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Police investigate woman’s death

The mysterious death of a woman found inside her West Spain Street home has authorities investigating the possibility of foul play, although family members have stated that her death most likely was an accident.

Sonoma police to clamp down on distracted driving

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Sonoma Police Department will be joining with more than 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cellphones while driving.

“THE CHEF” is a French comedy and one of several food-themed films in this year’s Sonoma International Film Festival.

Curtain rises on film fest

The programs for the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, coming Wednesday through Sunday to a theater near you, are finally ready.

RESCUE PERSONNEL STRAP a “victim” to a gurney during the Every 15 Minutes program at Sonoma Valley High Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Students experience ‘Every 15 Minutes’

Rain smeared blood all over the pavement at Sonoma Valley High School Thursday as students screamed in pain and cried in devastation at a horrific two-car collision caused by drunk drivers. Emergency personnel responded to the gruesome accident and one student was taken away in handcuffs while several others were rushed to the hospital or the morgue. A palpable lesson hung in the air as the junior and senior classes witnessed the aftermath of the alcohol-related accident – don’t drink and drive.

3 arrested in early morning assault

An early morning assault outside Steiner’s saloon on March 23 sent a 27-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man to Sonoma Valley Hospital with five large lacerations that Sonoma police said required between 40 and 50 stitches.

CHRISTINA BURNET, left, and Bill Boerum, right, met with Sun Tao during a meeting of the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference last week in Washington, D.C.

Boerum, Burnet attend Sister Cities parley

Representatives of Sonoma’s Penglai Sister City Committee, Christina M. Burnet and Bill Boerum participated last week in the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.

Valley food programs are available online

A newly researched directory of food programs in the Sonoma Valley is now available online at the Sonoma Methodist Church website, sonomaumc.com and click on “Food Aid: Resources in the Sonoma Valley.”

Not so brotherly love

A pair of brothers ended up in jail, three-days apart after apparently fighting with each other.

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL media arts teacher Peter Hansen and senior Jen Howlett look on as senior Danny Hernandez edits film. Students in the class will debut films at the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Capturing dreams with film

Tucked away at Sonoma Valley High School, a group of inspired students – with the help of one dedicated teacher – are preparing to debut their films at the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival in a state-of-the art facility with specialized equipment funded by the proceeds of the film festival.

KEVIN MCNEELY has been involved with the film festival for 10 years and has been the executive director since 2008. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Being Kevin McNeely

Kevin McNeely reclines on a worn blue couch in the Sonoma International Film Festival’s headquarters, located in sunny, stone-walled office space on the southeast corner of the Plaza. He wears khaki pants and a yellow cashmere sweater with the sleeves pushed up. Luki, a fluffy poodle-shih tzu mix, jumps up onto his lap.

CUCU DIAMANTES hefts a Cubano robusto and exemplifies the sophisticated Latin songstress on “Amor Cronico.”

Vamos al Cine spotlights Latino films

A common complaint overheard in Cuba during confidential conversations, chiefly among young professionals armed with college degrees and restless ambition, goes like this: “I love this country. I really do. But there’s no future here.”

Water worries prompt Monday meeting

With recent rains, it’s easy to forget California is still facing a drought. Yet in Sonoma County, this has been one of the driest years on record, with diminished reservoir levels driving voluntary water conservation, with the possibility of mandatory cutbacks looming.

Sonoma Valley High juniors and seniors experienced the “Every 15 Minutes” program Thursday and Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Every 15 Minutes’

Sonoma Valley High juniors and seniors experienced the “Every 15 Minutes” program Thursday and Friday.

Plastic bag ban takes effect

One year ago, the Sonoma City Council gave its unanimous support to a countywide ban on plastic bags, joining neighboring cities in an effort to keep the things out of landfills, waterways and, crucially, the Pacific Ocean.

A Sonoma woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of prescription medication and two probation violations – including one for DUI – after she flipped the van she was driving Tuesday afternoon. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Flipped van

A Sonoma woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of prescription medication and two probation violations – including one for DUI – after she flipped the van she was driving Tuesday afternoon.