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School music teacher requested

02/27/2014
Sixth-grade teacher David Whitney has asked Shoreline Unified School District’s board to not only reverse cuts that have been made to the music program at West Marin School but to employ a full-time music teacher, which would be a first for the school. At Thursday’s board meeting Mr. Whitney explained...

Well to mitigate salinity intrusion

02/27/2014
North Marin Water District has struggled with salinity issues in its wells for decades because of their proximity to Tomales Bay. This month, it finally secured a $1.5 million grant to help remedy the problem by incorporating a new well into the system. The agency has observed salinity problems at...

Grand jury urges sheriffs to use cameras

02/27/2014
Law enforcement officers should wear cameras to document every field interaction with the public, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury said in a report released last week. The report, “Get the Picture? Audiovisual Technology and Marin Law Enforcement” recommended point-of-view cameras that can be mounted on a police officer’s hat,...

Station House Café celebrates 40 years

02/27/2014
As the loyal patrons of the Station House Café celebrate the restaurant’s 40 years this month, they might think of the establishment’s history as a microcosm of the town’s own evolution. As the region has grown from a quiet ranching community to a Bay Area foodie hub, the cafe has...

Evans 
secures Rancho

02/27/2014
After a difficult winter of drought, beef recalls and slaughterhouse closures, West Marin’s ranchers finally have some news to celebrate. Marin Sun Farms CEO David Evans is purchasing the embattled Petaluma slaughterhouse facility that centered in Rancho Feeding Corporation’s massive recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat earlier this month...

Organic pastures get break from USDA

02/26/2014
The United States Department of Agriculture eased some organic certification requirements for Marin and 52 other California counties earlier this month at the request of two organic certifiers in the state. It’s the second exception in two years; Marin producers also got a reprieve back in 2012. The so-called variance,...

Nimans fight blanket recall

02/20/2014
If there is one steak you can trust in a marketplace dominated by factory farming, it comes from Bill Niman’s 800-acre ranch in Bolinas. The owner of BN Ranch, Mr. Niman has toiled for decades to set the highest standards in the beef industry, verifying the source of all his cattle, spurning antibiotics and growth hormones and overseeing each animal’s slaughter and butchering. But no matter how many...

Nicasio seeking crisis water

02/20/2014
The village of Nicasio does not lie far from Marin Municipal Water District’s second largest reservoir, but in times of drought, there is no succor to be had from the neighbor. The town, which is outside the district’s boundaries, relies solely on a couple hundred private wells. Now, as a few homeowners are facing urgent shortages, others are expressing interest in a collective emergency water supply. At a community meeting scheduled for Feb. 27, residents could approve the purchase of water in bulk; a longer-term solution that would likely involve Marin Municipal Water District is on hold during the drought, and the stresses it is placing on the district...

Seats on Cordell Bank council

02/20/2014
Three of the 14 seats on the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary advisory council are open to applicants representing the general public, conservation and maritime activities. The council ensures public participation in the management of the marine protected area, located 42 miles north of San Francisco, and provides advice to...

Council bats for Stinson preschool

02/20/2014
The Marin County Child Care Commission mailed a letter last month asking Bolinas-Stinson Union School District board members to take measures to ensure the Stinson Beach Montessori Preschool can continue without an interruption. The privately operated preschool has rented a classroom on the Stinson campus since 2004, but the preschool’s...

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