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Open space plan shifts from blunt to refined approach, scaling impact criteria

03/20/2014
Outcry over the proposed decommissioning of roads and trails in Marin’s Open Space District has led officials to shift to a finer-toothed approach to management. At a public meeting on Saturday, representatives of Marin County Parks laid out a new method to evaluate projects that will be part of a revised draft Road and Trails Management Plan due for release this summer with an accompanying...

Library tilts away from books

03/20/2014
At a community forum early this month, the director of the Marin County Free Library asked a few dozen attendees to step up and mark a line between two ideals of how a library should function: one end represented the library as an information repository; the other, the library as...

Tomales services district to bid jobs

03/19/2014
After 15 years under a single administrator, the Tomales Village Community Services District is on the cusp of implementing a competitive bidding process that could put the current holder, Karl Drexel, out of a job. Since the district was created in 1999, Mr. Drexel has guided the management of the...

Tomales students vandalize field

03/13/2014
Eight Tomales High School students were suspended from classes last week after an investigation by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office found they were part of a larger group that vandalized the school’s football field in February, aided by alcohol. In the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 22, roughly a week...

Hawaiian duo comes to town

03/13/2014
Keola Beamer started playing ukulele as a child, as most kids in Hawaii do. But the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, or ki ho’alu, hooked him when he was 9 years old. It’s a method that dates from the late 1800s in which guitar strings are “slackened” to a variety of different...

Olema Druid’s Hall on the market

03/13/2014
The historic Olema Druids Hall is up for sale. Once a meeting hall for the United Ancient Order of Druids, contractor Robert Cain’s family acquired the property in the late 1940s. With his wife, Victoria Swift, who moved to the area from Los Angeles, the couple raised their two children...

Valley man settles with Oakland

03/13/2014
Robert Ovetz, a history and politics professor at the College of Marin and a Woodacre resident, won a $48,500 settlement from the City of Oakland this week after filing a federal lawsuit alleging that police threw him to the ground and beat him during an Occupy protest in 2012. According...

Appeals court forces planners to shuffle on streams

03/13/2014
A state appeals court last week ruled that Marin County must undertake a new environmental review of its 2007 County Wide Plan on the grounds that it failed to both assess the cumulative impacts of potential development along streams in the San Geronimo Valley and outline mitigation measures for special...

Ranches now trap carbon in grasslands

03/13/2014
Ask John Wick if the grass is truly greener on his property. It is, he’ll tell you, smiling. It’s darker, denser and better at holding the soil’s moisture, too, he’ll add. It has to be. The greening grass on his Nicasio ranch has been the favorable outcome of a partnership...

Scientists say sediment in Bolinas Lagoon could be advantageous

03/13/2014
On the portion of Highway 1 that hugs Bolinas Lagoon, a few yellow hazard signs alert oncoming drivers: “FLOODING.” They are leftover from the last rainfall, but to the members of the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council, the diamond-shaped warnings may as well be portents sent from a future plagued by...

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