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  Thirty-four years and 110,000 toothpicksBy Nicolas Grizzle
February 19, 2009
Scott Weaver makes no bones about it - he's darn proud of his toothpick sculpture. The 48-year-old RP man has a right to be - he's been working on it most of his life. "Other than my wife and son, it's the love of my life," he said Monday afternoon looking...
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  School board approves $2.3 million in cuts for 08-09
February 19, 2009
The Cotati-Rohnert Park School Board unanimously approved cuts to the 2008-2009 budget at Tuesday night’s board meeting at Creekside Middle School to handle Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts. The board heard a lengthy presentation from staff and comments from the public before ultimately deciding on passing a revised budget which...
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  Rancho Cotate High School cheer squad back from Pro Bowl
February 19, 2009
Excitement filled the tropical air in Hawaii as a group of Rancho Cotate High School varsity cheerleaders performed at the 2009 Pro Bowl. “These girls definitely made me proud,” said Cindy Jones, Rancho’s cheer squad advisor. “They did very well.” The Rancho squad returned Monday from an experience not soon to be...
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  RP casino partner files for bankruptcy
February 19, 2009
The dismal economic scene has even hit Las Vegas where the image of pinky-ringed gamblers tossing gold coins to encourage tumbling dice and shrugging when they lose, seemed to be ever-present, is feeling the pinch. Blame the downturn on a drop in gambling revenue. Latest to be squeezed is Station Casinos,...
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  Cotati employees agree to 5 percent salary cut
February 19, 2009
Cotati city employees have chipped in to help the city deal with the looming budget deficit by agreeing to a reduction equal to 5 percent of their base salaries for the next five months. “It’s an unusual thing,” said City Manager Dianne Thompson. “I’m very proud of our employees for doing...
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  Peet's Coffee has not forsaken Cotati - they're still dickering
February 19, 2009
It’s been several months since Peet’s Coffee signaled its intention to set up one of its franchised coffee shops on Old Redwood Highway in Cotati. Their proposal to take over the abandoned Frank’s Freeze at Old Red and Gravenstein Highway is still in the works. “They have all their applications filed...
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  Hundreds come for pasta in support of Raven
February 19, 2009
Shying away from photos and enjoying her spaghetti, Raven Phoenix Watson sat at the far end of the Cotati Lions Clubhouse while hundreds of strangers greeted her. The 5-year-old was smiling, but mostly focused on her bowl of pasta and the mini cake that had just been laid out before...
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  Fake eyelashes and feather boas
February 19, 2009
Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse presents the musical “La Cage Aux Folles.” This uniquely American adaptation of a wildly popular French farce is an extravagant, funny and entertaining vogue musical focusing on a gay couple: Georges (Dwayne Stincelli), the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin (Michael...
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  Cabaret dance in RP canceled
February 19, 2009
The proposed Cabaret dance and entertainment night Feb. 14 has been canceled. According to Vicki Wilkerson, director of Rohnert Park’s Codding Recreation Center (formerly the Senior Center), “The economy situation can be blamed. We sold only four advance tickets. “It’s just horrible to try and do anything new these days,” added...
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  Making finances a family affair
February 19, 2009
In some marriages, one spouse assumes complete control of the family’s financial affairs. Although this may work in the short term, or even for several decades, it could eventually cause havoc if the dominant spouse suddenly dies or becomes incapacitated. If you’re in a comparable situation, tax filing season is an...
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  Can you name that tune?
February 19, 2009
Brien Engel plays the glass harp, or a set of finely-tuned thin glasses at the 2008 Sonoma County Fair.
Video by Cliff Mills
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  Splash Dog not-so-impressive jump
February 19, 2009
This scardy-dog took the long way to fetch his master's throw at the 2008 Sonoma County Fair Splash Dog jump contest.
Video by Cliff Mills
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  Splash Dog impressive jump
February 19, 2009
This pooch got into the spirit at the 2008 Sonoma County Fair's Splash Dog jump contest.
Video by Cliff Mills
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  Farmer's walk
February 19, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra As we continue to focus on the strongman style of fitness, we bring to you an excellent exercise that focuses on the core as well as over all body, and grip strength. The farmer’s walk is simple, yet very effective and will benefit you in...
