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Wind turbine rules stall at Pink

07/29/2010
Environmental groups and concerned citizens discussed a draft ordinance that would slacken regulations on installing smaller private wind turbines on Tuesday. The county has been considering the ordinance since early June, and plans to continue the discussion on August 10. Those opposed to the current draft, which exempts small turbines...

County cuts mediation, more

07/29/2010
Fifteen county employees, two low-income health services and $5.4 million were cut on Monday as supervisors scrambled to meet the proposed $437 million budget. Marin Mediation Services was dissolved, but supervisors say some of its responsibilities will be absorbed by the District Attorney’s consumer protection operation. The county gynecology program...

Ranchers comment on CCC

07/29/2010
The California Farm Bureau Federation and California Cattleman’s Association have asked the California Coastal Commission for more local control over land-use decisions. In letters sent during a public comment period on the Coastal Commission’s draft of a four-year assessment and strategy document, both groups said the commission has taken a...

Nicasio cow-share available

07/29/2010
Care to milk your own milk? Two shares in a Jersey cow are up for purchase in Nicasio, where four-year-old Rosy Belle offers her milk to a handful of families who co-own her. “It’s like a tiny cooperative or partnership,” said Eleanor Despina, who bought Rosy from rancher John Taverna...

Humpback dies in sanctuary

07/29/2010
The carcass of a young humpback whale was found in the Farallone Islands on Sunday by a team of researchers from Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO). The whale displayed large gashes on its side—most likely the result of strikes from a boat propeller. Officials with Gulf of the...

After 30 million deaths, farmer seeks new seed

07/29/2010
Three weeks ago, when Drakes Bay Oyster Company owner Kevin Lunny went out to check his five outdoor cultivation tanks, each containing six million oyster larvae, he got a nasty shock: the larvae were dead. Months of work and $10,000 were gone. Complete larval failure has recently become common for...

Desalination vote may stall and confuse

07/29/2010
Marin County voters will have to choose between two ballot measures concerning a proposed $105 million desalination plant in San Rafael—one measure that gives Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) a green light to proceed with the planning process, and a citizens’ measure that requires another vote before the district can...

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...

Deputy shoots Tomales driver

07/22/2010
Tomales strawberry grower Russ Sartori was driving home on Tomales-Petaluma Road last Wednesday when a stray bullet from a nearby firing range hit the side of his Chevy Suburban. Twelve Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies were practicing pistol marksmanship at the Circle S shooting range, one of whom presumably fired the...

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