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Ukraine and U.S. have common values

Editor, Index-Tribune: In response to the March 11 letter regarding events in Ukraine (“Support those who share our values”), I feel compelled to point out that the people of Ukraine are endeavoring to form a more perfect Union in order to establish Justice, insure Domestic Tranquility, provide for the Common Defense, promote the General Welfare,… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Tesoro withholds key docs on acid release

Editor, Index-Tribune: On March 10, there was a second serious sulfuric acid release at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez, resulting in exposures to two maintenance workers. The first incident occurred less than a month ago, on Feb. 12, and also involved the release of sulfuric acid that caused serious injuries to two workers. The CSB… Continue Reading >>


Pirate flag ‘kinda fun’

Editor, Index-Tribune: About that pirate flag, we think that Burgers & Vine should be allowed to keep it! It makes the restaurant look kinda fun. It also makes it look like a family restaurant. Plus, it’s a free county. That’s why we think they should be able to fly the flag. Cesar, Elya, Natalie, Leo,… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Pirates, piracy and the pirate flag

Editor, Index-Tribune: Historically, the pirate’s flag was flown to frighten pirates’ victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement. The usual rules of engagement – being the community standards, planning and design processes – have… Continue Reading >>

Charles Creek hosts Roney reception

Charles Creek Vineyard is hosting a reception for artist Laura G. Roney whose art is currently on display at the tasting room at 483 First St. W., on the Plaza.  The reception will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, March 14.  Roney spent her early years in Tennessee.  Art has been an essential… Continue Reading >>

Yankovich retires from chamber

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that longtime executive director Jennifer Yankovich has decided to retire from the chamber effective immediately.

Burglars picking empty vacation rentals

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has seen a huge spike in vacation rental home burglaries. Since September of 2013, detectives have tracked 52 burglaries countywide including two in Boyes Hot Springs and one in Agua Caliente.

Parks to unveil structures report

California State Parks will host a presentation on Wednesday, March 19, to share highlights of the recently completed Historic Structures Report (HSR) for the Toscano Hotel complex and Servants’ Quarters of Sonoma State Historic Park.

Meadowcroft celebrates St. Pat’s

The Meadowcroft Wines’ tasting room at Cornerstone Sonoma celebrates the month of March with an annual event that unites good food with good wine.  Meadowcroft’s resident chef, Darby Tarantino, is a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, and is preparing an exceptional Irish Food and Wine experience for Saturday, March 15,… Continue Reading >>

Rotary fetes St. Patrick

On Saturday, March 15, Rotary of Sonoma Valley will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day bash at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. The $40 meal ticket includes your choice of one quality wine or beer (additional $5 each) or you can purchase cocktails at the full service Moose Lodge bar. Appetizers will be also… Continue Reading >>

Traum leads musical workshop for kids

Musician Adam Traum will lead his “Rhythm, Music and Noise!” workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Traum will lead children ages 2 years and older, their families and caregivers in a session of clapping and shaking, chanting and singing. Families will jam together during this 30-minute program and… Continue Reading >>

Jazz at Jacuzzi helps fund WillMar

Jazz at Jacuzzi is the name, the theme and the promise of the WillMar Center’s annual Celebration and Fundraiser this Saturday at Jacuzzi Family Winery. WillMar, the only stand-alone agency in California providing grief counseling and compassionate peer group support for children, teens and adults, is a Sonoma-based nonprofit that is fostering collaborative relationships through… Continue Reading >>


Robert (Bob) Davis

Robert (Bob) Davis passed away peacefully on March 11, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Walk, meditate Sunday at Jack London

Explore the concept of “walking meditation” during a relaxed 1.5-mile moderate hike to Jack London’s lake at Jack London State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 16. Hike guide and park docent Jeff Falconer will begin the journey with a brief overview of walking meditation followed by a short standing meditation to… Continue Reading >>

HOSVA wineries pair wine, food

The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association has named the chefs that will be featured at its premier event of the year – the 24th annual Savor Sonoma Valley happening Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Twenty-six wineries throughout the Heart of Sonoma Valley will be showcasing… Continue Reading >>

Alexa Wood talks Beltane Ranch history

The intriguing history of Beltane Ranch will be revealed in a talk given by Alexa Wood at the Depot Park Museum at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14. Wood, her mother, Rosemary Wood, and Rosemary’s parents all lived on the property – once inhabited by Wappo Indians. Alexa Wood continues to live there and runs the… Continue Reading >>


Support those who share our values

Editor, Index-Tribune: I lived and worked in Kiev. I think we should support the efforts of Ukrainian moderates to trade more freely with the West, and maintain ties with the East if they so choose. The Ukrainians never fully left the orbit of the corrupt militant, mercantilist kleptocracy of Russia. And the Ukrainians themselves suffer… Continue Reading >>


Celebrating Shevchenko, the heart of Ukraine

Editor, Index-Tribune: Today is March 9. Today is the most important day in the life of my country. The Ukrainian people mark the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birthday. Taras Shevchenko is our poet, thinker, philosopher and artist. He’s buried in Kaniv, on Chernecha (or Taras) Hill, which has become a sacred place, not only… Continue Reading >>

Cal Focus

Wage boost support from the Right

By Thomas D. Elias From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed. It would cost millions of jobs, industrialists and business interests argue, every time anyone tries to boost the… Continue Reading >>

AMONG THE 100-PLUS ATTENDEES at the $1 million donation distribution were these check guardians, from left, George Hamel, Jr. of Hamel Family Winery; Joe Anderson, Benovia Winery; Tom Klein, Rodney Strong Vineyards; Katie Jackson, Jackson Family Wines; (behind Katie) Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse; Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners; Squire Fridell, GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery; Dan Goldfield (in sunglasses), Dutton-Goldfield Winery; Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance; Rep. Mike Thompson; Supervisor Efren Carrillo; Supervisor Susan Gorin. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Wine Country Weekend raises $1M for charities

The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has been a highly successful fundraiser, taking in some $12 million in charitable donations since it was first established in 2008. But by any standard, 2013 was a banner year.