Delayed crab season prompts request for state of emergency

With the opening of the crab catch season still delayed beyond the crucial holiday months, a group of 11 state senators and representatives this week sent a letter imploring Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California’s crab industry. Doing so would pave the way for struggling...

Coastal Commission moves to fire executive director

California Coastal Commissioners will vote next month on whether to fire their executive director, Charles Lester, leading some to speculate that pro-development forces are seeking a friendlier leader. West Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the chair of the commission, wrote in a Jan. 14 letter that Mr. Lester had the option...

Vaccination rate in San Geronimo remains low

Low immunization rates for kindergartners at Lagunitas School District’s Open Classroom this year continue to run counter to a three-year countywide trend of increasing rates that county public health officials have hailed as a positive step toward preventing outbreaks of childhood disease. That’s despite the impending end of California’s personal...

Residents scammed at cheap gas station

More than 20 West Marin residents over the past few weeks have been scammed by a debit card skimming scheme that police have traced to San Anselmo’s Gas & Shop, one of the cheapest and most popular gas stations in the county. In Marin, over 50 people fell victim to...

Water report rankles Marshall, ponders sewers

A county commission’s recommendation to excise Marshall from the North Marin Water District has drawn hearty protest from the East Shore Planning Group, which says the long-term impacts of climate change could force the area, which now relies on wells and spring water, to require the district’s services in the...

Village association moves toward group leadership

Following the departure in December of its president, Ken Otter, the Point Reyes Station Village Association has decided to form a collaborative leadership committee designed to replace the president position. Members deemed the position to be too burdensome for a single person, and thought that spreading responsibilities could also boost...

Parcel tax for bay projects

Voters in all nine Bay Area counties will decide in June whether to approve a $12 parcel tax that would raise $25 million a year for 20 years for restoration projects on San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, an eight-year-old government agency, voted last week to put...

Historical society calls for photos of Nicasio

The Nicasio Historical Society has archived hundreds of photographs of the past, but their stock of photos from the 21st century comes up short. “Our collection does nothing from that point on,” said Elaine Doss, the society’s president. That’s why the group is soliciting pictures taken in Nicasio from 2000...

Family loses affordable home

A local cook and his family are the latest victims in West Marin’s affordable housing crisis after being evicted last week from their Point Reyes Station home, where they lived for three years after a fire burned down their previous home in 2011. Now, Armando Gonzalez, his wife and their...


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