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Heartwood shifts to homeschool program

09/27/2018
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired program formerly known as WISE Academy that lost public funding in January after the organization that managed its charter ran into trouble, launched this school year as a homeschool collaborative. The program, located in the White Hill Open Space Preserve and spearheaded by Lagunitas School...

West Marin businesses ahead of plastic straw ban

09/27/2018
A new California law will ban plastic straws in restaurants, but many establishments in West Marin have beat it to the punch. Starting in 2019, straws will only be distributed on request in the state, the first in the United States to ban restaurants from voluntarily handing out plastic straws...

Vaping rate balloons among Marin County youth

09/27/2018
A new report shows that the number of seventh, ninth and eleventh graders engaged in vaping—breathing in drugs like nicotine as vapor rather than smoke, usually through the use of electronic cigarettes—has more than doubled in Marin County in the past two years. According to the data, which was released...

Bear probable in park

09/27/2018
Earlier this month, two mushroom experts from the East Bay stumbled across a treasure of a different kind in Tomales Bay State Park: Fresh bear poop. Debbie Viess and David Rust, who together founded the Bay Area Mycological Society, found the scat after pulling over on Pierce Point Road. “We...

Hoffman hearing on Friday

09/27/2018
Earlier This Friday, tea purveyor and longtime Lagunitas resident David Lee Hoffman will have another chance in court to fight for the longevity of his property, which has numerous unpermitted structures. A 2012 court order mandated that Mr. Hoffman demolish all illegal structures at his own expense and charged him...

College will draft plans for Bolinas lab

09/20/2018
The College of Marin agreed last Tuesday to invest in the rehabilitation of the marine lab that has sat derelict beside the Bolinas Lagoon for more than a decade. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to hire a San Francisco architecture firm to develop a proposal for the project,...

County scopes arts master plan

09/20/2018
Marin County is reaching out to residents in an effort to develop a new county arts and culture plan to support artists and arts programs in the region. “There is no arts council; there is no single entity that is a resource or a collective voice for artists and arts...

Restoration underway at Lairds Landing

09/20/2018
A restoration is underway at Lairds Landing, a remote spot on the western shore of Tomales Bay that teems with local history. A Coast Miwok settlement and, more recently, home to late artist and fisherman Clayton Lewis, who altered many of the site’s structures, Lairds Landing presents disparate threads of...

Princess Marconi visits Marshall radio site

09/20/2018
A princess came to town last Wednesday. She was dressed in sensible black heels, thick pantyhose and a silken neck scarf. Eighty-eight-year-old Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, her hair a soft nest of fading blonde curls, was visiting West Marin to bear witness to her father’s electric legacy. The princess is not...

Marin supervisors push back against FCC order on 5G wireless networks

09/20/2018
In advance of a Sept. 25 vote by the Federal Communications Commission to ease telecommunication companies’ deployment of 5G wireless networks, the Marin County Board of Supervisors has sent a lengthy letter of opposition. The F.C.C. is seeking to ban state and local regulations designed to prohibit wireless infrastructure deployment...

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