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Olema Inn stays local, thanks to Manka’s

06/07/2012
Manka’s Inverness Lodge owners Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong have purchased the historic Olema Inn, which was foreclosed last August and has been closed of late. Ms. Grade and Mr. DeLong said they plan to have the bed and breakfast and restaurant up and running again “as soon as possible.”...

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...

Lagunitas man must demolish

05/31/2012
The Marin County Community Development Agency has ordered David Lee Hoffman raze his Lagunitas property and pay fines totaling more than $225,000. An innovator in sustainable design, Mr. Hoffman, who over the past 40 years has built a home, rare tea business, graywater system and vermicomposting toilet on two hillside...

Bolinas author releases book

05/31/2012
Jerry Mander, a leader in the anti-globalization movement, Bolinas resident and former advertising executive, will release a new book, “The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System,” in July. Published by Berkeley’s Counterpoint Press, the 256-page book argues that capitalism, with its reliance on perpetual economic growth, is amoral...

New novel stretches comfort zone

05/31/2012
“Morehead,” the second nonfiction novel and latest release from Inverness author Jeffrey Hickey, hit the shelves Tuesday. An explicitly adult novel, the story unveils the life of Dave Morehead, a young man living in San Francisco in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, during the height of the sexual revolution. While...

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...

Stinson, Bolinas Libraries Expand

05/24/2012
Beginning on Saturday, June 2, Bolinas and Stinson Beach residents will enjoy extended library hours on Mondays and Saturdays, thanks to the generosity of the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Library Improvement Society. In the past, the Stinson Beach Library was open on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Bolinas...

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