From Broadway to West Marin: “The Most Happy Fella”

The West Marin Players make a major departure from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Victorian England with this year’s music production, Frank Loesser’s 1956 Broadway gem, “The Most Happy Fella.” Showing at the Dance Palace Community Center from July 10 to 12, this exhilarating musical is the set in the Napa Valley...

West Marin’s Internet woes and hopes

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Water district sued over tiered rates

A San Francisco-based law firm suing Marin Municipal Water District over its longstanding tiered water-rate structure is claiming the district arbitrarily charges more for greater water use. The suit follows an April ruling in a Southern California appellate court, in which a judge found a water district in Orange County...

Point Reyes jeweler robbed at gunpoint

This past weekend, in an area where the sheriff’s log is known better for cows in the road than armed heists, Point Reyes Jeweler owner David Clarkson was bound with duct tape by three young men—one with a gun—and robbed of his wares. “I am definitely not ‘ruined’ although this...

Seth Hamblin, a man of passion, dies at 46

Seth Hamblin, who went from hiking and wandering the hills of the San Geronimo Valley as an adolescent to working as a head graphics editor at the Wall Street Journal, died on June 1 of a heart attack after running a race in Morris Township, N.J. He was 46 years...


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