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Felon drunk driver and the mystery of the missing wheels

It was about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, when a Rohnert Park man, northbound on Highway 12 approaching Pythian Road, caught the eye of a Sonoma police officer by virtue of the burned rubber smell trailing his silver Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the line of traffic stacked up behind it.

Dixie Lee Dement

Dixie Lee Dement

Dixie Lee Dement, 71, passed away peacefully on Feb. 9, 2014, surrounded by family in Santa Rosa after a short battle with cancer.

Charles Ledwith

Charles Ledwith

Our dear Daddo, Charles Ledwith passed away quietly in his loving home in Kenwood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, only 10 days shy of his 100th birthday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Trees coming down

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday.


President is driving economy downhill

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am writing in response to an editorial I read recently in another newspaper titled, “State of Union signals end of bipartisanship.” I am an 18-year-old who has grown up in the Valley and graduated last year from SVHS. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was just another way for Democrats to… Continue Reading >>


What is happening to our town?

Editor, Index-Tribune: First let me say that I have lived in El Verano for 40 years, but I consider Sonoma my town. I am very concerned, as are many of us, about the changing face of Sonoma and frustrated that I have no say in the matter. Change and growth are inevitable, but not always… Continue Reading >>


State of the Valley should be neutral event

Editor, Index-Tribune: It is troubling that the State of the Valley appears to be a private, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce event. If the city and regional governments are serious about giving a yearly accounting, it should be given in a neutral forum accessible to all citizens. Typically a state of the state, city or… Continue Reading >>

Cal Focus

School funding plans go awry

Gov. Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now discovering that the the new school funding formula Brown aggressively pushed last year is at risk of going awry.

THE SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER’S fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22, but the deadline for entries is Feb. 14. Index-Tribune file photo

‘Trashion’ applications due Friday

The Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22, and the deadline for design proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Trashion Fashion is a chance for frustrated fashionistas to strut the catwalk in fun, innovative and beautiful recycled fashions.

George DiGiulio

George DiGiulio

George DiGiulio, 75, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sonoma.

Jay England

Jay England

Jay England passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, in Santa Rosa.

WillMar Center seeks volunteer drivers

WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young people and their families work through grief, is seeking volunteer drivers to provide transportation for a child or teenager on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.

Sonoma child molester gets life sentence

Kenneth Donald Hutchins, the 65-year-old Sonoma resident convicted in December of repeatedly sexually molesting his eight-year-old grand niece while helping her mother with childcare, and of possessing child pornography, was sentenced Thursday to what will likely amount to life in prison.