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Three booked in open space murder

10/08/2015
Authorities arrested three suspects, all under 25, Wednesday afternoon in connection with the slaying of a 67-year-old Tantra teacher, Steve Carter, which occurred on a trail in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve between Woodacre and Fairfax on Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office announced. A key piece of evidence...

Sandy Jacobs, regarded for sound work and more, dies at 90

10/08/2015
Henry Sandy Jacobs, Inverness resident and pioneer of surround sound technology who was well known for his work with philosopher Alan Watts, passed away on Sept. 25. He was 90 years old. Sandy, who went by his middle name, experimented with sound and comedy in his earlier years and embraced...

Bolinas debates eukes as county considers removal

10/08/2015
The potential removal of eucalyptus trees lining the road along Bolinas Lagoon has set off a debate about the plant, which some denigrate as a nonnative toxin while others praise for its longtime presence in the community. Last week around 50 local residents debated the merits of a tree-management memorandum—...

Gov. Brown signs aid-in-dying bill

10/08/2015
Gov. Brown signs aid-in-dying bill By Beau Evans A bill legalizing aid-in-dying medications for Californians with six months or less to live was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, ending speculation over which way his decision would fall given partisan opinions across the state and his own Catholic roots...

County outlines San Geronimo Valley trail plan

10/08/2015
Hiking, biking and horse-riding enthusiasts converged on Lagunitas School District’s multipurpose room last Saturday to pour over maps showing proposed trail designations for seven county-owned preserves in the San Geronimo Valley. The gathering marked the first phase of implementation of the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which was approved...

Lagunitas reaches impasse over union labor dispute

10/01/2015
The Lagunitas School District and its chapter of the California School Employees Association are at an impasse over a secretarial position eliminated over summer as part of the district’s efforts to shore up budget reserves. Last week, the union filed an impasse declaration, triggering the appointment of a mediator by...

Lawsuit looming, Marin Municipal Water District raises rates

10/01/2015
The Marin Municipal Water District plans to raise rates across the board for its customers starting next year, a move prompted by revenue shortfalls due to consumption cutbacks and a reexamination of the district’s rate structure in the wake of a lawsuit. The increase will take effect on Jan. 1,...

Bolinas man seeks help for yoga books

10/01/2015
Bolinas resident James Fox is seeking donations to help circulate his book, Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery, to prisoners across the world and for staff and volunteer support. The founder of the Prison Yoga Project, Mr. Fox trains yoga teachers across the globe on centering, conscious-breathing and physical...

Point Reyes native liberates birthday song

10/01/2015
Thanks to a lawsuit filed by West Marin native Jenn Nelson, the “Happy Birthday” song has been set free. A federal judge last week ruled that the lyrics to the famous song have not been subject to copyright since 1935—though corporations have collected millions in royalties for its use since...

Bishop pines struck by fungus pose fire hazard

10/01/2015
Twenty years after the Mount Vision fire burned thousands of acres in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Bishop pines—which rely on fire to regenerate—once again cover the landscape. But many of those trees are infected with the pine pitch canker fungus. As dead branches and trees accumulate, so does the...

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