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Marin backs smart meter investigation

07/22/2010
Local installation of PG&E smart meters should halt, pending an independent investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission indicating whether or not the meters are effective, Marin County Board of Supervisors declared on Tuesday. Supervisors also called for a statewide hearing on health issues posed by electromagnetic frequencies emitted by...

New park service regional director

07/22/2010
National Park Service director Jon Jarvis has named Christine Lehnertz as the Pacific West regional director. Lehnertz will be responsible for over 3,000 employees and 58 national parks. “While the responsibilities of regional director are daunting, I am excited about taking on the challenge,” Lehnertz said. The appointment will take...

SMART rail to use old tracks

07/22/2010
As part of a project to widen Highway 101, CalTrans crews have embarked on a three-month effort to move 3,500 feet of rail line in San Rafael 50 feet to the west. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) hopes to use the old Northwestern Pacific railway for passenger train service...

Valley artist protests clearing

07/22/2010
A San Geronimo artist famous for photographing nudes draped in the limbs of pine, cypress, oak and eucalyptus trees, now hopes to protect a grove of redwoods slated for removal along Highway One in Humboldt County. Jack Gescheidt is seeking volunteers to join the latest Tree Spirit Project photograph, which...

West Marin cheese blazes way

07/22/2010
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company won Best in Show at the State Fair this month, a recognition of the hard work the company has put into its ten-year-old product. Co-owner Lynn Straye said the win validated a generation of hard work. The company also won gold in the semi-hard cheese...

Fire, paramedic tax seek ballot

07/22/2010
County officials hope to create a ballot measure to raise fire and paramedic taxes in West Marin by 50 percent. Residents of San Geronimo Valley, Olema, Point Reyes, Inverness, Marshall, Tomales, Nicasio, Hicks Valley and Chileno Valley—as well as in Throckmorton and Marin City—would see parcel taxes raise to about...

Boat dock surfaces at Stinson

07/22/2010
Shifting sand in Bolinas Lagoon has deposited a large wooden platform just north of Stinson Beach. The 20 by 25-foot structure, which resembles a large shipping palate, was reported to have been buried near the mouth of the lagoon before becoming unearthed two weeks ago. The structure bumped one boat...

New partner for Dr. Whitt

07/22/2010
Dr. Colin Hamblin will join Dr. Michael Whitt at West Marin Medical Center in Point Reyes Station this month, leaving the Coastal Health Alliance where he has worked since 2004. Hamblin specializes in gerontology and family practice, and has been eager to begin a private practice. He is known to...

Four fishermen dead in surf

07/22/2010
The body of the fourth victim of last week’s boating accident off Point Reyes was found on Friday. Jack Taylor, 62, drowned along with three friends when his 24-foot boat capsized last Wednesday. The men, who had traveled from Riverbank and Imboden, were experienced boaters and had been fishing off...

Librarians clear unpopular books

07/22/2010
Marin County librarians have been quietly told to cull tens of thousands of overlooked books to make way for more popular titles. Books that have not been checked out in two years have been shortlisted for removal from circulation. The new data-driven policy has upset many librarians and Marin residents...

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