Animal slaughter proposal sparks strong emotions

12/01/2016
Marin is renowned for its environmentally conscious, largely organic agriculture–but should the county allow the animals raised on its pastures to be slaughtered within its borders? That was the question the Planning Commission faced during a workshop on Monday that considered a proposed reversal of the current ban on commercial...

DeCarli’s defends practices in new court filings

12/01/2016
The propane business DeCarli’s rebuked claims that it billed customers late or improperly, arguing that the vast majority of customers have been billed in a timely manner and the few who weren’t should not be entitled to free propane, according to recent court filings. The filings, submitted last month, come...

Almanac editors publish first book, a poetry collection

12/01/2016
The journey of 51 poems began with a nine-year global odyssey that plucked David Bailey from his Southern California home and led him to India, Nepal, Mexico and St. Louis, Mo. in what he calls “a personal quest to find something real.” In the end, he found himself in Inverness...

Glass collective brings the heat to I.P.

12/01/2016
An ice cube-sized hunk of Pyrex fused to a hollow glass tube was rotating over a propane flame in an Inverness Park garage last week. Jason Green waited for it to reach about 2500°F, when he could blow it into a tiny oil lamp—or whatever it might become. “Sometimes you...

Marin roads still below state average, report says

12/01/2016
In Marin, one of the most affluent counties in the nation, the streets are far from being cemented in gold. Pavement conditions of roads in unincorporated Marin fell below the state’s average score and were reported to be at a “higher risk” of deterioration in a recent state assessment. The...

Kinsey nabs contract to redesign city transit hub

12/01/2016
Supervisor Steve Kinsey nabbed his first post-supervisor job, to start right after he leaves office: a $50,000 contract with the city of San Rafael to help reconfigure the downtown bus transit hub, which will be disrupted by construction of the SMART train. “I guess I like complex problems,” said Mr...

County seeks feedback for disaster plan update

12/01/2016
Imagine that you are building a sandcastle near a rising tide. To counteract the risk of destruction from incoming waves, you dig a moat to combat disaster if and when it occurs...

Feedback sought on Tomales Town Hall

12/01/2016
A little over a decade ago, the Tomales Town Hall was caught in a bind. The building was over 130 years old and required improvements, but its board of trustees had dwindled to just a handful of members...

Hathaway Barry: A woman listening to boys and men

12/01/2016
Longtime Point Reyes Station resident Hathaway Barry set out eight years ago with a burning question. Bringing her past experience as a mediator, an educator and a poet, she asked: What happens to boys as they grow up? Her new book, “Boy: A Woman Listening to Boys and Men,” threads together first-person accounts from over 85 interviews she conducted with boys and men of all ages, ethnicities, sexual identities and backgrounds...

Here come the carpetbaggers

12/01/2016
Marin is quickly moving forward with the permitting of up to four medicinal marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county, selected from the 12 applications that were submitted. The green rush is on and the San Geronimo Valley may be next in line to become just another notch in...

Fired up

12/01/2016
We have our work cut out for the foreseeable future, getting involved in politics to make a difference, from the ground up. So what does personal involvement entail, apart from spending hours of your spare time at committee meetings, supervisor hearings, village association board meetings? It entails joining those boards,...

Chronic fatigue and the microbiome

12/01/2016
There is tremendous interest in the relationship between the microbes in and on our bodies and our state of health and disease. The origins of chronic fatigue syndrome have remained mysterious, though studied, for years, but it is now believed to be related in some ways to the bacteria in...

Celebrating a library’s grassroots origin

12/01/2016
The Inverness branch of the Marin County Free Library opened on Sept. 11, 1942 at a time when gasoline shortages stemming from the war made it difficult for residents to drive even to Point Reyes Station for books. Volunteers were active from the beginning in staffing and maintaining the library,...

Tim Weed’s continuing colloquium

12/01/2016
Tim Weed’s banjo playing awed the audience at the Lucid Art Foundation’s annual concert, “Mystical Night of Music and Poetry” last month. The nimbleness with which he fingered his banjo mesmerized the audience, but it was equaled or exceeded by the originality of his captivating score. Tim, who also co-founded...

Ted Nordquist: A cultured life

12/01/2016
Ted Nordquist hesitated a moment before picking a mini-cup of yogurt from the shelf at Whole Foods in Sonoma. “Why is this so good that people would pay $3.99 for it?” he asked the cashier, who had no inkling that the customer holding the tiny container of cultured coconut was...