West Marin Fund loses director, expands offerings

Expansions and transitions are coming to the West Marin Fund, the community foundation that has supported West Marin nonprofits since it was founded in 2010. Catherine Porter, the part-time executive director, has announced that she is resigning. Her replacement will work fulltime, allowing the fund to step up its donor...

New majority on county board in favor of Laura’s Law

Three of five county supervisors have indicated their support for implementing a pilot program of a state bill commonly known as Laura’s Law, which governs mandatory outpatient treatment for the mentally ill. Under Assembly Bill 1421, which gives counties the discretion to adopt the provision, a judge can order a...

Parking survey shows discontent in Bo

Bolinas residents strongly support a parking plan that addresses the weekend chaos in town, according to the results of two recent online surveys. Over three quarters of the local respondents said the parking situation has a “negative or very negative impact on their lives in Bolinas” and 71 percent supported...

Cordell Bank offices tie into high-speed internet, seashore awaits okay

AT&T customers living near Bear Valley may soon have the ability to tap into a line of newly hung high-level fiber-optic internet cables. That’s courtesy of a modernization effort by the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is wrapping up a...

Hog Island looks to expand to Leali ranch

Hog Island Oyster Company is in the process of purchasing 250 acres of ranchland across the highway from its Marshall headquarters. In a preliminary application submitted to the county, the company outlined plans to develop less than five percent of the ranch for both aquaculture operations and sustainable agriculture education...

Valley creek testing to shed light on pollution sources

The county and the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group are using two different kinds of technology to conduct coordinated tests of the valley’s watershed that have the potential to shed more light on the sources and strengths of contaminants. The planning group has pushed for creek testing because of its...

MMWD plan would keep pesticides out of watershed

The Marin Municipal Water District has developed a plan to control fire fuels and promote biodiversity—without the use of pesticides—on 22,000 acres of its land, including on Mount Tam and around the Nicasio and Soulajule Reservoirs. Curbing multiple kinds of broom in particular, an invasive plant spreading at the rate...

Ranchers get legal funding from county

County supervisors unanimously approved allocating up to $200,000 to reimburse two groups of ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore for legal fees related to the lawsuit against the National Park Service centered on the ranch management plan. The county is providing the reimbursement— officially defined as 20 percent of...

New invasives crowd Abbotts Lagoon lupine

After removing European beachgrass from 80 acres at Abbotts Lagoon, the Point Reyes National Seashore is battling new invaders threatening the growth of Tidestrom’s Lupine, an endangered plant. On Martin Luther King Day, volunteers can help park staff remove the non-natives, such as European searocket, New Zealand spinach, iceplant and...


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