Teahouse opens in Valley

Scott Traffas carefully measured a few grams of white pu-erh tea on a small scale on Tuesday and steeped it over and over—close to a dozen times. He poured tiny, sip-sized cups of the tea, aged for a decade, so the drinker could savor it as its natural sweetness shifted...

G.G.N.R.A. supe retires

The start of 2015 marks both the retirement of Golden Gate National Recreation Area superintendent Frank Dean and the implementation of the park’s new general management plan. Mr. Dean served in his role for six years, during which time he helped develop the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, guided several California state...

Bo-Stin looks at balance between core, electives

The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is in the process of drafting a new strategic plan for academics. On Tuesday night, the district’s board of trustees met in a special workshop to discuss the future of elective courses offered in the district. Students enroll in a large number of electives, from...

Forty-five days after oyster farm closes, workers await community donations

It’s been over a month since Drakes Bay Oyster Company closed, and the workers have not yet received proceeds from an account that holds the money from fundraisers and donations jars since late 2013. But the money is coming soon, said Scott Yancy, a former Drakes Bay employee and one of the two people authorized to move the money. He plans to cut a check for the amount—just over $20,000 he says—to St. Columba’s Church, as soon as...

El Radio Fantastique to give free Western concert

Local dark cabaret band El Radio Fantastique will play a free show at the Western Saloon on Feb. 13—Friday the Thirteenth—to thank West Marin for its support as it prepares to record several new albums. “The newer stuff is dark with a happy ending,” said Giovanni DiMorente, the band’s multi-instrumentalist...

Charlie Callahan and his sea urchins

When you enter the exhibit hidden behind a black curtain at the Bolinas Museum, a glowing blue sea urchin six feet in diameter emerges from a wall. From inside the hollow sculpture come ambient recordings; they sound at times like a buckling bridge and a spaceship zooming through a galaxy...

Dillon shooter acquitted in teen’s death

On Tuesday evening, beneath a cloud-veiled full moon, Ken Neville exited through the glass front doors of the Marin County Jail, newly freed. After two weeks of trial in Superior Court, it had taken less than a day for jurors to arrive...

Defining the decisive parts of Marin’s LCP

Local agriculturalists and environmentalists worked this month on articulating their concerns about proposed changes California Coastal Commission staff made to a key part of Marin’s Local Coastal Program update. Discussions have revolved around how to regulate...

Golden Gate hears concerns over Stinson Beach septic overhaul

Neighbors had another chance to air their thoughts about a planned overhaul of the Stinson Beach septic system last week, more than a month after the public comment period ended, on Dec. 12. Remarks from the 30 or so residents who attended last Thursday’s presentation by Golden Gate National Recreation...


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