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DON SHONE AND DALE DOWNING are being honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley at the Sweetheart Gala and Auction.

Shone, Downing honored by B&G Club

The 2014 Boys & Girls Club Sweetheart Gala and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, honoring Dale Downing and Don Shone of Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market is sold out.

DANIEL SHULTE checks in with air traffic control in Santa Rosa during a flight in a light sport aircraft known as the Evector SportStar.

Teen earns pilot’s license before driver’s license

Daniel Shulte loves to feel the wind beneath his wings. But his wings aren’t figurative – they’re attached to a small 2-seater light sport aircraft, like a Cessna 162, for example. That’s the model he got to fly at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Academy Advanced Camp in Oshkosh, Wisc., last August.

Public forum seeks comment on Trust Act

A public forum for comment on the Trust Act will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, as part of the regularly scheduled Commission on Human Rights meeting.

An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. Mike Finnegan/Special to the Index-Tribune

Marching for cancer cure

An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

Sonoma Police are looking for a man who has scammed several local jewelers.

Scam artist hits local jewelers

Sonoma Police are looking for a persistent thief who has victimized local jewelry stores to the tune of nearly $7,000, using a forged credit card and the story that he wants to buy his mother a present for her 60th birthday.

‘Fierce Green Fire’ first in film series

In a collaborative effort to broaden the impact of three significant films, the Center for Sustainable Living of the Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley are collaborating for a three-month film series beginning with the showing of “A Fierce Green Fire” on Friday, Jan. 24, at Andrews Hall.

What do you not understand about searchable probation?

Indicating the lapse of judgment that can accompany the consumption of controlled substances, a Glen Ellen man on searchable probation had aggregated in his home a number of illegal items and was, perhaps to his surprise, searched.

Sonoma Valley Fund names five new directors

The Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, has named five community leaders to its board of directors: Barbara Hughes, Penney Magrane, Valerie Pistole, Mandy Bolling and Richard Dale.

OpEd

What it will take to save obstetrics

Many in our community have made it clear they want to save the obstetrics program at Sonoma Valley Hospital. I truly share this sentiment, but the question remains, at what cost and for how long? We gained some breathing room recently when the Medicare funds that help us pay for this program were restored. These funds had been cut in September, increasing our annual loss on obstetrics from $500,000 to $1 million. That’s what forced us to re-examine the situation. But we still have decisions to make.

Valley Forum

In loving memory of Herbert P. Golenpaul

Herb Golenpaul, the so-called “sixth member” of the Sonoma City Council, was laid to rest and then celebrated on Friday, Jan. 17. To honor him, Assistant City Manager and City Clerk Gay Johann wrote the following proclamation that was read to his friends and family by Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse: WHEREAS, on Friday, December 13,… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Conserving water makes sense year-round

The governor’s drought declaration highlights the importance of conservation, regardless of the time of year. The drought is only a reminder that water is a precious resource that should be conserved every day of the year, no matter the season. Conserving water makes as much sense in the middle of January as in the middle of July.

Letter to the Editor

Conservation alone is not enough

Friday’s drought declaration by Governor Brown represents what many in the environmental and agricultural communities in my district have long feared: California’s water system is insufficient and conservation alone is not enough.

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Want to help steer the bicycle coalition?

Do you want to help decide what events, projects, and infrastructure the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition focuses on in 2014? Our board of directors are the people who make these decisions. If you have strong opinions about bikeways and education, then we would love to hear from you.

While the area has missed out on its usually rainy winter, workers have been able to get out in the fields and prune the grapevines without getting bogged down in the mud. The area’s 70-degree temperatures will remain for at least the next 10 days with nary a drop of rain in sight. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Pruning grapevines

While the area has missed out on its usually rainy winter, workers have been able to get out in the fields and prune the grapevines without getting bogged down in the mud. The area’s 70-degree temperatures will remain for at least the next 10 days with nary a drop of rain in sight.

Cal Focus

Record drought will bring changes

There is no longer any doubt about it: Even if California gets a bit of rain and snow over the next few weeks – and there is very little in forecasts for most of the state through Feb. 1 – we are in the midst of the worst drought since the mid-1970s.