Bid to dismiss PRNS ranchers suit denied

07/20/2016
A lawsuit targeting ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore will proceed, after a judge last Friday denied the federal government’s bid to dismiss the suit entirely. But Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, a U.S. District Court judge in the Oakland division, did grant the Department of Justice’s request that the...

Organic milk led Marin ag’s banner value in 2015

07/21/2016
Agriculture had another booming year in Marin, with the gross value of products in the county reaching its highest value for the second year in a row. The annual crop report released on Tuesday pegged gross values for 2015 at over $111 million, a 10 percent increase from 2014, with...

Splintered ranchers group reborn in wake of seashore lawsuit

07/21/2016
The longstanding association of ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore has reconstituted in the face of a lawsuit that challenges their operations in the park, after the group splintered two years ago. “The ranchers are working together as a unified group through the association,” said Dave Evans, a fourth-generation...

New Nicasio lingerie maker hosts pop up for indie artisans

07/21/2016
As Stephanie Bodnar rifles through a rack of lingerie she designed, explaining the origins of a corset or the inspiration for her sheer bralette, she’ll tell you that her focus is more on the beauty and delicacy of her pieces than the effect on a paramour. “If it happens to...

Broadband moves forward for Nicasio

07/21/2016
Dozens of letters of support from Nicasio homeowners, school officials and business owners helped secure a nearly $1.5 million grant for the Nicasio Broadband Project last Thursday, according to the California Public Utilities Commission, which awarded the funds despite a budget shortfall for similar projects. But the pressure is now...

Egrets have another tough year at Audubon Canyon Ranch

07/21/2016
Egrets on Bolinas Lagoon had a tough nesting season, with nesting down compared to last year and only half of nests successfully fledging checks, said Scott Jennings, an avian ecologist for Audubon Canyon Ranch, a nonprofit that monitors great blue heron and egret nesting in the area. Since 2014, egret...

West Marin non-profits receive hefty grants for social services

07/20/2016
Three West Marin groups—West Marin Community Services, West Marin Senior Services and the San Geronimo Valley Community Center—were among 15 recipients of a $5 million, two-year grant from the Marin Community Foundation to shore up safety-net social services. “It’s a network [of groups] that goes largely unheralded,” said Tom Peters,...

Nonprofits benefit in art sale

07/21/2016
There is a new way of doing business that’s emerging in West Marin, in which connections are as important as individual actions. The West Marin Fund provides funding and other assistance to our many nonprofits, expands charitable giving and volunteer activity, and supports innovative endeavors that benefit the community. The...

Living in reactionary times

07/21/2016
We are living in reactionary times and it’s not going to get easier. This is a cycle we have to live through, as horribly as it manifests. We can’t prevent it and we can’t control it—not you and I in our small personal worlds. The events of our times reverberate...

Rules for camping, signs, and more to change

07/21/2016
County rules for slaughterhouses, signs, camping and more are slated for significant revisions this year. Last week, planning commissioners held a workshop to hear more details about the coming revisions, which will not apply to the coastal zone, with many proposals garnering support and a couple drawing scrutiny. One of...