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Town calls for bridge retrofit

04/23/2015
The proposed replacement of the 86-year-old Green Bridge in Point Reyes Station has spurred doubts about the necessity of a new crossing as opposed to a retrofit. That’s largely because of fears about traffic at an intersection already overloaded on weekends and holidays: Caltrans has proposed a one-lane temporary bridge...

Health alliance trumpets bicultural hire

04/16/2015
Rosalia Mendoza, a bilingual Bay Area doctor who has worked in community health for a decade and logged time overseas, began a new post this week as one of the Coastal Health Alliance’s four physicians. She will serve patients of all ages at the Point Reyes Station, Bolinas and Stinson...

Hidden Dragon plans paused

04/16/2015
The proposal for a roughly 9,000-square-foot development in Inverness Park that sparked ire in West Marin has been withdrawn, to give the applicant—Tim Westergren, a co-founder of Pandora Radio—more time to revise the design and provide additional information about impacts to trees and neighboring wells. The application, which includes a...

Longtime San Geronimo veterinarian retires

04/16/2015
Veterinarian Bob Baker inspected the back leg of a tawny long-haired cat on a recent Friday afternoon, searching, as the owners watched, for a small but deep wound that took a few moments to find beneath its thick fur. When he finally located it, he didn’t seem too concerned. “See...

Valley mom makes case for choice in vaccines

04/16/2015
As California Senate Bill 277, which would end personal belief exemptions for early-age vaccines required by California schools, makes its way through the state legislature, some in West Marin have begun to speak out in opposition. Last week, the Light sat down with Sarah David, a San Geronimo Valley resident...

State bodies will examine debris in Tomales Bay

04/16/2015
Staff with the Fish and Game Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife will investigate the extent of loose oyster growing gear in Tomales Bay and report their findings to the commission in June, said Sonke Mastrup, the commission’s executive director, at a meeting last week that included some stern...

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...

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