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State rural fire fee postponed

03/28/2013
The $150 state fire fee imposed on residents of unincorporated areas like West Marin that set off a maelstrom of complaints and appeals has been temporarily postponed, according to California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Dennis Mathisen. Last year, when the fee was implemented by the...

New dress shop in Point Reyes

03/28/2013
Thrifty female shoppers got a new venue in which to buy and sell clothes last week with the opening of Bloom, Point Reyes Station’s only consignment shop. Owner Diane Phillips, who spent much of her childhood on a local ranch, said she wants to promote the values of “reusing and...

Jonathan Rowe book released

03/28/2013
Writer and co-founder of West Marin Commons, the late Jonathan Rowe, will be celebrated in May at a release party for a book of his collected writings, Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy that Makes Everything Else Work. In a review of the collection, Massachusetts-based author David Bollier wrote, “The...

Women sought by photographer

03/28/2013
Marin photographer Glen Graves is seeking at least 30 women age 40 and up to participate in his art project, “Women of Spirit,” which he started 12 years ago. He is also seeking venues to hang and exhibit the project. The series of nude photographs is an attempt by Mr...

Coffee shop rambles for funds

03/21/2013
Blackbird is raising funds this Saturday, March 23, to help bring more arts and music to the Inverness venue, as well as assist with the café’s operational costs. The event will feature local acoustic musicians and no minimum donation is required, though donations of $20 or $30 (and beyond) are...

Grants for Bo-Stin projects

03/21/2013
The Stinson/Bolinas Community Fund Grants Program is accepting proposals through April 30 for projects that benefit the Stinson Beach and Bolinas communities. Grants are no more than $3,000. Application guidelines are available at sbcfgrants.org or by calling Belle Wood at (415) 868.2043. Copies are also available at the Stinson Beach...

Seat on early childhood board

03/21/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy on the Marin Children and Families Commission, which was founded in 1998 with the passage of the California Children and Families First Act. The Commission works to assure that all Marin children age 5 and under are healthy, thriving in supportive...

Alice Waters joins oyster cause

03/21/2013
The doyenne of California cuisine, Alice Waters, has joined with nine other advocates, including the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Marin County Agriculture Commissioner Stacy Carlsen and local sustainable food groups in endorsing Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. In a legal brief filed last week the group argued that courts should allow...

Explosives suspect unfit for trial

03/21/2013
A Woodacre man arrested for leaving explosives in front of his estranged wife’s house is facing new charges that he told fellow inmates he would kill the woman after his release, Marin and Sonoma County law enforcement officials said. Mark VanMidde, 49, was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial during...

Changes to county library system make enemies within

03/21/2013
Voters overwhelming approved a temporary $49-a-parcel property tax increase in 2010 to stanch the county libraries’ dwindling revenues and state-government support. Halfway through the voter-authorized, five-year period, the Marin County Free Library is struggling not just to remain solvent in a high-tech world with new expectations of libraries but also...

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