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Benjie Johnson, lifelong Drakes Bay oyster farmer, dead at 56

03/27/2014
Ben “Benjie” Johnson, an oysterman who struggled to find his way after his family’s farm in Drakes Estero was sold, died from complications of pneumonia in Oklahoma City this month. He was 56 years old. Many will remember Benjie’s long battle with alcoholism, but his close family will recall a funny and loving young boy. At 4 years old, his mother, Joan Clifton, said “he’d be outside playing with the other kids when he’d come running into the house. He’d grab me by the legs and say, ‘I love you, Mommy,’ and run back outside.”...

Two dead following Lawson’s Landing shooting

03/27/2014
A teenage boy was allegedly murdered by his lover’s roommate at Lawson’s Landing early Thursday morning, following months of reported domestic disturbances. Ken Neville, 56, was charged with murder in the shooting of 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson, for which he could face a life sentence. The victim’s 51-year-old lover, Eric Gillespie, has since committed suicide in another county, according to a report yesterday in The Marin Independent-Journal. The two older men apparently lived together in Hayward before they moved to Lawson’s Landing last summer. Mr. Jackson had begun to stay at the trailer a few months later, said Willy Vogler, the campground’s co-owner...

Mike McGuire, his election assured, remains little known in Marin

03/20/2014
The election of Sonoma Supervisor Mike McGuire as state senator for California’s Second District can be predicted with near certainty, even though the primary isn’t until June 3 and McGuire won’t be officially elected until November 4. State Senator Noreen Evans previously oversaw the district—created in 2010 through redistricting and...

County lags behind waste goal

03/20/2014
The County of Marin is aiming to produce “zero waste” by 2025 by recycling or composting virtually all its output. But a county watchdog found that the Civic Center and county jail have been seriously derelict in diverting waste, with tons of potentially recyclable materials ending up in landfills because...

Student photo exhibit in Bolinas

03/20/2014
Pinhole cameras are bare-bones devices, eschewing lenses in favor of simple tiny apertures that light passes through to capture images on film inside the camera. They can be fashioned from pretty much any lightproof container: a shoebox, a soup can or even an empty container of spam. For about a...

Feliciano gets first football ride

03/20/2014
Tomales High School’s star running back and linebacker Anthony Feliciano is the school’s first student to be recruited for a football scholarship. He will sign his letter of intent today to play for Benedictine College, a Catholic, liberal arts school in Kansas that finished high in the rankings last year...

For 42 years, Nancy Hemmingway gave life to the Inverness library

03/20/2014
Nancy Hemmingway has been the Inverness librarian longer than the Inverness library has been at its current location. After 42 years tending the community’s books and readers, she will be retiring at the end of this month. “She’s devoted more than half her life to this community, in more ways than one,” said Bonny White, the library’s West Marin branch manager. “Nancy is irreplaceable. She’s one of the most gracious people I’ve ever met in my life, either in library service or out of it. We have been so lucky.” Sara Jones, the director of the Marin County Free Library, described her as “an enormous community treasure.” A former...

Open space plan shifts from blunt to refined approach, scaling impact criteria

03/20/2014
Outcry over the proposed decommissioning of roads and trails in Marin’s Open Space District has led officials to shift to a finer-toothed approach to management. At a public meeting on Saturday, representatives of Marin County Parks laid out a new method to evaluate projects that will be part of a revised draft Road and Trails Management Plan due for release this summer with an accompanying...

Library tilts away from books

03/20/2014
At a community forum early this month, the director of the Marin County Free Library asked a few dozen attendees to step up and mark a line between two ideals of how a library should function: one end represented the library as an information repository; the other, the library as...

Tomales services district to bid jobs

03/19/2014
After 15 years under a single administrator, the Tomales Village Community Services District is on the cusp of implementing a competitive bidding process that could put the current holder, Karl Drexel, out of a job. Since the district was created in 1999, Mr. Drexel has guided the management of the...

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