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No deer has stalked humans to eat them

Editor, Index-Tribune: I was born here in 1942. I have spent a lot of time in the hills. I have never seen a mountain lion. I do not want to. The recent Disneyesque article on mountain lions prompted my first letter to the editor in more than 30 years. While it may be true that… Continue Reading >>


Worried about lions? Bring back the griz

Editor, Index-Tribune: As a natural way to help keep deer and mountain lion populations in check, how about re-introducing native grizzly bears? It might also reduce the number of pesky people, too. Teri Shore Boyes Hot Springs


Speedway Children’s Charities helped fund Every 15 Minutes

Editor, Index-Tribune: Regarding your April 1 story, “Students experience ‘15 minutes:’” I have attended “Every 15 Minutes” in both Sonoma and other Sonoma County schools. It is riveting to watch and leaves a lasting impression. Not mentioned in your article is that major funding for this valuable program has come from Speedway Children’s Charities, the… Continue Reading >>


Oxbow overrated, bring on Trader Joe’s

Editor, Index-Tribune: Reading about the future of the Sonoma Truck and Auto site, several ideas occurred to me, as a new resident of Sonoma and a 50-year, past resident of Napa County. The reason Napa County has no soul and Sonoma is so vibrant and active is because Napa is obsessed with conspicuous consumption without… Continue Reading >>


Objects to Armenian genocide teaching

Editor, Index-Tribune: I join Turkish Americans, members of the Pax Turcica Institute, to urge your opposition to Senate Bills 1380 and 1419, which seek to amend the State Education Code. While supporting awareness about crimes against humanity, such as the Rwanda and Srebrenica genocides, and the Holocaust, I disagree with spurious “Armenian genocide” teaching. Firstly,… Continue Reading >>


Can’t let PG&E get away with it

Editor, Index-Tribune: It has been a while since I launched a tirade against Pacific Gas & Electric company and condemned their use of a tier system of energy charges. I can’t let them get away with their monopolistic ways and intend to be heard until something is done to change their outrageous behavior. PG&E’s chief… Continue Reading >>

SANTA ROSA POLICE SWAT team members arrive on Hoff Road Wednesday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fugitive dies in Kenwood standoff

The wanted gunman who initiated a 20-hour standoff with a swarm of law enforcement officers at a Kenwood trailer on Hoff Road, before being shot to death Wednesday evening, has been identified as a 32-year-old Napa resident named Miguel Angel Garcia. He had been armed with what was reported to be an assault rifle.

Sonoma police to clamp down on distracted driving

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Sonoma Police Department will be joining with more than 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cellphones while driving.

MATLOCK ZUMSTEG plays Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” which will open the Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Festival of Theatre 2014 April 17, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center. Chris Ginesi/Special to the Index-Tribune

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ kicks off theatre’s season

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance, a consortium of North Bay based theater companies, will stage eight productions at its Festival of Theatre 2014 presented April to November at the newly remodeled Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, in the Sonoma Community Center. The season begins in April with the Narrow Way Stage Company production of “Little Shop… Continue Reading >>

Arts Guild opens exhibit, hosts reception

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is hosting its the annual Small but Grand Works exhibition which runs from April 4 to April 28 at the guild’s gallery, 140 E. Napa St., in Sonoma. The public is invited to the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday April 4. The Arts Guild of Sonoma… Continue Reading >>

Young dancers start nonprofit to aid other dancers

En l’Air: A Dance Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is now soliciting funding and accepting financial assistance applications from Sonoma Valley dancers. En l’Air was founded by five teenage ballet dancers – Natalie Anderson, Elizabeth Eagles, Isabel Falls, Angelica Griggs-Demmin, and Anika Ljung – to help Sonoma Valley children and teens enjoy the benefits of dance… Continue Reading >>

THIS PIECE by Pam Morris will be on display at A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite starting April 6. Submitted photo

‘Surfaces’ exhibit opens at A New Leaf Gallery

A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite at Cornerstone Sonoma is hosting the exhibition “Surfaces – Three Sculptors Explore Surface,” which will be on view from April 6 to June 29, with an opening reception set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6. It may seem odd to present a sculpture exhibition that places focus… Continue Reading >>

Pop-up trade show at Epicurean Connection

On April 4, 5 and 6, for the second time within a year, the Epicurean Connection, 122 W. Napa St., and Elise Sahota, owner of Blue Ullu, will be hosting a fair trade pop-up show. Blue Ullu works with 20 women in a small Himalayan community in India, creating vegetable-dyed, pure wool children’s clothing: each… Continue Reading >>

Artist reception Saturday

The Charles Creek Vineyard will host a reception for artist Hillary Williams from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the tasting room, 483 First St. W. Small bites and wines will be served. Williams is an artist living and working in Sonoma County. She creates fine art screen prints on paper, mixed media paintings… Continue Reading >>

Stevens talks tree rings at Depot Park Museum

Longtime volunteer, Don Stevens, will discuss “Tree Rings: A Link to the Past” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Depot Park Museum.  Stevens offers a fascinating insight based on his years of employment at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, working with Professor Harold Fritts, a pioneer in using tree-ring data to study… Continue Reading >>

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville, born March 25, 1923, in Sacramento, entered heaven on April 1, 2014, just one week after her 91st birthday.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.
was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Argo, Ill., to Michael and Marion Nispuruk. He died March 22, 2014, in Port Ludlow, Wash.

Emma Barsi

Emma Barsi

Emma Barsi of Sonoma passed away peacefully on April 1, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Isabelle May Caralli

Isabelle May Caralli

Isabelle May Caralli passed away peacefully in San Rafael, Sunday, March 30, 2014, with her loving family at her side. She was 88 years of age.

3 arrested in early morning assault

An early morning assault outside Steiner’s saloon on March 23 sent a 27-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man to Sonoma Valley Hospital with five large lacerations that Sonoma police said required between 40 and 50 stitches.

CHRISTINA BURNET, left, and Bill Boerum, right, met with Sun Tao during a meeting of the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference last week in Washington, D.C.

Boerum, Burnet attend Sister Cities parley

Representatives of Sonoma’s Penglai Sister City Committee, Christina M. Burnet and Bill Boerum participated last week in the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.