government and a separate $11 billion agreement with insurance companies that paid out claims for 2017 and 2018 wildfires. → Read More

PG&E power shutdown slammed by local governments

PG&E’s massive planned outage last week appeared less motivated to protect Californians from another wildfire and more so by a desire to shield the bankrupt utility from yet more fire-related liability, a handful of local governments told state regulators this week. → Read More

Mobile and internet service falters as PG&E shutdown exposes network holes

The planned power shutdown disrupted telecommunications service for some of the nation’s largest providers, exposing service problems for a network increasingly used to communicate during emergencies. → Read More

Scope of PG&E power shutoffs affected in part by proximity to substations

PG&E released its maps Friday showing the extent of planned power outages to mitigate fire risk. Pockets of land in Petaluma aren’t highlighted while much of the surrounding area is. → Read More

PG&E map sheds light on planned power outages in Sonoma County

Most of Sonoma County could be impacted under the more extensive planned power outages envisioned by PG&E to reduce fire risk. → Read More

Petaluma police seek trio of robbers in Verizon theft

Three men ripped off a UPS driver’s delivery to a Verizon store near Highway 101, according to police. → Read More