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Drug charges filed in batting case

06/27/2013
A photographer and former Inverness Park resident who allegedly attempted to murder her roommate has also been officially brought up on drug charges. Kelsey Winterkorn, 26, has been in custody since allegedly beating her roommate on the head with a baseball bat and then repeatedly ramming her vehicle, a distinctively...

Bolinas asked to curb water use

06/27/2013
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District is asking town residents to immediately curb landscaping in light of a sharp rise in water use. District manager Jennifer Blackman attributed the increase to both the dry winter and people “losing their vigilance” in terms of water conservation. “This last weekend, it went way up,” she said. Although temporary water rationing in 2009, which limited households to 150 gallons a day, had a significant lasting impact in subsequent years, conservation has declined in 2013. While Ms. Blackman noted the surprise rains early this week were welcome and will temporarily allay the need for water used for landscaping, “I don’t believe it will make the kind of difference that will mean we don’t need to remind people that they need to be conserving...

Complaints from Tomales High

06/27/2013
A group of parents at last Thursday’s Shoreline Unified School District board meeting expressed concerns over the school counselor at Tomales High, claiming he has unfairly told some students that they are not “college material.” The parents have hopes that, with a new superintendent taking the helm in July, action...

Cob oven puts a finishing touch on Bolinas park

06/27/2013
The latest incarnation of a parcel of land in downtown Bolinas long known as Burnt Park received a finishing touch this weekend as volunteers installed a steel barrel oven covered in a natural building material called cob. Though the long-term maintenance plan for the lot remains unclear, the park has come a long way. The roughly 50,000 square-foot lot was purchased by the Mesa Park Board with funds from Michael Moritz, a Welsh venture capitalist who owns a house in town, from Ernie and James Tacherra. The Tacherras had owned the land since 1971, a few years before the lot’s former owner burned...

Study finds Marin Swainson’s thrush winters in Jalisco

06/27/2013
When avian ecologist Renée Cormier sat down in her Palomarin Field Station office on Monday to talk about the implications of a recently published study she co-authored on Swainson’s thrushes, she didn’t tell a woe-is-the-species story. Swainson’s thrushes aren’t officially endangered or threatened, but they are highly dependent on riparian...

Verizon cell tower proposed for Vision

06/27/2013
Verizon Wireless has submitted an application for a 10-year permit allowing a 45-foot cell tower in Point Reyes National Seashore. The tower would be located on Mount Vision beside an existing Federal Aviation Administration facility, which helps guide air traffic to the San Francisco airport, and the Marin Emergency Radio Authority, a tower that enables emergency communications for the county. The facilities sit at the intersection of Mount Vision Road and the Inverness Ridge Trail. “I would say it’s a preferred area for telecom towers and devices,” seashore spokesperson John Dell’Osso said. He added that the park would not benefit financially from the tower; any fees collected from the company would be passed on to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Anyone with concerns or comments can submit them to the National Park Service between now and August 7. Public comments may address concerns for this plan, the impacts of similar past plans or proposed alternatives. “We don’t want to limit people’s thought process,” Mr. Dell’Osso said. The park expects to assemble an Environmental Assessment in...

Vision for Grady Ranch affordable housing dims

06/20/2013
Visions of a large affordable housing complex at Grady Ranch dimmed this week when the Marin Community Foundation announced it ended a partnership with filmmaker George Lucas due to uncertain funding. The plans sprung up in May 2012 after Mr. Lucas ended a decades-long battle to build a major digital-production facility at the site. They would have helped fill an affordable housing shortage for the...

County hesitates on stream ordinance

06/20/2013
County supervisors decided to delay a vote on a controversial stream conservation ordinance on Tuesday, creating an ad hoc committee to determine how to both honor county guidelines and satisfy constituents. The decision came after 43 people made their respective cases—a handful speaking on behalf of environmental groups or homeowner associations, most speaking in defense of their own property. Only six people spoke in support of the ordinance, including representatives for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group and the Watershed Alliance of Marin. Marin Audubon Society President Barbara Salzman said debating the ordinance was a misuse of staff and public time. She urged supervisors to adopt the measure. “It’s long past time," she said. Representatives for the San Geronimo...

MALT preserves Poncia Ranch

06/20/2013
Marin Agricultural Land Trust today announced the protection of 440 acres of farmland in Tomales, bringing the total number of acres under its protection to almost half of all privately owned farmland in Marin that can be preserved. For the Poncias, who raise cattle and lambs on the undulating acres just north of downtown, the easement not only ensures the land will remain in farming—it also allows them to...

Open seats on parks commission

06/20/2013
Four at-large seats on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, which studies and recommends plans and strategies related to the acquisition, development, funding and management of county parks and open space, will be filled in July. The Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates with expertise and interest in...

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