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Meadery’s estate release

12/23/2015
West Marin’s meadery has announced the second release of an estate varietal made from honey sourced from within 30 miles of its Point Reyes Station headquarters. Heidrun Meadery owner Gordon Hull, who may be the country’s only meadmaker to naturally ferment honey to make his sparkling product, said this year’s...

Absence of candidates leads county to fill seats

12/22/2015
Two local service districts are set to have county supervisors appoint members to their boards after the districts failed to turn out any candidates for open seats prior to November’s election, echoing instances among other organizations in West Marin that have struggled this year to fill vacancies in their administrative...

Bill requiring the sale of housing facility to Marin passed by Senate

12/22/2015
The United States Senate passed legislation late last week requiring the Coast Guard to sell its Point Reyes Station housing complex to Marin County, so that it can be used as affordable housing. The legislation prevents the Coast Guard from publicly auctioning the surplus property, although the agency has said...

Opt-out fee for clean energy users to double

12/22/2015
A monthly exit fee that customers of alternative energy providers like Marin Clean Energy pay Pacific Gas and Electric Company to recoup money lost from historical contracts will double in the new year, following a 4-1 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission last Thursday. The price hike is projected...

Bolinas and Stinson’s new Presbyterian voice

12/22/2015
Sharon Latour was walking down her street in Montgomery, Alabama in 2001 when she came upon a tiny clapboard Presbyterian church. She had already realized that her conservative Methodist church no longer fit, and she went inside and found a female pastor steeped in liberation theology. The next few years...

SPAWN wins over $650,000 in legal fee battle with county

12/17/2015
A Marin County judge last Friday awarded $652,544 in legal fees to attorneys representing the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, for litigation dating back to 2007 that forced the county to reevaluate how it regulates future development in the San Geronimo Valley. Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson set the amount...

Without crab for fundraiser, preschool loses thousands

12/17/2015
As the delay of the recreational and commercial crab season opening continues to hammer the fishing industry, Shoreline Acres Preschool in Tomales also felt the blow last Saturday: it took in thousands of dollars less than usual at its annual crab feed fundraiser, which is the main source of funding...

House of Reps tightens Coast Guard bill

12/17/2015
The House of Representatives approved updated legislation last week that forces a sale of the 30-acre Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes Station to Marin County, Rep. Jared Huffman announced Friday. The updated legislation, a rider to the broader Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, includes stronger language in support of...

Dillon store burglarized

12/17/2015
The General Store in Dillon Beach was burglarized last Wednesday night, resulting in the loss of $2,300 in cash pilfered from a safe that was pried open with “some sort of tool,” according to Sergeant Mark Hale of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Hale offered few details about the...

Foes of mosquito pesticide get short fix

12/17/2015
Opponents of a pesticide known as methoprene scored a small victory last Wednesday after the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District voted unanimously to approve a six-month extension of an agreement that keeps methoprene out of West Marin. The agreement was set to end on Jan. 1, 2016, and has...

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