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Lock up your pets

Editor, Index-Tribune: Those of us who remember the old days of California can certainly tell you stories of coyotes, foxes, deer, sometimes a bear and mountain lions that have lived here, even way before any Mission was built. Some think that an animal in our neighborhood violates our boundaries. Unfortunately, we think we are higher… Continue Reading >>

Artist reception set

The Charles Creek Vineyard will host a reception for artist Hillary Williams from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the tasting room, 483 First St. W. Small bites and wines will be served. Williams is an artist living and working in the Bay Area.  She creates fine art screen prints on paper, mixed media paintings and… Continue Reading >>

ARTIST MICHELE WEITZENBERG is among the artists being featured at the ARThouse Gallery in Glen Ellen. Michele Weitzenberg/Special to the Index-tribune

ARThouse hosting exhibit, reception

The ARThouse Gallery in Glen Ellen presents “Seeing Green” April 5 through May 16. There is an opening reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine and refreshments and discover creations of more than 30 local artists. The color green occupies more space in the spectrum… Continue Reading >>

Voices in My Head headlines concert

The band Voices in My Head will be performing with the Davedjohn Quartet and special guests from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. Voices In My Head, Sonoma’s own mens’ a cappella choir, will go “Over The Line” to join with the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club to raise… Continue Reading >>

PIANIST ANASTASIA DEDIK will perform an all-Russian concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Vintage House senior center. Submitted photo

Russian pianist Dedik to perform

Russian-American pianist Anastasia Dedik returns to Sonoma at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, when she performs in concert at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Dedik premiered in Sonoma in 2012, thrilling audiences with superb renditions of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt, for which she received a standing ovation. Next month, she will perform… Continue Reading >>

Home winemakers host awards dinner April 17

The Sonoma Home Winemakers will host their “Spanish Nights” awards dinner at 6:30 P.M. Thursday April 17, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma. Chef Steve Rose, of the Vineyards Inn in Kenwood, will prepare a tapas bar and paella, and the dessert is by the Lovin Oven students from Sonoma Valley… Continue Reading >>


Op-Ed: Don’t yuck my yum

By Walt Williams This started out as a story about pink doors and pirate flags. About small town politics and the difficulties around creating and displaying a 50-foot SONOMAWOOD sign in front of the Plaza. About people who dot i’s and cross t’s and sometimes put up barriers for individual personal expression. Instead, today’s lesson… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Valley forum: Unfounded hysteria over natural predators

By Allen and Donna Jones Our property has one long boundary with Diamond A and we are in very close proximity to some of the recent sheep kills. We were distressed to learn in the Tuesday Index-Tribune that a mountain lion has been shot as a result of a predation permit. First of all, mountain… Continue Reading >>


Guardian dogs will keep lions away

Editor, Index-Tribune: Livestock guardian dogs are the best method to protect sheep and encourage mountain lions to look elsewhere for their prey. We have raised Maremma LGD’s for seven years, and in an area of Sonoma Mountain Road where the lions, coyotes and even stray dogs can be known to kill livestock. We have never… Continue Reading >>


Mountain lions live on mountains

Editor, Index-Tribune: Regarding mountain lions in Diamond A: I am sorry, you move to a mountain, then you accept that you live in an area with wild animals. Not just pretty deer, but also predators, and you need to adapt to where you chose to live. The mountain lions were here first. They are doing… Continue Reading >>


Hillsides are rural, animals live there

Editor, Index-Tribune: Mountain lions have existed with humans on Diamond A since those homes were built. I grew up on Grove Street. Not one person has ever been attacked there – and that’s with decades worth of kids growing up on that hill, walking around unattended by adults. The notion they have to be removed… Continue Reading >>


A nice syrah with that lamb?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I’d recommend a nice Syrah for the mountain lions to pair with the lamb. It’s Wine Country after all. Gary Coffland Sonoma From Facebook


Lions came first

Editor, Index-Tribune: The lions were there first. The mountain lions need to be protected and allowed to live in their natural habitat. Where do humans expect animals to go once they build their mansions on top of these lions’ homes? The answer is not to kill and remove. The Diamond A residents can fork out… Continue Reading >>


Where should lions live – downtown?

Editor, Index-Tribune: So you build your home in mountain lion territory, introduce some tasty prey animals and then act shocked and dismayed when a mountain lion hunts in order to survive. OK, where, exactly, would you like the lions to go – downtown Sonoma? You have other choices, they do not. Diane Askew Sonoma From… Continue Reading >>


Lessons from Nepal and Burma

Editor, Index-Tribune: If the people of Nepal and Burma can protect their livestock from Snow Leopards without killing them, then the spoiled Americans of Sonoma can figure out how to protect their sheep. Meghan Peddicord Sonoma Valley From Facebook


Missed opportunity for candidate questions?

Editor, Index-Tribune: On Monday evening, March 24, the three Democratic candidates for the Fourth Assembly District, which includes the Springs, Petaluma and Kenwood, spoke at an Altimira Middle School meeting of the Sonoma Valley Democrats. The candidates – Bill Dodd (Napa County Supervisor) Joe Krovoza (Mayor of Davis) and Dan Wolk (Davis City Council) –… Continue Reading >>


Suspicious of Sonoma Clean Power

Editor, Index-Tribune: I have been harassed by calls about the new Sonoma Clean Energy program. I decided to call PG&E to make sure that I can remain their customer. I was informed that I had to call Sonoma Clean Power to opt out of their program. I called the enclosed number 855-202-2139, which is for… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Valley High juniors and seniors experienced the “Every 15 Minutes” program Thursday and Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Every 15 Minutes’

Sonoma Valley High juniors and seniors experienced the “Every 15 Minutes” program Thursday and Friday.

A Sonoma woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of prescription medication and two probation violations – including one for DUI – after she flipped the van she was driving Tuesday afternoon. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Flipped van

A Sonoma woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of prescription medication and two probation violations – including one for DUI – after she flipped the van she was driving Tuesday afternoon.

Carla Curo Crawford

Carla Curo Crawford

In devoted and loving memory of Carla Curo Crawford, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 25, 2014, at home in Sonoma at the age of 85.