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An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. Mike Finnegan/Special to the Index-Tribune

Marching for cancer cure

An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

Public forum seeks comment on Trust Act

A public forum for comment on the Trust Act will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, as part of the regularly scheduled Commission on Human Rights meeting.

AMAN GARG, a pharmacist at Pharmaca, gives Alixya Soto-Pomeroy a flu shot Monday afternoon. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Health officials: Get flu shots

For pharmacists during flu season, when it rains it pours. Take Aman Garg, pharmacy manager of Sonoma’s Pharmaca, who saw a trickle of locals come in for vaccines at the start of the season, then a flood as reports of people dying from influenza started appearing in the news.

Sonoma Police are looking for a man who has scammed several local jewelers.

Scam artist hits local jewelers

Sonoma Police are looking for a persistent thief who has victimized local jewelry stores to the tune of nearly $7,000, using a forged credit card and the story that he wants to buy his mother a present for her 60th birthday.

‘Fierce Green Fire’ first in film series

In a collaborative effort to broaden the impact of three significant films, the Center for Sustainable Living of the Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley are collaborating for a three-month film series beginning with the showing of “A Fierce Green Fire” on Friday, Jan. 24, at Andrews Hall.

What do you not understand about searchable probation?

Indicating the lapse of judgment that can accompany the consumption of controlled substances, a Glen Ellen man on searchable probation had aggregated in his home a number of illegal items and was, perhaps to his surprise, searched.

Sonoma Valley Fund names five new directors

The Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, has named five community leaders to its board of directors: Barbara Hughes, Penney Magrane, Valerie Pistole, Mandy Bolling and Richard Dale.

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.