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While the area has missed out on its usually rainy winter, workers have been able to get out in the fields and prune the grapevines without getting bogged down in the mud. The area’s 70-degree temperatures will remain for at least the next 10 days with nary a drop of rain in sight. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Pruning grapevines

While the area has missed out on its usually rainy winter, workers have been able to get out in the fields and prune the grapevines without getting bogged down in the mud. The area’s 70-degree temperatures will remain for at least the next 10 days with nary a drop of rain in sight.

Flowery sets dual-immersion information night

Flowery Elementary School will host a Dual-Immersion Kindergarten Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the school. For families thinking about enrolling their children at Flowery, this is the night to learn about the program, ask questions and consider the benefits. Dual-immersion staff and parents will explain how curricula and teaching resources in… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Valley Hospital: Babies back on board

Five days after formally asking the Sonoma Valley Hospital board of directors to shut obstetrics for financial reasons, administrators are temporarily withdrawing the request due to a new development.

JOHN CARDINALE, longtime vice president of Media and Community Relations at Sonoma Raceway, passed away last year after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

Sonoma Raceway hosts John’s March Saturday

Sonoma Raceway lost one of its most visible and devoted staff members last year when John Cardinale, longtime vice president of Media and Community Relations, passed away after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

SONOMA CITY MANAGER Carol Giovanatto started out as an account clerk with the City of Cloverdale when she began her government career 38 years ago. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Carol Giovanatto: Up through the ranks

When Carol Giovanatto walks into a room, the air almost vibrates with her style and confidence. Her wardrobe is impeccable, her work is meticulous and her personality resonates with homespun charm.

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Bryan Romero looks for birds around Fryer Creek, starting at Second Street East and taking the bike path behind the high school. Romero was there with his mentor, Gail Wolf in red. Also in the group were Victoria Jarvis, 17, Steve White with his 13-year-old mentee, Eduardo Romero Scott Jarvis. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Christmas Bird Count shows fewer birds in Valley

Results from the ninth Christmas Bird Count in Sonoma Valley indicated fewer birds than in the past years, but new species were seen during both the daylong count and the half-day Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids.

Water agency, partners eye Russian River update, plan

The Sonoma County Water Agency and partners are meeting this Friday to discuss protecting fish while maintaining water supply in the Russian River watershed – all part of an annual update on the Russian River Biological Opinion.

STEPHANIE MARLER addresses the Sonoma Valley Hospital board of directors during a meeting on the future of the maternity ward last Thursday. Don Frances/Index-Tribune

Moms: Don’t close Sonoma Valley Hospital maternity ward

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s board of directors got an earful last week from dozens of local residents – many of them new or expectant mothers – with a simple but impassioned message for hospital leadership: Don’t close obstetrics.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will sit down for a conversation with broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara at the Sebastiani Theatre on Monday, Feb. 3, to launch the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance’s new speaker program.

Newsoms open Mentoring Alliance series

Filmmaker and women’s advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom, along with her husband, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will sit down for a conversation with broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara at the Sebastiani Theatre on Monday, Feb. 3, to launch the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance’s new speaker program.

Neither James Bond (“Shaken, not stirred.”), nor Dorothy Parker (“I like to have a martini, two at the very most – After three I’m under the table, After four, I’m under my host.”) would have approved, but the annual Martini Madness unfolded Friday night at Saddles Steakhouse in MacArthur Place, and while no enthusiasts of what H.L. Mencken called “the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet” were found under the table (or under the host), there were martinis of every imaginable ilk, from 10 teams of bartenders. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Mad about martinis

Neither James Bond (“Shaken, not stirred.”), nor Dorothy Parker (“I like to have a martini, two at the very most – After three I’m under the table, After four, I’m under my host.”) would have approved, but the annual Martini Madness unfolded Friday night at Saddles Steakhouse in MacArthur Place, and while no enthusiasts of what H.L. Mencken called “the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet” were found under the table (or under the host), there were martinis of every imaginable ilk, from 10 teams of bartenders.

Wednesday Rally to end human trafficking

As part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a rally in Santa Rosa Wednesday to take a stand against slavery in Sonoma County.

Sonoma Raceway hosts John’s March Saturday

Sonoma Raceway lost one of its most visible and devoted staff members last year when John Cardinale, longtime vice president of Media and Community Relations, passed away after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

SUTTONFIELD LAKE, on the Sonoma Developmental Center campus, is showing the effects of a lack of rain. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Water agency: ‘Drought is on’

In response to dry weather, low reservoir storage levels and drought-like conditions, a group of nine local water utilities is kicking off a unique winter water conservation campaign. The partnership has one simple message: The drought is on. Turn water off.

Air district explains ‘Spare the Air’ process

On a winter with record-breaking stretches of rainless days, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a record-breaking number of Spare the Air alerts. And that in turn seems to have led to more than the usual number of complaints and criticisms.

Meeting to unveil Fryer Creek flood reduction plan

Sonoma residents will be able to learn about a project that will help reduce flooding in Fryer Creek while recharging groundwater in the City of Sonoma at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W.

Children will have the chance to participate in a more youth-focused version of the National Audubon bird count at the Valley’s eighth annual Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids, held at the Sonoma Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Kids counting birds

Children will have the chance to participate in a more youth-focused version of the National Audubon bird count at the Valley’s eighth annual Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids, held at the Sonoma Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 12. The event has reached capacity, but parents can add kids to a waiting list.