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No fooling! Stinson Beach post office turns 100

03/31/2016
One hundred years ago, a small but growing beach town called Willow Camp finally got a post office when a relative newcomer named Lyman DeCamp finally convinced the government to establish one. Up until then, mail was typically picked up by anyone passing through Bolinas and dropped off on the...

Little Wing Farm to shutter after barn fire

03/31/2016
Little Wing Farm, which supplied West Marin restaurants with coturnix quail eggs and produce grown in Tomales, is shutting down after a fire gutted a barn at the small operation on March 20. Molly Myerson, who started the farm four years ago, was not present when the old wooden and...

Green Bridge retrofit option as good as nixed

03/24/2016
A Caltrans working group composed of West Marin residents and a host of government representatives has determined that a retrofit option for Point Reyes Station’s 86-year-old Green Bridge is likely too problematic to pursue. “Since extensive effort and cost would be required with no long-term benefit, the [working group] supported...

Garbage mixing may have been fleeting

03/24/2016
Local concerns over whether Redwood Empire Disposal trucks have been collecting recycling and garbage in the same receptacles received a response this week, when an administrator for the group that oversees Redwood said drivers had indeed been collecting them together and separating the items manually at a disposal yard—but only...

West Marin, meet Dominic Grossi

03/24/2016
Dominic Grossi's life has revolved around dairying. He grew up on his family’s ranch in West Novato, across from Stafford Lake. In high school, he participated in Petaluma’s Future Farmers of America and the agricultural mechanics team (the latter of which earned a state championship in 1989). He majored in...

Tomales Elementary faces third year without principal

03/24/2016
Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees last week voted to hold off on searching for a full-time principal for Tomales Elementary until a new superintendent is hired later this year, a decision that troubled many parents—particularly Latinos—who have advocated strongly in recent months for the district to find a...

Early-morning fire burns cottage at Shallow Beach

03/24/2016
Judy O'Shea woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning thinking that deer were munching on her flowers. But when she peered out of her bedroom window, she realized the noise was not wildlife: a fire was consuming her and her husbband's studio, which housed artwork and served as...

Civil grand jury finds transparency lacking

03/24/2016
A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury evaluating how transparently the county’s public agencies provide access to information gave nearly all of West Marin’s 15 agencies failing grades—except for the Bolinas Community Public Utility district, which earned an “A+” mark. Jennifer Blackman, the district’s general manager, said...

An expert on seashore barns, and a collapsed one

03/24/2016
Three weeks ago the hay barn at B Ranch blew down during a storm—and Daniel Brown can pretty much explain why. Mr. Brown, who worked for the National Park Service for 38 years, spent a decade and a half of his career at Point Reyes National Seashore, preserving historic barns...

Bolinas committee encourages restoration of sewer ponds property

03/24/2016
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District will dedicate $3,200 to improve and provide long-term maintenance for a mile-long trail built in 2008 that connects the Big Mesa to downtown Bolinas. The decision follows a recommendation by a subcommittee that spent the last two years studying 40 acres adjacent to the...

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