Pleasanton: Artist works tooth-and-nail to get job done

Winter is the creative force behind a unique piece of artwork that uses about 5,000 nails hammered into a slab of redwood to depict Pleasanton's iconic Kolln Building.  
Pleasanton woman bequeaths her house and all her property to the city of Pleasanton; city this past week formally accepted, though didn't honor, her desire to make the Queen Anne-style house a museum. But her amazingly well-preserved photos, legal documents and other everyday items will find loving homes.  
Opponents of Lund Ranch II subdivision turn in petitions aimed at forcing ballot measure in June or November  
A 19-year-old Pleasanton man was arrested Thursday night after planting what appeared to be a pipe bomb in a person's vehicle in Discovery Bay, police said.  
Mike Porto, a longtime planning consultant for Dublin, earned millions overseeing Dublin's building boom by billing hours that border on impossible.  
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
Bay Area Air Quality Management District plans open house on measures to reduce greenhouse gases and toxic air contaminants from Bay Area.  
Starting this week, the Tri-Valley Herald and Valley Journal weekly editions for Tri-Valley Times readers will be published on Fridays.  
Courtesy of the Mincks Family
Their minister shared the advice that although a man may think he knows his bride, she'll change many times over the years. Earl Minck disagrees. "Ileana was a marvelous woman when I fell in love with her, and she still is marvelous. I fall in love with her every day."  
Courtesy of Fasso family
In 2007, the Fasso family lost their beloved Max, a black German shepherd. He was 15 years old. After months of mourning, Julie Fasso began occasionally checking the local SPCA website for a new dog. "I was drawn to Zack's picture every time I saw it. He just looked so happy," Julie said.  
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7