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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.

A RENDERING OF WHAT the Sonoma Truck and Auto site could look like.

Market concept unveiled for Broadway site

What to do with the Sonoma Truck & Auto site, sitting more or less empty on nearly two acres, at 870 Broadway, a vacant gateway to the city center, a prize location for the right developer with the right idea?

Feds break silence on Rancho meat recall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finally given a reason for its enormous recall of beef products from Rancho Feeding Corp., accusing the Petaluma slaughterhouse of dodging federal inspection rules.

Girl to cop: ‘Go ahead and arrest me’

A 16-year-old, female student at the Creekside continuation high school decided the bong in her backpack was more important than a police command, and ended up in juvenile hall.

Wednesday, contractors for the City of Sonoma installed the much-anticipated left-turn signals at the Broadway and Leveroni Road intersection, with operation of the signals beginning on Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Left-turn signals

Wednesday, contractors for the City of Sonoma installed the much-anticipated left-turn signals at the Broadway and Leveroni Road intersection, with operation of the signals beginning on Thursday.

Pitching pro baseball for Sonoma

Here’s one thing Sonomans seem to agree on: A pro baseball team in town, with Arnold Field as its stadium, would be really cool.

Brian Anderson, who oversees water treatment at Sonoma Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant, stands along the metal railing that borders the basin that holds the treated wastewater in its final stage. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Keeping the water flowing

Clear bluish water swirls in a concrete basin off Eighth Street East, birds fly overhead and off into the distance. Brian Anderson walks along a metal railing that flanks the flowing water and takes a moment to appreciate it. This water has come a long way – from toilets, showers, garbage disposals – and now it will have a chance to be used again.