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RON BILBERRY, a teacher at Hanna Boys Center, examines one of the new computers with students Eduardo Perez, (sitting) 16, and Edgar Rodriguez, 14. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Donor provides computers for Hanna boys

A chance meeting between two old friends several months ago has led to a generous donation to help provide every Hanna boy with a new laptop or notebook computer.

Stephen Everett Cox

Stephen Everett Cox, M.D., of Redding, died at home of natural causes on July 20, 2014, at the age of 84.

SARAHI MENDEZ, 15, is one of a number of Youth Ecology Corps members who were working at Jack London State Historic Park. A group of the workers cleared debris from a diseased tree that was taken down in a picnic area after a large branch fell off near some park visitors in the spring. They waited until a nesting bird had raised its young before finishing the work. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Youth Ecology Corps cleans up county’s ecosystem

On Thursday, July 24, elected officials and community leaders talked to and observed crews of young people working on ecosystem restoration projects throughout Sonoma County as part of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps’ “Visit a Crew Day.”

This weekend, the National Hot Rod Association’s 27th annual Sonoma Nationals took over Sonoma Raceway. James Fanucchi/Index-Tribune

Going drag racing

This weekend, the National Hot Rod Association’s 27th annual Sonoma Nationals took over Sonoma Raceway.

Public input sought on City website

Editor, Index-Tribune: In order to serve the public better, the City of Sonoma is planning to update its website. Since our last website update, there have been many technological advances that likely impact your experience of our online presence. We know that part of our responsibility to our community is to maintain our cultural and… Continue Reading >>

Falling in love with Jack London Park

Editor, Index-Tribune: I moved to Sonoma in April and was married in June, after several years of visiting and dating a local woman here. I fell in love with Sonoma and bought a home here. One of its attractions is the Jack London State Historic Park and its programs, particularly the Transcendence Theatre Company. As… Continue Reading >>

15 women and the Davidjohn Quartet – Wow!

Editor, Index-Tribune: We just came back from an amazing, second annual community event – Solo Flight – Songs from the Women of Vox Populi. Fifteen women, whom many of us know as solid contributors to life in Sonoma, got a chance to belt out fabulous songs in front of a very talented group of musicians… Continue Reading >>

TOMMY THOMSEN and an all-star band will be performing at tonight’s City Party. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

City Party tonight on Spain Street

The Sonoma Community Center will host its annual City Party in the Sonoma Plaza on Tuesday July 29. Festivities will include a live band on Spain Street with Tommy Thomsen and the Sonoma City All-Star Band.

Marin Sun Farms gets high marks

With talk of “creating a more sustainable food system,” Point Reyes rancher David Evans had high hopes when he took over the Petaluma slaughterhouse formerly known as Rancho Feeding Corp. The purchase of the facility by Marin Sun Farms was seen as a way to complete the circle of his company’s services from North Bay ranchers to butchers to grass-fed restaurateurs; but it has also eliminated some services that local ranchers depended on.

Kathy Witkowicki has been named one of five women across the country to receive Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award.

Witkowicki to receive ‘Classic Woman Award’

Kathy Witkowicki, founder and executive director of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, has been named one of five women across the country to receive Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award.

Guild hosts opening reception on Friday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is showcasing the artwork of featured artists, K.C. Winston and Lyn Swan as well as many other guild artists’ work during August’s exhibition with the opening reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.

Work crews slowed traffic this week on Agua Caliente Road, but motorists probably cheered the delays since the heavily-rutted road was ground and repaved. The work was performed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Repaving in progress

Work crews slowed traffic this week on Agua Caliente Road, but motorists probably cheered the delays since the heavily-rutted road was ground and repaved. The work was performed Tuesday, Wednesday ad Thursday.

Thomsen to play at Tuesday’s City Party

The Sonoma Community Center will host its annual City Party in the Sonoma Plaza on Tuesday July 29. Festivities will include a live band on Spain Street with Tommy Thomsen and the Sonoma City All-Star Band.

Landscaper to discuss garden pollinators

Maile Arnold will talk about English gardeners and the benefits of pollinators in the health of a garden and the ecosystem from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

Relay for Life begins with survivors dinner

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sonoma is set to begin on Thursday, July 31, with the Survivor and Caregiver Dinner at Hanna Boys Center, free to those who pre-registered at relayforlife.org/sonomaca and have RSVP’d to relayjo@gmail.com.

Rehearsing a Saturday Night Live sketch called “Phobia Party” at Murphy’s Pub on Wednesday were, from left, Hank Sullivan, 8; Molly Bingham, 11; Sasha Edwards, 15; Audrey Scott, 11; and Lachlin Brumme, 12. Kate Kennedy is the director. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Recital rehearsal

Rehearsing a Saturday Night Live sketch called “Phobia Party” at Murphy’s Pub on Wednesday were, from left, Hank Sullivan, 8; Molly Bingham, 11; Sasha Edwards, 15; Audrey Scott, 11; and Lachlin Brumme, 12. Kate Kennedy is the director.

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Op-ed: Don’t get burned by the Forest Service

Fire season has arrived, and California’s drought means there will inevitably be a large forest fire this year. Media will invariably quote employees of the U.S. Forest Service, the federal agency that administers our National Forests.

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Oyster farm great research site

Editor, Index-Tribune: Drakes Bay Oyster Farm is a biological research site of significant value. Where else are biologists going to find a population of filter feeders with such an intimate relationship with the Pacific Ocean? Oysters filter sea water, have a short generation time and, because of this, lend themselves in the same way as… Continue Reading >>

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Kudos for keeping Jack London Park open

Editor, Index-Tribune: These pages are commonly taken up with contentious voices arguing over access to our local public lands. All the more reason, therefore, to celebrate the wonderful, cooperative effort that has given new life to one of our Valley’s jewels – Jack London State Historic Park. Not long ago, this park was on the… Continue Reading >>

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Off leash dogs kill fawns

Editor, Index-Tribune: To all the loving dog owners out there: Do you realize that when your wonderful, domesticated dog is off leash, it will instinctively give chase when it sees something scamper, like a fawn? As a member of the board of directors for Wildlife Fawn Rescue, I know that one of the biggest reasons… Continue Reading >>