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RURAL RESIDENTS MIGHT not have first responders available in the event of a natural disaster, so Atwood Ranch will be hosting an emergency preparedness event on Sunday, May 4.

Atwood Ranch eyes emergency preparedness

Veterinary experts from UC Davis will be among those on hand Sunday, May 4, for a Sonoma Valley event to help rural residents and animal owners create their own emergency preparedness plans

City Council to discuss AT&T suit in closed session

Monday night’s council meeting will cover a proposal for a downtown history education tool, the creation of a new library commissioner, and the Sonoma Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – though the most consequential item will be inaccessible to the public.

A MEMBER OF THE Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Team stands outside a property on Leveroni Road. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Probe into bar melee leads police to Leveroni Road

Authorities say an investigation into last month’s gang-related assault outside Steiner’s saloon led to a Thursday-morning raid on a property on Leveroni Road near Broadway – where police found in excess of 400 marijuana plants.

Marin educator named as Sassarini principal

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District will apparently name Jacqueline Parker as principal of Sassarini Elementary School pending formal board approval at the May 6 board meeting.

SONOMA BIRDERS AND NATURE ADVOCATES Darren Peterie (left) and Tom Rusert (right) have been named Conservationists of the Year by the John Muir Memorial Association. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Muir group honors Sonoma birders

Within the Mediterranean climate and the richness of natural beauty that draws people to Sonoma, Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie saw an opportunity to practice citizen science and to volunteer. Since their arrival, Rusert and Peterie have become fixtures in the Sonoma nature scene, involved in organizing numerous events and working with local organizations to form conservation-promoting partnerships.

ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS, bands of water that move through the atmosphere and bring heavy rainfall like that in Sonoma in February, are key in water management, according to Sonoma County Water Agency officials. The water agency is partnered with federal agencies to study the atmospheric rivers for more effective flood control and drought protection.

Water rationing ‘not on horizon’

With sunny 75-degree days ahead, barbecues hot, picnics packed and that garden ready to till, it’s easy to forget what drought-stricken Sonoma Valley really needs is more rain. As the rainy season wraps up, water officials are planning how to manage water for the rest of this dry year.

RIDERS AWAIT the start of last year’s Gran Fondo in the Sonoma Plaza.

Gran Fondo aids Sonoma Valley Fund

The Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County and its 22 nonprofit partners, has been named the charitable beneficiary of this year’s Sonoma Gran Fondo bicycling event, Ride to Revel.

Supervisors to hold SDC session

County supervisors have scheduled a study session during their regular Tuesday meeting today to discuss the still-uncertain fate of the Sonoma Developmental Center.

RYAN SNOW is the real estate broker representing the city in the sale of the old Patten Street firehouse. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Patten Street firehouse on the block

The next time the City of Sonoma needs temporary quarters – when one department or another undergoes expansion, seismic upgrading or simply catches fire – the number-one candidate for temporary office space will be out of play.

Design Review eyes monument signs

Monument signs, changes to commercial buildings and continued review of historic preservation policy priorities will fill the Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 15.

Sonoma vet clinic honored for energy efficiency

A Sonoma veterinary clinic will be among six entities honored during the inaugural Local Energy Action Forum which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.

BON MARCHE OWNER Anna Bimenyimana funds micro-enterprises in her native country of Rwanda. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Remembering Rwanda

Margaret Bimenyimana, a prominent Rwandan matriarch, Tutsi businesswoman and indomitable mother, was second or third on the Hutu hit list in Kigali, the capital city torn apart by machete-wielding throngs 20 years ago this month.

Spring has arrived. The trees and flowers are blooming, the hills are green and the duckings have returned to the Plaza pond. This brood was taking in some sun last week as mom kept a close watch. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Spring has arrived

Spring has arrived. The trees and flowers are blooming, the hills are green and the duckings have returned to the Plaza pond. This brood was taking in some sun last week as mom kept a close watch.

Arnold Drive between Agua Caliente Road and Boyes Boulevard was closed for most of Thursday so that a large eucalyptus tree on the side of the road could be taken down. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Coming down

Arnold Drive between Agua Caliente Road and Boyes Boulevard was closed for most of Thursday so that a large eucalyptus tree on the side of the road could be taken down.

About 100 people participated Sunday in Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk to fight world hunger. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Walking to fight hunger

About 100 people participated Sunday in Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk to fight world hunger.