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Stinson could levy big water fines

03/27/2014
If the Stinson Beach County Water District votes in May to enforce a draft rationing ordinance approved this week, residents will be limited to an average of 125 gallons a day, but the cap won’t be set in stone for full-timers. Those who live in Stinson for over half the...

Nimans denied sale of recall meat

03/27/2014
The United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspectors issued a final ruling last week condemning recalled meat from BN Ranch and other custom producers who slaughtered their cattle at Rancho Feeding and had their meat swept up in a blanket 8.7 million-pound recall last month. To clarify whether the...

Lagunitas terminates Waldorf program

03/27/2014
One of the few public Waldorf-inspired elementary programs in the country will be terminated at the end the school year, a decision the Lagunitas School District’s Board of Trustees made Wednesday night in a 4-1 vote. Persistent instability, frequent teacher turnover and the transfer of students out of the Waldorf...

Benjie Johnson, lifelong Drakes Bay oyster farmer, dead at 56

03/27/2014
Ben “Benjie” Johnson, an oysterman who struggled to find his way after his family’s farm in Drakes Estero was sold, died from complications of pneumonia in Oklahoma City this month. He was 56 years old. Many will remember Benjie’s long battle with alcoholism, but his close family will recall a funny and loving young boy. At 4 years old, his mother, Joan Clifton, said “he’d be outside playing with the other kids when he’d come running into the house. He’d grab me by the legs and say, ‘I love you, Mommy,’ and run back outside.”...

Two dead following Lawson’s Landing shooting

03/27/2014
A teenage boy was allegedly murdered by his lover’s roommate at Lawson’s Landing early Thursday morning, following months of reported domestic disturbances. Ken Neville, 56, was charged with murder in the shooting of 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson, for which he could face a life sentence. The victim’s 51-year-old lover, Eric Gillespie, has since committed suicide in another county, according to a report yesterday in The Marin Independent-Journal. The two older men apparently lived together in Hayward before they moved to Lawson’s Landing last summer. Mr. Jackson had begun to stay at the trailer a few months later, said Willy Vogler, the campground’s co-owner...

Mike McGuire, his election assured, remains little known in Marin

03/20/2014
The election of Sonoma Supervisor Mike McGuire as state senator for California’s Second District can be predicted with near certainty, even though the primary isn’t until June 3 and McGuire won’t be officially elected until November 4. State Senator Noreen Evans previously oversaw the district—created in 2010 through redistricting and...

County lags behind waste goal

03/20/2014
The County of Marin is aiming to produce “zero waste” by 2025 by recycling or composting virtually all its output. But a county watchdog found that the Civic Center and county jail have been seriously derelict in diverting waste, with tons of potentially recyclable materials ending up in landfills because...

Student photo exhibit in Bolinas

03/20/2014
Pinhole cameras are bare-bones devices, eschewing lenses in favor of simple tiny apertures that light passes through to capture images on film inside the camera. They can be fashioned from pretty much any lightproof container: a shoebox, a soup can or even an empty container of spam. For about a...

Feliciano gets first football ride

03/20/2014
Tomales High School’s star running back and linebacker Anthony Feliciano is the school’s first student to be recruited for a football scholarship. He will sign his letter of intent today to play for Benedictine College, a Catholic, liberal arts school in Kansas that finished high in the rankings last year...

For 42 years, Nancy Hemmingway gave life to the Inverness library

03/20/2014
Nancy Hemmingway has been the Inverness librarian longer than the Inverness library has been at its current location. After 42 years tending the community’s books and readers, she will be retiring at the end of this month. “She’s devoted more than half her life to this community, in more ways than one,” said Bonny White, the library’s West Marin branch manager. “Nancy is irreplaceable. She’s one of the most gracious people I’ve ever met in my life, either in library service or out of it. We have been so lucky.” Sara Jones, the director of the Marin County Free Library, described her as “an enormous community treasure.” A former...

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