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Walt Williams’ Creekside High School students were on the Plaza Friday afternoon protesting fracking for oil. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Protesting for credit

Walt Williams’ Creekside High School students were on the Plaza Friday afternoon protesting fracking for oil.

Affordable Care Act workshop Friday

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services will present a workshop on the Affordable Care Act at 11 a.m., Friday, March 14, in the Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Forum Room.

While out looking for newly blooming mustard in vineyards, I-T photojournalist Robbi Pengelly came across a turkey vulture that was evidently eyeing something to eat. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for dinner

While out looking for newly blooming mustard in vineyards, I-T photojournalist Robbi Pengelly came across a turkey vulture that was evidently eyeing something to eat. The turkey vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. The birds are protected under the Migratory Bird treaty Act of 1918.

The Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion Show showcases fashion created from discarded items. Index-Tribune file photos.

‘Trashion’ highlights avant-garde

Outrageous fashions created by dozens of local designers using everything from discarded phonograph records, drinking straws, bottle caps, old homework, movie film, books and bullet casings, will take to the catwalk at Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show. This year’s event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Sonoma… Continue Reading >>

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise star in “Rain Man,” which will be showing at 7 p.m. Monday, as part of the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s Vintage Film Series. Internet photo

‘Rain Man’ reigns at Sebastiani

The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation continues its Vintage Film Series with classic movies showing one Monday each month, through June 2014, and this month’s offering at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, is “Rain Man.” Movie lovers of all ages now have the opportunity to experience these classic films the way they were meant to be seen… Continue Reading >>

London book group first meets March 21

Jack London State Historic Park has formed the Jack London Book Discussion Group which is designed by and for people who believe, as Alfred Kazin has famously said, that the “greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” The book discussion group will explore autobiographical novels and biographical books about Jack London’s spectacular… Continue Reading >>

Alexa Wood to discuss history of Beltane Ranch

The intriguing history of Beltane Ranch will be revealed in a talk given by Alexa Wood at the Depot Park Museum on Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m. Wood, her mother, Rosemary Wood, and Rosemary’s parents all lived on the property – once inhabited by Wappo Indians. Alexa Wood continues to live there and runs… Continue Reading >>

Fear follows joy, mourning in Kaniv

Thankfully, no one from Sonoma’s sister city Kaniv was killed in the bloody days in Kyiv (Kiev) two weeks ago, but nearly 100 people were, and flowers and candles are clustered outside City Hall. People continue to send donations and to go to the capital to support the continuing vigilance. Now, with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression, they are deeply worried.

Workshops focus on biochar information

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative, a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center, is offering two separate workshops about biochar and showcasing the conservation burn method, featuring instructor Peter Hirst, on Friday March 21, at Circle Bar Ranch, 25700 Arnold Drive, in Sonoma.

Krause film explores Arctic refuge

A documentary about Glen Ellen resident and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause’s exploration into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge several years ago, will be previewed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E.

OpEd

First hand report from Ukraine

(Editor’s note: The following commentary was sent by an English instructor who lives and teaches in the Sonoma Sister City of Kaniv, Ukraine. It was written after Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country to Russia, but before Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, which is a part of Ukraine. A… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Don’t Dictate Language

Legislating on what people speak widens cultural divides By Daniel Ward The Ukrainian conflict has highlighted the instability of nations in which languages and cultures compete for dominance. Despite fundamental differences, parallels have been drawn with the situation in the U.S., where Spanish is now being seen as a challenge to English in some areas.… Continue Reading >>

Cal Focus

PG&E’s chutzpah over gas rate request

  By Thomas D. Elias At the very moment that PG&E, California’s largest utility company, was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines in San Carlos, the company was asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to that… Continue Reading >>

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Problems with an official palette

Editor, Index-Tribune: I watched the pink door appeal hearing, at the City Council, twice in the last two days on TV.  Both times I found it fascinating and very positive.  Most people who were involved were polite as well as truly caring about Sonoma.  There were comments about Sonoma maybe needing a Plaza color palette… Continue Reading >>

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Pink, and other problems

Editor Index-Tribune: Global climate change with profound impacts on the lives of billions. Record extinction of Earth’s species, and the oceans soon to be depleted of fish. Nuclear disasters, fracking, a possible reigniting of the Cold War and one-sixth of the U.S. population below the poverty level. Forbes reports that 85 individuals and families have… Continue Reading >>

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After 74 years, ‘I give up’

Editor, Index-Tribune: The City Council, the Planning Commission and the Design Review and Historical Preservation Commission have gone against my wishes and defeated me 10 out of the last 10 times. So, in the future, I vow to step away from any historical preservation, and allow anyone to do whatever they want to the town… Continue Reading >>

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Cost of closing Vineburg Post Office

Editor, Index-Tribune: This letter is regarding a comment about saving money by closing the Vineburg Post Office. There are 670 P.O. boxes at Vineburg, for both personal and business use. The Sonoma Post Office could not handle this shift. Plus, from Vineburg, it’s a 6.5 mile round trip to the Sonoma downtown Post Office. That’s… Continue Reading >>

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A letter from Ukraine

Editor, Index-Tribune: Quite difficult situation in Ukraine. Maidan is still in its place. It wants to control Government. Putin is crazy idiot, who sinks in his lies. That’s beginning of his end. These days, business is stopped completely. The hryvna (Ukrainian currency) lost its value by 40 percent. Many people go to military offices to… Continue Reading >>

Wellness Fair Saturday at Whole Foods

A free Wellness Fair, sponsored by the Sonoma Whole Foods store and Sonoma Valley Hospital, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the store, 201 W. Napa St.

Hiding in plain sight

Police call it an “agency assist” when one department comes to the assistance of another, as happened in Sonoma on Feb. 22, after the Rohnert Park Police Department asked Sonoma police for help locating a suspect in a domestic assault case.

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service.

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Cleaning up

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday.