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First annual Stinson youth surf festival arrives

03/05/2015
The Stinson Beach Community Center will host the First Annual Stinson Beach Surf Festival, a two-part event featuring a youth surf contest in the morning and surf movie screenings in the evening, this Saturday, March 7. Proceeds from the festival will go mostly toward improving the neighboring chapel’s multi-purpose basement,...

Water board to review contested septic system

03/05/2015
Arguments from a homeowner in the San Geronimo Valley and confusion from staffers in Alameda County spurred the regional water board to clarify that Bay Area agencies need not adhere to stringent septic system standards outlined in a state policy passed in 2013. Local governments can instead continue to apply...

Open Classroom at impasse over doors

03/05/2015
The Lagunitas School District’s Open Classroom program has reached an impasse over whether or not to install sliding doors between classrooms in its building, commonly called “the pod.” The issue has divided a community rooted in consensus decision-making—and for some, it challenges the basic principles of openness and student choice...

Stinson flood tax tally falling short of two-thirds majority

03/05/2015
Stinson Beach voters appear to have shot down a parcel-tax measure that would raise $3.68 million over 20 years to fund Department of Public Works flood protection projects at Easkoot Creek, a major source of flooding in seaside neighborhoods. The measure would tack on a $250 tax on 707 improved...

West Marin School film wins second at ocean festival

03/04/2015
“Isn’t the beach great?” one preteen asks another as friends cavort on the sands of Limantour Beach. Little do they know that one of their companions is about to turn into a trash monster: a screaming creature sporting a Viking-like horned helmet and is covered in litter. The trash monster...

Tomales elder handcuffed after wait she deemed too long

02/26/2015
Accounts differ as to what exactly happened between Claire McElroy and California Highway Patrol officers on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 11, outside Tomales. The 78-year-old local claims a Sonoma County officer handcuffed her so forcefully that her hands bruised and bled; that was after waiting in her car for...

Haida Gwaii: Telling an indigenous people’s success story

02/26/2015
Around the world, colonialism has imperiled indigenous languages, razed lands and eradicated entire cultures. But Inverness resident and longtime journalist Mark Dowie wants to turn the success of one people—from a North American archipelago into a guide for native communities to win back land rights. “I believe I can go...

John Korty honored in Brooklyn retrospective

02/26/2015
A screening of renowned local filmmaker John Korty’s work will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City next week. Co-presented by the Cinema Conservancy, the program, called “Fog City Maverick: The Films of John Korty,” represents a retrospective of Mr. Korty’s filmography, which has spanned...

Marin vultures poisoned by euthanized carcasses

02/26/2015
After turkey vultures were found poisoned by euthanasia in recent months throughout Marin County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging residents to properly dispose of euthanized animals. The vultures were found comatose, mostly in central Marin but as far west as Fairfax, and lab results indicated poisoning...

Men suspected of poaching elk antlers in seashore

02/26/2015
Two men allegedly poaching tule elk antlers from the Point Reyes National Seashore were cited by rangers last Wednesday for federal offenses that could land them in prison. The men, whose names the National Park Service has not released, took antlers from Tomales Point, where there is a fenced elk...

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