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A visitor and his child take in the new emergency and surgical wing at Sonoma Valley Hospital during its open house in November. The image is just one of a multitude of images Index-Tribune photojournalists Robbi Pengelly and Bill Hoban captured during 2013. More photos will be available for viewing at sonomanews.com. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

The year in pictures

A visitor and his child take in the new emergency and surgical wing at Sonoma Valley Hospital during its open house in November. The image is just one of a multitude of images Index-Tribune photojournalists Robbi Pengelly and Bill Hoban captured during 2013. More photos will be available for viewing at sonomanews.com.

Serving more than 500 young people

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Sonoma Valley Teen Services provides employment and career resources for our local teens. We are a community organization completely dependent on the generosity of people who value our vision of developing young adults into happy, healthy, contributing members of society.

Blood drive set Tuesday

A blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W.

John McCutcheon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Sebastiani Theatre. Internet photo

McCutcheon returns to Sebastiani Jan. 13

Often called the “finest folk troubadour of our time,” John McCutcheon is returning by popular demand to the Sebastiani Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. McCutcheon’s music conveys the message that the global family can make the world a better place by working together. Throughout his 30-plus year career, McCutcheon has built a… Continue Reading >>

The annual Blessing of the Olives will be taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on the corner of First Street East and East Spain Street.

Blessing of the Olives set for Saturday

The annual Blessing of the Olives will be taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on the corner of First Street East and East Spain Street.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors decided to fund Phase II of the Highway 12 project.

Top Ten Stories of 2013

During the 12 months of 2013, Sonoma Valley saw numerous changes. The county’s board of supervisors decided to fund the long awaited Highway 12 project, there were two large and destructive structure fires, the controversy over patient care and potential closure at SDC is still perking, Sonoma residents were at odds as to whether or not hotels with 25 or more rooms should be built and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center found a home.

Wine labeling among 
new rules in 2014

It was signed into law more than three years ago. But a bill requiring Sonoma County wines to include the words “Sonoma County” somewhere on the label finally comes into full effect Wednesday.

Cal Focus

Brown’s clues for next term

By Thomas D. Elias Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet said whether he’ll run for a fourth overall term. Aides like to chortle that, “Well, he has until the March 7 filing deadline to decide.” But as he travels the state lately, giving short and punchy speeches, Brown has dropped strong hints he will indeed seek… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Keep free speech in America

Arts and Entertainment television was out of line for suspending Phil Robertson, of the “Duck Dynasty” TV show, for a recent statement that the network executives did not appreciate. They may not have liked his Bible quote, but he was stating his personal belief and not speaking on behalf of the network. I realize that he is employed by the network, but that should not prohibit him from stating his opinion.

Letter to the Editor

Herb Golenpaul was a gift

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Herb Golenpaul was the best part of the Sonoma City Council. He was this amazing presence in the room, and Sonoma could always count on him being there and speaking up.

Letter to the Editor

After Measure B – 
make design quality top priority

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I am writing to follow up on the recent Measure B ballot debate.

A hotel proposed for the Index-Tribune site would be a plum commission for any architect. But a building is just a building unless we, as a community, unite to make it architecture.

Olive talk set for Jan. 5

Olive expert Don Landis will talk about how to de-bitter olives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Drive in Sonoma.

County DUIs hit double digits over holidays

Sonoma County drivers have been keeping California Highway Patrol officers busy over the past couple weeks thanks to drunken revelers, repeat offenders and a wanted felon from Ft. Bragg.

Around the region

The organizer of Cotati’s yearly accordion festival was arrested in his Petaluma home for possessing three pounds of cocaine, police said.

Martha Roddenbery Scott

Martha Roddenbery Scott

Martha Roddenbery Scott, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Dec. 24, 2013, in Sonoma.

Bernice “Bunny” Freeman

Bernice “Bunny” Freeman

The Lord brought home an angel on Dec. 24, 2013. Bernice “Bunny” Freeman born Oct. 18a, 1918, lived a full 96 years.