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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...

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...

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...

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...

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