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Woodacre man had explosives

02/07/2013
A Woodacre man is in police custody for leaving explosive devices in a truck parked outside a home in Sonoma County, authorities said this week. Mark VanMidde, 49, will appear in a Santa Rosa courtroom for the second time on Friday for an arraignment hearing on charges that he left...

Lawyers spar with federal judge over Feinstein law

01/31/2013
Legislation written by Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2009 in an attempt to ensure the longevity of Drakes Bay Oyster Company may now lead a federal judge to rule against the company in its plea to remain in operation while it wages a lawsuit against the government. In a crowded Oakland...

Smart meters kept at bay

01/31/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to extend for a third year a moratorium on the installation of controversial smart meters in unincorporated Marin. The prohibition cites insufficiently addressed concerns about possibly deleterious impacts to residents’ health, privacy and utility bills. “The primary reason for our...

Inverness inn to remain an inn

01/31/2013
An Inverness inn considered a prospective site for low-income housing changed ownership two weeks ago, after plans to convert it were abandoned due to limited funding. The Inverness Valley Inn, after less than a year on the market, was sold for about $2.7 million to a couple who have run...

Input sought on herring fishery

01/31/2013
The California Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking public input for an environmental report that will be used to manage the next herring fishing season in Tomales Bay and elsewhere. The state monitors and issues a limited number of permits to protect Pacific...

Vacancy on IPUD board

01/31/2013
The Inverness Public Utility District announced there is one vacancy on its board of directors, created by the resignation of Alden Adkins. Any registered voter within the utility district is eligible to apply and be appointed; letters of application by interested persons must be received by mail or hand-delivery by...

Point Reyes Vineyards wins

01/31/2013
The Point Reyes Vineyards were awarded two medals in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition earlier this month. Steve and Sharon Doughty’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon won a silver medal in the $20 to $25 category and their 2011 Viognier, priced at $18, was awarded silver in the white dessert...

Garden Club scholarships

01/31/2013
The Inverness Garden Club is accepting applications for college scholarships for 2013-14 academic year. Last year the club granted 36 scholarships totaling over $120,000. “The club is extremely grateful for this wonderful support of our youth, and we look forward eagerly to receipt of this year’s applications,” board chair Barbara...

Larvicide sprayed over waters

01/31/2013
An inter-county health department yesterday launched an aerial effort to prevent the spread of what it said are “highly aggressive” mosquito populations in Marin and Sonoma Counties. The two-day effort by the Marin-Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District, which ends today, involves 800 acres over which a helicopter will dump...

Big settlement for Inverness razing

01/24/2013
An Inverness man’s insurance company has agreed to pay $320,000 to Paradise Ranch Estates’ property owners whose lot was mysteriously razed a year and a half ago. Mark Medin, who is suspected of clearing more than three-dozen trees from a lot abutting his own, was set to go to trial...

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