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Bolinas, preparing for July Fourth onslaught, questions future of festivities

06/26/2019
This year, you might consider skipping the famed Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas. Overcrowding has put the oldest Independence Day celebration in Marin County at risk of cancellation, organizers say. More than 3,000 and as many as 6,000 people are expected to attend this year, crowding the town of...

Special White Hill repaving

06/26/2019
A one-mile stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on White Hill will be repaved this summer with a high-friction surface to improve safety on the popular route over the hill. The $1.64 million project will start in mid-July and should take about three months, according to a press release from...

Farallones poison plan goes to CCC

06/26/2019
A plan to rid the South Farallon Islands of invasive house mice by dropping poison pellets is moving forward: On July 10, the California Coastal Commission will determine if the eradication plan, which targets the islands’ only non-native species, is consistent with state law. If the commission gives its approval,...

Marin drafts preferences for 5G rollout

06/19/2019
Despite recent federal restrictions that prevent local jurisdictions from regulating the deployment of 5G technology, Marin has drafted an ordinance to exercise as much aesthetic and procedural control as possible for the unincorporated area of the county—a response to hundreds of residents who voiced concerns about health effects earlier this...

Tea purveyor settlement may save structures

06/19/2019
David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident and tea purveyor who has protected dozens of unpermitted buildings on his property from demolition despite a decade of legal actions and mounting fines from the county, this month brought a briefcase with $46,000 in cash to court. The county did not touch the...

Don Jolley: Learning without bounds

06/19/2019
For Don Jolley, who retired this spring after 31 years teaching in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, learning is boundless. Inquiry must involve both hands, span academic and artistic disciplines, and leave no stone unturned. Mr. Jolley taught all subjects to sixth graders for 12 years, then specialized for the...

Civil grand jury calls for more school resource officers

06/19/2019
On any given workday, Marin County’s school resource officer might read with a class, respond to a weapon on campus or give perspective to a troubled child. “The only thing I know is that it is going to be different from the day before. No two days are the same,”...

Retiring Inverness resident leaves seat on aging commission

06/19/2019
The Commission on Aging is looking for a new member, and the outgoing commissioner would like to see a West Marin representative fill his role. Jim Monson, 86, is leaving the advisory board after nine years. “Jim is an extraordinarily kind, considerate, pleasant and patient person. He is smart and...

Marin free library system drops late fees, hopes to boost visitation

06/19/2019
In an effort to be more equitable and inclusive, the Marin County Free Library is getting rid of fines for overdue books. On July 1, all fines will be forgiven at the library’s 10-branch system, and the 25-cent daily late charge will be eliminated. “It costs the library more in...

Fire on Vision slow, thanks to moist fuels

06/13/2019
The weekend’s intense heat wave coincided with a fire on Mount Vision that gave responders a chance to gear up while fire fuels are at their peak moisture after winter’s heavy rains. On Monday afternoon, a branch fell on a power line on Mount Vision Road in the Point Reyes...

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