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Teens cited after shooting bicyclist with paintball gun

07/07/2016
While cruising down Shoreline Highway near the Olema Campground on July 4, his day off, Lieutenant Doug Pittman was startled by a speedy grey B.M.W. loaded with rowdy teens that zoomed past, headed for the Independence Day festivities in Bolinas. He didn’t think much of it until he was hailed...

West Marin’s cheese producers take home state awards

07/07/2016
Two local cheese companies took home top honors last month at the California Commercial Cheese Competition in Sacramento, held annually at the close of the California State Fair. For one winner, Bleating Heart Cheese in Tomales, the award marked a comeback following a devastating recall in late 2014 that saw...

NMWD raises rates, hopes for improvements

06/30/2016
The North Marin Water District board approved modest increases for West Marin water rates with little fanfare on Tuesday, but a bigger jump in sewer rates for part of Dillon Beach prompted protests and an incremental schedule for the change. The hikes are meant to help fund major capital projects...

Straus aims to relocate creamery to Santa Rosa

06/30/2016
After over 10 years in Marshall, Straus Family Creamery is poised to relocate its creamery to a multipurpose warehouse space in Santa Rosa. The family-owned company also plans to move its administrative offices in Petaluma to the Santa Rosa warehouse, in a move to consolidate operations to increase efficiency by...

Valley school employee wins benefits case

06/30/2016
When she’s not singing jazz at Bay Area clubs, Mwanza Furaha spends her days feeding hungry students as a cook for the Lagunitas School District or ferrying them across busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard as one of the school’s crossing guards. But like many non-teaching school employees, Ms. Furaha is...

Coastal Health Alliance to temporarily close Stinson clinic

06/30/2016
The Coastal Health Alliance’s clinic in Stinson Beach will temporarily close at the end of July because the nonprofit is unable to replace outgoing doctors and nurses. In a notice, the health provider said it had lost two nurse practitioners since May. One doctor will cease working on July 31,...

County to improve trails at Roy’s Redwoods

06/30/2016
Marin County Parks and Open Space is set to undertake projects that would restore habitat and redesign five trails, including Roy’s Redwoods Loop Trail in the San Geronimo Valley. The projects figure into the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which aims to designate a large swath of open space...

Culvert that strangles fish flows to be redone

06/30/2016
County supervisors last week approved plans to reconfigure a 120-foot box culvert set in Woodacre Creek that runs under Railroad Avenue, hoping to ease passage for juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout seeking the sea. Last year, the county secured a $235,000 grant from the California Department of Fish and...

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