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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...

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...

Shoreline votes to bring back first grade teacher

07/22/2010
Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bring back celebrated bilingual teacher Melissa Riley for the 2010-2011 school year during a packed meeting on Tuesday. Parents, teachers and staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when the board resolved to use an unexpected $87,000 property tax windfall...

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...

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