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Historic rescue boat returns to Point Reyes

05/11/2016
A 36-foot motorized lifeboat that spent the 1950s rescuing wrecked ship crews returned to its home at the Coast Guard Lifeboat Station near Chimney Rock on Wednesday, following months of repairs and a brief voyage from San Francisco that began Tuesday. A two-man crew steered the small white boat into...

Septic rules, approved by supes, go to state

05/11/2016
Supervisors approved revisions to county septic system regulations on Tuesday, overriding concerns from a Forest Knolls resident and the nonprofit Turtle Island Restoration Network about failing systems and water setbacks. The decision sends the plan to the Regional Water Quality Control Board for review. The county’s plan will not affect...

Nicasio fears Big Rock night guests will drain wells

05/11/2016
The Marin County Planning Commission this week unanimously approved a master plan amendment aimed at converting office spaces into 57 overnight guest rooms for clients at George Lucas’s Big Rock Ranch, despite concerns from residents of nearby Nicasio that the switch might further drain their drought-stricken water supply. The amendment...

Too late to stop oak death, study says

05/11/2016
A new scientific report says that sudden oak death has spread so far that statewide efforts to stop or slow it are no longer feasible and have been impossible for over a decade. Researchers, who used computer modeling to examine the spread of a water mold called oomycete phytophthora ramorum...

Coast's District 4 candidates night

05/11/2016
District 4 supervisor candidates differentiated themselves on several issues last Wednesday during a well-attended community forum hosted by the Point Reyes Station Village Association at the Dance Palace. Gathering for the last time in West Marin before the primary election on June 7, the eight hopefuls highlighted how their diverse...

Bolinas resorts to "grassroots" traffic control

05/05/2016
Bolinas locals distressed by a flood of visitors took matters into for their own hands for the second week in a row last weekend, instituting what has been described as a spontaneous grassroots effort to prevent cars from entering portions of downtown. Equipped with traffic cones and orange vests, the...

Western Weekend queen gets makeover

05/05/2016
For over six decades, young women have competed to be the queen of Western Weekend, a title that comes with a coronation at a dance, opening the livestock show, appearing in the parade and securing a cash scholarship. But this year is different: there will be no queen. Interest has...

Campaign donations listed

05/05/2016
In the crowded race for District Four supervisor, a trio of candidates has raised many tens of thousands of dollars, while others have much less in their campaign coffers. Dennis Rodoni of Olema has raised the most, though Dominic Grossi of Novato and Wendi Kallins of Forest Knolls have also...

Recycling fines mount for Empire

05/05/2016
Monday morning, the machinery of Redwood Empire Disposal’s recycling facility in Santa Rosa roared to life with the hum, whir, clank and beeping of a conveyor belt that snakes around the perimeter of an open-faced warehouse, filled with clusters of refuse mounds. Once sucked into a chute and spit onto...

County approves health building permit

05/05/2016
Despite ongoing concerns from neighbors and the Point Reyes Station Village Association, county planners last Thursday approved permits that would allow a near doubling of the 23-year-old Health and Human Services building in Point Reyes Station, from 3,070 square feet to 5,241 square feet. Project architects knocked down the additions...

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