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OpEd

Now’s no time for new Iran sanctions

By Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Barbara Boxer  The United States faces no more important international challenge than preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Thanks to congressional and executive action, strong international cooperation, crippling economic sanctions and the credible threat of military force if Iran does not change course, we recently achieved an important step… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

A brighter credit card Christmas

Editor, Index-Tribune: What a great town, Chapter XX! Today, when I went to the post office, I bought some stamps at the postage machine but neglected to take my credit card with me when I left.  On returning home, I noticed the card was missing so I returned to the post office.  When I inquired… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanksgiving at the Vets …

Editor, Index-Tribune: For 30 years I have found great comfort in the Sonoma Community Center’s Thanksgiving dinners, seeing friends and good food – with others who helped – and music. Moving to the veterans building may have fed a lot of souls (God bless) but I saw only one friend out of all the people.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Sanders and Rouse get ‘Ds’, SCCA gets ‘A’

Editor, Index-Tribune: This letter is addressed to Sonoma County Conservation Action. I fully concur with your ‘D’ grade on the report card of former City Council member/mayor Joanne Sanders. She was the most insensitive council member/mayor ever encountered. She definitely earned the ‘D’ report. In addition, your group certainly came up with the correct rating… Continue Reading >>

HIGHWAY 12 VINEYARDS is among the wineries competing in the annual Gingerbread Contest. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Visitors can vote in gingerbread contest

A dozen wineries are participating in the annual Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Gingerbread Contest, where wineries create edible replicas of their wineries.

RAY MULAS demonstrates the dry soil in a field that should have oat hay growing nearly half a foot tall. Don Frances/Index-Tribune

Valley farmers hit hard by dry spell

“We shouldn’t be able to drive where we’re going to drive,” Ray Mulas said Monday. It was another sunny December day on his dairy farm off Highway 121 – sunny, crisp and dry, dry, dry.

Birders will be out in force Friday for the 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Audubon bird count set Friday

The 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place in on Friday, Dec. 27, in bird rich Sonoma and Petaluma watersheds from dawn to dusk.

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Caroling around Glen Ellen

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar.

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Last minute checking

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday.

Cal Focus

Warnings from a truth-telling treasurer

Once in awhile, California gets a major public official who thrives on telling the unvarnished truth, an impulse often shared by those who hold the office of state treasurer.

Letter to the Editor

Loved the Lynch Barracks holiday story

Editor, Index-Tribune: Holidays at the Barracks, by Bill Lynch, was my favorite Index-Tribune story of the year. I continuously feel fortunate to live in Sonoma and to raise my children in Sonoma. Then another longtime local shares the details of his childhood Christmas dinner at the Barracks. It was a terrific account of a Christmas… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Schellville Grill story a pleasure

Editor, Index-Tribune: It was a pleasure to read the Dec. 17 account by Nancy Dance (wonderful name) of her breakfast at a favorite local eatery (Valley Forum, Dec. 17, “How the community served breakfast at Schellville Grill”) and to learn that she and her fellow patrons had fully embraced the unique spirit of the Schellville… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Convert birthing center into maternity ward

Editor, Index-Tribune: This is directed to the board of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District: I am the person who wrote you a letter, after two election defeats, and told you that if you would tell us how much money you needed to refurbish and retrofit the hospital, those of us who have been voting… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Rotary gift funds junior tennis program

Editor, Index-Tribune:

The Rotary of Sonoma Valley has again, most generously, gifted the Junior Program of Sonoma Valley Tennis Association (SVTA). We wish to express to the town of Sonoma how grateful we are for such local support.

Kenwood Depot hosts Dakaboom

Dakaboom returns to the Kenwood Depot for their fifth annual holiday show at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28.

JACK LONDON STATE HISTORICAL PARK will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Submitted photo

Jack London Park to host ‘First Day Hike’ on Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, Jack London State Historical Park will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s State Parks, offering an opportunity to kick off the new year with a healthy start. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. upper parking area/beauty ranch in the parking lot (turn right from kiosk) at Jack… Continue Reading >>