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Money available for widespread rent assistance

03/24/2021
Significant assistance is on the way for renters who have been unable to make their payments since the first shelter order one year ago. After receiving around $16 million in federal rental aid over the past month, Marin is training staff and has launched an online program to make money...

Recology rate increase to fund low-income discount

03/24/2021
With county approval last week of a 3.53 percent rate increase for West Marin requested by Recology, a 32-gallon cart will now cost $43.47 per month. The company sought the increase in part to fund a 20-percent low-income discount, which will mirror the CARE discount program operated by PG&E in...

Inverness painter layers symbols, process in Gallery Route One exhibit

03/24/2021
Can you spot the books, the trees, the hands? Mary Mountcastle Eubank, an Inverness painter and a founder of Gallery Route One, will exhibit a series of abstract acrylics painted over the past year and throughout her career in a show titled “Layered in Time” on display at the gallery...

Tomales' Diekmann's General Store to close

03/24/2021
Changes are on the way for Diekmann's General Store in Tomales. The Singh brothers, who have together owned and operated the shop since 2010, are leaving, and the family of property owner Kristin Lawson will manage the store. Ms. Lawson’s parents, Walter and Mildred Diekmann, purchased the building in 1948.

Postmaster retires after productive tenure in Woodacre

03/17/2021
Postmaster Bill Gossy retired last month after four years in charge of the Woodacre post office. In his tenure, he renewed the building and smoothed up operations after a bumpy spate of temporary postmasters. He speaks about his work with pride and his patrons with cheer. “When somebody walks into...

Tomales High opens its campus, but virtual learning continues

03/17/2021
Tomales High School reopened its campus for the first time in a year last week, but it will take a loosening of restrictions before teachers can work with students in person again. Under the current guidelines, students on campus are still learning over the computer using noise-cancelling headphones; 70 of...

Tomales High School returns to in person learning

03/17/2021
Bus capacity, continued online learning, family health concerns and the need for children to watch younger siblings at home have contributed to a low return rate for Tomales High students. Those who do come to campus are participating in classes from their devices, though new guidance anticipated next week could...

Progress and pain at pandemic's one-year mark

03/17/2021
It’s been a year almost to the day since Marin fell under the first stay-at-home order in the nation, and relief is on the horizon: A third of the county’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the state is reopening the economy, and federal stimulus...

Parents roiled over Lagunitas teacher dismissal

03/17/2021
Parents at the Lagunitas School expressed their dissent at last week’s board meeting over the unexplained dismissal of a new teacher, a move they say reflects broader trends of staff turnover and trustees ignoring the will of the community. The administration and trustees are legally prohibited from explaining the dismissal,...

Monarch habitat to be restored on public lands

03/17/2021
Saving the last monarch butterflies, which fell to historically low numbers in California this winter, is the focus of a new initiative launched by Marin public land managers. The project, which received near half a million dollars from the state’s Wildlife Conservation Board last month, will restore overwintering and breeding...

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