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For two nights, the public stepped into the park’s shoes

11/26/2014
Ranchers, environmentalists, elected officials and others didn’t arrive at a grand consensus during a pair of meetings focused on the seashore’s forthcoming ranch management plan last week, but they did get a chance to congregate in small groups and trade perspectives on a park they are all zealous about protecting:...

Shoreline’s trustee health benefits again dodge vote

11/26/2014
A vote on the future of health benefits for Shoreline Unified School District’s trustees was tabled for the second consecutive monthly meeting last week, after the board president said she couldn’t remain at her post without the perk and a question arose about whether trustees could even vote on the...

Ponderosa Pine, who chanted in Bolinas, dies in Ecuador

11/26/2014
Keith Lampe, known to his friends as Ponderosa Pine, penned countless articles when he reported for newspapers and wire services. In his last years, he wrote sweeping emails about planetary woes on an almost daily basis. But if you ask about Ponderosa, it’s his chanting that imprinted on everyone’s memory,...

Hidden Dragon development upsets, not the least Supervisor Kinsey

11/26/2014
The proposal to build a single-family residence at 135 Balboa in Inverness Park, the site of a Russian Orthodox Hermitage that was dismantled and abandoned some time ago, has triggered a wide-ranging protest. Locals have objected to various aspects of the proposed more than 8,000-square-foot development, including its total size,...

First Bolinas farm MALTed

11/26/2014
Paradise Valley Ranch, one of the oldest organic farms in the state, became the first ranch in Bolinas to be protected under an agricultural conservation easement—worth over $5 million—by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Peter Martinelli, who took over his family’s business, then known as Fresh Run Farm, in 1999,...

Shoreline hires chief business official

11/26/2014
It’s tempting to think that Bruce Abbott, the business manager at Lagunitas School District, is jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted on Thursday to hire Mr. Abbott to replace Susan Skipp, the district’s chief business official who is retiring...

Fire burns over an acre near Point Reyes Hostel

11/20/2014
A fire sparked by a downed power line near the Point Reyes Hostel on Monday night burned about 1.6 acres of brush but luckily left the hostel undamaged, according to Point Reyes National Seashore rangers. Hostel manager Hannah Morris said she and her husband, Aaron Ely, noticed something was amiss...

Bolinas faces million-dollar Big Mesa access question

11/20/2014
Bolinas residents at once pledged support and raised questions about a plan to save Terrace Avenue at Surfer’s Overlook, a road local officials stressed to a crowd of over 60 on Saturday morning would be unpassable within three to five years unless the community raises $500,000 for a short-term fix...

EAC defends position on agriculture in letter

11/20/2014
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin responded to a recent opinion piece in this paper written by Corey Goodman and Peters Prows, in which the authors said they were “skeptical” that groups like the E.A.C. supported ranching. In an email to its listserv, the group argued it has no...

Devil’s Gulch neighbors suing over rights to ranch road

11/20/2014
A rancher in Nicasio could lose access to the only road that reaches his home, animals and crops if a judge finds merit to a neighbor’s lawsuit challenging the legality of a 138-year-old easement. The suit, filed against Mark Pasternak by neighbors Kathleen and Joseph Jolson, is squarely focused on...

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