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West Marin, meet Al Dugan

04/21/2016
Al Dugan says he’s an analytical, data-driven guy, the result of decades in the insurance field. Raised in New Orleans, he attended Louisiana State University before moving to the Bay Area; here he spent decades—including 24 years as an executive—underwriting marine and land cargo. He held major complex accounts with...

Longtime county supe endorses Grossi

04/21/2016
Former longtime District 4 supervisor Gary Giacomini said it was a “no-brainer, given the field” that he would endorse Dominic Grossi, a Novato rancher, in the upcoming supervisor race. Mr. Giacomini, a founding board member of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, said the protection of agricultural lands—a major part of...

Marshall celebrates community septic system

04/21/2016
Marshall residents on Wednesday celebrated the completion of the town’s community wastewater system, a $3.21 million project begun in the early 2000s that now serves around 50 properties along the east shore of Tomales Bay. The community system replaces individual septic systems, many of which were long ago deemed sources...

Solomon on ballot for Sanders delegates

04/21/2016
Norman Solomon, a journalist, political activist and Inverness Park resident, is running in an upcoming caucus to serve as a delegate in the Second Congressional District for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia. The delegate caucuses on May 1, for Sen. Sanders and...

Mosquito agreement coming soon

04/21/2016
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and the West Marin Mosquito Council are poised to produce a draft legal agreement that would determine what pesticides the district could use in West Marin to prevent outbreaks. The current agreement—which was signed in 2005 and extended multiple times—expires at the end...

Art & Garden in Bolinas

04/21/2016
This year’s annual Art and Garden Spring Festival in Bolinas will focus on a celebration of local flora and fauna with the theme “Wild At Home.” A fundraiser for the Bolinas Community Center, the festival—Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1—has been put on nearly every year since 1994 and...

Chef and co-owner brings Japanese touch to Rancho Nicasio

04/21/2016
You have a lot of options when you go to Rancho Nicasio on a Friday night. You can listen to rollicking music. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a generous serving of Maker's Mark on the rocks. You can eat off the typical Rancho menu: spinach dip, a...

Public defender runs for balance in court

04/21/2016
The race for an open judge seat on Marin County Superior Court has drawn nine candidates, but one claims he has an edge. Former West Marin resident Michael Coffino says he’s the only candidate with a background as a public defender—a distinction that has been lacking on the county’s bench...

Osprey nest felled in Inverness upsets locals

04/14/2016
An osprey nest perched atop a dead bishop pine on Ottinger’s Hill west of Inverness was knocked down last month when the Pacific Gas and Electric Company felled the tree, drawing the ire of residents who see the event as a tragic and avoidable act of wildlife destruction. Photographer Daniel...

County to test hand weeding road medians

04/14/2016
Marin County is poised to eliminate the use of glyphosate on eight traffic medians as part of a test program, following recommendations from county Parks and Open Space staff. Presented to the Board of Supervisors this week, a revised contract with the company tasked with median upkeep would prohibit the...

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