West Marin’s cheese producers take home state awards

Two local cheese companies took home top honors last month at the California Commercial Cheese Competition in Sacramento, held annually at the close of the California State Fair. For one winner, Bleating Heart Cheese in Tomales, the award marked a comeback following a devastating recall in late 2014 that saw...

NMWD raises rates, hopes for improvements

The North Marin Water District board approved modest increases for West Marin water rates with little fanfare on Tuesday, but a bigger jump in sewer rates for part of Dillon Beach prompted protests and an incremental schedule for the change. The hikes are meant to help fund major capital projects...

Straus aims to relocate creamery to Santa Rosa

After over 10 years in Marshall, Straus Family Creamery is poised to relocate its creamery to a multipurpose warehouse space in Santa Rosa. The family-owned company also plans to move its administrative offices in Petaluma to the Santa Rosa warehouse, in a move to consolidate operations to increase efficiency by...

Valley school employee wins benefits case

When she’s not singing jazz at Bay Area clubs, Mwanza Furaha spends her days feeding hungry students as a cook for the Lagunitas School District or ferrying them across busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard as one of the school’s crossing guards. But like many non-teaching school employees, Ms. Furaha is...

Coastal Health Alliance to temporarily close Stinson clinic

The Coastal Health Alliance’s clinic in Stinson Beach will temporarily close at the end of July because the nonprofit is unable to replace outgoing doctors and nurses. In a notice, the health provider said it had lost two nurse practitioners since May. One doctor will cease working on July 31,...

County to improve trails at Roy’s Redwoods

Marin County Parks and Open Space is set to undertake projects that would restore habitat and redesign five trails, including Roy’s Redwoods Loop Trail in the San Geronimo Valley. The projects figure into the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which aims to designate a large swath of open space...

Culvert that strangles fish flows to be redone

County supervisors last week approved plans to reconfigure a 120-foot box culvert set in Woodacre Creek that runs under Railroad Avenue, hoping to ease passage for juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout seeking the sea. Last year, the county secured a $235,000 grant from the California Department of Fish and...

Classical guitarist to make debut solo performance

Zachary Seifert-Ponce started playing classical guitar when he lived in Orange County, in what he called a dangerous neighborhood. A quiet friend who surprised him with his soulful playing first inspired Mr. Seifert-Ponce to play, but he dove deeper when he was about 14. Though he briefly enrolled at Tomales...


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