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  Joshua Leonard Mattis
February 11, 2009
Joshua Leonard Mattis was born Friday, Jan. 16 at Kaiser in Santa Rosa at 12:54 p.m. He weighed 6 pounds, zero ounces and measured 19 and 3/4 inches in length. Joshua is the son of proud parents Tim and Kim Mattis, and has three siblings, Lorin (18), Daniel (16) and...
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  Shirley R. Fernandez
February 11, 2009
Shirley R. Fernandez passed away peacefully at home December 23, 2008 after a short battle with cancer. She was 77. Born to Ann and Arnold Westvik on Sept. 18, 1932 in Cass Lake, Minn., Shirley’s family moved to San Francisco in 1942. She attended Mission High School and worked as a...
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  Estate tax planning still needed as rules change
February 11, 2009
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the demise of the estate tax are probably exaggerated. Recent news indicates changes are coming - including a likely reversal of the federal law that would have let the tax expire in 2010. States may implement changes as well, leading to additional uncertainty. One thing is...
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  Watch for positive changes in investment climate
February 11, 2009
If you look at the performance of the stock market in recent weeks, you’ll see some good days and even good weeks - followed by not-so-good days and rough weeks. But if you look beyond these volatile numbers, you might see a story that offers some encouragement for investors in...
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  Heavy tire flip
February 11, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra Throughout this month we will provide a variety of strength related exercises. Along with building total body strength and power, exercises such as a heavy tire flip will help your body take advantage of natural growth hormones and increase testosterone production. We recommend a consistent...
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  Food first
February 11, 2009
The way we eat makes us - and the planet - sick. Everyone except for you and me, of course; it’s those other people who don’t eat right. Actually, most people I know and work with are making many good choices, but often not consistently. I had lots of time to think...
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  'Keep Sonoma Clean' means no dumping
February 11, 2009
It’s a beautiful spring day-bright blue sky with just a few cotton candy clouds and lots of warm sunshine. You are out for a scenic “thank goodness winter is almost over” drive in the magnificent rural Sonoma County countryside, a slight breeze from the open windows gently blowing your hair. Suddenly, your...
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  Winter doesn't have to mean an empty garden
February 11, 2009
Now is a great time to plant almost everything. Ornamentals are readily available and more will soon be arriving, ready for bloom in spring. Conifers (needled evergreens) are looking great at this time of year and the broadleaf evergreens are giving their best to provide the garden with green during...
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  Living with a barking dog
February 11, 2009
Do you live with a barking dog? If he’s not a sheltie you don’t know what barking is. (OK, there may be a little yappy terrier out there that can out-bark a sheltie but it would be a close contest). I’m an expert. Having survived one sheltie, (appropriately named Sparky...
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  Greatest compliment
February 11, 2009
Today our third grader paid his teacher the greatest compliment. He asked if boys could grow up to be school teachers. When we asked if Mrs. Dabek had inspired him to think about becoming a teacher he replied, “Yes, I guess she has.” Mrs. Ziese, the gifted woman who is teaching...
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  Nothing to do with religion
February 11, 2009
For the last 20 years my wife and I belonged to NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and in all that time we have not attended one meeting of this group. Why? Because their meetings always start with an “invocation,” a definitely religious idiom. In contrast, the “moment of...
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  Misrepresented position
February 11, 2009
George Barich won election  to the Cotati City Council by five votes, proving you can fool some of the people some of the time. A previously self-proclaimed Libertarian who has lambasted registered Democrats in terminology right out of the Rush Limbaugh playbook for over 10 years, Barich disingenuously campaigned as...
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  A new bill
February 11, 2009
In preparing the new Economic Program, the planners seem to have neglected to include a major portion of the population... the senior citizens. Millions of senior citizens live on a fixed income augmented by interest and dividends from whatever investments or savings they have been able to set aside. Many have...
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  Cotati???s John Allred among the millions at inauguration
February 11, 2009
John Allred of Cotati was an invited guest to the inauguration of President Barrack Obama last month in Washington DC. He’s got the Silver Invitation to prove it. Obviously, Allred’s well-connected. His ticket allowed him to stand for hours in back of the frozen-over Reflecting Pool facing the capitol along with...
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  Spreading her wings of wisdom
February 11, 2009
On January 7 Raven Phoenix Watson turned five and celebrated in the hospital. “I told her I was sorry she had to spend her birthday in the hospital,” said her dad, Cameron Watson. Getting choked up, he says, “She told me, ‘It’s OK, Daddy, this is only one birthday. I...
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  Teens caught in computer theft caper at elementary school
February 11, 2009
Two would-be criminals were caught in the act early in the morning of January 29 at John Reed Elementary School when a Rohnert Park police officer noticed flashlights inside the school’s office. The officer was responding to a call of suspicious subjects in the area and arrived to find a smashed...
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  Arrest of vomit-covered driver turns dangerous
February 11, 2009
A Rohnert Park Public Safety officer got more than she bargained for when she pulled over a car for speeding on RP Expressway in the wee hours of Saturday morning. When the driver was being placed under arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, he fought the officers and grabbed a...
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  City wins Canon Manor lawsuit
February 11, 2009
The City of Rohnert Park won a civil lawsuit filed by Canon Manor West Citizens Group protesting sewer connection fees. The case decided January 7 when Sonoma County Superior Court, Judge Elaine Rushing presiding, handed down the decision. It was a mixed bag with many objections, protests, overruled and sustained complaints...
