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Cal Focus

Record drought will bring changes

There is no longer any doubt about it: Even if California gets a bit of rain and snow over the next few weeks – and there is very little in forecasts for most of the state through Feb. 1 – we are in the midst of the worst drought since the mid-1970s.

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Valley forum

The Springs: A demographic poem By Joe Hebel The Springs they are a happenin’ And things they are a changin’ Lots of stores and happiness, The choices are amazin!   Now, gotta love our East side, It takes a village we all know, But ya gotta have the West side too, Where shoppers have to… Continue Reading >>


Wine bars: Here we go again

Editor, Index-Tribune: Once again our community finds itself sorting out another tourist-related growth activity, namely wine bars. Though well over 50 percent of all retail outlets in downtown sell alcohol in some form or another, our planning commission has recommended that no limitation be set on the total number of wine bars. At present, 30… Continue Reading >>


Suspicious timing on birthing center

Editor, Index-Tribune: It was with great surprise and disappointment that we are hearing about the possible demise of the Birth Center at Sonoma Valley Hospital. As a nurse, I remember working in the old OB section, merely a couple of labor rooms on a med/surg ward in the ’80s, and watching it grow over the… Continue Reading >>


Not rolling over for corporate intimidation

Editor, Index-Tribune: It seems to me that the Telecommunications Act, as outlined in the Jan. 10 issue of the Index-Tribune, is meant to conform to the business mission of one of America’s largest corporations, AT&T. I am assuming that Sebastiani Winery, by their lack of comment at the city council meeting, endorses AT&T’s use of… Continue Reading >>


The Air Quality Red Brigade?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am writing regarding your paper’s disturbing article about burning wood fires. I do not often burn wood fires myself, but I sure as hell won’t be turning in my neighbors if they do. The opinion of your article, and the subsequent one to support it for supposed “scientific” and “good of the… Continue Reading >>


Change is needed for Sonoma now

Editor, Index-Tribune:   Following is a letter I delivered this week to the Sonoma City Council and the Sonoma Planning Commission: Many Sonoma residents are tired of the business as usual attitude of the planning director, the Planning Commission and the City Council. Sonoma residents are frustrated with them. They, meaning the city decision makers,… Continue Reading >>

Native Sons hosting ‘Surf and Turf Dinner’

The Sonoma Parlor #111, Native Sons of the Golden West is hosting its 10th annual “Surf and Turf Dinner” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 127 First St. W.

AAUW to focus on Peruvian girls school

The Sonoma Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a presentation by AAUW member Rae Lewis on the Chicuchas Wasi Project, an alternative school for girls in Cusco, Peru, focusing on providing free education to poor indigenous girls otherwise forgotten by mainstream education (see more at chicuchaswasi.org). The talk, at 2… Continue Reading >>

Flowery sets dual-immersion information night

Flowery Elementary School will host a Dual-Immersion Kindergarten Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the school. For families thinking about enrolling their children at Flowery, this is the night to learn about the program, ask questions and consider the benefits. Dual-immersion staff and parents will explain how curricula and teaching resources in… Continue Reading >>

JOHN CARDINALE, longtime vice president of Media and Community Relations at Sonoma Raceway, passed away last year after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

Sonoma Raceway hosts John’s March Saturday

Sonoma Raceway lost one of its most visible and devoted staff members last year when John Cardinale, longtime vice president of Media and Community Relations, passed away after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

Margaret N. Castorena

Margaret N. Castorena

A loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, entered into eternal rest, spirits were lifted on Jan. 12, 2014.

Elsie Betty Kok

Elsie Betty Kok

Elsie Betty Kok, 84, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, passed away peacefully into heaven on Jan. 9, 2014, in Santa Rosa.

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTERT will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House. Submitted photo

Alexander String Quartet returns

The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet returns to Sonoma by popular demand at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Silver Moon sets class for young actors

Young actors can polish their skills and learn new ones in Silver Moon Theatre’s class, “Acting Scenes from ‘Tom Sawyer,’” taught by Nellie Cravens and sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center.