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A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Trees coming down

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday.

Sheriff speaks at public forum

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas, along with Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett, held a public forum Tuesday where community members voiced concerns and asked questions of law enforcement policies.

Sonoma Valley Hospital staff turn their attention to a patient just a few minutes after the hospital's new ER opened Tuesday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Hospital’s new ER abuzz with opening-day activity

It was precisely 7 a.m. on Tuesday when a beaming Kelly Mather, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital, unveiled a sign pointing to the brand-new emergency room. At that moment, Sonoma’s old ER – described by hospital staff as run-down and shabby – closed, and a modern one opened in its place. The inevitable chaos ensued… Continue Reading >>

Volunteers work on sheltering homeless Sonomans

In Sonoma, the homeless aren’t as visible as in other cities. Seldom can someone be found panhandling in front of local grocery stores or on the Plaza square. We almost never see people sleeping on sidewalks, huddled in doorways. But tucked on side streets, under bridges, camped out in parking lots or crammed with seven… Continue Reading >>

Umbrellas were out over the weekend as Sonomans got drenched with several inches of rain.

Sonoma drenched in rainfall

A huge storm system doused Sonoma in much-needed rain this weekend, with officials reporting upward of 10 inches of rainfall in the Valley. Rain started with a smaller storm on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a pounding “Pineapple Express” that arrived on Friday morning. An atmospheric river settled over Sonoma and parts of Petaluma and… Continue Reading >>

Nearly $200,000 spent on Measure B campaigns

The recent release of Measure B campaign filings makes one thing clear: A lot of money was spent for one little ballot measure. In fact, Larry Barnett, who spearheaded Measure B, said he can’t recall a costlier political fight in Sonoma’s history. His group, “Preserving Sonoma,” raised just over $60,000 during the last calendar year,… Continue Reading >>

The Mission Square project, located on the south side of East Spain Street and just east of the Plaza, will consist of office space, apartment units and parking.

Mission Square appeal denied

Mission Square, a mixed-use development many years in the making, went forward Monday when the Sonoma City Council denied an appeal brought by Simon and Kimberly Blattner, neighbors of the proposed project.

County may save four trees

The trees that were scheduled to be felled along the Highway 12 corridor from Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road, have received another reprieve – albeit temporary – because the project needs to be re-bid.

Sonoma child molester gets life sentence

Kenneth Donald Hutchins, the 65-year-old Sonoma resident convicted in December of repeatedly sexually molesting his eight-year-old grand niece while helping her mother with childcare, and of possessing child pornography, was sentenced Thursday to what will likely amount to life in prison.

RICK CORCORAN, principal-for-the-day at El Verano Elementary School, takes questions from curious first-graders, who thought he might be a movie star or a secret agent. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Principal, hotel GM swap jobs

El Verano Elementary School and the Sonoma Mission Inn may not seem similar until you take an inside peek and learn they’re extraordinarily symbiotic. For 10 years, the hotel has lent the school a shoulder to lean on while the school shares the joy of helping children thrive.

Meeting set for tasting room review

The city has announced a joint study session between the City Council and Planning Commission in order to discuss Sonoma’s most contentious current issue: wine tasting rooms.

Knife attack at El Verano Inn

An unidentified, 25-year-old man was stabbed multiple times during a Jan. 26 melee at the El Verano Inn, at 705 Laurel Ave.

Council declares water-use alert

With a call for cooperation and a warning that things could get worse, the Sonoma City Council officially put the city in water conservation mode Monday night.

DON SHONE (left) and Dale Downing, partners, proprietors, firemen and friends for life, at home in Sonoma Market, and soon to become Boys & Girls Club Sweethearts. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

These guys are Sweethearts

Ask the average Sonoman to list the one place in town where they are most likely to run into people they know, and the odds are high they’ll say either the Plaza or Sonoma Market.

Rep. Mike Thompson called for more investment in the country’s infrastructure at the annual State of the Valley Breakfast Forum on Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Thompson: Invest in infrastructure

The annual State of the Valley Breakfast Forum, sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, united a triumvirate of federal, county and local officials Friday morning to reflect on how we’re doing, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

DURING A WALKABOUT along the Highway 12 corridor Friday, Will Pier, Caitlin Cornwall and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin listen to Tom O’Kane, the county’s deputy director of Public Works, talk about why this particular tree can’t be saved. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

County may save four trees

The county may be able to save two – and maybe four trees – from the county’s chain saws, as the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project along the Highway 12 corridor from Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road, prepares for construction.

During the New Year’s flooding in January 2006, streets were shut down and flooding was widespread. Index-Tribune file photo 2006

Water agency outlines flood mitigation

Wednesday evening, the Sonoma County Water Agency and its partners presented to a full room of concerned citizens a multi-benefit project to mitigate flooding in two area creeks and to revitalize groundwater in the Valley.

County, state explore future use for SDC

As stakeholders from the Sonoma Valley to Sacramento ponder the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC), a trio of concerns reverberate around the tranquil campus, situated on some 1,000 acres astride Arnold Drive outside Glen Ellen.