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Natural dye class, with a focus on “upcycling,” visits Commonweal

12/08/2016
Whenever errands pull Bolinas fiber artist Ashley Eva Brock up to Petaluma, she’ll swing by a few tucked-away spots in the bushland to retrieve her supply of oak galls. Growing along the branches of oak trees, these apple-shaped galls are a natural source of golden dye that become enlivened with...

County trims structure, but approves Moonrise project

12/08/2016
A residential proposal on Vision Road in Inverness mostly got the green light from the county deputy zoning administrator last Thursday, over objections that it could set a precedent for large home development. Yet the approval came with a few catches—most notably that a decades-old structure called the Windmill, which...

Animal slaughter proposal sparks strong emotions

12/01/2016
Marin is renowned for its environmentally conscious, largely organic agriculture–but should the county allow the animals raised on its pastures to be slaughtered within its borders? That was the question the Planning Commission faced during a workshop on Monday that considered a proposed reversal of the current ban on commercial...

DeCarli’s defends practices in new court filings

12/01/2016
The propane business DeCarli’s rebuked claims that it billed customers late or improperly, arguing that the vast majority of customers have been billed in a timely manner and the few who weren’t should not be entitled to free propane, according to recent court filings. The filings, submitted last month, come...

Almanac editors publish first book, a poetry collection

12/01/2016
The journey of 51 poems began with a nine-year global odyssey that plucked David Bailey from his Southern California home and led him to India, Nepal, Mexico and St. Louis, Mo. in what he calls “a personal quest to find something real.” In the end, he found himself in Inverness...

Marin roads still below state average, report says

12/01/2016
In Marin, one of the most affluent counties in the nation, the streets are far from being cemented in gold. Pavement conditions of roads in unincorporated Marin fell below the state’s average score and were reported to be at a “higher risk” of deterioration in a recent state assessment. The...

Kinsey nabs contract to redesign city transit hub

12/01/2016
Supervisor Steve Kinsey nabbed his first post-supervisor job, to start right after he leaves office: a $50,000 contract with the city of San Rafael to help reconfigure the downtown bus transit hub, which will be disrupted by construction of the SMART train. “I guess I like complex problems,” said Mr...

Feedback sought on Tomales Town Hall

12/01/2016
A little over a decade ago, the Tomales Town Hall was caught in a bind. The building was over 130 years old and required improvements, but its board of trustees had dwindled to just a handful of members...

Glass collective brings the heat to I.P.

12/01/2016
An ice cube-sized hunk of Pyrex fused to a hollow glass tube was rotating over a propane flame in an Inverness Park garage last week. Jason Green waited for it to reach about 2500°F, when he could blow it into a tiny oil lamp—or whatever it might become. “Sometimes you...

County seeks feedback for disaster plan update

12/01/2016
Imagine that you are building a sandcastle near a rising tide. To counteract the risk of destruction from incoming waves, you dig a moat to combat disaster if and when it occurs...

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