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SHEANA DAVIS, owner of the Epicurean Connection, will host the annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference that kicks off Sunday in Sonoma.

Sonoma Valley Cheese conference returns

Cheeseheads rejoice: The annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference is back in town next week, and organizers say “the movers and shakers of the American artisan cheese movement” will be there.

Gorin hosts town hall meeting in Kenwood

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin will hold a meet the merchants meeting and a town hall meeting in Kenwood Wednesday, Feb. 19, to discuss general concerns for residents in the Kenwood community.

A small army of PG&E workers descended on the Highway 12 and Madrone Road intersection Wednesday to move five power poles 25 feet in preparation for the stoplight that will be going in at the intersection. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Moving power poles

A small army of PG&E workers descended on the Highway 12 and Madrone Road intersection Wednesday to move five power poles 25 feet in preparation for the stoplight that will be going in at the intersection.

No decisions from SDC meeting

A top-level meeting of legislators and state officials in Sacramento on Tuesday was not intended to produce decisions about the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC), and no actions were taken.

Felon drunk driver and the mystery of the missing wheels

It was about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, when a Rohnert Park man, northbound on Highway 12 approaching Pythian Road, caught the eye of a Sonoma police officer by virtue of the burned rubber smell trailing his silver Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the line of traffic stacked up behind it.

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Trees coming down

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday.

Sheriff speaks at public forum

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas, along with Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett, held a public forum Tuesday where community members voiced concerns and asked questions of law enforcement policies.

Sonoma Valley Hospital staff turn their attention to a patient just a few minutes after the hospital's new ER opened Tuesday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Hospital’s new ER abuzz with opening-day activity

It was precisely 7 a.m. on Tuesday when a beaming Kelly Mather, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital, unveiled a sign pointing to the brand-new emergency room. At that moment, Sonoma’s old ER – described by hospital staff as run-down and shabby – closed, and a modern one opened in its place. The inevitable chaos ensued… Continue Reading >>

Volunteers work on sheltering homeless Sonomans

In Sonoma, the homeless aren’t as visible as in other cities. Seldom can someone be found panhandling in front of local grocery stores or on the Plaza square. We almost never see people sleeping on sidewalks, huddled in doorways. But tucked on side streets, under bridges, camped out in parking lots or crammed with seven… Continue Reading >>

Umbrellas were out over the weekend as Sonomans got drenched with several inches of rain.

Sonoma drenched in rainfall

A huge storm system doused Sonoma in much-needed rain this weekend, with officials reporting upward of 10 inches of rainfall in the Valley. Rain started with a smaller storm on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a pounding “Pineapple Express” that arrived on Friday morning. An atmospheric river settled over Sonoma and parts of Petaluma and… Continue Reading >>

Nearly $200,000 spent on Measure B campaigns

The recent release of Measure B campaign filings makes one thing clear: A lot of money was spent for one little ballot measure. In fact, Larry Barnett, who spearheaded Measure B, said he can’t recall a costlier political fight in Sonoma’s history. His group, “Preserving Sonoma,” raised just over $60,000 during the last calendar year,… Continue Reading >>

The Mission Square project, located on the south side of East Spain Street and just east of the Plaza, will consist of office space, apartment units and parking.

Mission Square appeal denied

Mission Square, a mixed-use development many years in the making, went forward Monday when the Sonoma City Council denied an appeal brought by Simon and Kimberly Blattner, neighbors of the proposed project.

County may save four trees

The trees that were scheduled to be felled along the Highway 12 corridor from Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road, have received another reprieve – albeit temporary – because the project needs to be re-bid.

Sonoma child molester gets life sentence

Kenneth Donald Hutchins, the 65-year-old Sonoma resident convicted in December of repeatedly sexually molesting his eight-year-old grand niece while helping her mother with childcare, and of possessing child pornography, was sentenced Thursday to what will likely amount to life in prison.

RICK CORCORAN, principal-for-the-day at El Verano Elementary School, takes questions from curious first-graders, who thought he might be a movie star or a secret agent. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Principal, hotel GM swap jobs

El Verano Elementary School and the Sonoma Mission Inn may not seem similar until you take an inside peek and learn they’re extraordinarily symbiotic. For 10 years, the hotel has lent the school a shoulder to lean on while the school shares the joy of helping children thrive.

Meeting set for tasting room review

The city has announced a joint study session between the City Council and Planning Commission in order to discuss Sonoma’s most contentious current issue: wine tasting rooms.