Feedback sought on Tomales Town Hall

A little over a decade ago, the Tomales Town Hall was caught in a bind. The building was over 130 years old and required improvements, but its board of trustees had dwindled to just a handful of members...

Glass collective brings the heat to I.P.

An ice cube-sized hunk of Pyrex fused to a hollow glass tube was rotating over a propane flame in an Inverness Park garage last week. Jason Green waited for it to reach about 2500°F, when he could blow it into a tiny oil lamp—or whatever it might become. “Sometimes you...

County seeks feedback for disaster plan update

Imagine that you are building a sandcastle near a rising tide. To counteract the risk of destruction from incoming waves, you dig a moat to combat disaster if and when it occurs...

Shoreline will start live-streaming board meetings

To better connect the sprawling Shoreline Unified School District, which stretches from Inverness to Bodega Bay, the district’s board of trustees will implement a new video conferencing system so that parents, teachers and community members can live stream monthly board meetings. When trustees assemble for their all-day board meeting in...

Free preschool in Bolinas gets adequate interest

A dozen children are pre-enrolled for a public 4-year-old preschool program slated to start next fall at Bolinas-Stinson Union School District—enough potential students to get planning underway for the free program. Yet two other area preschools are worried about how it will impact their enrollment. The program will be the...

Opposition flares over proposed valley dispensary

Opposition to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary is ramping up in the San Geronimo Valley, with dozens of residents lobbying the local planning group and the school board to write critical letters to the county. As of this week, the Community Development Agency had received about 200 letters opposing the...

Lazy meter reading leads to high North Marin water bills

North Marin Water District is waiving all tiered charges for water from Nov. 10 through Jan. 5, forgoing an estimated $50,000 in revenue, after a rogue meter reader made up water use data for as many as 15 or 20 percent of customers. The issue came to light in recent...

Toxin in bay a risk for marine life, study finds

A largely unmonitored but worrisome toxin produced by freshwater algae has shown up in shellfish in San Francisco and Tomales Bays, though its presence in West Marin was low, according to a study by University of California researchers published last month. The toxin, microcystis aeriginosa, is produced by freshwater algae...

Changes meant to reinvigorate Bolinas land trust

The Bolinas Community Land Trust is making a push to reinvigorate itself: it just hired a new executive director, expanded its board and made a commitment to better involve its membership, the nonprofit said at its annual meeting on Sunday. The land trust is seeking to counteract some challenges it’s...


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