Group wastewater studies will move ahead in valley

06/23/2016
Nine years after a group of Woodacre residents banded together to investigate the possibility of a group wastewater system, the county finally secured funding for an environmental impact report and an updated feasibility study, necessary steps for the project to move forward. The county has also signaled its plans to...

Coaching void at Tomales High

06/23/2016
With sports seasons wrapped up, the athletics program at Tomales High School entered the summer hiatus with a dearth of coaches for soccer, basketball and volleyball. To complicate the search, the athletic director and varsity girls soccer coach, John McGurke, tendered his resignation last week to accept an assistant principal...

Plans underway for fire station

06/23/2016
In the first step in an extensive overhaul of the Marin County Fire Department’s facilities in West Marin, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved funds to draft plans for a complete tear-down and rebuild of the Tomales Fire Station. The 45-year-old facility’s rebirth would figure into a broader effort...

Lawson’s Landing worried about delays

06/23/2016
After months of sad farewells, the owners of the remaining 20 or so permanent trailers at Lawson’s Landing are poised to meet a July 13 deadline to vacate the Dillon Beach campground after a nearly five-decade tenure. As their tenants clear out, the campground’s owners are contending with delays in...

Bridge option nixed as out of character

06/23/2016
The list of proposed designs to replace the Green Bridge just got whittled down: Caltrans announced last week that it will no longer consider a suspension bridge or analyze it in an upcoming environmental impact report, a draft of which should be released this fall. Caltrans wrote in a newsletter...

New county budget: “preparing for uncertainty”

06/23/2016
The county is boosting funds for mental-health services, roads and affordable housing, among other items. This week, the Board of Supervisors held final budget hearings and approved a $540 million budget, a four percent increase from last year, that prioritized six areas in need of additional funds; those areas include...

Ultrasonic meters help Stinson save water

06/23/2016
New water meters equipped with ultrasonic transmitters that the Stinson Beach County Water District began installing in two of the town’s neighborhoods have helped the district spot and fix several leaks, saving an estimated 100,000 gallons of water from being wasted. The district received a $300,000 grant from the California...

A life in love letters: Bolinas locals perform two-act play at library

06/23/2016
Bolinas resident and library technician Camilla Ford once set out to write a letter and decorate its envelope every day for a year. The project only lasted about six months, but she said that people savored the epistles. “These days, even bills are just emails,” she mused. But Ms. Ford...

Blaming the seashore for local problems is misguided

06/23/2016
Recent reports in the Light feature comments from locals who blame the Point Reyes National Seashore for a visitor influx that has created congestion and a lack of affordable housing. Yet an analysis of publicly available data shows that since 1986, seashore visitation has been virtually flat. There has indeed...

We must preserve housing in West Marin

06/23/2016
Affordable housing units in West Marin are disappearing at an alarming rate. This month, we learned that almost 30 residences will soon be lost. The National Park Service is demolishing 10 houses opposite Marshall in Duck Cove, while four families—including 23 members of the community—will lose their homes at the...