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THE WHIMSY OF CORNERSTONE extends to its front fence, which lifts up off the ground. A real estate development firm is in escrow to buy the nine-acre property. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

CornerStone sold

When you buy CornerStone, the unique nine-acre art-garden property south of Sonoma on Highway 121, you’re buying the beautiful buildings, the metal sculptures and the rows of olive trees.

Rancho Feeding Corporation facing federal criminal probe

The Petaluma slaughterhouse facing a two-pronged federal probe is now the subject of a criminal investigation as well, according to a U.S. congressman – and disturbing new allegations may offer a clue as to what direction the investigation will take.

SUZANNE BRANGHAM, right, received the alcalde cane Thursday, from Judy and Les Vadasz, who were the alcaldes last year. Brangham was named the 2014 alcaldessa in December by the Sonoma City Council. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Brangham feted at alcaldessa reception

It was a love-fest for Suzanne Brangham when the official alcalde cane was passed from Les and Judy Vadasz to the alcaldessa of 2014 during a reception at Vintage House on Thursday. Gripping the symbolic, silver-headed stick, Brangham gave Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse a broad smile and said, “If you’ll let me be the honorary… Continue Reading >>

Larson Park garden celebrates March 15

The Larson Park Community Food Garden opens its gates for a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, to welcome all neighbors to view the cultivation and the on-going improvements taking place as the garden begins its second year of operation.

Workshop eyes Affordable Care Act

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services will present a workshop on the Affordable Healthcare Act at 11 a.m., Friday, March 14, in the Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Forum Room.

PG&E WORKERS WORK on the underground vault on Fifth Street West Saturday morning. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

10,000-plus lose power in 2 outages

While Valley residents lost no sleep over the recent rains, more than 10,000 PG&E customers lost power at one time or another over the weekend.

Credit card fraud scam uncovered

A sophisticated credit card scam, involving hundreds of cards, thousands of numbers and an unknown number of victims, was discovered in Sonoma Feb. 21, with the arrest of a 41-year-old Sausalito man who used a fraudulent card at McCaulou’s department store.

Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Tree trimming

Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East.

SQUIRE FRIDELL, of GlenLyon Vineyards and Winery, pours a taste at his tasting room on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Regulations for tasting rooms, wine bars?

The Sonoma City Council is currently considering the fate of nearly two-dozen tasting rooms and wine bars in the Plaza – and the prospect for approving any such future establishments.

Interfaith CROP Walk set for Sunday, April 6

Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP Hunger Walk is coming up on Sunday, April 6, when Sonoma Valley residents will take to the streets to raise awareness about global poverty and money to help end it.

Dr. Ted Stashak, a retired veterinary surgeon (specializing in horses), talks to Hanna Boys Center students Wednesday as a part of the school’s Career Day. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Finding a career

Dr. Ted Stashak, a retired veterinary surgeon (specializing in horses), talks to Hanna Boys Center students Wednesday as a part of the school’s Career Day.

These drawings represent what the complex might look like.

SVCAC approves Springs project

In a unanimous vote, the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission signed off Wednesday on the proposed Springs mixed-use affordable housing project.

SONOMAN MIKE “THE BEJKR” ZAKOWSKI is one of 24 bakers who will compete at the Maîtres de la Boulangerie (Bakery Masters) in Paris, March 8 to 12.

Mike ‘the bejkr’ in bread competition

Three members of the Bread Bakers Guild of America including Sonoman Mike “the bejkr” Zakowski will be among 24 bakers from 18 countries who will compete at the Maîtres de la Boulangerie (Bakery Masters) in Paris, France, March 8-12.

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library used book sale at the library last weekend raised almost $11,000. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for books

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s used book sale at the library last weekend raised almost $11,000.

WILL ROSE, an employee at Grandma Linda’s Ice Cream, leans against the shop’s pink door. Some say the Plaza storefront’s bright exterior doesn’t fit Sonoma’s historic downtown. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

A pink too far?

It’s not that it’s pink – it’s that particular shade of pink.

City Council delays bike vote for ‘tweaking’

Last week’s City Council meeting included a lively discussion – and near vote – over banning bicycle riding on Plaza-adjacent sidewalks. But at the last minute, council members decided to put it off in order to make “minor tweaking” to the ordinance’s language.