Charges dropped for Valley man

Final misdemeanor charges against Woodacre resident Dr. Robert Ovetz, a political science professor arrested while observing the Occupy Oakland protest in January, have been dropped. His attorney, Matt Siroka, said that during his arrest the professor was beaten by police. Initially charged with felony assault on an officer, misdemeanor battery...

Nonprofits partner for students

This week Marin Organic and Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) announced a new partnership aimed at expanding a farm-based educational program for Bay Area public and independent schools. The program, called Farm Field Studies, has ran for over a decade in partnerships with various organizations. Marin Organic says it hopes...

Ship routes to circumvent whales

A recent uptick in ships colliding with whales has prompted federal maritime officials to approve a plan to reroute shipping traffic in and around the San Francisco Bay and establish better ways to track whale locations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced. Recent victims have included migrating blue,...

Kids swimming lessons in the bay

Tomales Bay Waterdogs, the annual Red Cross swimming program for children ages 5 and up, starts Monday, July 30 at Shell Beach II in Inverness. Waterdogs is a safe and fun opportunity for youngsters to learn, from a certified Red Cross Water Safety instructor, how to swim or improve their...

Coastal ride benefits CHA

This summer one man has decided to celebrate his 77th birthday by riding his bike 400 miles from Astoria, Oregon, to Crescent City, California. Joe Blumenthal, a cardiologist and instructor at University of California, San Francisco, has been bicycling extreme distances for years, riding 1,000 miles from British Columbia to...

Man dies at McClure’s

The body of a 72-year-old man was recovered off McClure’s Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore Saturday after a presumed rogue wave pulled him into the water. Rim Lee, an East Bay resident, was fishing at the beach with family when he left to explore the south end of McClure’s...

Academy reviews oyster facts

The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council held its only public comments session Tuesday at the University of California, Irvine as part of its review of the science contained in the controversial Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) on Drakes Bay Oyster Company. The final report by a committee of...

Supervisors say no morgue now

The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday responded to a recent civil grand jury report recommending changes to the way the county handles its deceased. The board said it would continue sharing the Napa County morgue for homicide cases and other suspicious deaths, and help local mortuaries update their...

Holstein 100 for senior health

On August 18, over 700 cyclists will huff, puff, sweat and pedal their way through 100 miles from Petaluma to West Marin, and back to Sonoma County. But this is more than just another scenic bike ride—the annual Holstein 100 helps feed the mouths of 214 local senior citizens, many...

pastures preserved

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) can add the Moretti Dairy in Tomales to its list of protected farmland, after rapidly raising $530,000 to purchase development rights for the dairy’s neighboring ranch. Mike Moretti, a second-generation dairyman, has grazed his cows for 16 years on his absentee neighbor’s 126-acre property. “It...


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