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State grange backs Drakes oysters

10/17/2013
The California State Grange passed a resolution last week calling on elected representatives to assert the state’s rights to lease the water bottoms in Drakes Estero for oyster and clam cultivation. The resolution notes, among other things, that former members of Congress John Burton and Pete McCloskey, as well as...

Why the music stopped at the Blackbird

10/17/2013
The cessation of live music at the coffee shop in downtown Inverness has generated both disappointment and a variety of rumors. The truth is those evening events, which came to the attention of the county Community Development Agency after another agency became concerned about stress to the septic system, were not authorized under the Blackbird’s use permit. In 2010, a year before they opened the café, then co-owners Jude Robinson and Carol Whitnah decided not to obtain a new use permit, which is a lengthy and expensive process. Instead, they sought an exemption to the original use permit for the space, which used to house a gift shop. The exemption was granted, and...

Six jockey for utility board in Bolinas

10/17/2013
Six candidates vying for seats on the board of directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, the municipal agency responsible for water and waste, each made their pitch to a standing room-only crowd at the Bolinas Firehouse last week. The slate of candidates for the three open seats on the five-member board is the largest since 1977, when the board was fighting a legal battle to protect its moratorium on new connections to the public water supply against the Bolinas Property Owners Association. The uptick in interest for this November’s election follows...

Hit and run could jail Stinson taxi driver

10/10/2013
After a 17-mile hike on Mt. Tamalpais in August, Jeff Ng returned to his car in Stinson Beach to find a large black streak on his bumper and a California Highway Patrol officer with questions. The person he believes hit his car had left no contact information, had allegedly hung...

The heroic boys of Chapultepec

10/10/2013
West Marin celebrated Mexico’s independence on Friday, September 13 at the Dance Palace Community Center, in an event organized by Gallery Route One and its Latino Photography Project. In Mexico, independence is celebrated on September 16. There is a big military parade in Mexico City, but the main celebration takes...

Seat on railroad authority

10/10/2013
Marin Supervisors are seeking a Marin representative to serve on the board of directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority, which advises supervisors on how to provide a “unified and revitalized rail infrastructure that meets the freight and passenger needs of the region,” the county announced this week. Directors meet...

Voting open for Nov. election

10/10/2013
Marin residents may now vote by mail in the Nov. 5 election or in person at the Marin County Elections Office (Suite 121 of the Civic Center Administration Building) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. Anyone who has...

Nicasio boy honored for heroism

10/10/2013
Oliver Hawke, a 15-year-old from Nicasio, and his friend Ernie Bates last week received a Marin County Hero Award for rescuing an unconscious man in the waters off Stinson Beach in February. The boys were surfing roughly 100 yards from the shore when they noticed a shape floating towards them;...

Tim Weed releases Soul House

10/10/2013
Tim Weed’s new album, “Soul House,” is a testament to the diverse sounds and skills—also the heart—of a man who began as a teenage banjo prodigy in Southern California and landed in West Marin as a seasoned multi-instrumentalist in 2008. In between he traveled to Fiji, New Zealand, Hong Kong,...

Shutdown felt along the coast

10/10/2013
The government shutdown has brought welfare programs, clinical trials, worker pay and more to a disturbing standstill, but it did not deter some people from enjoying a sunny weekend along Marin’s coast. In more congested areas like Stinson Beach numerous parking violations were noted along the highway and neighborhoods adjacent...

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