The Coastal Post - August, 1998

Clinic Needs Help

Your West Marin Clinic, who helps all the poor people out there, may close. They may strike. The Board of Supervisors will not give its workers a cost-of-living increase close to what the managers are making-they got a 7-10% cost of living raise (plus they make $125,000 a year). Not fair for the little people. They are working so hard to help the poor people out there. Call 499-4253, Dana Hixenbouch.

Medical Marijuana

Marin, Oakland and Ukiah Clubs to remain open-federal marshals denied ok for cannabis raids

A medical marijuana crisis has been averted once again by yesterday's federal court ruling in San Francisco. Hon. Judge Breyer denied the federal ex parte motion to close the three cannabis clubs "by whatever means necessary," and has set August 14th as the next court date to rule on the contempt of court charges that have been filed against the Marin, Oakland, and Ukiah organizations. A federal preliminary injunction ordering their shutdown has been in effect since May 20th. Three out of six clubs sued by the government have already shut down, along with most other such operations in the state.

"In America, we are innocent until proven guilty. Having medical necessity for our defense will help set us free from any charges. Compassion is the only thing we are guilty of, and I am happy and relieved that our members will not die, go blind, or end up hospitalized because of politics," stated Lynnette Shaw, founded of the CBC Marin, one of the individuals being sued by the federal government. "The voters of California have clearly spoken in support of the patients' need. What a waste of thousands of tax dollars to continue this witch hunt! The state and federal government has failed to implement the will of the people. Our local authorities have developed permits and regulations that work, and have saved lives because of it. Why not look to us for a model?"

The next court appearance on August 14th will determine whether a civil jury trail will go forward over the contempt of court case pressed by the government.

Environmental Training Program

The Environmental Forum of Marin offers training in ecology, environmental issues, and the planning process through classroom and field study. Scheduled topics include wetlands, wildlife, advocacy, land use, agriculture, governmental and agency processes, energy, toxins and transportation. Classes begin September 8 and continue once a week on Tuesdays, usually from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., through mid-February, 1999.

The cost of the six-month training is $150. Trainers are volunteers, and include key experts, activists, professionals and government officials. College credit is available through San Rafael's Dominican College.

For more information, call 479-7814 or write the Environmental Forum of Marin, Box 74, Larkspur, CA 94977.

Church of the Muses

All Bolinas artists-painters, sculptors, musicians and composers, actors and playwrights, dancers and choreographers, photographers and filmmakers, historians and lovers of the arts-are invited to reconfirm your appreciation of the arts, to demonstrate, review, speak on the major and minor masters in your field, its best and worst times and the present state.

The Church of the Muses will be holding Thursday evening sessions from 7:30-9:30 at the little art gallery where Judy Molyneux's work is on display in hopes of increasing appreciation of our artist ancestors and their living heirs, as well as raising awareness of the powerful role the arts have played in the survival of humanitarian values and spiritual freedom.

All who would like to actively participate may contact Herman Berlandt, Box 886, or leave a message at 868-9224. BYOB and pillows. Admission is free.

Cool Ideas For Hot Dogs

Beating the heat can be tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

Heatstroke can come on quickly and result in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting or lack of coordination.

Lower the body temperature gradually by providing water to drink and applying a cold towel or ice pack to the head, neck and chest, or by immersing the dog in tepid (not cold) water.

"Every summer we hear about tragedies that could have been prevented," says Jennifer O'Connor, Cruelty Caseworker for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "Many people don't realize how quickly animals left in hot cars or outside without shade or water can succumb to the heat."

Prevent heatstroke by taking these precautions:

Never leave a dog in a parked car. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90 degrees, while a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees in minutes. Animals can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

If you see a dog in a car, take down the car's color, model, make and license plate number and have the owner paged inside the store, or call local humane authorities or police. Contact PETA for a supply of fliers on the dangers of heatstroke to leave on windshields.

Don't take your dog jogging except on cool mornings or evenings, and don't force exercise. On long walks, rest often and bring plenty of water. Hot pavement can burn dogs' paws; choose shady, grassy routes.

Trim heavy-coated dogs' fur, but leave an inch for protection against insects and sunburn. Keep an eye on areas where hair is thin, like eyelids, ears and nose; protect against sunburn.

Keep your dog indoors; if s/he must stay outside, avoid the hottest part of the day. Provide shade, water and a kiddie pool. Keep drinking water in an anchored bucket or heavy bowl.

Make sure any chained dogs you see have food, water and shelter. If you see a dog in distress, contact humane authorities. Give the dog immediate relief by providing water.

Beach Survey Volunteers Needed

El Nino continues to have serious impacts on Bay Area marine life, and the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary of San Francisco needs volunteers to document this and other phenomena. "Beach Watch" volunteers survey beaches each month from Ano Nuevo to Bodega Head to document natural phenomena including the migration and distribution of marine organisms, unusual oceanic events and human-caused impacts.

This program represents a unique opportunity for the public to gain specialized training and knowledge of one of the world's most productive eco-systems. The surveys are conducted every four weeks; a commitment to a minimum of one year service is required. Volunteers record visitor use; the location, condition and species of marine animals seen; and photograph beach profiles and unusual creatures.

No experience in necessary; volunteers must be 18 years or older. Classroom and field instruction are provided; the ability to identify seabirds and shorebirds is desirable.

Orientation begins in August; training starts later in August and continues through October. Call Leslie Grella at 561-6622.

Art At Two Bird

Two Bird Cafe at the Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Dr. off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo, presents art work by Barbara Romance of Forest Knolls through August. The show includes photo montage, paintings, mixed media and pastels.

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 488-0105; for more information, call 488-0528.

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