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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...

Lagunitas board candidates

01/19/2012
Two candidates have submitted applications for a vacant seat on the Lagunitas School District Governing Board. For Woodacre resident Jasper S. Thelin, a teacher at Sir Francis Drake High School for the past 12 years, the position seemed an ideal match. “It’s something that feels like a really natural fit...

Locals steal the Heart of Marin

01/12/2012
Four charitable groups from West Marin were recognized last week at the annual Heart of Marin awards, including the Dance Palace Community Center and Point Reyes National Seashore Association, which shared the event’s top honor for “Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence.” Also recognized were Marin Organic for excellence in innovating a...

Gas provider still losing accounts

01/12/2012
Those passing through Inverness Park last week may have been surprised to see an empty propane tank shouldering Sir Francis Drake Highway with a sign reading, “De Carli’s: If you respected your customers, you wouldn’t be reading this. Take this away, now.” The sign was the work of Matt Gallagher,...

West Marin explores smaller, local banking options

01/12/2012
As the public learns more about federal funds that were given, sometimes secretly, to banks at no interest to avert an economic meltdown of their own making, anger grows among the 99%. Some of the largest banks added fuel to the fire as they responded to recent bank reform legislation,...

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