West Marin Fund loses director, expands offerings

01/19/2017
Expansions and transitions are coming to the West Marin Fund, the community foundation that has supported West Marin nonprofits since it was founded in 2010. Catherine Porter, the part-time executive director, has announced that she is resigning. Her replacement will work fulltime, allowing the fund to step up its donor...

New majority on county board in favor of Laura’s Law

01/19/2017
Three of five county supervisors have indicated their support for implementing a pilot program of a state bill commonly known as Laura’s Law, which governs mandatory outpatient treatment for the mentally ill. Under Assembly Bill 1421, which gives counties the discretion to adopt the provision, a judge can order a...

Parking survey shows discontent in Bo

01/19/2017
Bolinas residents strongly support a parking plan that addresses the weekend chaos in town, according to the results of two recent online surveys. Over three quarters of the local respondents said the parking situation has a “negative or very negative impact on their lives in Bolinas” and 71 percent supported...

Vegan chef builds animal sanctuary in Nicasio hills

01/19/2017
A herd of farm animals meanders across a grassy knoll, trailing after a slim, dark-haired woman in a straw-dusted barn jacket and rain boots. “As long as I’m outside, they just want to be with me,” says Miyoko Schinner, a vegan chef and the force behind the Rancho Compasión Animal...

Cordell Bank offices tie into high-speed internet, seashore awaits okay

01/19/2017
AT&T customers living near Bear Valley may soon have the ability to tap into a line of newly hung high-level fiber-optic internet cables. That’s courtesy of a modernization effort by the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is wrapping up a...

MRCD awarded $200,000 grant for carbon farming

01/19/2017
The practice of “carbon farming,” which once seemed like an idealist’s dream, is becoming a reality in Marin County. The California Coastal Conservancy has just announced a $200,000 grant to the Marin Resource Conservation District that will fund as many as 10 projects on local ranches and farms. At each...

San Geronimo Valley preschool, in ebb and flow, expands ages, hours

01/19/2017
The brochure for the San Geronimo Childcare Center has a new, yellow sticker across its title announing that they are now accepting 18 month olds...

Dispensary seeks local support

01/19/2017
As the attorney for Forest Knolls Wellness, a non-profit collective that has applied for a county permit to operate a medical cannabis dispensary in Forest Knolls, I want to respond to your Nov. 23 article and to the opinion piece by Gregory Slugocki. I hope to clarify some of the...

Nature Notebook, January 19, 2017

01/19/2017
The Chinese New Year—the Year of the Rooster—follows the new moon of Jan. 28. Morning high tides have brought up tremendous amounts of debris, along with northern elephant seals, at Drakes Beach. The seals nap and linger before moving toward the larger colonies at the Headlands. Let them rest after...

México en picada

01/19/2017
2017 aparece ante los mexicanos como un año incierto, oscuro e impredecible. No sólo por las declaraciones y medidas antimexicanas de Donald Trump, el nuevo e insólito presidente estadunidense, sino por la debacle económica y política que desde 2014 va haciendo las cosas cada vez más complicadas y difíciles para...