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West Marin’s Internet woes and hopes

06/25/2015
Rural areas are frequently left in the digital shadows when it comes to the range and quality of service that major Internet companies provide. For many years, that shadow has stretched over West Marin. A case in point: for months now, residents in Bolinas say AT&T has denied them new...

Shoreline trustees get earful

06/25/2015
Fears of losing a reading intervention program, frustrations over the location of board meetings and opposition to board health benefits were big topics at Shoreline Unified School District’s meeting last week. But two issues that community members wanted addressed on Thursday—the location of board meetings and ending board benefits—were not...

At Lairds, Clayton’s labors to be razed

06/25/2015
The Point Reyes National Seashore will tear down the buildings constructed by the late artist and fisherman Clayton Lewis at Lairds Landing—along with additions he made to Coast Miwok buildings—said the park’s cultural resources chief, Gordon White. The park will preserve three structures built by Coast Miwok over a century...

Shoreline looking into Tomales solar panels

06/25/2015
Solar panels that could bring $30,000 or more a year to Shoreline Unified School District coffers might be installed on district land in Tomales, depending on a study of the town’s power grid. The solar panels would not directly provide energy for the schools; instead, a solar company would pay...

Stinson preschool has 
two more years at site

06/25/2015
The Stinson Beach Preschool will stay housed in a portable modular classroom kept on the grounds of the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Union School District for another two years, after the district approved a lease extension with the preschool during the district’s regular June board meeting. The preschool—which serves 20 families—has operated...

Historic Inverness amphitheater revived for Shakespeare

06/25/2015
An outdoor amphitheater in Inverness that once drew hundreds of people to concerts and operettas but has fallen into disrepair in recent decades will be revitalized to host a Shakespearean comedy this summer. Sharron Drake, who produced the play “The Heiress” at the Dance Palace Community Center in May, launched...

Valley planning group hosts septic presentation

06/11/2015
In the midst of an ongoing debate over how the San Geronimo Valley should fix its wastewater woes, residents met Monday night to learn whether a particular septic system technology could work for their homes. AdvanTex Treatment Systems represents a potential on-site septic solution for the valley, where a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields—causing foul odors and fecal seepage during the rainy winter season. Pollution from the sludge combined with sediment runoff also threatens to contaminate creeks in a watershed where salmon populations spawn...

Bolinas farmers 
break ground

06/11/2015
Seventeen years after the Point Reyes National Seashore proposed that three Bolinas row croppers change the way they use Pine Gulch Creek, a project that will bank over 21 million gallons of winter water finally broke ground this month. When construction is complete this fall, five storage ponds will provide water drawn during the rainy season to three farms—Warren Weber’s Star Route Farm, Peter Martinelli’s Fresh Run Farm and Dennis...

Western Weekend a cultural success

06/11/2015
The 66th annual Western Weekend parade drew a crowd of thousands to downtown Point Reyes Station on Sunday to carouse and celebrate West Marin. Beginning at high noon, the parade brought a cavalcade of antique cars, festooned floats, Aztec Dancers, expert horsemen, a mariachi band and a drunken and disorganized...

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