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  Commercial garbage rates on the rise
February 11, 2009
At the Cotati City Council meeting January 14 the Council unanimously approved a resolution to approve an increase to Redwood Empire Disposal (RED) commercial garbage rates. The increase of 6.33 percent began January 1 and will affect commercial businesses within the city limits. Residential rates will not be affected. Newly elected...
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  Cabaret kicks off new look and programs at former RP Senior Center
February 11, 2009
Rohnert Park Senior Center now has a new name, Codding Recreation Center, and a new direction in its offerings. For example, coming up Saturday, Feb. 14, is the first in a series of Cabaret dances in the CRC. This Valentine’s Day bistro-like event will transform the main room into a live...
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  Crowd expected for School Board meeting
February 11, 2009
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District will hold it’s regularly scheduled board meeting in the gym at Creekside Middle School Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. The change from the usual presentation hall meeting location is to accommodate the anticipated crowd likely to gather to hear responses and board action on...
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  Standoff with suicidal man ends quietly
February 11, 2009
Cotati police ended a standoff with a suicidal man peacefully Tuesday morning after he threatened to shoot himself with a handgun. According to Cotati Police Sergeant Chris Parker officers responded to a call for a suicidal subject on Ramble Creek Drive at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The call reported a 57-year-old...
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  RP's Irwin earns Caregiver of the Year award
February 11, 2009
John Irwin of Rohnert Park earned Caregiver of the Year award from Home Instead, a company providing alternative care for the aged and disabled. Irwin won’t admit it, but he merits the honor. “I work 47 to 50 hours a week, all seven days. The number of clients vary, but four...
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  RP Council picks developer for Avram Ave. sites
February 11, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council is moving ahead on plans for the western end of Avram Avenue. “Moving” is the right verb instead of “moved.” On January 27 they had a chance to approve a proposal from Sherman Associates to develop three sites on the north side of Avram. But the...
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  More than usual, North Light's full of books
February 11, 2009
SSU students Robert Gilstrap and Natalie Jagoda purchase books at Cotati’s North Light Bookstore and Café for their classes this semester. North Light’s usually spacious quarters are crammed with books for the start of a new semester at the college. The independent bookstore stocks required textbooks for about half the...
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  Oompa Loompa, Doompety-Doo
February 11, 2009
Rancho Cotate English teacher Jessica Holman dressed up as an oompa loompa and danced in the quad Wednesday in appreciation of her classes raising $255 for the Rancho Boosters club.
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  RP police logs
February 11, 2009
1/28 12:28 p.m.: Report of forgery in Raley’s Towne Center, 31-year-old male arrested for felony make/pass of a fictitious check, misdemeanor receiving/etc. known stolen property, conspiracy to commit crime and felony burglary. 12:49 p.m.: Animal control call on Donna Ct., 36-year-old male cited for possession of a potentially dangerous animal. 3:37 p.m.: Drunk...
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  Cotati police logs
February 11, 2009
1/26 7:18 a.m.: Traffic accident with ambulance enroute on Helman Ln./Redwood Dr. 11:01 a.m.: Drug possession/non-narcotic on Commerce Blvd., 22-year-old female arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, felony receiving/etc. known stolen property and possession of 1 oz or less of marijuana. 4:00 p.m.: Report on Windmill Farms Dr., felony obtaining of...
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  Rancho places 8th in Puma Classic
February 11, 2009
Rancho finished 8th out of 35 teams at the prestigious Puma Classic at Maria Carrillo Saturday. Bud Guinn (287) pinned his opponent from Vacaville in the first period of the finals. Jack Kremer (142), gutted out a tough 5-3 win over his opponent from Mission San Jose to come in...
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  Rancho tops Montgomery in double OT
February 11, 2009
The Cougars took command of the second overtime period for a 67-59 win at Montgomery Friday, Jan. 30. The match was very much a tale of two halves. Rancho could not buy a bucket in the first half, as Montgomery used pick-n-rolls and a barrage of 3-pointers to gain a 22-15...
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  Where are all the little piggies?
February 11, 2009
Pig hunting at Lake Sonoma was a beautiful experience, too bad the pigs did not show up for the party. There are rootings everywhere, even in Liberty Glen campground - all old, all dry. If pig hunters were in season, we could have filled the truck by 9 in the morning. Many...
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  Good for two, but not enough
February 11, 2009
Rancho junior Jenna Burkman makes a lay-up against Maria Carrillo in Rancho’s loss at home January 27.
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  RCHS scoreboard
February 11, 2009
Girls’ basketball Varsity RC 37 v. Ursuline 64 RC 60 v. Piner 36 JV 3-20, 2-11 RC 15 v. Ursuline 39 RC 40 v. Piner 35 Frosh 3-14, 2-8 RC 25 v. Ursuline 34 RC 35 v. Piner 18 Boys’ basketball Varsity 11-10, 5-4 RC 67 v. Montgomery 59 JV 13-8, 4-5 RC 31 v. Montgomery 51 Frosh 17-2, 9-0 RC 42 v. Montgomery 18 Wrestling 8th, Maria Carrillo Tournament
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  Oompa Loompa, Doompety-Doo
February 11, 2009
Rancho Cotate English teacher Jessica Holman dressed up as an oompa loompa and danced in the quad Wednesday in appreciation of her classes raising $255 for the Rancho Boosters club.  
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