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Rancho Feeding reopens

01/30/2014
Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma slaughterhouse that is the last place to harvest cattle in the Bay Area, reopened on Monday following recalls of more than 42,000 pounds of beef and a two-week suspension ordered by the United States Department of Agriculture. “We’re back open, and we’ve implemented different procedures...

District moves to limit water in Soulajule

01/30/2014
Marin Municipal Water District this week began looking into amending its state and federal requirements for creek releases—part of a plan to feed thirsty customers from two reservoirs, one of which is reserved for emergencies. But the prospect of diminished releases into Walker and Lagunitas Creeks has some concerned about...

Emergency response broadened by Mount Barnabe repeater

01/30/2014
Mount Barnabe has helped protect West Marin since 1940, when the county fire department established a lookout on the 1,466-foot summit to spot threads of smoke below. Since then, antennas fostering quick communication for county and federal agencies have been mounted there, too. Last Friday, communications engineer Richard Dillman added...

Egg producers welcome demise of farm bill amendment

01/30/2014
The latest version of the federal farm bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, omitted a provision that would have banned state laws such as one requiring poultry eggs entering California to meet the state’s animal welfare standards. Local producers say competition with eggs from states in...

Seats open on personnel body

01/23/2014
The County of Marin is accepting applications for 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury, with terms to begin July 1. Jurors spend about 25 hours a week on jury work, must be 18 years or older and have resided in the county for at least a year. The jury conducts investigations into...

Seats open on personnel body

01/23/2014
The Marin County Board of Supervisors is seeking to fill one at-large vacancy on the Personnel Commission, a planning and policy advisory body focused on the county’s personnel program. No specific qualifications are necessary; however, experience in corporate executive management or labor relations is helpful. The application deadline is 5...

Pianist delivers vintage tunes

01/23/2014
Many of the songs on Jacqueline Schwab’s album of Mark Twain-era songs, arranged for Ken Burns’s documentary about the famed writer, are spirituals or other tunes traditionally accompanied by lyrics. But Ms. Schwab, who will play a selection of those songs as well as tunes from her new album, True...

Drakes asks court for 90-day stay

01/23/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, asking the court to allow the farm to stay for at least 90 days as it appeals its case to the United States Supreme Court. On Jan. 14, the Ninth Circuit denied Drakes Bay...

Cookbook funds valley garden

01/23/2014
Mary St. Pierre visits her plot in a community garden in San Geronimo at least once a week to tend to her vegetables, but sometimes she is drawn to her 16-by-16-foot parcel because it calms her down. “I worry about plants instead of worrying about life,” she said. But a...

Someone started Alpine Lake fire

01/23/2014
The county fire department says a person either accidentally or intentionally started a one-acre wildfire near Alpine Lake, in Marin Municipal Water District land, last Friday. An investigation has ruled out all other causes for the fire, which was first spotted by a driver on Fairfax-Bolinas Road who reported seeing...

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