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  Handling transition
February 19, 2009
We all face transitions in our lives such as changing schools, moving away from home, beginning and ending relationships, marriage, childbirth, jobs, money, health and aging. Some changes occur naturally and we don’t even recognize them until afterwards while other transitions can be traumatic. When a change is difficult, we often...
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  Judith stretches to a higher plane
February 19, 2009
When Judith Newton was 11 years old her parents were concerned. Does her back curve a little to the right? So, with their unique blend of pragmatism and innovation, they sent her down to the town green in Rhode Island packing an orange quilt which would serve as her mat...
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  Positive FARMS leadership for teens
February 19, 2009
The statewide Center for Land Based Learning (CLBL) says they believe “young people have the capacity to think critically, make positive decisions, work together and lead their communities.” That sounds like a better approach to our teens than one of frustration or fear. Started in 1993 by Craig McNamara, an organic...
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  My favorite game
February 19, 2009
When we play the “guess Nicolas Grizzle’s ethnicity game,” one of the first things guessed is Mexican. Well, I used to just smile and say, “Nope, try again.” But a few months ago, in a conversation with my Grandma, I found that we are a bit Mexican. Last weekend she...
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  Love is in the air at the RP Animal Shelter
February 19, 2009
Saturday’s the big day, are you ready? It’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. Do you have someone special to share it with? Who says your valentine has to be human? If you really want to find true love, the kind that lasts a lifetime, guaranteed to...
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  Who owns the logo?
February 19, 2009
Who owns the city logo? My City of Cotati Council Member business cards contain my name, my phone number, my official city title along with the city name and city logo for very good reason. City council members are “the city,” according to our city attorney, and represent the city...
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  No pay cut
February 19, 2009
Should district employees take a pay cut? Are you serious? No, they should not take a pay cut. Why do you ask? A better question might be, what portion of a district employee’s paycheck goes back into the workplace in the form of tissues, hand sanitizer, classroom or office supplies,...
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  More challenging than Stanford
February 19, 2009
First, I would like to add my congratulations to the students and staff at Tech High for being recognized by U.S. News and World Report. The article on Tech High included a comment that students at Tech High do not take Advanced Placement classes which are high school courses but do...
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  My vote is no
February 19, 2009
Instead of having a poll to influence a problem with the school district by asking if employees should take an across-the-board pay cut to save the district, why not ask your readers to take an across-the-board hit on their incomes to help support the schools? Who thought up this idea anyway?...
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  Put this in your pipe
February 19, 2009
Nobody asked me, but I’ve got a bone to pick with your columnist Jud Snyder. He asks, “Where’s the point?” in regards to the American Lung Association’s zeal for encouraging limitations to smoking. The point, Mr. Snyder, is my 2-year-old daughter who has asthma, and the millions of other children...
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  Youth taking office
February 19, 2009
“We love our honorary mayors,” said Tamara Taylor, deputy city clerk to the city of Cotati. She’s referring to the city’s Honorary Mayor program offered through the middle schools and high schools in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in conjunction with the city. The way it works is each...
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  It can happen to anyone
February 19, 2009
With the advancement of technology, everyday tasks have become much more convenient. People can now shop online, pay bills, do their banking, and participate actively in online financial portfolios and the stock market. But with all this modern-day convenience comes a whole new set of crimes and criminals, making consumers...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
February 19, 2009
Art Exhibit 2009 featuring selected Sonoma County Artists will be held in the library’s Armando Flores Meeting Room February 18-21 and 23-27, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28, noon-3 p.m. The reception is Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. The next Adult Book Discussion group will meet Wednesday, Feb....
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  Cessation of Cotati Community Guide has ripple effects
February 19, 2009
Cotati’s decision to hold off printing it’s bi-annual community guide has had a ripple effect through recreation classes. The Rohnert Park-Cotati Children’s Chorus was quiet at the end of this year. The class, normally offered through the RP or Cotati recreation departments, had no sign ups. Chorus director Aja Gianola-Norris will...
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  FIGR donates $500,000 to RP Special Enforcement Unit
February 19, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Dept. of Public Safety has received a contribution of $500,000 to maintain the department’s Special Enforcement Unit (SEU), the city’s elite crime-fighting force. The contribution came from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) who originally funded the unit more than two years ago. The SEU can claim...
