Western Weekend queen gets makeover

05/05/2016
For over six decades, young women have competed to be the queen of Western Weekend, a title that comes with a coronation at a dance, opening the livestock show, appearing in the parade and securing a cash scholarship. But this year is different: there will be no queen. Interest has...

Campaign donations listed

05/05/2016
In the crowded race for District Four supervisor, a trio of candidates has raised many tens of thousands of dollars, while others have much less in their campaign coffers. Dennis Rodoni of Olema has raised the most, though Dominic Grossi of Novato and Wendi Kallins of Forest Knolls have also...

Recycling fines mount for Empire

05/05/2016
Monday morning, the machinery of Redwood Empire Disposal’s recycling facility in Santa Rosa roared to life with the hum, whir, clank and beeping of a conveyor belt that snakes around the perimeter of an open-faced warehouse, filled with clusters of refuse mounds. Once sucked into a chute and spit onto...

Bolinas resorts to "grassroots" traffic control

05/05/2016
Bolinas locals distressed by a flood of visitors took matters into for their own hands for the second week in a row last weekend, instituting what has been described as a spontaneous grassroots effort to prevent cars from entering portions of downtown. Equipped with traffic cones and orange vests, the...

Medical marijuana storefront plan approved

05/05/2016
Supervisors have approved fees and a four-phase plan to process applications for medical marijuana storefronts, which will include preferential treatment for Marin-based applicants and require potential operators to explain their dispensary’s benefits. Under the plan, which supervisors approved on Tuesday, the county could start issuing licenses by early 2017. Up...

County approves health building permit

05/05/2016
Despite ongoing concerns from neighbors and the Point Reyes Station Village Association, county planners last Thursday approved permits that would allow a near doubling of the 23-year-old Health and Human Services building in Point Reyes Station, from 3,070 square feet to 5,241 square feet. Project architects knocked down the additions...

MALT nabs Gallagher land

05/05/2016
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust closed on a $1.5 million agricultural easement on the Gallagher Ranch, which borders Black Mountain and federal parkland and includes pastureland and forest traversed by Lagunitas Creek. The five co-owners of the 330-acre ranch, which has been in the family since the 1800s, put the...

Valley celebrates trailer park purchase, housing

05/05/2016
On Sunday, residents and county officials celebrated the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association’s purchase in November of the historic Forest Knolls Trailer Court, which effectively preserved 20 units for affordable housing in perpetuity. The nonprofit bought the trailer court for $1.4 million from the county, following Marin’s purchase of...

The latest on your spleen

05/05/2016
Here are three things you should know about your spleen: it filters blood and holds a reserve of red blood cells in case of emergency, it is an important part of your immune system, and it is connected directly to the brain through the vagus nerve. Think of this organ—which...

Commentaries on the state of medical marijuana: What's growing on?

05/05/2016
Thanks to several mainstream television news features and a lot of follow-up on the Internet, people are learning that marijuana has come out of the escapist recreational and dangerous drug closet into which it was shoved and is reappearing as a somewhat miraculous medicine. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent...

Fish Tales

05/05/2016
When I call up Royal Hawaiian Seafood Co. most days, I talk about fish types, price and sustainability. The fishmongers’ voices are quick and specific. This morning, however, I called later, and we strayed into other topics: flavor likes and dislikes, empty calories and the way the body processes already...

Bio-hacking joy

05/05/2016
Dear Ms. Magpie, I just discovered that if I stick electrodes on my head and attach them to a 9-volt battery, I feel wonderful! I want to tell everyone, but I’m afraid they’ll think I’m crazy. This is not a joke. Sincerely, All Lit Up I understand your fear of...