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  Don't get burned by 'hot' stocks
June 27, 2008
Summer is officially here, which means, among other things, that you should apply sunscreen when you go out in the hot sun. But no matter what the season, you'll also need to protect yourself from another potential source of burns -"hot" stocks. Stocks that seem poised to "take off" will...
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  Federal tax update - June 2008
June 27, 2008
Here's a quick review of some recent IRS rulings and news releases. • Business vehicle depreciation limits. For business cars first placed in service in 2008, the first-year depreciation limit is $10,960 if the car is new and $2,960 if the car is used. The $8,000 difference is due to bonus...
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  Eating for endurance
June 27, 2008
Do you enjoy strenuous workouts? Does summer entice you to get outside for extended bike rides or hikes? Getting exercise is a lot more fun when you are well fueled. The longer and more intense the exercise is, the more important it is to eat in a way that will...
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  Delicious antithesis of fast food
June 27, 2008
Oh, the joy of a slow-cooked meal. But what's even more memorable is the unjoy (is that a word?) of what was supposed to be a slow-cooked meal. Carrots take a while to bake if you're going to do them right, and should be done at 450 degrees. Pork chops should...
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  Guacamole grande
June 27, 2008
Ingredients: 2 large ripe avocados 2 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice 1/4 cup sour cream (optional) 1 small clove garlic, crushed 1 small tomato, diced 1 can (4 oz) jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (optional) 1/4 cup onion, finely minced Few sprigs cilantro (fresh coriander), coarsely chopped Procedure: Halve the avocados; remove...
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  Take caution for Fourth of July celebrations
June 27, 2008
It's hard for me to enjoy this holiday anymore, knowing how many animals will be lost and frightened from all the activities going on around the Fourth of July. Once you've seen the panic on an animal's face when they think their world is ending, you can never see the fireworks...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
June 27, 2008
The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter is located at 301 Rogers Lane off Redwood Drive. Hours are Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs-Fri-Sat 1-5:30; Sun 1-4:30 For more information, call 584-1582 or visit www.rpanimalshelter.org
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  'Unintended consequences'
June 27, 2008
I read your June 13 editorial which was critical of the sewer rate roll-back initiative and showed contempt for Prop 13 and the term-limiting Prop 215 on account of their "unintended consequences." Living in the county unincorporated area I have a sewer-only bill because we were forced to abandon our septics....
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  Sensational comparisons
June 27, 2008
Rohnert Park's City Engineer, Darrin Jenkins, is a master of sensational comparisons. His selective citations of extreme 200-foot groundwater rise compares today levels with 1988 data. That year was the middle of a six-year drought and saw massive city pumping to boot. Remember, there were no water meters in 1988....
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  Submit a letter to the editor
June 27, 2008
The Community Voice encourages and welcomes readers to submit letters to the editor. It is an excellent way for citizens to share their opinions on issues. Letters must be signed and must include the author's telephone number. The Voice will call to verify the origin of the letter. The Voice...
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  Playing in Yellow Snow
June 27, 2008
"Iron Man," complete with drum and guitar solos, blared from a house on a quiet Cotati street. Between songs, the band mom brings out blue slushies in clear cups to cool off. This is band practice for Yellow Snow, whose members range in ages from 11-14. Originals and covers fill...
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  RP's 08-09 budget bears same problems
June 27, 2008
The thing about the City of Rohnert Park's 2008-09 budget is that it's strikingly similar to the 2007-08 budget except it's more doleful. But this time around it has more glimmers of optimism creeping around its edges. "The figure we're working with is $36.1 million compared to $32.4 million last year,"...
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  School board approves budget, waits for state's cuts
June 27, 2008
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District passed its budget for the 2008-2009 school year with tentative budgets for 2009-2011 Tuesday night. The board approved the budget, 5-0. But that budget, which already has plenty of cuts from last year, may need to be revisited after the State's budget is released....
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  Still radical 100 years later SSU professor's new book highlights extreme life of Jack London
June 27, 2008
What's so shocking about Sonoma's native son Jack London? "Well, for one, he espoused violent revolution," says Jonah Raskin, SSU Communications Dept. chair and author of a just-released book on the "Call of the Wild" author. "The Radical Jack London" is about just that. It's not a sugar-coated look at the...
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  Community Health Faire in RP will be held August 9
June 27, 2008
Rohnert Park will be breaking new turf August 9 when the first annual Community Health Faire will be hosted by the city's recreation department. It will be held at the Senior Center, corner of Hunter and Enterprise drives, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. "We'll be using the...
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  Unlikely team takes on challenge of air quality First-time team plans to ride 126 miles- twice - for lung cancer fund raiser
June 27, 2008
Breathing easy will be a challenge for Rickie Zilkie and his friends in a 65-mile bike ride. The group will be riding in the American Lung Association's 11th annual Breathe Easy Ride fund raising event as team AVC. Latin for "our fight will hurt," team AVC was created after their friend...
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  Sandy's a survivor.
June 27, 2008
For a well-trained veteran journalist, doing a story on the annual municipal budget is as automatic as a lube and oil change on the family car. Budgets are important, the city sort of revolves around them, even though their readership level in a weekly newspaper isn't very dramatic. As in...
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  Fix your bike and your style in one stop
June 27, 2008
Corey Fanfa got a wild hair in December and decided to sell clothes - in her motorcycle parts store. And you know what? It seems clothes and exhaust pipes are a good match. The 30-year-old opened her shop, Garage Boutique, in the same location as Hi Performance Choppers, a custom motorcycle...
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  RP Police logs
June 27, 2008
6/18 1:54 a.m.: Foot patrol on Padre Parkway, 38-year-male arrested for possession of concentrated cannabis and misdemeanor violation of probation. 10:49 a.m.: A 15-year-old female was cited on Snyder Lane for possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana. 11:55 a.m.: Report of battery at Rancho Cotate High School, 13-year-old male arrested for...
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  Cotati police logs
June 27, 2008
6/17 1:53 a.m.: Out with subject on Old Redwood Hwy., domestic related incident. 6/19 1:34 a.m.: Traffic stop on Gravenstein Hwy. and Old Redwood Hwy., 23-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and possession of an open container while driving. 6/20 1:20 a.m.: Out with subject on Old Redwood Hwy., 23-year-old male,...
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  SSU police logs
June 27, 2008
6/9 8:06 a.m.: Computer parts taken from recycling center, loss valued at $0. 6/11 4:28 p.m.: Fire in trash container at Student Union. 6/12 3:59 p.m.: Medical assist at Salazar, victim injured finger, refused treatment.
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  Suspicious house fire contained to attic
June 27, 2008
Four fire crews helped put out a house fire on Camino Coronado Thursday night. RP Police have labeled it as "suspicious." RP Public Safety was called to a fire at about 10:35 p.m. Engines from Rohnert Park, Rancho Adobe, Rincon Valley and Santa Rosa were soon on scene to battle the...
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  Bouncing the curb
June 27, 2008
No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya lifts his right front wheel as he bounces over the curb between turns seven and eight at the Nascar race at Infineon Raceway Sunday. Montoya was running in second place on lap 76 of 110 in the race but was hit by a competitor and...
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  A good sportsman knows where to go
June 27, 2008
As a fisherman, the most common question I get is, "Where did you catch that?" To be honest, I give them a general direction, like "On the coast above Fort Ross" or "In San Pablo Bay" or "In Salt Point Park." The truth is you have to go out in...
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