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A family of mountain lions has been killing sheep in Diamond A.

Mountain lions dine on Diamond A sheep

A family of mountain lions is suspected of killing and partially consuming as many as seven or eight domestic sheep in the Diamond A subdivision located along Grove Street on the southern flank of Sonoma Mountain.

LYNETTE LYONS holds a four-day-old fennec fox. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fennec: The little fox with huge ears

The smallest species of canine in the world happens to inhabit one of the harshest environments on the planet. The fennec fox is a highly specialized member of the dog family that is found in the Sahara desert in Africa.

SVVGA names Scott Black as marketing head

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance a nonprofit trade association representing more than 100 wineries and 140 grape growers, has named Scott Black as the organization’s new marketing director.

Sonoma Raceway seeks use permit for music festivals

Sonoma Raceway, until recently known as Infineon Raceway, and before that as Sears Point, announced Monday it will seek changes in its Sonoma County use permit that would allow it to host non-racing activities at the facility, including a proposed four-day, outdoor music festival.

Uninsured get final chance to sign up for coverage

There will be one last push to help uninsured Valley residents get insurance through either Covered California or Medi-Cal, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 464 W. Napa St., Suite A, in Sonoma.

MENUKA THAPA (center back) and her organization, Rahksha Nepal (Protection Nepal) helps children born into brothels and gives them housing and a new life.

Teaming up for humanitarian work

Destination Races and the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, has expanded its footprint around the globe through an innovative partnership with Climbers for Peace and Bob Guglielmino of Humanitarian Adventure Treks.

Film festival volunteer training set Thursday

The Sonoma International Film Festival is seeking several hundred volunteers to greet visitors, work the parties and screenings, provide hospitality for filmmakers, and help with pre-festival production.

CHERYL YTREEIDE, left, and Pat Benfer opened the Savory Spice Shop in the Sonoma Marketplace in November. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Savory spices enhance sensory delights

If you’ve only tasted supermarket cinnamon, you’ll be wowed by a whiff of organic cinnamon from Ceylon, and tempted by the extra sweetness when the spice hails from Saigon. Chinese cinnamon is citrusy and Indonesian, the least intense, is the familiar one found in grocery aisles.

Last year, Julie Calhoun broke her sewing machine making a dress from used bicycle inner tubes for the Sonoma Community Center’s “Trashion Fashion” show. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Almost finished

Last year, Julie Calhoun broke her sewing machine making a dress from used bicycle inner tubes for the Sonoma Community Center’s “Trashion Fashion” show.

Nena Gutierrez was picking some radishes at her plot at the Larson Park community garden last Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Early harvest

Nena Gutierrez was picking some radishes at her plot at the Larson Park community garden last Saturday.

Youth hostel in Toscano Hotel complex?

While squabbles over tasting rooms, pink doors and pirate flags dominate downtown discussions, a prominent feature of the Plaza is quietly being considered for a transformation.

Democrats host candidates forum

The Sonoma Valley Democrats will host an Assembly District 4 Candidates’ Forum, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Drive.

SONOMA COUNTY is taking aim at the amount of sugar people drink. Photo illustration by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

County takes aim at sugary drinks

High fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice. It doesn’t matter what it’s labeled or what type of sugar it is, sugar is sugar is sugar. And a countywide effort is working to inform consumers that drinking too much sugar, particularly hidden in drinks, puts their health at risk.

Rentals, food trolley, bike trail OK’d

Adding to Sonoma’s image as a tourist mecca, the Sonoma Planning Commission unanimously approved turning three office units into vacation rentals Thursday, but this time there’s a twist.