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Black Mountain Ranch gets organic certification

10/22/2015
The amount of organic row crops and pasture in West Marin went up by 1,179 acres this month, with the certification of the historic Black Mountain Ranch, as well as scattered small parcels in Point Reyes Station. The effort was spearheaded by Arron Wilder, owner of Table Top Farm, who...

Daniel Liebermann, architect, dies at 84

10/22/2015
Influential architect and Inverness resident Daniel Liebermann died last Saturday due to complications stemming from either a heart attack or stroke. He was less than a month shy of his 85th birthday. Dan was also a close friend of Sandy Jacobs, who passed away earlier this month. Among his many...

Pine Cone Diner, a Point Reyes institution, closes

10/22/2015
After 19 years in business, the Pine Cone Diner in downtown Point Reyes Station has officially closed. A notice posted outside the restaurant on Saturday announced the closure, as curious locals waded through shelves and boxes full of the restaurant’s cooking equipment and dishware being sold in the outdoor seating...

Into the Blue, Point Reyes toy shop, to close

10/22/2015
The toy and kite store Into the Blue in Point Reyes Station is closing at the end of the month, owner Byron Muntyan said. This is Mr. Muntyan’s second retirement, as he ended his career as a “computer geek” with the state almost 20 years ago. But this time, he...

More plover chicks this year in the seashore

10/22/2015
Nineteen snowy plover chicks, a federally endangered bird, fledged from beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore this season, the highest number in since 2007 and up from 15 last year. The fledged chicks may have been aided by a new policy of beach closures, in addition to other protective...

Nuclear arms contractor trips up county study on bathroom woes

10/22/2015
The dearth of public bathrooms and overtaxed parking in Point Reyes Station has spurred the county to study additional parking and restroom options for West Marin. But original plans to study the crisis hit an unexpected snag when the proposed contractor turned out to be a nuclear weapons developer. A...

Shoreline trustees vote to scrap benefits, then scrap vote

10/22/2015
What began as drama turned into a head-scratcher earlier this week, when Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees flip-flopped on a decision that would have ended free health benefits for its elected members. With only five out of seven trustees present at last week’s meeting, the board cast a...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 22, 2015

10/22/2015
DR. MIKE WITTE’S LAST DAY AS A DOCTOR IN WEST MARIN WITH STAFF, BOARD MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF COASTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE Dr. Mike Witte is turning over the reins as chief medical officer of the Coastal Health Alliance to Dr. Edwin Munich after 40 years as a doctor in West...

IPUD measure aims to keep money local

10/15/2015
A measure to let the Inverness Public Utility District keep all the property taxes it collects through 2018 is on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. A major portion of IPUD’s budget comes from property- tax revenue, but California’s Proposition 13 caps the amount of such revenue that government...

Comments sought on wildfire protection plan

10/15/2015
West Marin residents can offer input on a rewrite of the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which identifies areas susceptible to fire spread and outlines policy for fire prevention and management. A main focus of the plan is to state clearly the specifics of future projects for fire-fuel control, such...

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