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Hope's waste reduction contract renewed

04/07/2016
West Marin’s waste education coordinator, Madeline Hope, was awarded a contract renewal by the county that will extend her current 10-year tenure as the region’s zero-waste watchdog for another year. As West Marin’s representative on the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority, Ms. Hope has been in charge...

A book launch, radio play and KWMR benefit

04/07/2016
A bell lap is the last lap, typically considered when the leader of a race reaches the final loop. It’s an apt metaphor and title for Aggie Murch’s new book of 15 short stories, “The Bell Lap: Stories for Compassionate Nursing Care.” Ms. Murch, a registered nurse and Bolinas resident...

Coffee with Huffman

04/07/2016
Rep. Jared Huffman fielded written questions on a slew of local, state and federal issues—including ranching, water, Social Security, the Coast Guard housing complex, bipartisanship and more at a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Osteria Stellina last Friday. (The coffee was $2.) The first question was—no surprise—about the lawsuit...

Bo-Stin faces low numbers, criticism over math

04/07/2016
Faced with declining student enrollment and perceptions of troubling academic underachievement, Bolinas-Stinson Union School District officials are discussing combining grades to free up time for a few teachers to act as roaming academic specialists described by the district’s principal, Jason Richardson, as “teachers on special assignment.” Enrollment this year of...

Hopefuls differ on pensions

04/07/2016
District 4 candidates gave quick but varied responses on pension issues at a packed candidates night—the first of the election season—last Wednesday. The event, hosted by a group critical of the county’s unfunded pension liabilities, was moderated by Marin Independent-Journal political columnist Dick Spotswood. Candidates fielded questions on a variety...

Olema Campground struggling with flooding

03/31/2016
Flooding at the Olema Campground caused by sediment buildup in a creek bordering the property and two drainage ditches running through it has worsened in recent years, prompting revenue losses from major closures and fears from management that, without county and federal assistance, the situation may never improve. “[Flooding] is...

Watching bike speeds

03/31/2016
To curb speeding, educate bikers and gather data in Marin County’s open space preserves, the Parks Department will let Sheriff’s deputies use laser devices and radar guns to gauge just how fast bicyclists are riding on trails and fire roads. Ari Golan, the acting parks and open space superintendent, said...

Salmon forecast not good

03/31/2016
West Marin’s recreational salmon fishing season is poised to open on Saturday for the month of April amid reports from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that show lower salmon abundance for 2016 than was previously expected. Specific dates and regulations for beyond April will be determined after a...

Bolinas raises funds to expand skate park

03/31/2016
On a windy Easter Sunday in Bolinas, Keelan McDorman ripped on his razor scooter down one end of a concrete half-pipe ramp, crested the edge of the other end, paused and shot back across to where he’d started. He and a few college friends from the East Bay were in...

Officials warn of tsunami dangers

03/31/2016
Tsunamis have wreaked havoc along the world’s coastlines since before recorded history. Neglecting the possibility of one reaching West Marin’s shores, county and state officials say, would be unwise. Such was the focus of a tsunami readiness workshop held Tuesday morning in Stinson Beach, where local law enforcement, fire protection...

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