DNA testing rejects human waste as source of bacteria on beaches

10/23/2014
Fears that leaky septic systems had for years caused levels of fecal bacteria exceeding state standards for recreation at a ditch on Chicken Ranch Beach were put to rest last week, when cutting edge DNA test results ruled out human waste as the culprit. Scientists who analyzed the tests believe...

Shoreline will explore tax on development

10/23/2014
Shoreline’s trustees initiated the process of levying fees for new construction within the district’s boundaries and decided to continue a discussion about cutting their own health benefits in a contentious three-hour meeting at West Marin School last Thursday. The board members also announced their intention to negotiate teachers’ health benefits...

Citizens’ network needs coastal weather monitors

10/23/2014
One rainy day in Colorado in 1998, the weather radar failed. Though the storm was mild overall—particularly in urban areas, where weather gauges were stationed—certain canyons got over nine inches of rain. Flash flooding followed, and lives were lost. From this event, a network of volunteer weather watchers called the...

Ambrose Gondola, who trucked the first white deer to West Marin, dies at 91

10/23/2014
Ambrose Gondola, a lifelong West Marin resident and devoted family man, died earlier this month at age 91. Born in Tomales in 1923, Ambrose was sent to work on a dairy in Olema when he was 10, helping support the family after his father died; he never returned home. Instead,...

Creamery project gets approval, despite gripes

10/23/2014
The county’s deputy zoning administrator approved Cowgirl Creamery’s use and coastal permit application for a 23-foot tall, two-story office and storage building in downtown Point Reyes Station, despite a flurry of public comment submitted days before a zoning hearing and a question during the hearing itself regarding the authority of...

Hearing set for Stinson flood evasion measure

10/23/2014
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Nov. 4 before deciding whether to place a Stinson Beach special tax to fund flood control measures along Easkoot Creek on the ballot in March. The tax would be $250 for improved parcels, or $50 for unimproved parcels, and would...

Sasha Abramsky on untangling the American poverty crisis

10/23/2014
In “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives,” author Sasha Abramsky implores Americans to recognize the severity of economic deprivation in their country, and he proposes a series of measures to remedy or at least substantially alleviate it. By the end of 2010, he writes, 15.2...