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A foster child’s journey

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three-part series that will look at life in California’s foster care system for both foster children and foster parents. All names of foster youth or former foster youth have been changed to protect identities. The foster care system seeks to serve children first and foremost, but it’s… Continue Reading >>

SINCE 1983, Holly Kyle has won 76 gold medals in national and international synchronized swimming. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Holly Kyle: Swimming and living gracefully

Holly Kyle, who has that almost never-found flair of being humble and self-assured at the same time, says, “I won a bunch of medals,” as if it means nothing at all, even though it’s amazing. So impressive, in fact, that she was just inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame for her stellar accomplishments as a synchronized swimmer.

EDNA CARLSON blows out the candles on her cake at a party celebrating her 105th birthday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

105-year-old Edna Carlson says secret is ‘good genes’

Edna Carlson celebrated her 105th birthday on Sept. 29, with her granddaughter Juliah and 9-month-old great-granddaughter Olive joining the party in her honor. Surrounded by friends, Edna blew out the candles on her fancy cake and smiled appreciatively while champagne flowed, balloons bobbed and lively music was expertly played on a grand piano. She received… Continue Reading >>

Springs Town Hall meeting Thursday

Thursday night’s Springs Town Hall meeting will add to and continue what organizers got out of the spring meeting back in March. At the March meeting, participants were asked for their top three visions and what they saw as the top three problems facing the Springs. “We want to know what is the community’s vision,”… Continue Reading >>

ON MONDAY MORNING, arborists from UC Berkeley came to Jack London State Historic Park to take samples of the 350-year-old coast live oak. Monte Rowan (left) operates the cherry picker so Douglas Schmidt, a research associate for UC Berkeley, can collect samples. From the ground, forester Stephen Bakken and state parks archeologist Breck Parkman look on. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Testing Jack London’s oak

In its estimated 350 years, the stately coast live oak tree at Jack London State Historic Park, shading the cabin where Jack and Charmian London lived, has watched the Valley transform, from the home of a handful of Native American tribes, to a thriving state park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Sonoma Valley Hospital board bumps CEO pay

Citing her exemplary record, the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board unanimously agreed to a 6 percent salary bump for Sonoma Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelly Mather, bringing her total salary for the 2013 fiscal year to $298,061. Mather also earned a bonus of $24,534 for meeting specific incentive goals directed by the board.… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma pool group seeking a site

The group of Sonoma residents looking to build a community pool in city limits may be one step closer to taking that first swim. Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association (SVHRA), a nonprofit comprised of Valley residents (including those in the former Citizens United for a Sonoma Pool) who want to bring a public pool… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Valley Hospital expands, sells cell tower lease

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s board of directors unanimously agreed to move forward with selling the lease it holds on an AT&T cellular antenna that tops the hospital, which was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board.

The annual wine issue of SONOMA magazine is available at businesses and newsstands now.

SONOMA magazine fall issue on sale

The annual wine issue of SONOMA magazine is now on sale, featuring a profile on “Pinot Princess” Anne Moller-Racke, president of the Donum Estate, one of the premier pinot noir producers in all of California. Moller-Racke is one of the early pinot pioneers who saw the potential for that varietal in the Carneros region straddling the Sonoma-Napa County line, and has been overseeing pinot vineyards there for more than 30 years.

Sonoma City Council eyes leaf blower ban, dogs at Montini Preserve

A double-header could fill the grandstands, if there were grandstands, in the Community Meeting Room Monday night, when the Sonoma City Council takes up two controversial issues in which a large number of Sonomans are deeply invested. First up will be discussion, consideration and possible action on the introduction of an ordinance banning gas-powered leaf… Continue Reading >>

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Forum on hotel limitation measure draws large crowd

Almost 200 people crowded into Burlingame Hall in Sonoma Thursday evening to hear a civil, spirited discussion of the ramifications of the Hotel Limitation Initiative (Measure B), from the point of view of both supporters and opponents.

Sonoma County sells former Sheriff’s substation for $381K

After being on the market for five years, the county has finally sold the old Sonoma Valley Sheriff’s substation on Sonoma Highway for $381,000. The county’s Community Development Commission, CDC, bought the one-acre property in November 2006 for $420,000 when the substation moved to a new facility on Grove Street. In August 2007, the property,… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma veterans cemetery expansion nears finish

The Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park expansion project is expected to be completed in mid-October. The expansion extends the veterans memorial design with 32 additional full plots and 64 in-ground niches. Upon completion, the City of Sonoma will begin taking reservations by appointment, at the City Hall Cemetery Department. The cemetery market rates were analyzed last in… Continue Reading >>

The arduous journey of the foster child

By Jamie Ballard/ Index-Tribune Intern  Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series that will look at life in California’s foster care system for both foster children and foster parents. All names of foster youth or former foster youth have been changed to protect identities.   Things have changed since the days of… Continue Reading >>

The Glen Ellen team goes on the attack against one of the Sonoma Valley teams. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Glen Ellen wins firefighters water fight again

One of the popular events at the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival last weekend is the firefighter water fights held on Spain Street. This year, there were five teams, Glen Ellen, two from Sonoma Valley, Schell-Vista and Cal Fire. For the fourth year in a row, the trophy went home with Glen Ellen. The… Continue Reading >>

ROBERT HUNTER JR., left, owner of Robert Hunter Winery on Arnold Drive, died at the age of 91 on Tuesday.

Beloved Sonoma Valley vintner Robert Hunter Jr. dies

Nearly five months after his 91st birthday, Robert E. Hunter Jr. died in his sleep on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the early evening hours. Affectionately referred to as “Bob,” Robert Hunter Jr. owned Robert Hunter Winery and the 42-acre vineyard tucked away on Arnold Drive that distinguishes itself as the smallest champagne house in California… Continue Reading >>

Feds’ shutdown impact mixed in Sonoma Valley

While health centers, the Veterans Administration and critical food assistance programs will continue to provide services while the federal government is shutdown, some are unsure how long it can last. Funds are in place for the month of October in many departments, but a prolonged shutdown would change the financial equation. Take California’s Women, Infant… Continue Reading >>

Visitors make their way to the tasting room at Viansa Winery in Sonoma. (PD File.)

Viansa Winery snapped up by Vintage Wine Estates

Vintage Wine Estates, the fast-growing Santa Rosa wine company, announced a deal late Thursday to buy Viansa Winery and Marketplace, located at the southern gateway to Sonoma’s Wine Country.