Martinelli to relinquish Tomales Bay cattle ranch

Two years after a 25-year reservation of use and occupancy for Leroy Martinelli’s ranch on Tomales Bay expired, several families are preparing to lose their homes and it’s uncertain which rancher will graze cows on the pasture in the future. Come July, the farmhouse and three trailers clustered around it on the roughly 250-acre Martinelli Ranch will be empty...

West Marin presses to restrict mosquito-control pesticides

Nearly 50 people gathered in the Bolinas Firehouse’s cramped conference room on Tuesday night to hash out the future of mosquito control in West Marin. Since 2005, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District has maintained and...

Auction set for Hedlund land, county readies funds

The primary lienholder on a storied property in San Geronimo will try to sell the parcel at a foreclosure auction on Tuesday, hoping to recoup his investment and clear the property of multiple liens that have dissuaded potential buyers. Victor Scheinman, a retired engineer who has known the property’s owner,...

Ranches sell and gift MALT agricultural guarantee

Two ranches in Marshall and Tomales became the first to amend their easements with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to actively require commercial agricultural use in perpetuity, a key part of sustaining ranching and farming in West Marin. Until 2011, MALT purchased easements prohibiting subdivisions and other types of development,...

Dance Palace chooses interim director

Inverness resident and long-time nonprofit consultant Louise Franklin started her stint as the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center’s interim executive director this week, a post she will occupy for four to six months until the organization hires a permanent director. Last month, the Dance Palace board of directors announced...

Weavings and kelp sculptures at Toby’s this month

Before Jan Langdon weaves her wall rugs on a floor loom, she sketches designs in black and white to establish what form or geometric pattern she wants to manifest in colorful wools, cottons, linens and silks. “Patterns of energy is part of what I’m going for,”...

Cowgirl Creamery office appealed in height dispute

A two-story office building approved for downtown Point Reyes Station has an Inverness resident fearful that local governments will realize they can sidestep their own coastal development programs if the California Coastal Commission doesn’t intervene. Commission staff say there is no merit to Bridger Mitchell’s appeal of a county permit...

Felon chase makes for spooky night in Marshall

A felon fleeing Petaluma law enforcement ended up on a chilly ranch in Marshall last Friday night, where he hid from police, dogs and helicopters until two officers returned the following morning to find him hiding in a ravine on the property. Brian Bakalar, a 45-year-old Petaluma man, was arrested...

Tomales says no way around Shoreline’s new sewer charge

Shoreline Unified School District is questioning a new annual charge levied by the Tomales Village Community Services District, a change that caused an increase of about $10,000 in the school district’s sewer bill this year. The service district’s administrator, Karl Drexel, says the charge reflects a new state policy that...


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