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County second guesses $46K subdivision fee

09/01/2011
Three years ago, Inverness resident Jack Matthews set out to accomplish what would seem a simple task: split his land in two and give half to his next of kin. Matthews, 65, a self-described working-class man, had received the 5.3-acre parcel from his parents and saw the act as a...

Emergency van for KWMR

09/01/2011
Nonprofit Greenpeace recently donated a communication van to KWMR that will allow first responders to coordinate disaster relief in the event that key structures, like the radio or fire station, are compromised. A reception with representatives from local emergency response agencies will be held at 4 p.m. at the Point...

New pastor brings inclusiveness, care to changing community

08/25/2011
On a cold Monday morning below an overcast sky in Tomales, the walls of the historic Church of Assumption blur into the dreary clime. Perhaps the only thing less colorful is Reverend Shouraiah Pudota’s monotone delivery of the 8 a.m. service to a pious weekday congregation of three. It could...

Big brush fire above Fairfax

08/25/2011
A vegetation fire spread over three rugged acres of grassy oak woodland above Deer Park School in Fairfax just before 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire was contained within three hours, with the help of three departments, 89 firefighters, four water-dropping aircraft and a spotter plane. “We don’t know exactly...

Activist arrested in Washington

08/25/2011
Local environmental activist Bing Gong was arrested on Monday outside of the White House, in Washington, D.C., while protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude oil from large reserves in Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Gong, who traveled to the capital...

Historic Bolinas saloon for sale

08/25/2011
On the eve of its 160th birthday, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, reportedly the longest continuously operating saloon in California, is for sale for just under $2 million. Don Deane, who has owned the establishment for 21 years, said his reasons for selling include weather and old age. “Essentially, we’ve...

Penn takes the stage for Solomon

08/25/2011
Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon, of Inverness Park, and Oscar-winning actor and director Sean Penn headlined a campaign fundraising event at McNear’s Mystic Theatre in Petaluma Tuesday afternoon, reminding a crowd of close to 300 that progressive political achievements are initiated at the grassroots level. Penn, who wore an open-collared...

Youth make 
appeal for housing

08/25/2011
Young denizens of West Marin voiced concerns on Sunday about the fate of their community, which they say is in danger of suffocating in its own age and affluence unless more affordable and less restricted housing options are made available for future generations. Over a hundred local residents, including Marin...

MALT saves 1,000 acres 
in Tomales

08/18/2011
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has secured a $2.3 million conservation easement that will permanently protect the 1,013-acre Thornton Ranch in Tomales from non-agricultural redevelopment and subdivision. Owner Gary Thornton, a descendant of the dairy-farming Marshall brothers who founded the eponymous town, inherited the land in 2000. He began exploring...

Elders endorse oyster farm lease renewal

08/18/2011
With the release of a much anticipated environmental impact statement only two months away, three former U.S. legislators who played key roles in shaping Point Reyes National Seashore have submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior Department Ken Salazar, urging him to renew Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operating permit,...

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