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Cal Focus

Warnings from a truth-telling treasurer

Once in awhile, California gets a major public official who thrives on telling the unvarnished truth, an impulse often shared by those who hold the office of state treasurer.

Letter to the Editor

Loved the Lynch Barracks holiday story

Editor, Index-Tribune: Holidays at the Barracks, by Bill Lynch, was my favorite Index-Tribune story of the year. I continuously feel fortunate to live in Sonoma and to raise my children in Sonoma. Then another longtime local shares the details of his childhood Christmas dinner at the Barracks. It was a terrific account of a Christmas… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Schellville Grill story a pleasure

Editor, Index-Tribune: It was a pleasure to read the Dec. 17 account by Nancy Dance (wonderful name) of her breakfast at a favorite local eatery (Valley Forum, Dec. 17, “How the community served breakfast at Schellville Grill”) and to learn that she and her fellow patrons had fully embraced the unique spirit of the Schellville… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Convert birthing center into maternity ward

Editor, Index-Tribune: This is directed to the board of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District: I am the person who wrote you a letter, after two election defeats, and told you that if you would tell us how much money you needed to refurbish and retrofit the hospital, those of us who have been voting… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Rotary gift funds junior tennis program

Editor, Index-Tribune:

The Rotary of Sonoma Valley has again, most generously, gifted the Junior Program of Sonoma Valley Tennis Association (SVTA). We wish to express to the town of Sonoma how grateful we are for such local support.

Kenwood Depot hosts Dakaboom

Dakaboom returns to the Kenwood Depot for their fifth annual holiday show at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28.

JACK LONDON STATE HISTORICAL PARK will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Submitted photo

Jack London Park to host ‘First Day Hike’ on Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, Jack London State Historical Park will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s State Parks, offering an opportunity to kick off the new year with a healthy start. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. upper parking area/beauty ranch in the parking lot (turn right from kiosk) at Jack… Continue Reading >>

J. MILES VOTEK has been named the Sonoma Community Center’s next artist-in-residence. Submitted photo

SCC tabs Votek as artist-in-residence

Sonoma Community Center named its next ceramics artist-in-residence – J. Miles Votek. A diverse artist, originally from Sonoma, Votek works in sculpture, printmaking and film. Votek holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Herb and Karen Tews Scholarship… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

How the community served breakfast at Schellville Diner

By Nancy Dance Most people know of the Schellville Grill, where none of the plates or cups match and the food is really good. It’s a favorite of the locals, even though the service has been known, on occasion, to be on the slow side for getting your breakfast to you – but it’s always… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

A crazy-beautiful moon

Editor, Index-Tribune: On Tuesday I was driving home to Vallejo, where I live, from Santa Rosa, where I work, and I was going through the Valley of the Moon in the evening, when the moon came up over those mountains and just hung there like the world’s biggest Christmas tree ornament. It was the most… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Bolling gets the ‘F’?

Editor, Index-Tribune: We have all heard of sore losers, but sore winners?  David Bolling’s Dec. 17 editorial (“An ‘F’ for SCCA report card”) in which he criticizes Sonoma County Conservation Action for their grading of local elected officials is a case in point. One of the points he takes issue with is that the SCCA… Continue Reading >>

Council OKs 18-month lease for school

The Sonoma City Council had two thorny issues to tackle Monday night, with the first – a vote to grant Valley of the Moon Nursery School an 18-month lease – drawing dozens of concerned citizens to the Community Meeting Room.

Letter to the Editor

5 acres going to the dogs?

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I’ve been reading your newspaper online in preparation for a Wine Country vacation and, because I’m a dog lover, I couldn’t help notice the ongoing controversy over access to open space where dogs are allowed. That led me to wonder why no one in your lovely Valley seems to have proposed one obvious solution – a commercial dog park.

Sonoma library hosts ‘Museum on the Go’

The Sonoma Valley Library will host Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s “Museum on the Go” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. This unique event gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to play and discover science, the arts, and nature alongside their children. “Museum on the Go” will inspire young explorers to ask… Continue Reading >>

Verbal diarrhea and a Bowie knife

In the midst of a troubled relationship a 46-year-old Sonoma man produced a Bowie knife and threatened to cut the conjugal bed in half if his girlfriend evicted him from it.

MARINES WILL BE COLLECTING TOYS for the Toys for Tots program Saturday at a special showing of “The Incredibles” at the Sebastiani Theatre. A new, unwrapped toy is the admission to the movie.

Pixar flick to benefit Toys for Tots

On Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m., kids of all ages and their families are invited to attend a special matinee of the popular Disney•Pixar animated feature “The Incredibles” at the Sebastiani Theatre located on the Plaza.