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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,...

Agriculture values high for Marin in 2018

06/26/2019
Thanks in part to the winter’s heavy rains, the gross value of Marin’s agricultural crops and products in 2018 jumped by $6.9 million, or 8 percent, from the previous year. Beef was largely responsible for the rise, although organic milk remains the county’s top commodity. Last week, Marin County Agricultural...

County approves slow-growth budget

06/26/2019
After months of public hearings, the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday approved the 2019-2020 budget, which emphasizes new investments in infrastructure, improving disaster preparedness, preserving affordable housing and addressing climate change, priorities that reflect feedback from residents surveyed this year. The $631 million budget represents a 6.9 percent increase from...

Nicasio tables preschool idea for at least one more year

06/26/2019
Hoping to boost enrollment, the board of the Nicasio School is considering starting up a state-funded preschool, though not this fall. Last month, California pledged funding of roughly $50,000 for the program’s ongoing teacher costs and start-up expenses; the county has agreed to cover another $10,000 and the West Marin...

Vaccination rate, rising in West Marin, still below public health target

06/26/2019
Amid the largest nationwide measles outbreak in 17 years, vaccination rates in West Marin increased dramatically, though they still fall short of countywide rates and goals. This school year, the percentage of West Marin kindergartners who were vaccinated was 90 percent, below the 95 percent threshold believed to achieve community...

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...

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