Kinsey supports parent choice for vaccines

The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to send a letter of support for California Senate Bill 277, which, if passed in the fall, would eliminate personal belief exemptions for school-mandated vaccinations. The lone voice of opposition came from Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who worried—along with many other...

Michael Whitt: A life in country medicine

Dr. Michael Whitt, a Texas native who forsook a career in petroleum engineering to study medicine, served countless families during his four decades as West Marin’s primary care doctor before he retired in January. General medicine was not always the focus of his practice: in the 1970s, soon after he...

Valley residents disagree on sewer solution

Opinions among residents in the San Geronimo Valley remain divided over whether a community sewage treatment system should be installed in the Woodacre Flats area that would service 150 developed parcels. There, a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields, causing foul odors and fecal...

Bolinas nabs funds to nix the wye

Plans to remove the connector road at the north end of Bolinas Lagoon to address flooding issues and sea-level rise nabbed a big financial commitment last month when the Board of Supervisors approved a $330,000 contract last week with a design and engineering firm that will start the restoration project...

Marin Sun gets organic badge for slaughterhouse

Marin Sun Farm’s slaughterhouse in Petaluma, the only slaughterhouse in the Bay Area, is now a certified organic facility, an effort to provide an option for local ranchers as well as boost business, the company announced this week. Animals that are raised on organic pastures without antibiotics cannot be labeled...

Countywide Plan proves overzealous

An overload of hundreds of programs approved in Marin’s 2007 Countywide Plan has proven to be too much to handle for the Community Development Agency, which told supervisors last week in a staff report that they should consider an amendment to the plan to “realign the lofty aspirations” with the...

Olema lodge and 
restaurant sells

The Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, which former co-owner Jeff Harriman put on the market in 2013 for $9.8 million, sold last month for about $7.5 million, according to county assessor’s records. The new owners of four contiguous parcels that comprise the lodge and Farm House Restaurant and Bar are two...

Kayaker dies off Dillon

One kayaker was killed and another survived with minor injuries when their kayaks overturned sometime after noon last Wednesday off Dillon Beach. 55-year old Nick Anast, a professor of life sciences at Santa Rosa Junior College, had launched from Miller Boat Launch that morning; the pair had made it to...

Dance Palace solicits 
applications for E.D.

The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center is accepting applications for a new executive director, a position the board of directors hopes to fill by late May or early June. The nonprofit has experienced budget struggles in recent years, and in late 2014, it terminated executive director Dan Mankin, who...

Early mosquitoes prompt early access to fish

Eight mosquito species—two of which are known to carry West Nile Virus—have been identified so far in Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Marshall, Olema, Dillon Beach and Tomales, prompting the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District to announce that mosquitofish will be made available to residents a month earlier than usual, on...


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