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ROBBI'S CNPA WINNING PHOTO

CNPA contest results

Pengelly wins top photo honors Robbi Pengelly, staff photogreapher for the Index-Tribune, won first place for artistic photo in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest for her photo of a child holding a candle during the annual Hospice Tree Lighting ceremony on the Sonoma Plaza. Also receiving a first place award was… Continue Reading >>

Sex, lies and tainted meat

A clandestine affair and the use of fake seals of inspection are among the most recent allegations to surface in the ongoing story of Petaluma’s Rancho Feeding Corp slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse – closed in February amid a recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef products – is now back up and running under new ownership,… Continue Reading >>

Chrissy Towner

The purpose of school

What is the purpose of school? Despite the fact that this is my fifth year of teaching, this question, when posed to me in my administration program, sent my head for a spin. Topics bombarded me with an unrelenting urgency: subject matter, pedagogy, English, behavior plans, math, citizenship, science, basic survival skills. I quickly realized… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma City Mayor Ken Brown stopped by Prestwood Elementary School in early November to kick off the student council elections for the 2013-14 school year.

Mayor kicks off Prestwood elections

Sonoma City Mayor Ken Brown stopped by Prestwood Elementary School in early November to kick off the student council elections for the 2013-14 school year.

Fire rages along the slopes of the Geysers geothermal field Friday just off Geyser Road east of Geyserville. Kent Porter / Press Democrat

2,500 acres burning in Geysers-area fire

Strong, dry winds whipped up a major, late-season wildfire in the remote hills of northeastern Sonoma County on Friday, burning 2,500 acres by nighttime and damaging a geothermal power plant while prompting energy workers in the area to evacuate in the face of advancing flames. About 340 firefighters from more than a dozen local departments… Continue Reading >>

FDIC seeks $12 million from former Sonoma Valley Bank executives

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is seeking more than $12 million from three former officers and directors of the failed Sonoma Valley Bank, claiming in a lawsuit that those individuals knowingly approved millions in risky loans connected to a single borrower in the years leading to the bank’s collapse. (From the North Bay Business Journal)

THE 2013 HOMECOMING candidates are: from left, front row, Dan Deely; second row, Kayten Mak, Erica Larson and Brenna Hamilton; third row, Brittany Daly, Aaron Pino and Maria Hawing; back row, Owen Ljung, Jimmy Flatt and Jack Murphy. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley High homecoming this weekend

First held in the 1800s, high school homecoming is a tradition that welcomes students back to school with a slew of activities, and will be celebrated at Sonoma Valley High School this week.

Sonoma State Historic Park offers docent training

The Sonoma State Historic Park is seeking volunteer docents for its Mission San Francisco Solano, and will be holding docent training on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. The Mission, built in 1823, is the most northern of the 21 Franciscan Missions of Alta California, and the only one built under Mexican Government rule. Docents are… Continue Reading >>

Sunday was the annual Glen Ellen Village Fair, and kicking off the fair was the parade featuring Dunbar Elementary School students, fire trucks and other people who just wanted to dress up and march in a parade. After the noon parade, the fair took over a three-block stretch of Arnold Drive with games, food, music and craft booths. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Glen Ellen loves a parade

Sunday was the annual Glen Ellen Village Fair, and kicking off the fair was the parade featuring Dunbar Elementary School students, fire trucks and other people who just wanted to dress up and march in a parade. After the noon parade, the fair took over a three-block stretch of Arnold Drive with games, food, music… Continue Reading >>

That’s why it’s called searchable probation

The purpose of searchable probation is to give violators an opportunity to redeem themselves by abstaining from illegal activity. In the eyes of the law, of course, redemption requires verification. Which is why a condition of searchable probation is that the probationer may be searched by an officer of the law at anytime and anyplace,… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma’s Tristan Mertens gallops toward the end zone for the third of his three touchdowns Saturday afternoon at Piner. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Dragon gridders claw way to win over Piner

Junior wide receiver Tristan Mertens caught three touchdown passes and senior quarterback Dan Deely scored two more on the ground as the Sonoma Valley High Dragons came back from a 21-7 deficit Saturday and beat Piner 32-30.

DEBORAH EMERY was one of the many models at the event last Saturday evening. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Boys & Girls Clubs Fashion in the Vineyards raises $75K

Punk: Soho to Sonoma was the theme to this year’s 10th annual Fashion in the Vineyards event, a two-day showcase of Sonoma Valley designers and merchants, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Teen Programs including College Bound and Career Launch. The event netted an estimated $75,000.

SANFORD “SANDY” WEILL AND JOAN WEILL’S family foundation contributed $1 million to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Capital Campaign for Emergency Care.

Weills contribute $1M to SVH

Sonoma Valley Hospital is nearing the end of its $11 million capital campaign, which was bolstered this week thanks to a $1 million donation from the Weill Family Foundation. The campaign will cover the cost of completing the hospital’s new emergency and surgical center, to be debuted in November.

Eight cited, one arrested in teen melee

An alcohol-fueled melee at 5 a.m. landed one teen in juvenile hall and eight others were cited for various alcohol-related offenses. It went down shortly before 5 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, when Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a street fight in the 100 block of Siesta Way. A witness reported that at… Continue Reading >>

A foster child’s journey

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three-part series that will look at life in California’s foster care system for both foster children and foster parents. All names of foster youth or former foster youth have been changed to protect identities. The foster care system seeks to serve children first and foremost, but it’s… Continue Reading >>

SINCE 1983, Holly Kyle has won 76 gold medals in national and international synchronized swimming. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Holly Kyle: Swimming and living gracefully

Holly Kyle, who has that almost never-found flair of being humble and self-assured at the same time, says, “I won a bunch of medals,” as if it means nothing at all, even though it’s amazing. So impressive, in fact, that she was just inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame for her stellar accomplishments as a synchronized swimmer.

EDNA CARLSON blows out the candles on her cake at a party celebrating her 105th birthday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

105-year-old Edna Carlson says secret is ‘good genes’

Edna Carlson celebrated her 105th birthday on Sept. 29, with her granddaughter Juliah and 9-month-old great-granddaughter Olive joining the party in her honor. Surrounded by friends, Edna blew out the candles on her fancy cake and smiled appreciatively while champagne flowed, balloons bobbed and lively music was expertly played on a grand piano. She received… Continue Reading >>

Springs Town Hall meeting Thursday

Thursday night’s Springs Town Hall meeting will add to and continue what organizers got out of the spring meeting back in March. At the March meeting, participants were asked for their top three visions and what they saw as the top three problems facing the Springs. “We want to know what is the community’s vision,”… Continue Reading >>

The annual wine issue of SONOMA magazine is available at businesses and newsstands now.

SONOMA magazine fall issue on sale

The annual wine issue of SONOMA magazine is now on sale, featuring a profile on “Pinot Princess” Anne Moller-Racke, president of the Donum Estate, one of the premier pinot noir producers in all of California. Moller-Racke is one of the early pinot pioneers who saw the potential for that varietal in the Carneros region straddling the Sonoma-Napa County line, and has been overseeing pinot vineyards there for more than 30 years.

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Forum on hotel limitation measure draws large crowd

Almost 200 people crowded into Burlingame Hall in Sonoma Thursday evening to hear a civil, spirited discussion of the ramifications of the Hotel Limitation Initiative (Measure B), from the point of view of both supporters and opponents.

 
 

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