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  OK, now it's your turn to cook
February 2, 2009
The only reason I know how to cook in any way, shape or form is because people, namely my parents, took it upon themselves to teach me how to do it. It is for this that my taste buds, and those of many of my friends are extremely thankful. What...
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  Cotati Creek Critters Calendar
February 2, 2009
What: Sonoma County Oaks Where: Stony Point Room, Ray Miller Community Center, 216 E.School St., Cotati.  When: Monday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. Details:  Oak woodlands are diverse, dynamic, ecosystems that have sustained human cultures for thousands of years. More than 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, as well as thousands...
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  Oaks: Biology and significance
February 2, 2009
Oak trees and shrubs are found in many different environments and climatic zones around the world. Some 500 species exist, primarily in temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of North America, South America (Columbia), Europe, North Africa, the near east and Asia, dropping below the equator into Indonesia. Many local populations...
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  Schools facing deficit, looking at salary cuts
February 2, 2009
The district must find $2.3 million this year, $6.2 million each for the next two, to keep a balanced budget and avoid being overtaken by the State. One way is raising revenue, which usually runs with the adage “it takes money to make money.” So the more realistic option is...
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  New restaurant hopes for different fate than previous incarnations
February 2, 2009
On November 21 a grand opening took place at 7600 Commerce Blvd. in Cotati for the fourth consecutive Mexican restaurant to open in that same location. One of the owners of Mi Pueblito (translated as “small village” or “my town”) took some time to answer some questions, the most obvious one...
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  Cougars decimate Panthers
February 2, 2009
The varsity Cougars succeeded their junior varsity mates by decimating the Panthers, 66-38 at home January 22. Rancho led 11-4 with 1:24 remaining in the first, but a 7-0 Santa Rosa run to end the quarter sliced the score to 15-11, in favor of the Cougars. “We started out a little slow,”...
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  Cougars finish strong in Albany Invitational
February 2, 2009
Rancho Cotate wrestling took eight wrestlers to the Albany Invitational Tournament Saturday, finishing in 10th place out of a field of 45 teams.  Leading the way for the Cougars was sophomore Chris Walker, who finished 2nd in the 127-pound bracket. Walker suffered defeat in a tough match to Newark Memorial, ranked...
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  No 'Doubt' about it
February 2, 2009
“What do you do when you’re not sure?” Father Brendan Flynn immediately sets the tone for “Doubt, a Parable” as he opens the play at Spreckels Performing Arts Center with this question. The play itself isn’t necessarily about the story within, but rather the interpretation of the story and the...
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  Keep contributing to your 401(k)
February 2, 2009
If you have a 401(k) plan, you’ve got a very good retirement-savings vehicle that’s probably had a rough year. However, while you might have been tempted to toss your statements without looking at them, you don’t want to throw away the opportunity to continue contributing to your 401(k) - and...
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  Look at taxes if you want more business profits
February 2, 2009
In today’s economy, every businessperson is looking for ways to maintain business profits. Ideas for increasing sales and cutting costs abound; you’ve probably tried most of them. But there’s one source of cost savings that is often overlooked, and it can be surprisingly effective. Most businesspeople don’t think of taxes as...
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  Root canals don't deserve their bad rap
February 2, 2009
Mention the words “root canal” to many people and watch them cringe. The worst things in life are often compared to the “dreaded root canal.” I had a patient tell me, “Doc, I would rather have an IRS audit than a root canal.” That makes me cringe, because a root...
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  Stability ball wall squats
February 2, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This exercise is a great progression for someone at a beginning fitness level learning to do a squat. For the more advanced, SB wall squats can be used to pre exhaust the quads before a leg workout or even burn them out at the end...
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  Who will be selected as ???first dog????
February 2, 2009
Now that the inauguration is over and Obama has officially taken office, the nation is breathlessly waiting and watching as he approaches what might be the most important decision of his Presidency. The decision that will either bind him completely to the hearts of the people or justify the criticism...
