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E. Coli infection in Inverness

10/03/2013
An Inverness resident was hospitalized due to a foodborne E. Coli infection, Marin health officials said. An outbreak in Marin led to five confirmed and one presumptive case since Sept. 22, resulting in four hospitalizations. No single cause has been identified, but county and state officials are continuing an investigation...

Bolinas woman releases novel

10/03/2013
Bolinas resident Sadja Greenwood, a retired physician whom readers may know from a monthly health column published in these pages, last month released her first novel, a cautionary tale that is both personal and political, set in mid-century America. Ms. Greenwood’s protagonist, an East Coast medical student who draws her...

Renters not signing up for tax

10/03/2013
In the two weeks since the county issued notices to over 200 short-term lodging operators failing to comply with a tax-collecting requirement, just 22 have responded, despite a temporary offer of amnesty. The transient occupancy tax is levied on all short-term tenants, whether they rent a cozy bed and breakfast,...

Grants for Bo-Stin projects

10/03/2013
The Stinson/Bolinas Community Fund Grants Program is accepting proposals for projects that benefit the Stinson Beach and Bolinas communities. Past projects have enabled seniors to live at home with the help of visiting care providers, supported local educational initiatives, provided tuition support to families in need and funded local theatrical...

Openings on county boards

10/03/2013
Marin supervisors is recruiting candidates for two openings on the Health Council of Marin and an at-large vacancy on the Human Rights Commission. Health care providers are eligible for the seats on the health council, which advises supervisors and the Department of Health and Human Services on health issues, advocates...

County releases first draft trail plan

10/03/2013
The roughly 270 miles of roads and trails in Marin’s open space areas could be cropped as part of the district’s new management plan, with troublesome trails decommissioned to protect habitat and foster a better-managed trail system. On Tuesday evening roughly 100 equestrians, mountain bikers in cycling jerseys and other outdoor enthusiasts gathered for a presentation of the draft plan and accompanying environmental impact report for the unpaved roads and trails that course through over 16,000 acres in the county’s Open Space District. It is the first comprehensive management plan since a ballot initiative created the district four decades ago and it aims to better protect habitat, limit total road and...

Supervisors’ possible conflicts of interest put brakes on stream rules

10/03/2013
Homeowners and environmentalists primed to once again pontificate on the long-debated expanded streamside ordinance were stymied on Tuesday when the meeting hit an unexpected snag, courtesy of a political fairness committee. Three of the county’s five supervisors have presumed conflicts of interest due to their places of residence, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission, and may literally have to “draw straws” to resolve the issue. The discussion on Tuesday was set to focus on...

Budget battle shutters parks

10/03/2013
On Tuesday morning, 90 public employees at Point Reyes National Seashore had their jobs suspended indefinitely. They were told they had four hours to finish any emergency work before returning home to wait and see if Congress would fund their continued employment. After days of debate over the implementation of...

Breast cancer rates show drop

10/03/2013
New statewide statistics on breast cancer show a drop in reported incidence and mortality rates for non-Hispanic white women in Marin between 2006 and 2010, the county health department announced last week. Although the mortality rate for the group dipped just below the state average in recent years, the incidence...

Seminars on health exchanges

09/26/2013
The 11,500 uninsured people in Marin will be eligible to enroll in California’s new health insurance exchange on Oct. 1 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and some may be able to obtain free insurance through the expansion of Medi-Cal. Exchange enrollees can choose from four plans with...

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