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Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley High School Rush

Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators.

Santa Rosa Junior College pushes $410M bond measure

Santa Rosa Junior College has seen a lot of use over the past 96 years, which is why administrators are now asking voters throughout the county to pass a new $410 million bond measure to fix up its well-worn facilities.

This 1968 Rally Sport Camaro, restored by Doug and Nathan Sanders, was stolen in broad daylight Thursday from the Safeway parking lot on Fifth Street West.

Father-son project car stolen

A classic Chevy Camaro, rebuilt from the ground up by a father-son team, was stolen in broad daylight from the Safeway parking lot on West Fifth Street Thursday, while the father was across the street at a car repair shop where he works as a mechanic.

Water shortage spurs mandatory cutbacks

A smattering of rain that floated through Sonoma this week will do little if anything to allay the continued severe drought in the area, according to state and local weather experts.

Angela Sabatino releases a dove during the opening ceremonies at last weekend’s Relay for life. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Walking to cure cancer

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life was held Saturday and Sunday at the track at Sonoma Valley High School. Sixty teams of walkers raised an estimated $110,000 with money still coming in. More than 200 people marched in the survivor’s lap and about 3,000 luminaria lined the track Saturday night.

Workshop focuses on micro-lending

Entrepreneurs seeking to launch or expand a small business can find information at an upcoming event focused on micro-lending programs.

Supes kick road tax down the road

The proposed one-quarter-cent sales-tax hike to improve the county’s roads won’t be on the November ballot after all. Instead, the measure is probably headed to a March 3, 2015, special election.

Stompers, PLL team up for ‘Bark in the Park’

To help ease fans into the dog days of summer, the Sonoma Stompers have partnered with Pets Lifeline of Sonoma Valley to host the team’s first ever “Bark in the Park” day at Arnold Field on Sunday, Aug. 10.

There were no serious injuries Wednesday afternoon when two cars collided at the intersection of Arnold Drive and Boyes Boulevard. One of the cars, however, caught fire after hitting a light pole. Sonoma fire personnel quickly extinguished the blaze. 
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Extinguishing a car fire

There were no serious injuries Wednesday afternoon when two cars collided at the intersection of Arnold Drive and Boyes Boulevard. One of the cars, however, caught fire after hitting a light pole. Sonoma fire personnel quickly extinguished the blaze.

Chamber opens voting for business of the year

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected five nominees for Business of the Year: Friedman’s Home Improvement, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, the girl & the fig, Peterson Mechanical, or Carneros Brewing Company.

Polynesian dancers from Island Breeze play with fire Saturday evening during “Noche en South Pacific,” the annual fundraising gala for La Luz Center. Photo by Robbi Pengelly

Lighting fires for La Luz

Polynesian dancers from Island Breeze play with fire Saturday evening during “Noche en South Pacific,” the annual fundraising gala for La Luz Center.

A closer look at the SDC survey

The Parent Hospital Association (PHA), composed of family and friends of Sonoma Developmental Center residents, looks forward to the annual survey by the Department of Public Health (DPH). It usually allows us to see the outcome of continuing efforts to assist our relatives and friends at Sonoma Developmental Center.

City eyes vacation rental violations

A new study commissioned by the city of Sonoma reveals that roughly half of local properties being used as vacation rentals have failed to comply with city regulations, according to City Manager Carol Giovanatto.

Bill Spencer tries to set up Zuk-Zilla at the starting line during Friday evening’s annual zucchini races. Watching are, from left, George Canseco, starter Scott Sherman and Cynthia Boyer. More than 50 racing zucchini were entered in this year’s event with prizes going to the fastest and the most creative. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on their respective favorites. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Readying the racing zucchini

Bill Spencer tries to set up Zuk-Zilla at the starting line during Friday evening’s annual zucchini races. Watching are, from left, George Canseco, starter Scott Sherman and Cynthia Boyer. More than 50 racing zucchini were entered in this year’s event with prizes going to the fastest and the most creative. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on their respective favorites.

This is a rendering of what the hotel would look like from West Napa Street.

Revised hotel plans submitted to city

Revised plans for a 59-room boutique hotel on West Napa Street were submitted to the Sonoma Planning Department by Kenwood Investments on Friday, and a study session to review the proposal is scheduled before the Sonoma Planning Commission on Aug. 14.