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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 >>


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.

JASPAL SINGH CHATTHA with compost, from the documentary “Symphony of the Soil.” Lily Films/Special to the Index-Tribune

‘Symphony of the Soil’ to screen Jan. 5

The Sebastiani Theatre hosts one screening only of the documentary “Symphony of the Soil,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. This enlightening film is about creative strategies to promote healthy humans on a healthy planet.

Architecture exhibit continues at SVMA

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will dedicate its entire 5,000-square-foot exhibition space to the multi-sensory “Site and Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design.”

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CARTER HARRIS was helping to set the tables on Christmas Day at Vintage House. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Volunteers offer Christmas meals

While stockings were hung by the chimney with care on Tuesday, many Sonomans were preparing food with care in readiness for charitable activities Christmas Day.