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Dual storms disrupt travel, power for thousands

01/12/2017
Storms in the past week took down dozens of trees, damaged a handful of homes, cut power for thousands and spurred car crashes in West Marin, as well as the rest of the county. About 10 inches of rain fell between Friday and Wednesday mornings in the Point Reyes National...

Coastal Health Alliance to reopen Stinson Beach clinic

01/12/2017
The Coastal Health Alliance’s small clinic in Stinson Beach, temporarily closed since July due to the departure of staff members, will reopen in March, said Steven Siegel, the nonprofit’s executive director. The two-day-a-week clinic served about 240 patients with around 100 visits per month. Dr. Rosalia Mendoza worked at the...

After 24 years, Elsie Riley leaves the bakery counter

01/12/2017
Elsie Riley has served customers at the Bovine Bakery for almost as long as the bakery itself has been open, forging friendships and relationships with countless locals and visitors along the way. Now, after 24 years, Ms. Riley is stepping down from her post as she prepares for surgery on...

St. Columba’s finds vicar in professor and reverend from Fairfax

01/05/2017
Following a year of changes within its organization, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church has welcomed a new part-time vicar: Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, of Fairfax. The announcement comes a year after Father Robert Weldy, the previous head of Inverness’s oldest church, retired and St. Columba’s status shifted from a parish to a mission due to a shrinking laity and inadequate funding...

Nature Notebook, January 5, 2017

01/05/2017
Light in winter! A full moon rises on Jan. 12 and will be accompanied by Venus at its highest point in the evening sky. Look for the brilliant planet to the west over the Inverness Ridge as the sun sets just after 5 p.m. and before the moon rises at...

Rodoni takes District 4 office

01/05/2017
Dennis Rodoni’s Chevrolet Volt rose over Big Rock peak early Tuesday morning as the District Four supervisor curved along Lucas Valley Road en route to give his oath of office. Maintaining the stretch’s 35-mph speed limit, he glided towards the Civic Center following a nine-month campaign that ended in a tight race between Novato dairyman Dominic Grossi and himself: a lifelong West Marin resident with a contracting business and a home in Olema...

Tea purveyor faces new twists, mounting bills

01/05/2017
Over a year ago, tea purveyor David Lee Hoffman’s property in Lagunitas was put under the control of a receiver, a lawyer appointed by a judge, to decide what to do with the dozens of unpermitted structures built over the last few decades. Since then, Mr. Hoffman has moved his...

Jackie MacFarlane, a mom to Western patrons, dies at 95

01/05/2017
Jackie MacFarlane, a retired bartender for the Old Western Saloon whose warmth earned her the nickname “Mom” among patrons and locals alike, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 18 at a nursing home in Petaluma. She was 95 years old. Born on Jan. 13, 1921, Ms. MacFarlane was raised...

District signs off on seawall application

01/05/2017
A seawall in Bolinas involving some interesting property lines could get a substantial upgrade: representatives for the property owner of 100 Brighton Avenue nabbed permission from the Bolinas Community Public Utility District last month to apply for permits to replace and improve the wall that fronts the home...

Marin hashing out revisions to second unit rules

12/28/2016
Marin County is preparing to change rules for accessory living units to comply with state legislation that takes effect in 2017, an effort that will allow larger second units and create a pathway for financial assistance for landlords seeking to create junior units. The development code changes, which attempt to...

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