Valley’s Christmas elves special guests at gala

About three decades ago Grace Tolson, a fourth-generation San Geronimo Valley rancher who runs the Dickson Ranch with her husband, Chuck, drove a couple miles down Sir Francis Drake to the community center, moved to somehow help the people she saw struggling around her. She and her family weren’t rich,...

Carnie, six years on the lam, jailed in rape case

A drifter accused of raping an intoxicated woman in Bolinas six years ago finally saw his day in court last Friday, after his arrest outside Portland led to his transfer into Marin authorities’ custody. On Sept. 1, 2008, a Kentfield woman drank two 16-ounce malt liquor beverages at her home...

No leadership in Shoreline’s fiscal crisis, budget committee says

As the Sept. 30 deadline for Shoreline’s budget reductions looms portentously two weeks away, the school district is confronting another crisis on top of its fiscal woes: an increasing distrust in the leadership’s competence to make the right decisions about which programs to axe and which to keep, which positions...

How Shoreline Unified spent a short-term surfeit of federal funding

Shoreline Unified is the only school district in Marin County whose budget was not approved by the county superintendent of schools this year. Out of 1,038 school districts, county offices of education and joint powers agencies statewide, only 30 are in financial jeopardy as of the last count released in...

Rural green building rules allow greater flexibility

New alternative regulations for those seeking to build more sustainably in rural Marin, approved last month by the Board of Supervisors, could lead to an easier path for people building their own homes and for those who want to use materials like straw bale or cob. The new buildings codes contained in the amended Title 19 are voluntary, meaning that applicants can opt-in, starting in October. They create greater flexibility for owner-built rural dwellings, for converting commercial spaces to both living and work quarters and for using straw bales for both insulation and load-bearing walls. They also create a county architectural commission and alternative regulations for architectural structures and features deemed significant by the commission....

Proposed Inverness Park home 
would raze historic retreat

An anonymous developer wants to tear down the remnants of an old monastery in Inverness Park to build six new structures, totaling 8,300 square feet of building area. The 17-acre parcel near the start of Drakes Sum- mit had been the home of St. Eugene’s Hermitage, a Christian community that lived in cramped cottages, made candles and whispered prayers in a small, white chapel, since 1951. The monks departed in 2006 after repeated attempts to expand provoked neighbors’ ire, leaving the property unoccupied and littered with fir needles...

Park retracts bus stop plan for Muir Beach

The park service has put the brakes on a proposed bus stop and trail in Muir Beach slated for construction this month, after the plans drew anger from locals over increased tourist traffic in the small community and a lawsuit from the Mount Tam Task Force focused on the unanalyzed...

Swimmer disappears crossing estero mouth

A man in his early 20s who swam across the mouth of Drakes Estero with two others during a family outing on Labor Day vanished during the return swim, which coincided with an incoming tide, said Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso. The park, a water team, a dive...

Restaurateur buys 
Inverness coffee shop

The new owner of the Inverness coffee shop that closed its doors on July 31 after two years under Jude Robinson’s ownership said he could reopen the cafe in early October as The Depot—if he gets his county paperwork squared away by then. Luc Chamberland, who owns the adjacent Saltwater...

Comments sought on climate action plan

A draft of the county’s 2014 Climate Action Plan, an update to a 2006 plan to reduce the county’s energy footprint and adapt to inevitable climate changes, is open for public comment through Oct. 6. The plan outlines goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in both unincorporated Marin and in...


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