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More homes put in FEMA flood zones

04/07/2016
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued revised coastal flood-risk maps that may require more homeowners living on Marin shores to purchase flood insurance. The new maps—which providers use to set flood insurance premiums—determine the boundaries of special flood hazard areas, within which any house backed by a mortgage must...

West Marin, meet Mari Tamburo

04/07/2016
Mari Tamburo, a New Jersey native who grew up in HUD housing and now lives in Homestead Valley, is perhaps the least traditional candidate in the District 4 race. She is a singer and songwriter who has a band, Livin’ Like Kings, with her husband, Arnie. She has worked odd...

Shoreline to announce new superintendent

04/07/2016
Shoreline Unified School District trustees announced Tuesday that they have selected a candidate to become the district’s next superintendent. Board President Jill Manning-Sartori declined to name the person, citing confidential contract negotiations and background checks as reasons to keep the news under wraps until a public meeting to discuss and...

Photos offer glimpse into foragers' forest shelters

04/07/2016
For most of the year, the mycelium in the volcanic ash of Oregon’s Cascade Range lurks quietly underground, waiting for just the right conditions to start pushing out matsutake mushrooms. When fall arrives, droves of foragers—largely a mixture of 70s-era counterculture types, South East Asian immigrants and Latino migrant workers—spend...

Hope's waste reduction contract renewed

04/07/2016
West Marin’s waste education coordinator, Madeline Hope, was awarded a contract renewal by the county that will extend her current 10-year tenure as the region’s zero-waste watchdog for another year. As West Marin’s representative on the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority, Ms. Hope has been in charge...

A book launch, radio play and KWMR benefit

04/07/2016
A bell lap is the last lap, typically considered when the leader of a race reaches the final loop. It’s an apt metaphor and title for Aggie Murch’s new book of 15 short stories, “The Bell Lap: Stories for Compassionate Nursing Care.” Ms. Murch, a registered nurse and Bolinas resident...

Coffee with Huffman

04/07/2016
Rep. Jared Huffman fielded written questions on a slew of local, state and federal issues—including ranching, water, Social Security, the Coast Guard housing complex, bipartisanship and more at a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Osteria Stellina last Friday. (The coffee was $2.) The first question was—no surprise—about the lawsuit...

Bo-Stin faces low numbers, criticism over math

04/07/2016
Faced with declining student enrollment and perceptions of troubling academic underachievement, Bolinas-Stinson Union School District officials are discussing combining grades to free up time for a few teachers to act as roaming academic specialists described by the district’s principal, Jason Richardson, as “teachers on special assignment.” Enrollment this year of...

Hopefuls differ on pensions

04/07/2016
District 4 candidates gave quick but varied responses on pension issues at a packed candidates night—the first of the election season—last Wednesday. The event, hosted by a group critical of the county’s unfunded pension liabilities, was moderated by Marin Independent-Journal political columnist Dick Spotswood. Candidates fielded questions on a variety...

Olema Campground struggling with flooding

03/31/2016
Flooding at the Olema Campground caused by sediment buildup in a creek bordering the property and two drainage ditches running through it has worsened in recent years, prompting revenue losses from major closures and fears from management that, without county and federal assistance, the situation may never improve. “[Flooding] is...

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