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  Art show begins this week at library
February 19, 2009
Art Exhibit 2009 opens February 18 at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library and continue through February 28. It will feature pieces by Jud Snyder (work pictured), Glad Baker, Rich Maher and Ann Stout of Rohnert Park, Judith Cunningham of Windsor and Sally Cataldo, Charles Griffith, Susan Lee, Tara Mathini-Schuster and Raul...
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  First annual crab feed in Penngrove
February 19, 2009
Looking for something new and different to do for Valentine's Day?  Look no further than Penngrove. On February 14 the Penngrove Social Firemen will be hosting their first crab feed to help raise funds to aid in the repairs and maintenance fees for the Penngrove Clubhouse and park. From 6 to 8...
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  RP police logs
February 19, 2009
1/21 12:00 a.m.: Report of a prowler on Santa Alicia Dr. 10:33 a.m.: Out with subject on Commerce Blvd., 21-year-old female arrested for possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana and three bench warrants. 12:55 p.m.: Report of a disturbance on Estrella Dr., misdemeanor battery on person and misdemeanor vandalism. 1:10 p.m.: Report...
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  RP police logs
February 19, 2009
2/4 12:56 a.m.: Family disturbance on Heath Cir., 53-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 12:59 p.m.: Report of fraud on Padre Pkwy., felony theft by use of access card information. 7:34 p.m.: Report of fraud on Bonnie Ave., felony theft by use of access card information, burglary from...
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  Cotati police logs
February 19, 2009
2/1 12:31 a.m.: Drunk in public on Charles St., 23-year-old male arrested for misdemeanor violation of probation and public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 9:42 p.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Commerce Blvd., 21-year-old female arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 2/2 8:55 a.m.: Report of burglary on...
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  Rancho girls sink Piner to win season series
February 19, 2009
The Cougars extended their domination against the Piner Prospectors on Friday, sinking them 46-27 on the road. The win, coupled with a February 2 crushing (60-36), gave Rancho a 2-0 season sweep against Piner. While the team was satisfied with Friday’s win, they knew that barring their unconventional circumstances, they could...
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  Catching some air
February 19, 2009
Rancho Senior Jacob Ransom soars to great heights, toppling the Lobos and scoring two points in the Cougars’ 70-53 win at home against Elsie Allen Saturday.
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  Rancho Cotate scoreboard
February 19, 2009
Girls’ basketball Varsity 10-14, 4-8 RC 58 v. Santa Rosa 64 RC 46 v. Piner 27 JV 5-17, 3-9 RC 20 v. Santa Rosa 52 RC 45 v. Piner 36 Frosh 4-15, 3-9 RC 14 v. Santa Rosa 42 RC 24 v. Piner 20 Boys’ basketball Varsity 12-12, 6-6 RC 58 v. Ukiah 61 RC 70 v. Elsie Allen 53 JV 14-10, 5-7 RC 51 v. Ukiah 64 RC 66 v....
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  Rancho heads to NCS Dual Meet Championships Saturday
February 19, 2009
Rancho traveled to Ukiah, where they soundly defeated the Wildcats 61-12 on Feb. 4 to remain perfect on the season. With the loss Ukiah falls to 5-1 while Rancho is 6-0. Freshman Anthony Navarro scored a takedown and near fall with 10 seconds left to gain a 10-7 edge in...
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  Rancho heads to NCS Dual Meet Championships Saturday
February 19, 2009
Rancho traveled to Ukiah, where they soundly defeated the Wildcats 61-12 on Feb. 4 to remain perfect on the season. With the loss Ukiah falls to 5-1 while Rancho is 6-0. Freshman Anthony Navarro scored a takedown and near fall with 10 seconds left to gain a 10-7 edge in...
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  Art show begins this week at library
February 19, 2009
Art Exhibit 2009 opens February 18 at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library and continue through February 28. It will feature pieces by Jud Snyder (work pictured), Glad Baker, Rich Maher and Ann Stout of Rohnert Park, Judith Cunningham of Windsor and Sally Cataldo, Charles Griffith, Susan Lee, Tara Mathini-Schuster and Raul...
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  First annual crab feed in Penngrove this weekend
February 19, 2009
Looking for something new and different to do for Valentine's Day?  Look no further than Penngrove. On February 14 the Penngrove Social Firemen will be hosting their first crab feed to help raise funds to aid in the repairs and maintenance fees for the Penngrove Clubhouse and park. From 6 to...
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