Best of 2012 Top Story Countdown: 15-11

Leading up to the New Year, here's our countdown of the 25 most popular posts in 2012.

October 17

It’s unlikely there are too many people standing at the intersection of the Grateful Dead, financial journalism, fly fishing and efforts to make sure American soldiers are treated with dignity and care upon their return from military service.

But there’s at least one, and the confluence of those seemingly disparate things has incited a live performance this Friday at the Sweetwater Music Hall featuring fellow Mill Valley residents Bob Weir and Sammy Hagar, along with longtime Weir collaborator Jeff Chimenti and a number of special guests, for a benefit show for the Coming Home Project, a Bay Area organization that provides care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

14. Workers Scramble to Save 121-Year-Old Redwood Lodge
April 10

Longtime Mill Valley resident Peter Buckley hopes to one day restore the 121-year-old Redwood Lodge on Corte Madera Avenue in Blithedale Canyon. But before he gets a chance to do so, he has to make sure the building doesn’t fall into the adjacent Arroyo Corte Del Presidio creek.

13. Will You Vote for the School District's Parcel Tax in November?
May 9

The Mill Valley School District board voted last week to place a new $196 parcel tax on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. In doing so, district and parcel tax campaign officials hope to sway the 82 percent of district voters who don't currently have children in any of the district's six schools.

12. Local Couple in Midst of Firestorm Over GSA Scandal
April 20

Jeff and Deborah Neely, who have lived in the Alto neighborhood for nearly nine years, are the subject a firestorm of criticism across the U.S. this week for their role in a federal General Services Administration spending scandal in which they reportedly took dozens of trips on the taxpayers’ dime, including an over-the-top Las Vegas conference that cost $823,000.

11. Suspected Burglar Leads Police on Wild 5-Hour Chase
April 30

A 28-year-old suspected burglar led police and multiple law enforcement agencies on a wild, allegedly drug-fueled and half-naked foot chase through the hills of Cascade Canyon Monday before he was arrested fully naked on Throckmorton Avenue near the Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley Police officials said.

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