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...

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...

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...

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...

Shoreline hires part-time interim superintendent for one year

05/28/2015
Nancy Neu, a longtime educator for Marin County, will return as an interim superintendent for Shoreline Unified School District following the resignation of the district’s most recent head, Tom Stubbs, in late April. Approved unanimously by Shoreline trustees last week, Ms. Neu’s part-time services will be contracted through the Marin...

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...

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...

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...