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SPAWN group appeals Lagunitas permit to county supervisors

05/28/2015
The Turtle Island Restoration Network has filed an appeal with the Marin County Board of Supervisors against a proposed residential development in the San Geronimo Valley, following a failed attempt to sway the county’s Planning Commission last month. On April 27, the commission voted 6-0 to deny an appeal filed...

Hanging baskets

05/28/2015
I’ve been in love with hanging baskets for many years. During college, my boyfriend’s mother hung them all over her screened-in summer porch, where they created a luxuriant, colorful room that I can still envision, 43 years later. Although I’ve experimented with different plants over the years, I find myself...

Graffiti rampage in Bolinas

05/28/2015
Wharf Road residents in Bolinas awoke Tuesday morning to find portions of their homes and cars plastered with black-and-white spray-painted graffiti “tags,” some commenting on private property, others urging readers to “go home” and one depicting a middle finger. The tags appeared less than a week after the Marin County...

Oyster farm hopes to legalize booming business

05/28/2015
Tomales Bay Oyster Company, the century-old oyster farm in southern Marshall, has embarked on an effort to legalize its booming retail operation. An application under review by Marin County, spurred by a code enforcement notice in 2012 and updated over the past two years, proposes a new parking area, well and septic system for a recently purchased parcel across the highway...

West Marin stumps treated with herbicide

05/28/2015
Lifelong arborist Tom Kent for months has suspected that an herbicide was sprayed on a douglas fir stump in Inverness Park. The faded grey-and-red circle ringing the stump was not a natural feature, he surmised, but instead...

Stress key in substance abuse, youth panelists say

05/28/2015
Why do kids use drugs and alcohol? The reflexive answer from many adults is peer pressure, but according to a forum last week that included a panel of Marin teens and a local author who wrote about his family’s struggles with...

County will consider one West Marin marijuana dispensary

05/28/2015
Up to three medical marijuana dispensaries could be approved in the unincorporated areas of Marin County under the rules of a proposed ordinance that will be the subject of a public workshop next month. A draft of the ordinance stipulates that only one dispensary would be allowed in each of...

School district will tax new construction

05/28/2015
A mandatory fee for new real estate development within Shoreline Unified School District passed last week, when the district’s board voted unanimously to charge $3.36 for each square foot of residential development and $0.54 for commercial development. The monies raised will go into a fund restricted to maintenance projects for...

Marshall Store break-in

05/21/2015
Around $5,000 was stolen from the Marshall Store over the weekend, a burglary law enforcement has described as “unusual.” Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the store to find the bolt cut off the front door and, once inside, discovered that both the point of...

Amid student opt-outs, trustees blast testing

05/21/2015
Standardized testing offers no significant benefit for student education, the trustees of the Lagunitas School District have declared. Last week, trustees unanimously passed a resolution that cites numerous drawbacks to state-mandated evaluations, from student stress to administrative costs, making a statement they hope will clarify the district’s stance on standardized...

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