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SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S deputies arrested James Rivas on May 1, after a three-hour manhunt. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Manhunt subject gets four years

A man who was the object of a citywide manhunt in May pleaded no contest to three charges and was sentenced last month to four years in prison.

Council watcher Herb Golenpaul died Dec. 13 at the age of 92.

Herb Golenpaul passes at 92

The public record is unclear about when Herb Golenpaul first attended a meeting of the Sonoma City Council – his wife, Tessa, thinks it was sometime around 2005 – but once he did, he quickly became a fixture, selecting a seat in the first two or three rows, close to the public podium where he frequently rose to lecture members of the council or question their decisions.

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CARTER HARRIS was helping to set the tables on Christmas Day at Vintage House. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Volunteers offer Christmas meals

While stockings were hung by the chimney with care on Tuesday, many Sonomans were preparing food with care in readiness for charitable activities Christmas Day.

Man attacks family with car

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 10 block of Meadowbrook Avenue at about 3:35 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, after receiving a report that a man had threatened to shoot a woman and her children, and that he then tried to run them down.

Presentation School students Catherine Flaherty, 13; Megan James, 13; Olivia Williams, 12; Katelynn Kelly, 12; Maggie Nugent, 13; Hannah Porter, 14 and Alexandra Barber, 14, sang a mixture of religious and secular Christmas carols last week to an audience of about 20 at Vintage Sonoma. The students were accompanied by their music teacher, Lynn McArthur, on piano. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Caroling at Vintage Sonoma

Presentation School students Catherine Flaherty, 13; Megan James, 13; Olivia Williams, 12; Katelynn Kelly, 12; Maggie Nugent, 13; Hannah Porter, 14 and Alexandra Barber, 14, sang a mixture of religious and secular Christmas carols last week to an audience of about 20 at Vintage Sonoma. The students were accompanied by their music teacher, Lynn McArthur, on piano.

RAY MULAS demonstrates the dry soil in a field that should have oat hay growing nearly half a foot tall. Don Frances/Index-Tribune

Valley farmers hit hard by dry spell

“We shouldn’t be able to drive where we’re going to drive,” Ray Mulas said Monday. It was another sunny December day on his dairy farm off Highway 121 – sunny, crisp and dry, dry, dry.

HYDROLOGIST JENNY CHERNEY takes soil samples and digs test wells at Montini Open Space Preserve on Fifth Street West as part of an integrated water project. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Searching for water solutions

The City of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sonoma Ecology Center are collaborating on a series of integrated projects to better manage Valley water, with the most recent work creating a highly visible presence at Montini Open Space Preserve.

Birders will be out in force Friday for the 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Audubon bird count set Friday

The 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place in on Friday, Dec. 27, in bird rich Sonoma and Petaluma watersheds from dawn to dusk.

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Caroling around Glen Ellen

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar.

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Hawing stands with donated golf cart and SVHS maintenance staffers (from left) Anthony Albini, Wendell Adams and Douglas Weidemann, and custodial crew members Max Hernandez and Eduardo Martinez. Maria Hawing/Special to the Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley High School gets new golf cart

Once plagued with two golf carts that chugged along ever so slowly, Sonoma Valley High School now has an almost-new, donated cart zipping about, with a second replacement a twinkling possibility, awaiting another wave of community support.

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Real Estate Trends November 2013

There is an interesting article I read recently that deals with the impact of “Single Family Rental Properties” – those that have been bought up by investors over the past four or so years and are being used as rental investment properties.

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Last minute checking

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday.