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Supervisors’ possible conflicts of interest put brakes on stream rules

10/03/2013
Homeowners and environmentalists primed to once again pontificate on the long-debated expanded streamside ordinance were stymied on Tuesday when the meeting hit an unexpected snag, courtesy of a political fairness committee. Three of the county’s five supervisors have presumed conflicts of interest due to their places of residence, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission, and may literally have to “draw straws” to resolve the issue. The discussion on Tuesday was set to focus on...

Budget battle shutters parks

10/03/2013
On Tuesday morning, 90 public employees at Point Reyes National Seashore had their jobs suspended indefinitely. They were told they had four hours to finish any emergency work before returning home to wait and see if Congress would fund their continued employment. After days of debate over the implementation of...

Breast cancer rates show drop

10/03/2013
New statewide statistics on breast cancer show a drop in reported incidence and mortality rates for non-Hispanic white women in Marin between 2006 and 2010, the county health department announced last week. Although the mortality rate for the group dipped just below the state average in recent years, the incidence...

E. Coli infection in Inverness

10/03/2013
An Inverness resident was hospitalized due to a foodborne E. Coli infection, Marin health officials said. An outbreak in Marin led to five confirmed and one presumptive case since Sept. 22, resulting in four hospitalizations. No single cause has been identified, but county and state officials are continuing an investigation...

Bolinas woman releases novel

10/03/2013
Bolinas resident Sadja Greenwood, a retired physician whom readers may know from a monthly health column published in these pages, last month released her first novel, a cautionary tale that is both personal and political, set in mid-century America. Ms. Greenwood’s protagonist, an East Coast medical student who draws her...

Seminars on health exchanges

09/26/2013
The 11,500 uninsured people in Marin will be eligible to enroll in California’s new health insurance exchange on Oct. 1 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and some may be able to obtain free insurance through the expansion of Medi-Cal. Exchange enrollees can choose from four plans with...

Limantour closed for a month

09/26/2013
Limantour Road in Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during October while a culvert that collapsed New Year’s Day is repaired. The road, which leads to Limantour Beach, the Point Reyes Hostel and the Clem Miller Visitor Center—destinations that collectively draw more...

Local reports on bird adventures

09/26/2013
Nora Livingston will do almost anything to catch a glimpse of a rare bird. The 23-year-old college student has spent the last year hopping throughout California as a field biologist; she will discuss her adventures and show pictures at the Stinson Beach Library on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m...

Marijuana eradication in Tomales

09/26/2013
Forty-two mature marijuana plants growing in plain view on a Chileno Valley ranch were eradicated Friday after a report of a physical altercation drew Marin County sheriff’s deputies to the property, where they inadvertently stumbled on the pot farm. The residents of the Silva dairy, located on Tomales-Petaluma Road at...

Whale app turns users into data sources

09/26/2013
Next time you are sailing in the Golden Gate and you spot a humpback whale jumping up against the horizon, fear not: there’s now an app for that. Bay Area scientists on a weeklong research expedition that began yesterday tested the “Whale Spotter” mobile application, which they hope can crowdsource...

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