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Big brush fire above Fairfax

08/25/2011
A vegetation fire spread over three rugged acres of grassy oak woodland above Deer Park School in Fairfax just before 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire was contained within three hours, with the help of three departments, 89 firefighters, four water-dropping aircraft and a spotter plane. “We don’t know exactly...

Activist arrested in Washington

08/25/2011
Local environmental activist Bing Gong was arrested on Monday outside of the White House, in Washington, D.C., while protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude oil from large reserves in Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Gong, who traveled to the capital...

Historic Bolinas saloon for sale

08/25/2011
On the eve of its 160th birthday, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, reportedly the longest continuously operating saloon in California, is for sale for just under $2 million. Don Deane, who has owned the establishment for 21 years, said his reasons for selling include weather and old age. “Essentially, we’ve...

Penn takes the stage for Solomon

08/25/2011
Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon, of Inverness Park, and Oscar-winning actor and director Sean Penn headlined a campaign fundraising event at McNear’s Mystic Theatre in Petaluma Tuesday afternoon, reminding a crowd of close to 300 that progressive political achievements are initiated at the grassroots level. Penn, who wore an open-collared...

Youth make 
appeal for housing

08/25/2011
Young denizens of West Marin voiced concerns on Sunday about the fate of their community, which they say is in danger of suffocating in its own age and affluence unless more affordable and less restricted housing options are made available for future generations. Over a hundred local residents, including Marin...

Penn to campaign for Solomon

08/18/2011
Oscar-winning actor and director Sean Penn, a former Marin County resident, has agreed to campaign in the area next week on behalf of Norman Solomon, an Inverness Park author and political activist, who is running as a progressive Democrat for an open seat in the newly reorganized congressional district that...

Nick’s Cove loses Kuleto, chef

08/18/2011
After a rough couple of years that led to millions in debt and vast uncertainty as to its foreseeable future, Nick’s Cove and Cottages announced last week that it has sold to a former investor who will maintain the historic Tomales Bay establishment’s operations mostly as is. Prescott Ashe, a...

Local coin accepted at Palace

08/18/2011
Palace Market has joined the growing list of more than 50 West Marin establishments accepting the Coastal Marin Fund’s $3 tokens, which fund local nonprofit organizations. “[The Palace is] a very public spirited organization, so they wanted to try this,” Richard Kirschman, the fund’s sponsor and president, said of the...

New principal for Lagunitas

08/18/2011
Lagunitas School District has hired Laura Shain, of Ocean Shore School in Pacifica, as its new principal. Shain completed her undergraduate studies at Bard College and received a M.A. in education with a concentration in educational administration from San Francisco State University. She was drawn to the position because of...

KWMR gets CPB funding

08/18/2011
KWMR, West Marin’s community radio station, has received a $20,000 grant award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in recognition of its achievement in the “Efficiency” category. “KWMR is really pleased that the new efficiencies KWMR developed for this three-year round were recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,”...

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