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  Rancho Cotate placed on lock down
March 25, 2009
Rancho Cotate High School was placed on lock down for about two hours Wednesday morning after an anonymous report said there was a student on campus with a gun. Two teams of five officers from Rohnert Park Public Safety patrolled the school in clusters at about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. The initial...
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  Nothing special from RP Council meeting
March 25, 2009
A surprise meeting yielded no surprises. Rohnert Park Mayor Amie Breeze called last week for a closed door session of the full city council for a “performance evaluation” of Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz. The meeting started at 4 p.m. Tuesday and wasn’t over until 6:15 p.m. “No action was taken...
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  Prescription forgery leads to pot bust
March 25, 2009
A forged prescription for narcotics in Rohnert Park led to the discovery of a major marijuana growing operation in Santa Rosa last week. On March 11, RP police began investigating a report of someone passing a forged prescription of three different types of narcotics at Long’s Drugs in Rohnert Park. The investigation...
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  Cougars to march on Washington DC - with their instruments
March 25, 2009
Rancho Cotate’s band will be California’s sole musical representative at the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in May. What’s more, rumor has it President Barack Obama will give a speech in person to commemorate the occasion. Rancho band director Tim Decker says the students are stoked. “I think everybody...
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  Honeybee Park gets new playground despite lack of government funding
March 25, 2009
When the government said it was not able to fund a promised grant to install a playground in Rohnert Park, the project wasn’t discarded like a pork-laden spending plan. Instead the problem rallied community members to action. The Rohnert Park Recreation Department received a $116,000 grant from the State of California...
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  New rules provide relief to struggling retirees
March 25, 2009
Recent tax legislation has pressed the pause button on 2009 required retirement plan distributions. With many IRAs and 401(k) plans severely affected by the economy, the new law relieves retirees from having to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) and risk further eroding their nest eggs. Normally, taxpayers age 70 1/2 and...
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  Give your investment portfolio a spring cleaning
March 25, 2009
Spring is finally here - time to spruce up your house and get rid of your clutter. But this year, don’t confine spring cleaning to your home and yard. Why not “freshen up” your investment portfolio at the same time? Of course, you can’t just take a mop and broom to...
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  Healthy fats, healthy cells
March 25, 2009
You probably already know that fish oil is good for us and that trans fats are bad, but do you know why? Do you know about omega-6 fats? Knowing how things work makes it easier to choose healthy foods. The role of fats is pretty interesting anyway. First, we really do...
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  Don't let the economy delay medical treatment
March 25, 2009
During this scary economic period there is a tendency to put off medical needs, but there is nothing more important than good health. Stay positive, exercise, relieve stress, use alcohol only in moderation, eat wisely and, of course, don’t smoke. Dental health can be compromised as well if dental treatment is...
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  Plyometric ladder rotations
March 25, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra As we continue our focus on plyometric training, we bring to you a simple exercise which is very affective in helping to build athletic quickness as well as agility. The plyometric ladder drill rotations are designed to help build quick movement in the body focusing...
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  Magnolias: Those great garden aristocrats
March 25, 2009
With the early warm weather and everything coming into growth ahead of time, we can enjoy the great garden aristocrats known as the magnolias. This is a large family of plants with some of the highest ornamental qualities for planting. They can live to a very great age and are quite...
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  Extraordinary financial abundance
March 25, 2009
If Feng Shui has an answer for everything, what is the answer to “How might I use this ancient Chinese art and science to win the lottery?” Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! The very most important thing to do is clear clutter. (Oh, yes. That again!) This is not only the...
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  The numbers tell it all
March 25, 2009
I remember dreading taking a statistics class in college. What could be more boring than numbers? Certainly reading a page full of stats is a sure cure for insomnia but looking over statistics can offer a rich insight into a business. Of course the trick is understanding what the numbers...
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  Way off the mark
March 25, 2009
The recent letter lambasting our city council for authorizing an internal auditor was way off the mark. It is extremely important to focus on the effectiveness of time and money spent. Those in private enterprise understand the importance of understanding the flow of cost to benefit. However, in government, the costs are...
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  A great loss
March 25, 2009
On the morning of March 20, 2008 the world lost a great human being and I lost a great friend. Kevin Michael Carr, along with two other boys that I know, were driving on their way to school that morning. They were messing around and speeding, and then ended up...
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  Learn her facts
March 25, 2009
So in today’s Community Voice, in the front page, about the school district and the school board meeting there was a comment made by a sophomore from Rancho Cotate in the article about a suggestion she thought. Quoted below: “Rancho Cotate sophomore Kendall Harrison suggested combining the three alternative education high...
