Planners in quandary over Valley addition

The Marin County Planning Commission sided with a San Geronimo Valley landowner last month in his quest to secure approval for a 93-square-foot addition to a second unit—despite the county staff’s argument that the addition is illegal. Commissioners unanimously ruled in favor of owner Dylan Arroyo, swayed more by personal...

Tomales baseball head coach to step down at season’s end

The Tomales High Braves baseball team is off to a 2-0 start to open up the 2015 season, which will be the last of coach Bill Tucker’s 20-year career at the high school. A seventh-grade core teacher, Mr. Tucker has taught for 26 years and coached for over 30 years...

Inverness Almanac combines the practical and the poetic

What week of the year should you plant spinach? When will California poppies bloom and pygmy nuthatches start nesting? What is it like to listen to the language of the natural world on a hike, to walk on Tomales Bay every morning for 20 years, to watch a deer die on the side of the road? What’s the best way to make huckleberry pie?

Shoreline gets tutorial on open-meetings act

Shoreline Unified School District’s administrators and trustees gathered last Wednesday for a workshop on California’s Brown Act and conflict-of-interest rules presented by Patrick Wilson, a lawyer with School and College Legal Services of California. The Brown Act is California’s open-meeting law that dictates what elected officials can and cannot do...

Benefit exhibit will 
showcase Bratenhal works

Alexander Bratenhal, who died of complications arising from AIDs in 1993, listened to funk music and R&B when he painted his lively, large-scale works teeming with social sature. One piece, “Space City,” reflects those big beats. “The piece is loud and rhythmic and funky,” said his sister, Laura Alderdice, an...

Shoreline says budget is looking “a lot better”

A larger number of people in the Shoreline Unified School District community are coming to a more complete understanding of how school budgets work, according to Superintendent Tom Stubbs. The district has held a series of ad hoc budget committees open to the public in order to familiarize parents, staff...

Bolinas, Stinson stores dubbed “owl-wise”

Three stores in Bolinas and Stinson Beach received awards last Friday for their commitment to stop selling rat poisons. Karen and Tom Diblee of Bolinas Bay Hardware and Mercantile, A.B. Nasra of the Bolinas Market and Sergio Vergara of the Stinson Beach Market all became the first recipients of the...

State Senator McGuire holds lively town hall

Newly elected State Senator Mike McGuire swept through San Rafael on Thursday, giving state-level answers to a few West-Marin questions along the way: He reaffirmed his commitment to affordable housing, offered ideas for how to best serve a growing population of senior citizens and signaled his support for legislation that...

Virulent plant pest shipped into Marin from Ventura

A pest that can spread lethal crop diseases was discovered late last month in a shipment from Ventura County to a nursery in Marin, the county agricultural department said Wednesday. A county inspector “was able to catch it with his bare hands off a plant in the shipment. Pretty awesome,”...

Forest Knolls trail blockade raises man’s ire

Douglas firs and other trees cut down last month to block a trail built by locals in Forest Knolls shocked a man when he discovered it was the handiwork of Marin’s Open Space District. Tree barricades are standard practice for closing trails and are more effective—as well as more expensive—than...


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