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MALT head to retire after 28 years

02/16/2012
While Bob Berner was finishing an MBA program at the Wharton School in 1971, he started thinking about his future. Conservation never crossed his mind. “I was looking for a job and most of my classmates were interviewing banks and large corporations and that wasn’t of much interest to me...

Onward, LCP

02/16/2012
The Marin County Planning Commission voted Monday to approve the draft Local Coastal Program (LCP) for submission to the Board of Supervisors. Although the process of updating the existing 31-year-old LCP is far from complete—after approval by the board, the draft will be reviewed and ratified by the California Coastal...

Principal sees growth; tots get extra year

02/09/2012
The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to allow Stinson Beach Preschool to continue operating on district grounds, as it has for the past several years. The decision to grant a one-year lease renewal came at the end of a lengthy meeting in which Principal Leo Kostelnik...

Alan Watts: Reanimated by filmmaker son

02/09/2012
In the opening scene of Why Not Now?, a new documentary about the life of Alan Watts, the middle-aged philosopher, wearing a mane of silver facial hair and strands of beads around a brown tunic, begins a direct address to the viewer. “Welcome to my home,” he says, appearing in...

School boards get ready to start sharing

02/02/2012
Shoreline Unified, Bolinas-Stinson Unified, and Lagunitas school districts met again this week to brainstorm ways to pool resources and cut costs in the midst of looming state budget cuts, reaching no concrete conclusions but agreeing that action is the next step. The meeting, which took place on Tuesday at West...

Agricultural plan set forth to supervisors

02/02/2012
The Marin Agricultural Support Plan, developed by local agricultural leaders and partners based on input from last November’s Agricultural Summit, was presented to the Board of Supervisors Monday. “I think that here what we have is a very clear direction of where we’re going,” said Supervisor Steve Kinsey following the...

Grady Ranch, Lucas’ next local project, moves forward

02/02/2012
Grady Ranch, the third installment of George Lucas’ Lucas Valley empire, will be a breathtaking fortress of production suites, guest cottages, screening rooms and lavish amenities. And in the fashion of his neighboring properties—Skywalker and Big Rock ranches—few outsiders will ever see it. Final approval for the 269,701-square-foot digital production...

The Tomales Food Pantry

02/02/2012
The sun shines down on Tomales Town Hall on an unseasonably warm Thursday in January. A handwritten sign outside reads “Food Pantry,” and below it, “Despensa de Alimentos.” The door is open and the room inside is humming with conversation and activity. Tables are set up in a U-shape. On...

Coastal plan may further limit wind

01/26/2012
The Marin County Planning Commission voted Monday to further restrict the location of future wind turbines in the draft of the Local Coastal Program. The new language, put forth by Commissioner Wade Holland, limits all freestanding Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) to agriculturally-zoned properties. According to restrictions already in the...

High winds send couple to the rescue

01/19/2012
A kayaker was rescued near Marshall last Sunday after falling into trouble amid exceptionally strong winds. Two local residents, Ann and Bill Grimes, were first on the scene when the distressed kayaker reportedly crawled ashore. Having attended a hypothermia training course at the Marshall Disaster Fair last fall, the couple...

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