DON SHONE (left) and Dale Downing, partners, proprietors, firemen and friends for life, at home in Sonoma Market, and soon to become Boys & Girls Club Sweethearts. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

These guys are Sweethearts

Ask the average Sonoman to list the one place in town where they are most likely to run into people they know, and the odds are high they’ll say either the Plaza or Sonoma Market.

Knife attack at El Verano Inn

An unidentified, 25-year-old man was stabbed multiple times during a Jan. 26 melee at the El Verano Inn, at 705 Laurel Ave.

Council declares water-use alert

With a call for cooperation and a warning that things could get worse, the Sonoma City Council officially put the city in water conservation mode Monday night.

Rep. Mike Thompson called for more investment in the country’s infrastructure at the annual State of the Valley Breakfast Forum on Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Thompson: Invest in infrastructure

The annual State of the Valley Breakfast Forum, sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, united a triumvirate of federal, county and local officials Friday morning to reflect on how we’re doing, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

DURING A WALKABOUT along the Highway 12 corridor Friday, Will Pier, Caitlin Cornwall and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin listen to Tom O’Kane, the county’s deputy director of Public Works, talk about why this particular tree can’t be saved. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

County may save four trees

The county may be able to save two – and maybe four trees – from the county’s chain saws, as the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project along the Highway 12 corridor from Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road, prepares for construction.

During the New Year’s flooding in January 2006, streets were shut down and flooding was widespread. Index-Tribune file photo 2006

Water agency outlines flood mitigation

Wednesday evening, the Sonoma County Water Agency and its partners presented to a full room of concerned citizens a multi-benefit project to mitigate flooding in two area creeks and to revitalize groundwater in the Valley.

County, state explore future use for SDC

As stakeholders from the Sonoma Valley to Sacramento ponder the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC), a trio of concerns reverberate around the tranquil campus, situated on some 1,000 acres astride Arnold Drive outside Glen Ellen.

City council, water agency asking for conservation

The Sonoma City Council and the Sonoma County Water Agency are asking for voluntary water conservation as water becomes more precious in the wake of one of the most severe statewide droughts, marking the region’s first wintertime conservation effort.

Sonoma Clean Power meeting set

alley residents invited to a public community meeting to learn about Sonoma Clean Power from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma.

This is why they search your house

Demonstrating a certain failure to grasp the meaning of searchable probation, yet another probationer was utterly unprepared for a visit from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office when deputies dropped in unannounced on Jan. 16.

BRENDA MALDONADO and her mentor Paula Burkhart share a laugh. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

A mentoring story: Brenda and Paula, together for life

When Brenda Maldonado, then a fourth-grader, arrived in Sonoma as “the new kid in class” at Sassarini Elementary School, she was shy, a little unsure of herself and ready to reach out for someone who would help her, even if she didn’t completely understand why.

State appeals Hwy. 12 ruling

As expected, the state’s Department of Finance has appealed the court ruling that both the county’s Highway 12 sidewalks project and the Roseland shopping plaza in Santa Rosa were enforceable obligations.

FIVE-YEAR-OLD MARISOL MEZQUITA, of Sonoma, tries out one of three pediatric dental chairs that equip St. Joseph Health’s new 40-foot-long mobile dental clinic.

Todd Trust feted for dental van donation

In celebration of a $100,000 challenge grant that helped St. Joseph Health sustain and expand mobile dental care in Sonoma Valley and other areas in Sonoma County, representatives of St. Joseph Health, Wednesday, hosted a gathering at Burbank Housing’s Springs Village apartments to thank representatives of the Hazel and Roland Todd Trust for helping to fund St. Joseph’s new, upgraded mobile dental clinic.

JIM BERKLAND, a geologist famous for predicting the Loma Prieta earthquake, returned to Glen Ellen after his retirement. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Ready for the Big One

The headline in the Gilroy Dispatch on Oct. 13, 1989, was alarming enough: “Is World Series Quake Coming?”

Sheriff to discuss law enforcement and public safety

Sonoma Valley residents will have the opportunity to discuss public safety and law enforcement issues with Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas at a community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Grange Hall.