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Spanish-language program will urge Latinos to vote

09/15/2016
A Spanish-language event to encourage civic engagement and voting in West Marin’s Latino community will take place on Sept. 28, at West Marin School. It may be the first election program geared for Latinos in the area. The event is organized by locals and advocates, including Julie Monson, a board...

Education board rejects plea by former Nicasio mom

09/15/2016
Appeals from the parents of two former Nicasio School students asking the Marin County Board of Education to reverse a decision last spring to deny enrollment to their children were rejected last month. One parent criticized the decision about her child as insufficiently considerate of the special circumstances around her...

Inverness restaurant showcases local paella maker in monthly dinners

09/15/2016
Tom Meckfessel loves rice. “I have this fascination with rice. I see it as the universal comfort food,” he said. Every culture has a rice dish, he went on, and even a name for the mouthwatering crust that forms on the bottom when cooked. The word is “socarrat” for paella,...

Locals press DeCarli’s to comply with settlement

09/08/2016
A wave of complaints over the past year against the propane business DeCarli’s has spurred customers who formerly settled a class action lawsuit against the company to press for the enforcement of settlement terms. The new motion, filed in Marin Superior Court on Friday by Susan Deixler, Scott Yancy and...

Three apply for pot dispensaries in West Marin

09/08/2016
Three groups have applied for licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries they hope to operate in West Marin, two in the San Geronimo Valley and one in Marshall. The Community Development Agency accepted applications through Aug. 31, but not all of the applicants appear to have received permission from the owners...

Legislature passes rule for farmworker overtime pay

09/08/2016
A state bill that expands overtime pay for farmworkers passed the legislature last week, with new rules to be implemented over the next decade if Gov. Jerry Brown signs it. Marin’s state politicians both abstained from the vote, citing concerns about the impact to North Bay dairies and ranches. More...

Woodstove rebates target impacted residents

09/08/2016
The county is encouraging West Marin residents to apply for a woodstove rebate program funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District—especially those who live in areas deemed highly impacted by wood smoke particulate. The air district kicked off the rebate program about two weeks ago, with $3 million...

Nicasio’s water future up for discussion

09/01/2016
Should Nicasio, where all homes source water from wells vulnerable to drought, be able to tap into Marin’s largest water supplier? It’s a discussion the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, is trying to jumpstart. A draft report released this month, which is now open for public comment, suggests...

Hog Island Oyster faces harvesting changes

09/01/2016
Some shellfish lease areas in Tomales Bay near the mouth of Walker Creek are facing shifting management rules from the California Department of Public Health because of water quality issues following very heavy rains, despite ranchers’ efforts to improve water quality in the watershed. The Department of Public Health recommended tightening rainfall closure rules for one area leased by Hog Island Oyster Company because of high fecal coliform levels. Now, the company will have to wait longer before it can harvest shellfish following substantial rains that bring runoff into the bay...

Newly formed stamp club will meet in Inverness

09/01/2016
Emmanuel Serriere has some 10,000 stamps. Now he is bringing his passion for stamp collection to the Inverness Library, where a new club will meet on Monday, Sept. 12. “The reason I wanted to start a stamp club is because every time someone learns that I collect stamps, they never...

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