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Stinson, Bolinas Libraries Expand

05/24/2012
Beginning on Saturday, June 2, Bolinas and Stinson Beach residents will enjoy extended library hours on Mondays and Saturdays, thanks to the generosity of the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Library Improvement Society. In the past, the Stinson Beach Library was open on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Bolinas...

Audubon Canyon Acquires Land

05/24/2012
Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leading North Bay foundation for the preservation of nature, acquired 1,620 acres of land in the Mayacamas Mountains from the National Audubon Society last week. Located above the Alexander Valley, near Healdsburg, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District protected land is home...

Animal Fees, Tobacco Ordinances

05/24/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved several changes to county code on Tuesday, including increased animal control fees and two new tobacco related ordinances. Fees for dog licensing, dog redemption, dead pet removal, dead wildlife removal, potentially dangerous and vicious dog permits, hobby and ranch dogs, stray livestock, and...

Agriculture at Historic High

05/24/2012
The 2011 Marin County Livestock and Agricultural Crop Report shows the highest value ever recorded for all production, at $70,076,404. Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Stefan Parnay said the biggest factors contributing to the increase were higher valued pastureland, an increase in wholesale milk prices and greater survey participation. Overall production value...

Park to fund new oyster review

05/17/2012
In the wake of mounting criticism over the integrity of science used to evaluate Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, the National Park Service has confirmed that it will fund an independent analysis by the National Academy of Sciences of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the oyster farm. That analysis...

Bolinas nudist found guilty

05/17/2012
Bolinas resident and nudist Donald Holmes, 63, was found guilty Tuesday of willfully appearing naked in a state park, resisting a peace office and deterring an executive officer from performing a duty. A jury that began deliberating Friday found Holmes guilty of the misdemeanor offenses, which took place last August...

Post office hours could be cut

05/17/2012
In order to keep the smallest post offices open while saving an estimated $500 million a year, the United States Postal Service announced a plan to reduce hours for rural post offices, including those in West Marin. Post offices in Olema, Marshall and Dillon Beach would have their hours cut...

Papermill’s Fortnight of Feasts

05/17/2012
Papermill Creek Children’s Corner will begin its annual Fortnight of Feasts on Saturday, May 26. The series of fundraising events will support the nonprofit’s sliding scale scholarships. Director Judy Radiloff said Papermill strives to provide a reasonably priced, high-quality preschool and childcare, and many low and even middle-income families need...

Foster parents needed

05/17/2012
Marin County Children and Family Services is looking for loving foster and foster-adopt families to provide temporary and permanent homes for children and youth. Adults of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and any sexual orientation are encouraged to apply, and families of all compositions are needed. Interested persons may attend an...

District torn over Waldorf petition

05/17/2012
It was standing room only last Thursday evening in Lagunitas School’s multipurpose room and emotions were running high as parents, teachers and administrators commented on the controversial petition to turn the popular Waldorf-Inspired Program (LWIP) into a charter school. While supporters said the move to “go charter” is a last-ditch...

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