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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...

Valley Ford ranch protected

07/15/2010
Two hundred and fifteen acres in Valley Ford will be protected from development in perpetuity, after Marin Agricultural Land Trust purchased its sixty-sixth conservation easement last week. The owners of the Mazzucchi Ranch, Stan Mazzucchi and his sister, Loretta Bidarruta, accepted $424,000 for forgoing their right to subdivide or develop...

None happy with draft tree rules

07/15/2010
Environmentalists and San Geronimo Valley homeowners are butting heads over the county’s draft revision of an ordinance that would require permits to clear brush within 35 feet of creeks in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Environmentalists spoke out during Monday’s Planning Commission meeting against what they feel are liberal exemptions in...

Fisherman falls to death in sea

07/15/2010
A 45-year-old man fell to his death while fishing from a bluff near Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands last Saturday. Bernin Alarcon Figueroa of San Pablo fell 30 to 40 feet into high-tide waters at around 3:15 p.m. His friend, who was not carrying a cell phone, contacted a...

McEvoy branches into wine

07/15/2010
West Marin’s producer of high-end olive oil, McEvoy Ranch, is planning to expand its brand into wine made with grapes grown in between its olive trees. “The project came out of the idea of pairing wine and food in a natural way,” said Ranch Manager Dick Nielsen. The 550-acre ranch,...

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