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Dog-walking signs at Millerton spur confusion, but rules are unchanged

08/11/2016
Signs that popped up last week at Millerton Point, a popular dog walking spot in Marshall, that prohibit all dogs from the beach and off-leash dogs from a loop path sparked concern among residents who frequent the area with canines. But a supervising ranger with state parks, which owns the...

Bolinas preschool will re-open following death of longtime director

08/11/2016
Ward Young, the beloved longtime director of the Bolinas Children’s Center, the town’s only preschool, died late last month of an apparent heart attack while riding his bicycle. Mr. Young, an ardent political and environmental activist who moved to California in the ‘70s and loved to ride his bike, had...

Lagunitas mom joins suit against vaccine law

08/04/2016
A Lagunitas School District parent is among 21 plaintiffs suing the State of California, the state’s departments of education and public health to block a law passed last year that outlaws personal-belief exemptions for school-required, childhood vaccinations. Filed on July 14 by attorneys based in Washington, D.C., Wyoming and California,...

School on hill wins paid crossing guards

08/04/2016
In just a few weeks, the crossing guards donning bright yellow vests and wielding handheld stop signs at West Marin School won’t be volunteers: The Transportation Authority of Marin voted last week to fund a guard program at the school for at least the next two years, a boon for...

Scientists hope to restore Marin’s pond turtle population

08/04/2016
Seashore biotechnician Tim Bernot pulled out a telemetry receiver on a recent Thursday morning, listening to the metronome-like clicks as he drove a park truck to a ranch pond to check turtle traps. The pace of the clicks, sourced from emitters glued to a female pond turtle’s carapace, tells him...

Power went out after Inverness collision, driver still at large

08/04/2016
Authorities are investigating the whereabouts of the driver of a red 2002 Subaru Outback who abandoned the car and fled after striking an electric pole on a steep road in Inverness, knocking out power for over 1,200 households and businesses in West Marin late Monday night. The driver bashed the...

Inverness Fair features old favorites, new stamped postcard

08/04/2016
The original Inverness post office was a modest, eight-by-eight-foot log cabin built in 1897 across from where the Gables now stands. A few years later, it caught the eye of Martha Schreiber, one of the first people to purchase a residential lot in Inverness. Ms. Schreiber made a colored lithograph...

Bicyclists encounter trap on private-property trail

08/04/2016
Bicyclists pausing to rest on private property near an Open Space trail last week discovered a startling strip of leather lined with rusty nails and staked to the floor of a deer trail, prompting conversations about “impediment tactics” and respect on county trails. The apparent booby trap was found near...

Decommissioning and restoration planned in Gary Giacomini Preserve

08/04/2016
Marin County Parks and Open Space began work on Monday to restore and decommission over 4,000 linear feet of unsanctioned trails in San Geronimo Valley’s Gary Giacomini Preserve, the largest preserve in West Marin at 1,500 acres. The project figures into the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which aims...

Collaborative artist-in-residence program debuts on Point Reyes

08/04/2016
The Point Reyes National Seashore will commence its first-ever artist-in-residence program tomorrow, a partnership with the Mesa Refuge and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association that will bring three writers and three visual artists to the area to spend a week on projects that focus on climate change. “It’s an...

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