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The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

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The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. The books sold are not used library books, they’re books that are donated to the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library by the community. The next book sale has been slated for Nov. 19-22.

Zinni to critique U.S. foreign policy

Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.) will provide a critique of American foreign policy at the Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series event to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma.

TELEVISION FILM CREWS wait for a press conference to begin in downtown Napa Sunday afternoon. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Napa suffers brunt of quake damage

Bill Linder was standing barefoot on hot asphalt outside his home on Patty Way, in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, some 12 hours after three neighboring homes were reduced to twisted sheets of aluminum and unrecognizable debris.

Deets Winslow’s family, including (third from left) wife Heidi, son Tyler, sister-in-law Sabrina and brother Travis Winslow, grieve at the memorial service. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Touching memorial to ‘Deets’

Sonoma Valley High School’s Pfeiffer Gym was packed Saturday with family, friends and the wrestling community from the Valley and beyond in honoring the memory of Roger “Deets” Winslow, a Sonoma wrestling legend as both an athlete and longtime successful coach who was recently killed in a boating accident at Lake Berryessa.

Project engineer Joel Grogan's job is to translate what's on the plans to points on the ground, so the crew will know exactly where to dig the creek's channel pattern. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Restoring Stuart Creek for steelhead

Sonoma Valley old timers can still recall the time when steelhead trout were so abundant in the Sonoma Creek watershed that, as one Kenwood elder said, “you could kick them out of the water.”

This is a drawing of the Sonoma Springs mixed-use project on Highway 12.

Springs affordable housing delayed

While the official notification won’t be made for a couple weeks, the senior project manager at MidPen’s Sonoma Springs mixed-use housing site said the chances of landing tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee in this round of allotments is probably slim.

Forum eyes new driver’s license law

La Luz Center, the North Bay Organizing Project, the Sonoma Valley Health Center and El Verano School will hold a community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 27, to provide local residents with the latest information about AB 60, a new state law that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses beginning January 2015.

Pinnacle Mortgage opens in Sonoma

Longtime Sonomans, John Bast and Tony Moll recently opened the third Sonoma County office of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, at 550 Broadway. Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, was named one of the “Top Mortgage Lenders” by the Scotsman Guide in 2012 and 2013.

The reservoir at the Sonoma Developmental Center, formally known as Lake Suttonfield, shows the effects of the severe drought dehydrating California. Both the City of Sonoma and the Valley of the Moon Water District have imposed stricter water conservation measures. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stage II rules: Water lawns twice a week

When California’s Water Resources Control Board issued an edict July 15 declaring a Stage II drought emergency, the ripples radiated to every water agency and district in the state. The primary consequence for Sonoma: a mandatory reduction in lawn irrigation to just two days a week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Deets Winslow memorial set for Saturday

Following the death of Roger “Deets” Winslow, who was recently killed in a boating accident at Lake Berryessa, there has been an outpouring of shock, grief and tributes in response to the tragedy that took the life of the Sonoma Valley High School wrestling legend as both an athlete and longtime successful coach.

Online survey to gauge businesses

Sonoma Valley has more than 2,000 businesses, and the Economic Development Partnership of the city and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hear from many of them.

The summer vanished all too quickly for area students. Monday was the first day of school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. At El Verano Elementary School, 5-year-old Ty Clark, a kindergarten student in Barbara Marek’s class, was playing with some plastic shapes while his parents, Stephanie and Jason looked on. Other area schools will be starting classes various days over the next week. Motorists should be aware of students going to and from school and remember to stop for buses. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

First day of school

The summer vanished all too quickly for area students. Monday was the first day of school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. At El Verano Elementary School, 5-year-old Ty Clark, a kindergarten student in Barbara Marek’s class, was playing with some plastic shapes while his parents, Stephanie and Jason looked on. Other area schools will be starting classes various days over the next week. Motorists should be aware of students going to and from school and remember to stop for buses.