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THIS YOUNGSTER WATCHES the San Rafael Pacifics warm up prior to Tuesday night’s game. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Stompers pack the place

Tuesday was opening night, and Valley residents came out in droves to see their newest attraction – the Sonoma Stompers.

Schools continue to mull pool

Despite recently announced plans by Sonoma Splash to build a community swimming pool at the site of what was Paul’s Resort, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District hasn’t ruled out building a pool of its own.

THEO FIGHTMASTER is the general manager for the Sonoma Stompers baseball team that opens its home season Tuesday night at Arnold Field. Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stompers take the field

Tuesday night will be New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July and Christmas morning all wrapped up with one big bow for Theo Fightmaster. That’s because Fightmaster is the general manager for the Sonoma Stompers baseball club, and Tuesday is opening night for the Stompers at Arnold Field. “We want this to be a festival… Continue Reading >>

County adopts $1.4B budget

Last week, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.42 billion budget – a 4.4 percent increase over the current fiscal year – for the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1.

THE COUNTY WILL spend $200 million on roads over the next 10 years. But at this point, the county has yet to identify the source or sources of funding. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

County to spend $200 million on roads

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday what they’re going to do about the county’s mediocre road system – they just haven’t figured out how to pay for it yet.

School board mulls $40M budget

The trustees of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District got their first look at the proposed 2014-15 budget recently, and will vote on the document at a special meeting on Thursday, June 26.

THIS IS A RENDERING of the Sonoma Springs mixed-use project on Sonoma Highway.

Supervisors OK Sonoma Springs mixed-use project

The Sonoma Springs mixed-use affordable housing project cleared yet another hurdle last Tuesday when the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a number of resolutions, including General Plan amendments.

WORKERS WITH MAGNUS Pacific didn’t waste any time getting to work Friday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Work begins to restore Sears Point wetlands

Work has started on the $18-million Sears Point wetland restoration project south of Highway 37, but it could be 30 years or more until nature completes what the Sonoma Land Trust and Ducks Unlimited have started.

GREG LA FORTUNE votes Tuesday at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Voting was light as only 30 percent of the county voters cast their ballots and most of those were mail-in ballots. Most of the people who came to the precinct dropped off their vote-by-mail ballot. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Area voting favors Democrats

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, captured more than 80 percent of the vote for his 5th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

Deputies nab fleeing driver in 100 mph pursuit

A Concord motorist ended up in jail Monday evening, facing numerous charges after leading sheriff’s deputies on a chase through and around Sonoma at speeds approaching 100 miles an hour.

State, local races on Tuesday’s ballot

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, June 3, but if the vote-by-mail ballots are any indication, voters probably won’t have to wait in long lines to vote.

COURTNEY BRISTOW, 19, made her Queen of Hearts dress entirely from recycled materials and modeled it in the Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion Show in March. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Student projects finished, some remain frustrated

The senior projects at Sonoma Valley High are over and done, and while there’s been some criticism from students and parents alike, there won’t be any wholesale changes for next year. At the May 6 school board meeting, some students and parents said that some of the instructions were ambiguous, inconsistent and confusing. And they… Continue Reading >>

The proposed mixed-use project is on Sonoma Highway just south of the Sonoma Charter School.

County panel OKs Springs mixed-use project

The proposed mixed-use housing and commercial project in the Springs, just south of the Sonoma Charter School on Sonoma Highway, received a unanimous thumbs-up Thursday from the Sonoma County Planning Commission.

THE OLD POOL at Sonoma Valley High was bulldozed in 2005. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune file photo

School district puts pool on hold

After a plea Tuesday night by a group seeking to build a community swimming pool, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board put off a decision on going forward with plans for a new pool at the high school.

County errors force Hwy. 12 rebid

Construction on the long-awaited Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project won’t start as soon as county officials originally thought. That’s because the project will have to be rebid as a result of county planning errors.

Earth Day cleanup at 5 sites

Even though Earth Day was officially last Tuesday, the Sonoma Ecology Center will be hosting five events on Saturday in which Valley residents can help clean up three creeks and the Sonoma Overlook Trail.


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