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Water districts await details of Brown order

04/08/2015
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown ordered the state to reduce its potable urban water usage by 25 percent compared to 2013 before March of next year. Just how the order—California’s first statewide water-rationing mandate—might restrict West Marin’s access to public water sources remains unknown, and local water districts are still...

Rhythm and curry near the beach

04/02/2015
Jamaican DJ and guitarist Lee Tafari will headline a show and home-cooked dinner called “Unlimited Love” at the Bolinas Community Center on Saturday, April 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. Lee will be joined by an array of musical acts, including Trinidadian guitarist and steel drummer Asheba, Bolinas-Stinson School seventh grader...

Mentor aims for 10,000 degrees

04/02/2015
Carmen Esquivias can remember the days when her daughter, Abigail, was so stressed by the approach of graduation that she would tug constantly at her hair and, sometimes, not even sleep at night. It was 2013, the final semester of Abigail’s senior year at Tomales High, and she had just...

Kinsey supports parent choice for vaccines

04/02/2015
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to send a letter of support for California Senate Bill 277, which, if passed in the fall, would eliminate personal belief exemptions for school-mandated vaccinations. The lone voice of opposition came from Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who worried—along with many other...

Michael Whitt: A life in country medicine

04/02/2015
Dr. Michael Whitt, a Texas native who forsook a career in petroleum engineering to study medicine, served countless families during his four decades as West Marin’s primary care doctor before he retired in January. General medicine was not always the focus of his practice: in the 1970s, soon after he...

Valley residents disagree on sewer solution

04/02/2015
Opinions among residents in the San Geronimo Valley remain divided over whether a community sewage treatment system should be installed in the Woodacre Flats area that would service 150 developed parcels. There, a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields, causing foul odors and fecal...

Bolinas nabs funds to nix the wye

04/02/2015
Plans to remove the connector road at the north end of Bolinas Lagoon to address flooding issues and sea-level rise nabbed a big financial commitment last month when the Board of Supervisors approved a $330,000 contract last week with a design and engineering firm that will start the restoration project...

Marin Sun gets organic badge for slaughterhouse

04/02/2015
Marin Sun Farm’s slaughterhouse in Petaluma, the only slaughterhouse in the Bay Area, is now a certified organic facility, an effort to provide an option for local ranchers as well as boost business, the company announced this week. Animals that are raised on organic pastures without antibiotics cannot be labeled...

Countywide Plan proves overzealous

04/02/2015
An overload of hundreds of programs approved in Marin’s 2007 Countywide Plan has proven to be too much to handle for the Community Development Agency, which told supervisors last week in a staff report that they should consider an amendment to the plan to “realign the lofty aspirations” with the...

Olema lodge and 
restaurant sells

03/26/2015
The Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, which former co-owner Jeff Harriman put on the market in 2013 for $9.8 million, sold last month for about $7.5 million, according to county assessor’s records. The new owners of four contiguous parcels that comprise the lodge and Farm House Restaurant and Bar are two...

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