Marin reservoirs thirst for water: Governor Brown declares state of emergency [UPDATE]

By R.J. Heckelman and Max Wolf-Johnson

Alpine Reservoir south of Fairfax shows the affects of the drought. According to Marin Municipal Water District, the county’s reservoir system is only at 55 percent of its capacity.

Alpine Reservoir south of Fairfax shows the affects of the drought. According to Marin Municipal Water District, the county’s reservoir system is only at 55 percent of its capacity.

California is facing its worst drought in recorded history. Reservoirs are dry, entire communities are in danger of running out of water, and Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency. We need more rain, that much is obvious, but what may not be so obvious to most residents of Marin is the scale and impact of this year’s dry spell. Since 1895 the National Weather Service has been recording and tracking rainfall in California. To date, 2013 was the lowest amount of rainfall in recorded history, at less than two inches in some areas of California.

Although the recent storms have brought a few inches of rain to Marin, the county is still suffering from the drought and needs more rain. California’s snowpack also needs to increase to meet future demands. Normally by this time of year the state has around 15 inches of rainfall. The last storm brought only 4 inches.

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Review: Ambrosia Restaurant opens across from campus

By Leslie Lee

The new Ambrosia Restuarant across from the Learning Center on College Avenue offers students, faculty, staff and the community an exciting  menu that features a combination of California and Italian cuisine.

The new Ambrosia Restaurant across from the Learning Center on College Avenue offers students, faculty, staff and the community an exciting menu that features a combination of California and Italian cuisine.

It is 2:15 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon. The smell of tomato sauce and yeast fills Ambrosia restaurant. Owner Mark Lesley jumps from the kitchen to the bar counter, answering the phone, writing down orders, and calling out to his staff, who bustle around the kitchen, chopping and stirring that night’s culinary creations from scratch. Four loaves of bread crown the kitchen counter, cooling in the late afternoon light.

We sit in tall, wooden bar stools over a small round table that’s covered with a white table cloth and white paper. Long lamps hang from the high ceilings, casting a mellow golden light over the bar’s copper patina counter top, cozy leather booths, and the green-charcoal walls with poinsettia-red trim. 1930s-era Italian and French posters adorn the walls.

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Academic Center slated for completion in Summer 2015

By Max Wolf-Johnson

Just when it appeared as though construction of the Academic Center would never take off, steel beams went up seemingly overnight.

Just when it appeared as though construction of the Academic Center would never take off, steel beams went up seemingly overnight.

Another academic semester begins at College of Marin, and the school’s seemingly unending “modernization project” continues. For returning students the sight of neon-vested workers in hard hats and the sound of shrill beeping have become part of the campus’ backdrop. These minimal distractions, however, are the price to pay for the 17 state-of-the-art-classrooms that students will be able to enjoy once the new academic center finishes construction.

Additionally, once the project is completed, students will no longer need to fear registering for a class potentially taught in one of the portable bungalows. The building is scheduled to be opened for use at the start of the 2015 Summer semester, and at its current stage it is estimated to be 20 percent complete.

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Campus kidnapper still at large

By R.J. Heckelman

An unidentified person kidnapped and sexually assaulted a COM student at gunpoint.

An unidentified person kidnapped and sexually assaulted a COM student at gunpoint.

It’s been almost three weeks since a student was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint, forced to drive to another location, and sexually assaulted. So far there have been no new leads or arrests in the case. The incident, which occurred at 8:15 Thursday night, January 23rd in the gravel parking lot, behind the portable village, remains a mystery.

A man reportedly was waiting for the student in the back seat of his car. After the student entered the vehicle, the assailant informed him that he had a gun, and forced him to drive to a remote location in Tam Valley.
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Health Center offers students free flu shots

By R.J. Heckelman

Students can get a flu shot through the College Health Center on either the Kentfield or Indian Valley campuses at various times during the week.

Students can get a flu shot through the College Health Center on either the Kentfield or Indian Valley campuses at various times during the week.

In the Bay Area alone, 16 people have reportedly died from this season’s, H1N1, or “Swine Flu.” One of the victims, a resident of Santa Rosa, was only 23 years old. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the man’s family said that he was not properly diagnosed with the H1N1 virus until it was too late to save his life.

The victim, Matthew Walker, was admitted to Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa after he claimed to have difficulty breathing on Friday, December 27. The previous day he had been incorrectly diagnosed with pneumonia. After a few days his condition worsened, and doctors were forced to put him in a medically induced coma. Five days after he was admitted to Kaiser, Walker died.

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Spring Break moves to February

By Chandra Smith

With Spring Break pushed back to February, students next fall will be forced to rethink their vacation plans.  A wardrobe change may be in order.

With Spring Break pushed back to February, students next Spring will be forced to rethink their vacation plans. A wardrobe change may be in order.

College of Marin students will soak up the Spring Break sun for the last time this April. Starting next year, COM will be doing away with the week-long break in April. Instead, students and faculty will be joining Marin’s schoolchildren and high schools, and taking off for what traditionally has been called “Ski Week.”

Additionally, the winter recess will be extended by a week, giving students four full weeks away from school, testing, and classes. Students are ambivalent about the subsequent short time between vacations, to be implemented in January and February of 2015.
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