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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...

Photo show in Olema

09/01/2016
Leigh St. Maur Stocker, a Southern California photographer and artist who died five years ago, never sought exposure for his work, which ranged from still lifes of Camel cigarette packs to evocative photographs of gladiolas to nudes. But his brother, San Geronimo valley resident Michael Stocker, wants to spread Leigh’s...

Bolinas-Stinson School consolidates small classes

08/25/2016
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District will have two new combined grade classrooms in its elementary program, creating larger classes with more balanced gender ratios, principal Jason Richardson said. The move comes as the district faces decreasing enrollment: this year it will educate 85 students, compared to enrollment in the “low 90s”...

Conservation league hosts agriculture talks

08/25/2016
The Marin Conservation League is or- ganizing a four-part series in Septem- ber and October to inform people about ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore before the park’s ranch manage- ment plan is released. “The Marin Conser- vation League has always been interested, as an environmental organization, in the...

County defends Woodacre home stalled for decade

08/25/2016
The Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal, filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, of a proposed home in Woodacre that the nonprofit believes would harm fish and increase the likelihood of landslides. Plans for the 1,900-square-foot home, garage and septic system—plagued by a decade of delays because...

Report says coastal parks vulnerable to climate changes

08/25/2016
While the National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday today, its recent report on the impact of climate change on the Bay Area’s nine national parks suggests that the coast and its tremendous biodiversity are at risk. In the highest emission scenario, sea levels could rise up to 39...

Joe Marino Capodice, theater stronghold, dies at 80

08/25/2016
Joe Marino Capodice, a veteran of West Marin theater who lived a stripped-down life in Inverness, died this month. He was 80 years old. Joe, who for over four decades lived in a roughly 100-square-foot cabin almost completely off the grid, played a major part in the West Marin theater...

Bolinas woman opens downtown beauty salon

08/25/2016
Eleven years after Amanda Ross-Mann moved to Bolinas and saw an empty storefront in town, the space is hers. Ms. Ross-Mann, who hosts events at the Mann Family Farm, is also an aesthetician; over the last decade, she has formulated and sold her own botanically based beauty product line, which...

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