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Schools score better this year

08/04/2011
The 2010 Academic Performance Index scores and rankings for four of the schools in the Shoreline Unified School District are now available for viewing by the public. According to the index, which uses annual standardized testing results to tracks California schools’ academic performance, West Marin Elementary and Tomales Elementary both...

Bones found at Good Earth

08/04/2011
The site for Good Earth Natural Foods’ new store location at 720 Center Boulevard in Fairfax has been recently identified as a potential prehistoric archeological site. In June, midden and shell fragments were found inside the existing building, which used to function as an Albertson’s Grocery outlet and is currently...

Far West Fest donates big

08/04/2011
Organizers of last month’s Far West Fest announced that the event raised nearly $35,000 for local nonprofits. According to officials, funds were raised through a combination of ticket sales, vending and sponsorships, and received support from over 2,000 attendants, volunteers, artists and local businesses. On Tuesday, a check for $3,550...

Fire tax for West Marin

08/04/2011
Nearly all West Marin residents will be required to pay a $150 fire tax, due to a new policy by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation mandates that all residents in “state responsibility areas,” one of which encompasses the vast majority of West Marin, pay extra for fire services. Locals currently...

Roads closed this weekend

08/04/2011
Several road lanes will be temporarily closed to make way for the 49th annual Marin Century bike race this Saturday, August 6. Two-lane closures are scheduled on the steepest sections of Lucas Valley and Point Reyes-Petaluma roads from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., respectively...

Fire extinguisher inspections

08/04/2011
The Inverness Fire Department will be offering free fire extinguisher inspections in conjunction with the upcoming Inverness Fair. An outside extinguisher specialist will refill and repair fire extinguishers, at some additional cost. Most simple refills cost around $20. “There are times when you might have an oven fire, or the...

Gideon Bendile, from Zulu Spear to the Kalahari Experience

08/04/2011
Gideon Bendile, 60, does not look like a man who was arrested and tortured for defying Apartheid South Africa, who toured the world playing with legendary musicians like Redd Foxx and Sammy Davis, Jr. Instead, Gideon looks like a fresh-faced 40-year-old, albeit with a few stories to tell. “When I...

Thrift store robbed

08/04/2011
Hundreds of dollars worth of goods and cash were stolen late last Wednesday from the West Marin Community Thrift Store, in Point Reyes Station. Though no suspects have been taken into custody, sheriffs said they have several leads, and that the theft may be associated with a string of others...

Humpback dies in sanctuary

07/29/2010
The carcass of a young humpback whale was found in the Farallone Islands on Sunday by a team of researchers from Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO). The whale displayed large gashes on its side—most likely the result of strikes from a boat propeller. Officials with Gulf of the...

After 30 million deaths, farmer seeks new seed

07/29/2010
Three weeks ago, when Drakes Bay Oyster Company owner Kevin Lunny went out to check his five outdoor cultivation tanks, each containing six million oyster larvae, he got a nasty shock: the larvae were dead. Months of work and $10,000 were gone. Complete larval failure has recently become common for...

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