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Poll workers needed locally

04/03/2014
After several longtime poll workers retired this year, the Marin County Elections Office announced an urgent need for volunteers at the Inverness and Stinson Beach polling places during the June 3 primary election. The elections office holds paid training classes before the election and pays a stipend for election-day work...

Straus on love and agriculture

04/03/2014
Vivien Straus is unabashedly reflective—especially when it comes to her love life, says Michael Straus, her brother and publicist for her new one-woman play, “E-i-E-i-OY! In Bed with the Farmer’s Daughter,” opening this Friday, April 4 in San Francisco. Ms. Straus, whose father started the dairy that became Straus Family...

Beach cleaning benefit on Sunday

04/03/2014
In 1987, Hallie Austen Iglehart was horrified to read an article in the Light about the massive impact human trash has on sea creatures: up to one million seabirds and another 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from ingesting plastic, the Monterey Bay Aquarium estimates. In response,...

BioBlitz festival visits wetlands

04/03/2014
A broad expanse of gumplant, a hip-high bush bearing leathery green leaves, has not yet sprung its resin-topped flowers at the Giacomini Wetlands. But last Friday, a wetland biologist had no problem explaining what would happen come summer. “It oozes like glue, like Elmer’s Glue,” said John Callaway, a professor...

Stinson school seeks to fill gap

04/03/2014
The Stinson Beach Preschool will hold its annual dinner, dance and silent auction this Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Stinson Beach Community Center. It hopes to raise $20,000 for this year’s budget, particularly important for keeping tuition costs “as low as we can,” said Susan Tacherra,...

Missing man’s car found in dropoff

04/03/2014
After nearly a month-long search for a missing 93-year-old man that included an Oakland helicopter swooping over Nicasio, a San Rafael patrol boat scanning the Marin coastline, another boat searching the Corte Madera Creek and a search and rescue team retracing the steps of Robert Leslie Davis, the man’s car...

Fungus gnat joins small genus

04/03/2014
A new species of fungus gnat discovered near Limantour Road in the Point Reyes National Seashore might be part of the genus Megophthalmidia, which contained just a single species until a scientist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the discovery of it and seven others this month...

Bolinas satellite farm pushed back at edges to appease neighbors

03/27/2014
Bolinas farmer Mickey Murch met with a group of locals 10 times since last fall to address concerns about the four acres of public land, located below the town’s sewer ponds, that he has been cultivating since 2011 as an extension of his family’s Gospel Flat Farm. He met with them at the office of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, which owns the land, and on the land itself, where he farms vegetables without irrigation, a practice known as dry farming. They discussed possible setbacks of the row crops from trails, whether fencing would disrupt the wanderings of gophers and the feeling of open space versus the presence of farming machinery, among other things. After months of negotiation, last Wednesday the utility district amended Mr. Murch’s lease, which runs to 2016 at a cost of $100 a year. Under the new terms, Mr. Murch will not be able to...

Grant to study youth drug abuse

03/27/2014
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center was awarded a $5,000 grant from the county’s Health and Human Services Department earlier this month to develop a two-year plan for combating substance abuse among West Marin youth. The exploratory grant will fund a series of meetings between now and June for addressing...

Horvat packs characters into one

03/27/2014
About seven years ago, right before he moved to West Marin, Stephen Horvat wrote and acted in a production he titled “The Caligula Comedy Hour.” “It was based on the idea that Caligula had been reincarnated and decided to have his own talk show but he doesn’t have any power...

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