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Librarians clear unpopular books

07/22/2010
Marin County librarians have been quietly told to cull tens of thousands of overlooked books to make way for more popular titles. Books that have not been checked out in two years have been shortlisted for removal from circulation. The new data-driven policy has upset many librarians and Marin residents...

Deputy shoots Tomales driver

07/22/2010
Tomales strawberry grower Russ Sartori was driving home on Tomales-Petaluma Road last Wednesday when a stray bullet from a nearby firing range hit the side of his Chevy Suburban. Twelve Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies were practicing pistol marksmanship at the Circle S shooting range, one of whom presumably fired the...

Shoreline votes to bring back first grade teacher

07/22/2010
Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bring back celebrated bilingual teacher Melissa Riley for the 2010-2011 school year during a packed meeting on Tuesday. Parents, teachers and staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when the board resolved to use an unexpected $87,000 property tax windfall...

Marin backs smart meter investigation

07/22/2010
Local installation of PG&E smart meters should halt, pending an independent investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission indicating whether or not the meters are effective, Marin County Board of Supervisors declared on Tuesday. Supervisors also called for a statewide hearing on health issues posed by electromagnetic frequencies emitted by...

New park service regional director

07/22/2010
National Park Service director Jon Jarvis has named Christine Lehnertz as the Pacific West regional director. Lehnertz will be responsible for over 3,000 employees and 58 national parks. “While the responsibilities of regional director are daunting, I am excited about taking on the challenge,” Lehnertz said. The appointment will take...

SMART rail to use old tracks

07/22/2010
As part of a project to widen Highway 101, CalTrans crews have embarked on a three-month effort to move 3,500 feet of rail line in San Rafael 50 feet to the west. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) hopes to use the old Northwestern Pacific railway for passenger train service...

Boat capsizes at Great Beach

07/15/2010
Two people died after their 24-foot motor boat capsized at Great Beach near Abbotts Lagoon in Point Reyes National Seashore on Wednesday, leaving debris scattered a quarter-mile along the beach. A third person is missing. Authorities have not yet released the names of the boaters, who were most likely fishermen...

Commission tours Lawson’s

07/15/2010
The entire California Coastal Commission visited Lawson’s Landing last Thursday for a 90-minute tour of the historic Dillon Beach campground and trailer park, which has been undergoing a complicated permitting process for the last two years. Commissioners were eager to see the site before an official hearing, which will take...

Shoreline trustees split over teacher

07/15/2010
The Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 not to provide funds for a first-grade teacher at Inverness School who lost the position to budget cuts. Melissa Riley, a bilingual teacher partially responsible for boosting test scores of the 50 percent Latino student population, needed four votes to...

Cracking down on family farms

07/15/2010
A small organic farm in San Anselmo found itself in hot water last month when a random sweep by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement fined it for breaking the state’s farm labor laws. Jerry and Mea Draper received a $1,050 fine for occasionally allowing their sister, niece and nephew...

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