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Famed rural columnist to visit

08/22/2013
The quality of a literary work might not be linked exclusively to the quality of its sentences; then again, it might be. This October, Verlyn Klinkenborg, the author of the New York Times rural life column, a member of that newspaper’s editorial board and a renowned teacher of the writer’s...

Mice eradication plan at Farallon 
Islands weighs rodenticides

08/22/2013
A federal wildlife agency is enlisting public comments for a draft environmental impact statement that analyzes options to eradicate an invasive mouse from the South Farallon Islands. The draft EIS, produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with nonprofits Island Conservation and Point Blue Conservation Science, proposes...

Countywide Plan revision would ease Valley homeowner’s hardships

08/22/2013
A contentious ordinance to regulate streamside development that has sparked fervent opposition in the San Geronimo Valley may soon be implemented on an interim basis while supervisors amend the Countywide Plan to create more flexibility for homeowners. That’s what county staffers, working with a subcommittee that includes Supervisor Steve Kinsey, suggested on Tuesday, though it could be months before the board makes a decision on its path forward. The stream conservation area—believed by environmentalists to be critical for the restoration of decimated fish populations—is mandated by the CWP...

Seats open on housing board

08/15/2013
There are two openings on the Marin Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, which helps make policies and decisions that affect public housing and numerous other programs administered by the authority. Candidates must be tenants or voucher holders of the housing authority, and are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The...

Horse owners warned of virus

08/15/2013
Since a Marin County chicken tested positive for antibodies to West Nile Virus last week, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals, which generally are most vulnerable to the virus from July through October. “With the mortality rate in unvaccinated horses as...

On-air dialogue seeks healing

08/15/2013
A local radio programmer is searching for people to participate in a show inspired by the controversy over the future of Drakes Estero and Drakes Bay Oyster Company—but which does not discuss that issue. Susan Santiago describes her show, called Pieces of Peace, not as a debate but rather as...

Library group weighs in on jury

08/15/2013
The commission charged with overseeing Marin’s library system has mostly concurred with recent findings from a county watchdog report that offered criticisms and recommendations for the Marin County Free Library, while partially countering others. Commissioners agreed that it should ramp up its own limited input and oversight for Measure A...

Deer hunter dies on opening day

08/15/2013
An East Bay man died by gunshot while driving with friends north of Tomales on Saturday, the opening day of deer season. Richard Weller, a 58-year-old Martinez resident, was on a hunting excursion on private property off Middle Road, between Fallon-Two Rock and Marsh Roads, when a rifle discharged in...

Teens to sail at America’s Cup

08/15/2013
Three teenaged members of the Inverness Yacht Club are polishing their sailing skills this week after the club received a last-minute invitation to compete in a “wind slalom” at the America’s Cup festivities in San Francisco Bay. Michael Duncan, Bay Whitney and Ben Borglin, all of whom have developed their...

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