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Ditch snags Bolinas affordable housing plans

07/07/2016
Creating new affordable housing in Marin is no simple feat, but the Bolinas Community Land Trust has been in the early stages of developing plans for between two to six new affordable homes on the Big Mesa, with the help of an anonymous source of funding, donated land and free...

Drone use in Stinson spurs opposition group

07/07/2016
A group of residents disturbed by the growing use of drones has called for West Marin to become a “no drone zone,” after incidents involving the unmanned aircrafts have disrupted privacy and wildlife. The call for a ban arrives as some real estate companies begin to rely more on aerial...

Teens cited after shooting bicyclist with paintball gun

07/07/2016
While cruising down Shoreline Highway near the Olema Campground on July 4, his day off, Lieutenant Doug Pittman was startled by a speedy grey B.M.W. loaded with rowdy teens that zoomed past, headed for the Independence Day festivities in Bolinas. He didn’t think much of it until he was hailed...

West Marin’s cheese producers take home state awards

07/07/2016
Two local cheese companies took home top honors last month at the California Commercial Cheese Competition in Sacramento, held annually at the close of the California State Fair. For one winner, Bleating Heart Cheese in Tomales, the award marked a comeback following a devastating recall in late 2014 that saw...

NMWD raises rates, hopes for improvements

06/30/2016
The North Marin Water District board approved modest increases for West Marin water rates with little fanfare on Tuesday, but a bigger jump in sewer rates for part of Dillon Beach prompted protests and an incremental schedule for the change. The hikes are meant to help fund major capital projects...

Straus aims to relocate creamery to Santa Rosa

06/30/2016
After over 10 years in Marshall, Straus Family Creamery is poised to relocate its creamery to a multipurpose warehouse space in Santa Rosa. The family-owned company also plans to move its administrative offices in Petaluma to the Santa Rosa warehouse, in a move to consolidate operations to increase efficiency by...

Valley school employee wins benefits case

06/30/2016
When she’s not singing jazz at Bay Area clubs, Mwanza Furaha spends her days feeding hungry students as a cook for the Lagunitas School District or ferrying them across busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard as one of the school’s crossing guards. But like many non-teaching school employees, Ms. Furaha is...

Coastal Health Alliance to temporarily close Stinson clinic

06/30/2016
The Coastal Health Alliance’s clinic in Stinson Beach will temporarily close at the end of July because the nonprofit is unable to replace outgoing doctors and nurses. In a notice, the health provider said it had lost two nurse practitioners since May. One doctor will cease working on July 31,...

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