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Pesticide okayed in West Marin septics

05/26/2016
Small doses of a pesticide long banned from West Marin will now be allowed for use in septic systems under a new agreement between the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and the West Marin Mosquito Council . Capping off months of negotiations mediated by Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the parties...

SPAWN drops lawsuit as county prepares report on development impacts

05/26/2016
The nonprofit Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is poised to drop its suit against Marin County over a stalled 2013 streamside conservation ordinance that it said inadequately addressed development impacts on endangered coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek. The Forest Knolls-based nonprofit is scrapping the case on grounds of irrelevance: the...

Court dismisses Bolinas woman’s elder abuse case

05/26/2016
Prosecutors on Wednesday afternoon dismissed an elder-abuse and embezzlement case against 66-year-old Bolinas resident Martha Wax, who was accused last year of allegedly pursing over $200,000 from her mother, Charlotte Speight, between 2009 and 2014. Ms. Wax was held for eight days in county jail following her arrest, which occurred...

Nicasio turns away outside kids

05/26/2016
About half of the students at Nicasio School live outside district boundaries, but in a wrenching decision last week, the school board denied all new transfer requests—along with three renewals for students who have attended the school for years. The parent of one child poised to be denied enrollment next...

Feds want seashore lawsuit ditched

05/26/2016
The Department of Justice says the lawsuit objecting to the Point Reyes National Seashore’s first-ever comprehensive ranch management plan is meritless, according to court filings. In documents submitted in federal district court in Oakland on May 13, department lawyers wrote that the lawsuit filed by the Resource Renewal Institute, the...

Local minds meet over housing crisis

05/26/2016
With a dire housing crunch squeezing out full-time residents, the Point Reyes Station Village Association and the Community Land Trust of West Marin held a forum on Sunday at the Dance Palace to assess the damage and discuss solutions. On the table were ideas such as easing county regulations on...

Texas-style barbecue coming to Point Reyes

05/26/2016
Texas barbeque is coming to Point Reyes Station courtesy of Station House Café owner Sheryl Cahill, who plans to open the Blue Heron at the site of the shuttered Pine Cone Diner. Ms. Cahill is awaiting a county permit for interior remodels, and said she is shooting for a late-summer...

Swiss giant buys Cowgirl Creamery

05/19/2016
After a nearly two-decade run as a family-owned business producing and distributing local artisan cheeses, Point Reyes Station’s Cowgirl Creamery and its Petaluma-based wholesale distributor, Tomales Bay Foods, were sold last Friday to a large Swiss dairy company called Emmi. Cowgirl marks the latest in a string of artisan cheese...

Point Reyes bookstore is up for sale

05/19/2016
Steve Costa and Kate Levinson were Inverness weekenders with no retail experience when they bought a bookstore in 2002, in Point Reyes Station. At the time, the store was open mostly on the weekends and new titles filled up just a card table. But the couple, who left Oakland to...

Candidates took sign rules lightly

05/19/2016
Candidates for District 4 supervisor hoping to broadcast their names and messages have picketed West Marin in recent months with a flurry of political signs, many of which violate county and state rules that prohibit signs in rights of way. Some candidates reason that the illegal placement of signs is...

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