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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.”...

Grand jury says county needs morgue

06/07/2012
It’s a scene familiar to any fan of film or television crime dramas: In the cold light of the city morgue, the forensic pathologist, in goggles, gloves and lab coat, investigates the cause of death. In most cases, as in fiction, such investigations take place in a purpose-built facility of...

Solomon in close race for second

06/07/2012
Local congressional candidate Norman Solomon’s supporters were still awaiting the final vote tally for the second congressional district Wednesday, in what has become a close contest for second place. With all of the 732 precincts at least partially reporting as of 4:43 a.m. on June 6, Assemblyman Jared Huffman held...

New youth philanthropy funds

06/07/2012
The West Marin Fund, a new community foundation created to support the coastal towns of Marin, announced its first program, focused on youth philanthropy, last week. The initiative is designed to encourage teams of youth from 11 to 18 years old to raise money for local nonprofits and other community...

Inverness tennis club camp

06/07/2012
The Inverness Tennis Club is ready to take on another year of junior players at their annual tennis camp. And this time, they’re offering lessons in English and Spanish. Two five-day camps will begin July 23 and 30—taught by Xerxes Whitney, in English—and tennis star Gabriella Martinez will lead a...

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...

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