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At 25 years, Straus dairy still pioneering

02/14/2019
The vision that Albert Straus, C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery and a native of Marshall, has for agriculture is uncompromising. Mr. Straus—who last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creamery business that grew out of his father’s dairy ranch—has come a long way from his early days making ice...

Supervisors hear 5G concerns

02/14/2019
Residents packed the Board of Supervisors Chamber last Tuesday evening, urging the board to do everything in its power to resist the installation of the small-cell wireless facilities known as 5G. The overwhelming majority expressed concerns over the health impacts of exposing communities to electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation. Tuesday’s...

New storm rating system aims to sharpen California forecasts

02/14/2019
Is California, the state with the greatest year-to-year rainfall variability, prepared for the rain and snow when it comes? A team of hydrometeorological scientists and weather forecasters this month unveiled a new storm rating system in a peer-reviewed study published by the Atmospheric Meteorological Society that they hope will help...

District Attorney takes Drakes Estero case

02/14/2019
The Marin County District Attorney is now handling a criminal case referred by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding the alleged mishandling of fragments of treated wood and other debris at Drakes Estero during a restoration project conducted by the National Park Service in 2017. Abbott Dutton, spokeswoman...

County homing in on cannabis proposals

02/14/2019
It’s been two years since California approved the recreational use of cannabis, but Marin is still in a lengthy process of issuing delivery-only licenses for medicinal use to no more than four businesses in unincorporated areas. Earlier this month, the county’s Community Development Agency released the results of a lottery...

Coastal commission approves two LCP sections

02/14/2019
The California Coastal Commission certified two out of the seven amendments that compose the update to Marin County’s 1980 Local Coastal Program on Feb. 6 at a hearing in Half Moon Bay. The language in the two sections, which pertain to agriculture and definitions throughout the update, is that approved...

Latest Inverness lead tests below limit

02/07/2019
Inverness Public Utility District officials had good news last month: in the most recent round of water tests ordered by the State Water Resources Control Board, just one of 20 samples showed elevated lead levels. Last fall, three residential water samples in Inverness turned up with lead levels that exceeded...

Virgil Levinger, 1982—2018

02/07/2019
Virgil Levinger, an Inverness native known for his quiet generosity, moral convictions and talents in gaming and electronic music that earned him an internet following, died during a seizure on Dec. 14 in his childhood home. He was 36 years old. The third youngest of eight children, Virgil lived and...

Stinson Beach hires fire officer to enforce defensible space rules

02/07/2019
To get their beachside town ready for wildfire season, the board of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District voted this week to hire a part-time seasonal fire officer to help residents comply with fire codes. The new officer, Anthony Beltramo, has worked with departments in Kentfield and Mill Valley in...

At vegan film festival, animal rights filmmaker argues for no dairies in park

02/07/2019
Surrounded by dairy farms and cattle ranches, vegans made their case for plant-based eating at the Mindful Eating Food and Film Festival held at the Dance Palace last Saturday. The festival, the first of its kind in Point Reyes Station, aimed to “get the conversation started between our connection to...

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