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Water testing to increase on dairies

04/16/2015
A regional water board program that governs animal waste on roughly three-dozen dairies in the Bay Area, including 12 in West Marin, is up for renewal in June. Under proposed changes to the program, dairies would have to monitor water quality and create or update management plans for controlling waste...

Tomales sewer board ends administrator’s contract

04/16/2015
Board members of the Tomales Village Community Services District voted 3-2 last week to serve the district’s administrator, Karl Drexel, a 60-day notice that his contract would be terminated by July 1, a move that Mr. Drexel alleges violated California’s Brown Act. The motion to discuss the 60-day notice was...

Funeral services held for Jose Gonzalez Ramirez

04/16/2015
Funeral services were held last Friday for Jose Gonzalez Ramirez, a West Marin rancher and handyman who died on April 2 at age 35. Remembered by friends as a hard worker, he worked the night shift at the Renati Dairy in Petaluma before heading out to Dillon Beach during the...

Debate remains in looming LCP approval

04/09/2015
Just a week before the California Coastal Commission is set to vote on a key portion of the county’s Local Coastal Program update, disagreements remain over regulations around agriculture and other coastal resources. Lingering debate—particularly over agricultural dwellings and permits for switching between different types of agriculture—led supervisors to give...

Stinson appeal ends in building moratorium

04/09/2015
A temporary moratorium on new development in the Stinson Beach floodplain was one result of an appeal hearing before the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, when a decision on a proposed residential development on Calle Del Embarcadero was postponed until May. Neighbors making their second appeal before county...

Joining forces, Porrata sisters promote safe beauty

04/09/2015
On Easter Sunday, Alex Porrata closed her eyes and shot a a cloud of rosewater into her face. “I love this,” she said with a pleased sigh as she and her sister, Yolanda, sat at a table in the Pine Cone Diner and chatted about their new business venture: nontoxic...

Wood-burning rules could tighten

04/09/2015
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District this year is planning to beef up its rules on wood burning, a common source of household heat in rural Marin that the district links to climate change and health problems. “The Bay Area currently doesn’t meet federal standards for particulates,” said Ralph...

Updates planned for Millerton Point

04/09/2015
Millerton Point is poised for upgrades to comply with state and federal accessibility standards that will include a new restroom and new parking spaces, the state parks department announced. The state parks system was sued in 2000 by the Berkeley-based nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates for failing to adequately provide access...

Inverness group gets lower rent from library

04/09/2015
The Inverness Foundation and the Marin County Free Library have agreed to a new five-year lease for the Gables, the building that has housed the library’s Inverness branch since 1986. The foundation will earn $1,400 a month in rent, with an annual three-percent increase—less than its received in the past...

Water districts await details of Brown order

04/08/2015
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown ordered the state to reduce its potable urban water usage by 25 percent compared to 2013 before March of next year. Just how the order—California’s first statewide water-rationing mandate—might restrict West Marin’s access to public water sources remains unknown, and local water districts are still...

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