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MALT hails Ralph Grossi

08/01/2013
Progressive rancher and revered agricultural advocate Ralph Grossi has joined the board of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the nonprofit announced this week. The third generation of one of the county’s oldest ranching families, Mr. Grossi served as MALT’s first chairman after the nonprofit’s founding in 1980. He went on...

Meditation center raises millions for construction

08/01/2013
The path through Spirit Rock Meditation Center starts on a stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is flanked by a golf course on one side and grazing cattle on the other. The long, ascending driveway crosses over a wooden bridge, passes a yellow “Yield to the Present” sign and continues beyond a parking lot hedged by cautious turkeys. It winds northwest, along a trio of semi-permanent trailers that house the community meditation hall, the gift shop and administrative offices. It continues up a hill, beyond the gratitude hut, the staff yurt and the dining hall, culminating between two residential halls to the west and the prized upper retreat hall to the east. Last Sunday, Jack Kornfield sat high on the hill, in the upper retreat hall, with its sweeping...

New Inverness public beach

08/01/2013
Tomales Bay boaters, bird watchers and beachcombers can now access a new piece of public shore. A 27-acre parcel of mostly wetlands just south of Inverness, which had languished on and off the real estate market for almost six years, was sold to the Point Reyes National Seashore Association at...

Point Reyes squatter arrested

08/01/2013
An alleged thief, squatter and illicit herb grower was arrested on Thursday after city police spotted him in downtown San Rafael. Sebastien Agajan is being charged with possession of stolen property, trespassing, cultivation of marijuana and two counts of burglary, all of houses on Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station...

Drakes Bay asks to correct record

08/01/2013
Phyllis Faber and Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion on Monday requesting that a Marin County judge reconsider a ruling, which they say is based on false information, that allows the California Coastal Commission to enforce a portion of an order that they also argue should be subject to...

Comments sought on road repair

08/01/2013
In hopes of repairing roads and parking areas on Point Reyes, the National Park Service is seeking public comments for an environmental assessment of the proposed treatment of 22 miles of pavement, including Limantour Road and Sir Francis Drake Highway, and its alternatives. The project would enhance structural integrity, correct...

Talk about meat this Saturday

08/01/2013
Food lovers hitting the Point Reyes Farmers Market at the right time (10 a.m.) this Saturday will have the opportunity to listen in on a spicy conversation about the state of meats. The man known as America’s meat guru, Bruce Aidells, founder of Aidells Sausages, television host and cookbook writer,...

Mental health feedback sought

07/25/2013
A community meeting held to discuss mental health services in West Marin will take place at 6:30 p.m. on August 13 at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, in Point Reyes Station. The Marin County Division of Mental Health and Substance Use Services is hosting a series of meetings...

Falling limbs spark Nicasio fire

07/25/2013
Grass fires burned about two acres each at two neighboring ranches in Nicasio late Monday night, sparing humans and animals from injury. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:57 p.m. and contained both fires before midnight. The flames started when fallen tree limbs hit power lines down-range of the ranches, according to...

Date set for next stream meeting

07/25/2013
The debate over the stream conservation ordinance that would affect San Geronimo Valley continues on August 20, when a subcommittee will report back to the Marin County Board of Supervisors during the regularly scheduled public meeting. The committee formed in June to investigate whether to revise the ordinance or the...

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