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Western Weekend Queen 2012: Brenda Rico

05/31/2012
This Saturday at Toby’s Feed Barn, 17-year-old Brenda Rico will be crowned as the Western Weekend Queen. A Tomales High senior with dreams of attending beauty school, Ms. Rico may not be the typical face of Western Weekend, a celebration of West Marin agriculture and livestock dating back to 1949:...

No Waldorf charter school for Lagunitas

05/31/2012
Representatives of the Lagunitas Waldorf-Inspired Program (LWIP) announced this week they are withdrawing their petition for charter school status. “After much soul-search and deliberation, the LWIP program has decided to table our charter petition,” program parent Matt Andrews told the Lagunitas School District’s directors at a regular meeting on Tuesday...

How green is Clean Energy?

05/31/2012
Starting July 1, Marin Energy Authority will begin rolling out its Marin Clean Energy (MCE) program for the 95,000 Marin County residents not already being served. Unless they choose to opt out—residents have until five days before their July meter reading to do so—customers will have their power source automatically...

The Valley’s state assembly 
candidate

05/31/2012
Called an anti-politician iconoclast who thinks outside the box, longtime Forest Knolls resident Alex East-Brown is running for state assembly for the second time, hoping to take over after incumbent Alyson Huber leaves office later this year. With an academic sensibility and an unconventional yet passionate approach to politics, Mr...

Judge Rules No Fast Track for SPAWN

05/24/2012
Marin Superior Court issued a preliminary judgment last week on the 2010 lawsuit brought by Forest Knolls-based Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) against the county, alleging that a 2007 countywide plan failed to protect salmon habitat in the San Geronimo Valley, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act...

The Final Voyage of the Barbara Faye

05/24/2012
When a salmon trawler washed up on Limantour Beach last week, West Marin residents were reminded of an age-old story—that of a man, a boat and the unforgiving sea. Captain Duncan MacLean set out last Sunday morning from Half Moon Bay with the hope of a good catch. He’d struggled...

Funding Uncertain for 
Tsunami Debris Cleanup

05/24/2012
Along the West Coast, anyone with eyes on the water has been urged by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to keep a lookout for flotsam from the March 2011 tsunami that devastated much of Japan’s coastline, sweeping 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific. But in Point...

Shoreline Board Looks to Future

05/24/2012
In an open letter to the Shoreline Unified School District community, the district’s board of trustees apologized for disruptions caused by the decision that resulted in Principal Anne Harris leaving mid-year, and gave assurances of its continuing efforts to provide the best education for students. In the letter, which was...

Oyster Bar Seeks Roots Funding

05/24/2012
Whether they’re independent filmmakers, novelists or restaurateurs, more and more artists and entrepreneurs are turning to the fastest growing way to raise capitol: Crowd funding. Since 2009, sites like Kickstarter and Rockethub have helped thousands close the gap between innovators and their dreams—with a record of more than $10 million...

Inn, Foreclosed, Awaits New Life

05/24/2012
The no vacancy sign hanging from the white-washed pillar of the Olema Inn has become a permanent mark for its last owners. As of last August, the deed to the inn was turned over from the hands of restaurant owner John Wiltshire, to those of the First Community Bank, in...

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