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New nuclear contractor banned

06/14/2012
The Marin County Peace Conversion Commission has designated county contractor URS Corporation as a nuclear weapons contractor. This designation, as defined under Marin’s Nuclear Free Zone law, means that all county departments are required to seek other vendors not involved in nuclear weapons production. Corporations currently on the county’s list...

Foundation awards Ben Nixon

06/14/2012
This week, Mill Valley resident photographer Ben Nixon was recognized as the second recipient of the Visual Artists Support Program Grant. The $25,000 grant, which was established in honor of Marin photographer Pirkle Jones, who died in 2009, supports promising emerging and mid-career artists living in Marin County. Mr. Nixon...

Alcatraz escapees still at large

06/14/2012
Fifty years since their escape from Alcatraz on June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin — the only men to escape from Alcatraz Island and remain unaccounted for — are still at large. The convicts were ages 35, 32, and 31 when they crawled their way...

Brawl tops off Western Weekend

06/07/2012
A brawl broke out at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station early Sunday evening following Western Weekend festivities, leaving several injured and two men jailed. Witnesses said a 23-year-old Iraq war veteran from Olema may have verbally attacked another veteran, a 25-year-old from Petaluma, inside the bar. A...

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:...

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