Ranchers selling cattle as drought wears on

Ranchers in West Marin are buying expensive hay and selling off portions of their herd in the wake of the driest year on record in Marin, where a lack of rain has left four-legged livestock bereft of fresh grasses. Farmers report a more mixed impact on their row crops...

levels fall, growers poised to harvest

Hog Island Oyster Company dispatched a boat to the outer reaches of Tomales Bay on Wednesday morning, where workers pulled bags of oysters that might finally make their way to customers deprived of the bay’s fare for weeks due to high levels of a...

Questions linger after sex misconduct settlement

Guy Rogers Gullion, a psychiatrist who worked at a Point Reyes Station clinic, has been placed on probation by the Medical Board of California after an incident of sexual misconduct with a patient. The news has shocked some of Dr. Gullion’s former clients, who described him as a dedicated and...

Woodacre searching for best sewage solution

Flushes of the toilet in most West Marin homes usually send down mixtures of urine, excrement and water into a personal septic system. But in a few years time, up to 300 homes in the flats of Woodacre and San Geronimo might hook into a community system to handle the...

Crowd-sourcing for boutique herd

As part of a growing trend of appealing to the pocketbooks of the masses to fund community projects, a sixth-generation Tomales rancher launched a Kickstarter page on Christmas Eve to start a boutique cow dairy that would provide milk to a tiny creamery located on her family ranch. As of...

Major boulevard fix in seashore

The county is in line for a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to begin a $17.5 million rehabilitation of the westernmost stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The project will focus on 12 miles in Point Reyes National Seashore between Pierce Point Road and Chimney Rock and Lighthouse Roads—the...

Supes tackle lack of rural Internet

Rural Marin has a dearth of high-speed Internet access, posing particular obstacles for people living on agricultural lands. But the county may soon acquire funds to help remedy that problem: next week the Board of Supervisors will vote on whether or not to join a coalition of counties applying for...

Giacomini arrested for burglary

An interrupted holiday burglary in Mill Valley led to the arrest of four teenagers, including one from a prominent West Marin family. On Dec. 19, around 1:35 p.m., Nicolo Giacomini, 18, of San Geronimo, and three others allegedly broke into a home on Reed Circle, a cluster of million-dollar homes...

Pat Kennedy, longtime principal of Tomales High, dies at 83

Patrick Kennedy, who served as principal of Tomales High School and superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District for 18 years and helped the district weather budget cuts and salary battles, passed away on Dec. 19 at his Santa Rosa home. He was 83 years old. Pat—a fisherman and avid runner...

Christmas crime report

West Marin celebrated a mostly calm Christmas—well, at least until nightfall. Other than a domestic argument in the parking lot outside the Lagunitas post office, which ended in the arrest of a woman accused of attacking the father of her children, there were few daytime incidents. Just after dusk, deputy...


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