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  Calm, cool and collected
March 25, 2009
March is recognized as the National Women in History month. This week, Pat Anderson is acknowledged for her guidance, resolve and unique caring in connecting and reaching out to local seniors. Pat Anderson speaks very matter-of-factly about all she’s involved in within the Cotati-Rohnert Park community. Calm, cool and collected...
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  How to handle the legacy of loss
March 25, 2009
The citizens of our community have experienced more than our fair share of tragic loss, especially of young people, in the last few years. The death of a young person is a tragic event that sends ripples throughout a community. While many argue that grief, especially that that results from...
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  Would former Yardbirds site be suitable for SMART depot?
March 25, 2009
A letter to attorney John Borba, chairman of Rohnert Park’s Planning Commission came to my attention. It concerns development of northerly Commerce Blvd. near Golf Course Drive. It’s from Bert Bangsberg of the Bangsberg Consulting Group in Santa Rosa. He represents Headley Properties, LLC, owners of the former Yardbirds home supplies...
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  RP police logs
March 25, 2009
3/11 12:53 p.m.: Report of a fight on Avenida Cala/Camino Corto. 12:59 p.m.: Report of a stolen vehicle on Madrigal St. 7:08 p.m.: Hazardous condition on Copeland Creek Dr./Joanne Ct., 27-year-old male cited for litter/dumping waste in water/shore. 3/12 10:26 a.m.: Report of battery on Avram Ave. 3:15 p.m.: Agency assist by Rohnert Park DPS on...
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  Cotati police logs
March 25, 2009
3/8 5:20 p.m.: Report of narcotic activity on Old Redwood Hwy., possession of a controlled substance for sale and felony possession of a controlled substance. 11:07 p.m.: Report of a drunk driver on East Cotati Ave./La Salle Ave., 31-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and misdemeanor...
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  Luck on Cougars' side in Friday the 13th comeback
March 25, 2009
Down by one run in the bottom of the seventh, Rancho came through in the clutch to outlast Santa Rosa, 7-6, in a wild Friday, March 13 showdown at Dougherty Field at Rancho Cotate. With the Cougars in command, 5-0, through six innings, the Panthers rose to the occasion, rallying back...
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  Callinan Sports Center fees raised
March 25, 2009
It’s not often when a popular city facility is told you’re “not charging enough.” Guy Miller, recreation services manager at Rohnert Park’s Callinan Sports Center, got several versions of this unusual comment. “They told me you’re giving the center away too cheap. So, after discussions, we raised the fees. They haven’t...
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  Cougars win in extra innings against Ukiah to stay undefeated
March 25, 2009
In a battle of unbeaten teams, Rancho was the last standing, scoring one run on a climactic error to win, 1-0, at home against Ukiah in eight innings Tuesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Cougars’ second baseman Kylie Goltze drew a leadoff walk off starting pitcher Hillary Ruddick. Catcher Kirsten...
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  I should write a book
March 25, 2009
Local resident Steve Darling called me last week. He and his cousin Ken Idler, also a local boy, joined up for a day of fishing. They motored to ancient Cuttings Wharf on the Napa River, planning to head out to San Pablo Bay, but decided to try their luck on the...
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  Jantz earns powerlifting title
March 25, 2009
Cotati personal trainer Chris Jantz took first place in his class (master’s 220) at the APA Northwest Regional All RAW Powerlifting Championship held in Sacramento February 28. He lifted over 315 pounds on bench press. “I think everyone that promotes health and fitness should lead by example and walk the talk....
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  South County Invitational at Cougar Stadium
March 25, 2009
Rancho sophomores Ashley Pucetti (left) and Dana Iverson (third from left) ran in the junior varsity 100-meter dash at the South County Invitational Wednesday, March 11 at Rancho Cotate High School. Pucetti took first place.
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  South County Invitational at Cougar Stadium
March 25, 2009
Rancho’s James Dory, junior, crosses the finish line first followed by sophomore teammate Michael Pucetti in the varsity boys’ 400-meter race at the South County Invitational Wednesday, March 11 at Rancho Cotate High School.
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  Valley Village eviction hearing March 26
March 25, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Mobile Home Spaces and Rent Appeals Board will hold a public hearing Thursday March 26, beginning at 10 am, in city hall, 130 Avram Ave. The hearing is based on a petition to evict a tenant renting a room in Valley Village mobile home park. The petition was...
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  No Hashimoto exchange trips this year
March 25, 2009
There will be no student exchange program with Hashimoto City in Japan this year. The decision came from Hashimoto officials, but they “will definitely reconsider for 2010,” said RP’s Sister Cities Committee chairwoman, Courtney Pastrick-Cronk.
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  RP Council meets Tuesday night in city hall
March 25, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council meets Tuesday March 24 in city hall. The public meeting starts at 6:30 pm and is preceded by a closed door session beginning at 4 pm. Topics of discussion deal with labor contracts with the several unions representing city employees. In the public session the council will...
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