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  New K-9 Unit a good fit for Cotati
December 17, 2008
There’s a new officer in Cotati and he’s not taking his job lightly. He’s ready to fight crime and seek out criminals. Meet 15-month-old Koda, the new dog for the Cotati Police K-9 Unit. A Czechoslovakian Shepherd, he was one of 25 dogs tested at the K-9 facility in Indiana where...
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  Nutcracker coming to Spreckels
December 17, 2008
Snowflakes and sugarplums are swirling as Santa Rosa Dance Theater announces its 2008 production of The Nutcracker, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. This annual, classic holiday ballet is...
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  Jazz finds a home in Cotati
December 17, 2008
The instruments sing with a voice of their own, as if their players and themselves were one. This is real jazz, and it’s really in Cotati. I was stunned to walk into Redwood Café on a Wednesday night and find a quintet playing at the front of the café. Drums, bass,...
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  Difficult times call for tax-smart moves
December 17, 2008
During this slow business cycle, don’t make your company’s troubles worse by paying too much income tax. Consider some of these tax-smart moves to help offset the effects of an economic downturn. Some tax breaks are obtained by just assessing the stark realities of your business situation. Are your inventory levels...
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  Everyone can win with charitable gifts
December 17, 2008
When you give a gift to a charitable group, you are rewarded by the knowledge that you’re helping an organization whose work you support. But you can also get a “bonus” from your gift - in the form of tax benefits. Specifically, your donations to charities that have received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt...
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  Watch out for the 'Tax Monster'
December 17, 2008
Time is almost up. In just a few days, the “gate” will be closed and sealed and the “Tax Monster” will be let loose. He’s very hungry. He hasn’t eaten very well lately. He is particularly looking for those people who don’t know what their tax situation is because he knows...
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  How much cardio should I do to lose weight?
December 17, 2008
I’ve been asked this question hundreds of times over the years so it doesn’t surprise me that I am being asked this one again. How much cardio should I do to lose weight? The answer is almost none. You’re probably really confused now, aren’t you? Well, let me explain. First off when...
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  Aspirin's come a long way since 400 B.C.
December 17, 2008
Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications in the world. An estimated 40,000 metric tons of aspirin is consumed each year. Also know as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), arpirin is often used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and as...
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  Think twice about pets as gifts
December 17, 2008
A kitten for Aunt Mabel (she just lost her old Siamese), another for your girl/boyfriend (who could resist that cuteness!), a puppy for your older brother, Jack (he’s always wanted a dog), a guinea for the neighbor child, Suzy (she’s always coming over to visit your pets) and a hamster...
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  Home for the Holidays
December 17, 2008
The shelter is located at 301 J. 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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  This week's artist
December 17, 2008
Mackenzie Bailey, age 6
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  Ambivalence for Detroit
December 17, 2008
The Detroit bailout brings up ambivalent feelings for me. On the one hand we’ve had Bush in office for the last eight years, who has kept the federal mandate for fuel efficiency too low. It was changed in 2007 under his administration to include light trucks, which also includes SUVs,...
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  Home for the holidays
December 17, 2008
After a 12-hour day Monday, I now have a few minutes and thought I would share with you what transpired Monday night and Tuesday morning. It really was a heartfelt couple of moments and confirmed that this is such a special time of year and finding the Little Yellow House...
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  Thanks for the pizza
December 17, 2008
On behalf of myself and the students in my Advanced Placement United States History class, I would like to thank Mary’s Pizza Shack of Rohnert Park for providing dinner coupons to my students to honor their excellent performance on the rigorous 2008 Advanced Placement Exam.  It is vitally important that business...
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  Why tear it down?
December 17, 2008
Your front page photograph and article, “Gold Ridge demolition begins,” with the illustration of a lot full of rubble and another building that was recently torn down, the Yard Birds store on Commerce Blvd., makes me wonder if our community leaders understand what the meaning of “Green” is. Why were...
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  Inside the Cougar's Den
December 17, 2008
We were sitting at a comfy table in North Light Café and Books enjoying a light lunch. Just the three of us - Gene McAdon, his attractive wife, Barbara, and this reporter. Naturally the subject of Gene's Cougar's Den barbershop came up. It's just around the corner near the Cotati...
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  Sketch released of man wanted in attack
December 17, 2008
RP police released December 5 a composite sketch of a man wanted in an attack on a 20-year-old woman in a Camino Colegio apartment complex November 24. The man is described as Hispanic, 5’10”, 120 pounds, in his mid- to late-20s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The victim, whose name was withheld...
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  Rebuilding Together update
December 17, 2008
Rebuilding Together recently responded to a call from a concerned citizen who reported her friend, a 71-year-old disabled veteran with multiple health and physical issues. She also cares for her adult son, who is physically and mentally challenged, and had been without heat and electricity for almost two weeks. With the...
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  A touch of elegance in Cotati
December 17, 2008
Free holiday carriage rides were given as part of Cotati’s  “Elegant Evening” Saturday around La Plaza Park. Many local downtown shops kept their doors open late in hopes of bringing in holiday cheer
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  Not so sure about Santa
December 17, 2008
This group wasn’t entirely sure about the RP Public Safety Officers’ Association Santa on the toy drive float Thursday, Dec. 4 as it rode through A Section between Alta Avenue and Almond Street.
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  RP police logs
December 17, 2008
12/4 6:15 a.m.: Report of vandalism on Snyder Ln., burglary from vehicle. 8:02 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Snyder Ln. 8:50 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Magnolia Ave. 12:19 p.m.: Report of petty theft on Snyder Ln., grand theft bike. 3:00 p.m.: Report of auto burglary on Snyder Ln. 5:31 p.m.: Report of petty...
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  Cotati police logs
December 17, 2008
12/2 2:06 p.m.: Report of a drunk driver by Oliver’s Market in Cotati, 72-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and making an unsafe turn or ignoring the signal. 12/3 1:51 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Old Redwood Hwy., 19-year-old female arrested for driving under the...
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  Bearly in for the score
December 17, 2008
Cousin Leroy Irwin told me about A-zone deer season in September. The family was at their cabin on Cold Mountain south of Yountville and Leroy’s grandson, Gerry, shot a nice three-pointer Saturday afternoon. They took the prize back to the skinning shed and carefully dressed the deer and hung it...
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  Creekside girls finish 20-1, win three tournaments
December 17, 2008
Under the direction of head coach Phil Ching and his father, assistant coach Phil Ching Sr., the Creekside 8th grade girls’ basketball team improved from a 4-6 record last season to 20-1 this year. The squad was made up of the same nucleus of players that finished with an abysmal...
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  Rancho Cotate High School scoreboard
December 17, 2008
Girls’ basketball Varsity 4-3 RC 48 v. Casa Grande 36 RC 42 v. Ukiah 45 (Iten Tournament) RC 51 v. Casa Grande 39 (Iten Tournament) RC 39 v. Eureka 44 (Iten Tournament) RC 38 v. Petaluma 62 JV 1-5 RC 36 v. Casa Grande 46 RC 42 v. Rodriguez 46 (Vintage Tournament) RC 17 v. Branson 42 (Vintage Tournament) RC 39 v....
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