🌱 4th of July shooting + School program closure + Forest fire

Hello my people! I’m back in your inbox – following a long and eventful 4th of July weekend – with a new edition of the Healdsburg Daily, full of all the local news you need to know right now. Let’s catch up…

First, your daily weather:

  • Wednesday: Some fogs and clouds turning into the sun. High: 77 Low: 54.
  • Thursday: Foggy again in the morning, then rather sunny. It’s starting to heat up again! High: 83 Low: 55.

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Air over Healdsburg:

Here’s what the air looked like over Healdsburg earlier this morning. (Photo courtesy of Holly Wilson)

Here are the top 3 stories from today in Healdsburg:

  1. A young man from Windsor was shot in the center Healdsburg right after the city fireworks show on July 4, according to local police. Luis Enrique Gonzalez, 27, was shot dead around 11:15 p.m. in the 200 block of Monte Vista Avenue, in the residential area next to the high school. Officers responding to 911 calls from the area reportedly found him unconscious on the sidewalk. The Press Democrat writes that Luis’ death “marks the first homicide in three years and the third in a decade for the town of Healdsburg, which has developed a reputation as an idyllic wine country destination.” A neighbor from Monte Vista tells the PD: “You don’t think something like this is gonna happen in this small town. Especially on this street. It was a bit unnerving.” And another said “it looks like a microcosm of what’s going on across the country, but obviously it hits a little closer to home.” Police believe it was of a targeted shooting, but has yet to release any further insight into the investigation. They say that “anyone with information regarding the homicide are requested to contact HPD at (707) 431-3377 or crimetips@healdsburg.gov.” (Healdsburg Police Department via Facebook & Healdsburg Crest & Press Democrat; paywall)
  2. Hours before Monday night’s shooting, on Geysers Road in Alexander Valley just north of Healdsburg, a a small wildfire burned 8 acres before firefighters stamped it. The cooler weather and lack of winds “helped us contain the fire,” officials said. More from the PD: “The fire broke out just off the road on private property and burned grass, trees and logs in an area that burned during the 2019 Kincade Fire, said Turbeville No structures were damaged.The fire was brought under control and knocked down around 10:45 p.m. and crews were on site until 2 a.m. to clean up, he said. is still under investigation. owners reported seeing fireworks, although it is unclear whether this may have caused the fire. The fire could also have been started by a vehicle stopped on the side of the road or a vehicle driving over a flat tire, where the wheel rim makes contact with the ground.” A much larger and more frightening forest fire called the l The Electra Fire also broke out in Amador County, between Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada, and “may have been started by fireworks or a July 4 barbecue in a mountainous area that is a tourist destination. prominent,” reports CBS, and was only 5% contained since last night. Hundreds have been evacuated and thousands of acres burned so far. (Facebook groups & CBS News & Press Democrat; paywall)
  3. A long moment Healdsburg Middle and High School Mentorship Program children was closed after 13 years. It was called the Healdsburg Public School Success Team, or “PSST!” to shorten it. Here’s the explanation from school district officials, via the Healdsburg Tribune: “‘With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, PSST! was forced to reduce its contact and services with students. Since then, the program has suffered from ‘a lack of available volunteers and small cohort of students,” read an announcement from Cynthia Doubleday. Although the scaled-down organization focused on Healdsburg Junior High School, where services for exceptional students were lacking, “it soon became apparent that PSST! was no longer able to provide the curriculum it had offered to students in the previous decade. “” Thus, the 2022 cohort of students supervised under this program will be the last. And now, a “grant distribution initiative” is underway to redistribute funds intended for PSST! educational organizations that seek to encourage lifelong learning for Healdsburg youth,” officials say. You can apply on the PSST website! (Healdsburg Grandstand & PSSTHealdsburg.com)

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Healdsburg pic of the day:

Healdsburg resident Jacquelyn Wells spotted this sign while strolling near the plaza on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Wells)

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Today and tomorrow in Healdsburg:

Wednesday July 6

  • Sonoma County Government Hosts Virtual Resilience at home Workshop: “Saving energy at home – Your house is a system” (11.30am-12.30pm)
  • “Learn to Hook” for teens With Purls of Joy Co-Op Experts at the Healdsburg Library (3pm-5pm)
  • African Drums With Onye Onyemaechi at the Healdsburg Library (6-7 p.m.)
  • “Knits N Knots”: Learn to Knit or Crochet Mason Jar Lids With Purls of Joy Co-Op Experts at the Healdsburg Library (6-8 p.m.)
  • Trivia night to Coyote Sonoma, feat. “Office” Theme (7-9 p.m.)

Thursday July 7

  • New exhibition at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts: Emerging artist Spectacle (July 7-August 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Interactive Bilingual Music, Storytelling & Dance Program at the Healdsburg Library: Cascada de Flores Cuenta “El Brujo y la Sirena” (11am-12pm)
  • Sonoma County Government Hosts Virtual Town hall on drought & Russian River Impacts (4pm)
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Play BACA Wines (5-6 p.m.)
  • cookbook author Erin Gleeson reads “The Forest Feast Road Trip” at Grape Seed Wines (6 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Racing Company Running in Windsorending at Barley & Bine for Beers & Tator Tots (6 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Prune Packers baseball game Versus. Sonoma Stompers at Recreation Park (6 p.m.)
  • Karaoke in Coyote Sonoma (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.)

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Simone Wilson

About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, California, where I was the editor of Healdsburg High School Hound’s Bark. Since then, I’ve worked as a local reporter for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and the Middle East. I am currently Senior Product Manager for Patch.

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