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Second Valley’s history told in pictures

07/09/2015
Second Valley, the Inverness neighborhood between First Valley and Seahaven, has been a bit neglected, history-wise. “Jack Mason wrote extensive histories of Inverness but—bless his heart—virtually ignored Second Valley,” wrote historian Dewey Livingston, who is curating an exhibit at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History to document the...

Clayton Lewis’s tower will be preserved and moved

07/09/2015
The iconic tower atop a cottage at Lairds Landing, built by the late artist and fisherman Clayton Lewis, who lived there for over two decades, will be saved and relocated. The Point Reyes National Seashore plans to remove all of Mr. Lewis’s buildings and additions while preserving three 19th-century cottages...

Business leaders put heads together

07/09/2015
Traffic, trash and toilets were top among concerns voiced at a gathering of over 50 West Marin business leaders and stakeholders who met Monday morning at the Dance Palace to discuss issues exacerbated by the explosion of visitors to Point Reyes Station. With staff and owners of around 40 businesses...

Herbicide plan for dunes will proceed

07/09/2015
The Point Reyes National Seashore has concluded that a plan to combat invasive plants with herbicides will have no significant impacts, despite opposition from scores of public commenters who charged that the risks of the toxins on sensitive dune ecosystems are too great to move ahead with the project. The...

West Marin’s man for the homeless

07/09/2015
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 63-year-old Peter Planteen drives through West Marin, checking up on homeless clients, some of whom he’s known for years. His white van, painted with the words “Community Action Marin—Care Team 1,” carries a box loaded with 100 heavy metal CDs he blasts while making the rounds...

Two of three elk opt out of wilderness

07/09/2015
An experimental attempt this spring to relocate three young tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore from ranch lands to herds in wilderness areas met with mixed results. Two males quickly found their way back home, while one female remains in the wilderness. The test was meant to help...

Grant to preserve Gallagher Ranch

07/09/2015
With a sizeable grant from the Coastal Conservancy secured, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust appears set to preserve the 330-acre Gallagher Ranch, northeast of Point Reyes Station, by the end of the year. The $1.5 million conservation easement will facilitate a consolidation of ownership of the ranch, which is now...

Lavender-themed benefit for river trip

07/09/2015
A fundraiser to support Inverness Park resident Joyce Goldfield’s annual four-day rafting trip for 70 physically disabled children on the Rogue River in Oregon will be held this Sunday in Inverness Park. Participants will learn how to make lavender wands and turn fresh lavender into a “hydrosol” through an ancient...

Cats trapped at Martinelli Ranch

07/09/2015
On Monday evening, around 5:30 p.m., Kathy Runnion placed two metal cage traps near a cottage at the Martinelli Ranch, with bowls of moist cat food strategically placed in the front, middle and the back of the enclosures. Ms. Runnion’s group, Planned Feralhood, is working on behalf of the Marine...

Schools will benefit from uptick in property values

07/09/2015
Three of West Marin’s school districts will receive increased funding from property taxes, courtesy of higher assessed property values this year compared to last. The largest district, Shoreline Unified, will see a jump in funding by 5.44 percent, according to the deputy superintendent of the Marin County Office of Education,...

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