The Holiday Season is traditionally a time for happiness and joy, friends and family, kindness and generosity. Even in an era of cynicism, it brings hope for peace, fellowship and goodwill.

We are pleased to see that a new president has been chosen for Las Positas College. Dyrell Foster, an experienced Southern California community college administrator whose roots are in Northern California, will begin work in February. He was chosen after a highly competitive nationwide searc…

We join with Rep. Eric Swalwell, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Pleasanton Vice-mayor Karla Brown and Dublin Vice-mayor Melissa Hernandez in congratulating the Tri-Valley Conservancy on 25 years of preserving local lands. Since it was established in …

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It’s only a matter of weeks before Livermore’s ban on sales of e-cigarettes and vaping products goes into effect, now that Juul ceased seeking a referendum. The new law also bans the sale of any tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, libraries and day care centers…

It may be true that in recent years mutton busting has become commonplace entertainment at rodeos and fairs, yet for the sheep involved, the entertainment value does little to ease the animals’ fear and pain.

At a time when many in the Tri-Valley are experiencing power outages and wind damage, and nearly everyone is breathing unhealthy smoky air, it’s easy to forget the signature risk for which California has been famous since 1906: Earthquakes.

The Tri-Valley experienced relatively little inconvenience two weeks ago when PG&E cut power to many parts of Northern California over fire danger. By good fortune, few of the two million Californians who lost power were local. Nevertheless, the experience was jarring, a reminder that we…

We are deeply disappointed by Governor Newsom's veto of AB 1086, a bill that would have created a path to preserve the 3,100-acre Tesla site against the ravages of the off-road vehicles that have decimated the contiguous Carnegie off-road vehicle park for decades.

Americans suffer some 800,000 strokes each year, 140,000 of them fatal. That’s nearly twice as many deaths as are caused by opioid overdoses and four times as many deaths as are caused by car crashes. Strokes are a serious threat to Americans, especially but not exclusively to the elderly. W…

When Barry A. Russell, sixth president of Las Positas College, stepped down in 2017, Vice President of Academic Services Roanna Bennie stepped up and smoothed the way as the college’s interim president. Although her contract in that role has been extended three times, Bennie recently announc…

Livermore High School has joined an international program to train students to recognize and respond to the early stages of mental illness and addiction. We applaud the effort. The program, called teen Mental Health First Aid, started in Australia two decades ago. It has since spread around …

Thanks to the efforts of our two state representatives, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Senator Steve Glazer, the Tri-Valley and East Bay moved closer on Friday to safeguarding a beautiful, rugged piece of land against mechanized destruction. Bauer-Kahan and Glazer worked together in t…

At a time when intolerance can seem at an all time high, it is gratifying to observe local examples of a generosity of spirit. Last month, the Dublin City Council proclaimed “Muslim Awareness and Appreciation Month.” Councilman Shawn Kumagai said he hoped to repeat the event next August with…

More than 125 years have passed since wine pioneer James Concannon planted vines from France’s famed Chateau Margeaux estate in Livermore’s gravelly soils.

In the event of accidents ranging from nuclear emergencies to industrial fires, the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides valuable and sometimes life-saving information about dangers that ride on the wind. Its high performance compute…

Marilyn and Jerry Russell, a Livermore couple, recently put 5,200 acres of rangeland into the California Rangeland Trust, protecting it in perpetuity against commercial development. The land, the Sagehorn-Russell ranch, is some 200 miles north of the Tri-Valley, but the Russell’s magnanimous…

Homeless numbers are increasing according to data gathered by volunteers on Jan. 31 throughout Alameda County.

Responding to public concern, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors approved calling for an immediate ban on glyphosate use in picnic areas, with full elimination in all developed park areas by the end of 2020.

Libraries throughout the country have moved away from charging fines for overdue materials. Last week the Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries joined the trend.

There are those who accuse the publisher of The Independent of controlling what is printed in the newspaper.

We applaud the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District on its Rangers Reading Outreach Program. The program attempts to connect with all members of the community, particularly families who live in Livermore, but have not been to Sycamore Grove Park for various reasons.

The new Livermore City Council Chamber has been named for Dr. John Shirley. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Shirley took place last Saturday.