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West Marin Fund grants will support programs for girls and women

11/29/2018
Last week, the West Marin Fund launched a new program aimed at empowering women and girls in the area. The fund awarded $71,500 to eight local nonprofits that proposed projects focused specifically on supporting those demographics. “The idea of women's and girls' empowerment is one of several threads we’re following...

Raising funds for Marshall transplants who lost home in Camp Fire

11/29/2018
A fundraiser aiming to help out long-time members of the Marshall community whose home was destroyed in the Camp Fire has achieved over half of its $20,000 goal. Vicky MacDiarmid and Willy Hammond, who lived on the Mendoza ranch in Marshall for decades, moved to Magalia last December in order...

Amnesty period opens for short-term rental operators not paying TOT

11/21/2018
A county initiative meant to straighten out the estimated 500 short-term rentals not remitting Marin’s transit occupancy tax is being launched this week. Starting today, the county will mail notices to operators announcing a 30-day window to come into compliance. In exchange, county tax collector Roy Given is allowing those...

Bikers keep spirit of giving alive in toy run for San Quentin inmates' children

11/21/2018
At the beginning of the holiday season, bikers roll up to the Papermill Creek Saloon to celebrate the end of their annual fundraiser: truckloads of toys presented to children whose parents are serving time in San Quentin State Prison. The chrome of hundreds of motorcycles line the streets outside the...

Speed limits change on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road

11/21/2018
The Board of Supervisors has approved new speed limits for three sections of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. The segment from the Marin County line to the McEvoy Ranch will see a decrease from 55 mph to 50 mph. From the Red Hill summit south to the Spaletta Ranch—a distance of less...

Spirit Matters crystal show, the largest yet, has multifaceted appeal

11/21/2018
Spirit Matters is not primarily a rock store. Its products, which range from jewelry to books on feminism to statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe, revolve around spiritual intimacy—with the self, the earth, the divine. But last Saturday, visitors from around the region crowded in for the opening of the...

Park service recognizes Olema and Point Reyes dairy ranches

11/21/2018
The gold seekers that flooded San Francisco in the mid-1800s were in short supply of just about everything—including fresh milk and butter. The nearby grasslands of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which the Coast Miwok had tended for centuries before the Spanish pushed them out to raise their own livestock in...

County gathers opinions on state of childcare

11/21/2018
West Marin teachers and community members gathered at the Dance Palace last Wednesday to discuss the area's pressing childcare and early-education needs. Participants particularly stressed the need for better funding mechanisms for programs and cost-of-living concerns for both teachers and families. Bob Raines, superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District, underscored...

Tomales expels student over guns

11/21/2018
The Shoreline Unified School District took the middle road last week when considering the punishment for the eleventh grader who brought two hunting rifles to school in September. In a vote of four to one, the board expelled the student for the rest of the semester, but granted a suspended...

County helps Dillon Beach describe its water story

11/15/2018
It was a packed house in the Coastal Kitchen on Tuesday night as residents of Dillon Beach discussed their water needs. The meeting, designed to help the county and the village create a “community water story”—concerning everything from water supply to septic systems and sea-level rise—was funded by a grant...

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