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  This week's artist
February 2, 2009
Jacob Owens, age 5
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  Scarce as hen???s teeth
February 2, 2009
I gotta tell ya, Jud Snyder is always a pleasure to read. He is more than a columnist; he  brings clarity to the city’s problems and even offers some thoughtful ideas to cope with those problems. Having lived in Los Angeles for many years, I can tell you that this...
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  Know your neighbors
February 2, 2009
I love getting to know my neighbors, be they residential or new businesses. And, I also want to know what is threatening our neighborhood. To that extent I am requesting that a representative from Rohnert Park Police write an article for the Voice that would explain some of the incidents...
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  An inconvenient misconception
February 2, 2009
I enjoyed Yiren Lu’s column (January 23) but would like to clear up a common misconception. Former vice-president Al Gore did not win an Oscar. The Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” went to Davis Guggenheim, director. During the Oscar ceremony, the former vice-president was handed the Oscar statuette (briefly) and then...
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  Onines named Cotati's Citizen of the Year
February 2, 2009
Steven Onines was honored with the Cotati Citizen of the Year Award at the Cotati Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Saturday. “It’s a reaffirmation of the importance of environmental services for the city of Cotati,” said Onines, a member of Cotati’s Community and Environment Commission (CEC). “I’m proud of the...
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  RP police stats show decline in violent and property crime
February 2, 2009
They haven’t got all the statistics gathered for the last six weeks of 2008, but according to Police Commander Dave Frazer, “The City of Rohnert Park is on target to end 2008 having experienced reduction in all Part One Crime categories.” The trend analysis “indicates a continued reduction of property...
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  New Council means new planning commissioners
February 2, 2009
Fresh faces on the City Council are having an effect in Rohnert Park’s other governmental bodies. With the new majority, the Council selected one planning commissioner and rejected another, with the newly aligned commission meeting for the first time Thursday, Jan. 22. John Borba, who fell just short of a council...
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  Council wrestles again to make RP smoke-free
February 2, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Municipal Code (Chapter 8.32), an ordinance governing the “Use of Tobacco on Public Places,” has been on the books since December 1994. California state laws on smoking came into existence a few months previous. Tuesday night the City Council took on a request from Maureen Rich, senior planner, for...
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  Rebuilding Together update
February 2, 2009
The U.S. Administration on Aging recently announced a program to help seniors make their homes safer. The agency’s Eldercare Locator will partner with Rebuilding Together in a three-point plan to prevent falls by senior citizens. According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of home injury death among...
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  Who's the expert when it comes to your body?
February 2, 2009
Who is the ultimate expert on your health? Who is the supreme authority on what you should do if you have a sports injury, or any health problem? The answer is not your medical doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, parents (unless you are young) or your coach. The truth is that you...
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  Responding to a call for service
February 2, 2009
If she hadn't already been doing it for 19 years, Dr. Venus Maher's offer of free chiropractic care during the month of February could be chalked up to President Obama's call for service. But to her, supporting the Catholic Charities Family Support Center helps get families into homes, and that's important....
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  Who do you think will win the Super Bowl this year?
February 2, 2009
Locals weighed in with their thoughts on the big game, taking place this Sunday in Tampa, Fl. The game begins at 3 p.m. but coverage begins in the morning with pre-game analysis. See individual photos for responses.
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  Cotati police logs
February 2, 2009
1/19 2:36 p.m.: Report of petty theft on Lakewood Ave. 5:13 p.m.: Report of petty theft on East Cotati Ave. 1/20 4:13 p.m.: Report of a non-injury traffic accident on Commerce Blvd., 44-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood...
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  Hit the brakes, it's a Sparassis crispa!
February 2, 2009
The bad news is, no rain. The good news? You can’t change it, so enjoy springtime in January. February brings some real outdoor events to the table. First off is the month-long hog hunt at Lake Sonoma. The wild hogs have really been tearing up the terrain around the lake the...
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