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Federal fish biologists are right

By John McManus The other day, Gov. Jerry Brown said his proposal to tunnel under the Delta to transfer more water south was being held up by low-level, federal fish biologists. Brown said, “lower level [Federal] officials” aren’t being helpful … in fact quite the opposite.” The governor was repeating something first uttered by Tom… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

What is happening to our town II

Editor, Index-Tribune: I have to agree with Cat Petru’s Feb. 11 letter to the editor, “What is happening to our town?” Do we need a Pet Food Express when we already have Broccos, the Granary, the wonderful little pet store down from Whole Foods? Oh wait, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods, Lucky’s, CVS and Rite Aide… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Joy and sorrow in the circle of life

Editor, Index-Tribune: To Helen Burger’s many friends: It was my great fortune to have shared Helen’s life these 59 years. To have experienced an outpouring of love, kindness and sympathy that has been shown, made losing her more bearable. I thank all of you. The great circle of life begins with joy and ends in… Continue Reading >>


Levine bill bans driftnet fishing

Editor, Index-Tribune: Last week, Sonoma/Marin Assembly member Marc Levine joined forces with key coastal legislators to co-author legislation, AB 2019, to ban driftnet fishing gear that needlessly kills more than 100 whales, dolphins, sea lions and other marine animals every year. I live in Sonoma and helped draft the bill as program director at Turtle… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Artists sought for Santa Rosa exhibits

Editor, Index-Tribune: The City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department is hosting rotating art exhibitions at the City Hall Council Chambers, Finley Community Center and Steele Lane Community Center. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 calendar year from Sonoma and Marin County artists and we have a few spots left. A variety… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to Kiwanis for supporting junior tennis program

Editor, Index-Tribune: Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza has again generously gifted the Junior Program of Sonoma Valley Tennis Association (SVTA). We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Kiwanis, as their donation, along with those of other local benevolent sponsors, allows SVTA to offer a free junior tennis program to our community. Through this program,… Continue Reading >>

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH’S production of “Alice in Wonderland’ starts a two-weekend run on Friday in the school’s Little Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

SVHS stages ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Sonoma Valley High School is proud to present “Alice in Wonderland” at Sonoma Valley High School’s Little Theatre on Feb. 28, March 1 and 2, and March 7, 8 and 9.

SINGER-SONGWRITER STEVEN TAYLOR-RAMIREZ will perform Saturday, March 1, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library.

Taylor-Ramirez performs at library

Singer-songwriter Steven Taylor-Ramirez will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Taylor-Ramirez’s music crosses the boundaries of folk-rock, Latin, Americana and blues. “Steve is developing a new musical genre,” said Dj Nobody of KUSF radio, San Francisco. “Steve’s songs are about things that are important … plus, he’s an… Continue Reading >>

Museum offering ‘Imagined Spaces’ workshop

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) presents “Imagined Spaces: Architectural Remix” workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, with San Francisco artist and designer Nicole Markoff. An experiment in concept and material, this will be a loose, fun, and creative workshop day. Markoff will lead participants in taking the remnants of… Continue Reading >>

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SVHS and the Transition to the Common Core

The transition to the Common Core standards at Sonoma Valley High School, with the support of district and site administration, has been teacher-driven and teacher-led.

Girl to cop: ‘Go ahead and arrest me’

A 16-year-old, female student at the Creekside continuation high school decided the bong in her backpack was more important than a police command, and ended up in juvenile hall.

JOHN LAWS kicks off the ninth annual Wine Country Nature Lecture series Wednesday, Feb. 26. Submitted photo

Wine Country nature lecture series kicks off Wednesday

The ninth annual Wine Country Nature Lectures spring series begins Wednesday, Feb. 26, and will offer a line up of well-known Bay Area naturalist to Sonoma nature enthusiasts. The series includes four lectures on subjects ranging from raptors to coyotes. The nature lectures will be sponsored by Sonoma Birding and Sonoma County Regional Parks, and… Continue Reading >>

Tarr performs on SCC’s Rotary Stage

Part of the center’s Winter Concert Series, the performance will features a diverse repertoire including jazz, rock, pop and funk. Tarr will be backed by an all-star band including Cliff Hugo on bass, Ken Cook on piano, Jean-Michel Hure on guitar and Kendrick Freeman on drums.

Gunman robs Glen Ellen bank

A lone gunman robbed the Westamerica Bank in Glen Ellen at about 5:51 p.m. Friday and escaped with an unspecified amount of money.

Wednesday, contractors for the City of Sonoma installed the much-anticipated left-turn signals at the Broadway and Leveroni Road intersection, with operation of the signals beginning on Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Left-turn signals

Wednesday, contractors for the City of Sonoma installed the much-anticipated left-turn signals at the Broadway and Leveroni Road intersection, with operation of the signals beginning on Thursday.

Film fest sets volunteer meeting

The Sonoma International Film Festival is seeking several hundred volunteers to greet visitors, work the parties and screenings, provide hospitality for filmmakers, and help with pre-festival production.

Theatre Alliance sets open auditions

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance will be holding general auditions for the 2014 season from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and again Saturday, March 15.

From Superstudio’s Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization, 1969-70. Submitted photo

Museum hosts ‘Imagined Spaces’

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will host a workshop, “Imagined Spaces: Architectural Remix,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1.