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West Marin non-profits receive hefty grants for social services

07/20/2016
Three West Marin groups—West Marin Community Services, West Marin Senior Services and the San Geronimo Valley Community Center—were among 15 recipients of a $5 million, two-year grant from the Marin Community Foundation to shore up safety-net social services. “It’s a network [of groups] that goes largely unheralded,” said Tom Peters,...

Bid to dismiss PRNS ranchers suit denied

07/20/2016
A lawsuit targeting ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore will proceed, after a judge last Friday denied the federal government’s bid to dismiss the suit entirely. But Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, a U.S. District Court judge in the Oakland division, did grant the Department of Justice’s request that the...

Suspect still on the lam after manhunt and burglary

07/14/2016
Hunting rifles, shotguns and an all-terrain vehicle were found stolen from a ranch in Point Reyes Station on Monday morning, just two days after a man who may have had a gun evaded police during a manhunt at Point Reyes Vineyards. The suspect, Jose Antonio Martinez Gonzalez, who is in...

Seashore ranchers temporarily denied say in lawsuit

07/14/2016
Eighteen ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore asked a federal judge on Tuesday to let them intervene in the lawsuit that environmental nonprofits have filed against the National Park Service—but the judge denied the request. Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong did not rule on the merits of the argument, but...

Honey and jam the latest in Valley vandalism

07/14/2016
Three vandalism incidents at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Lagunitas School District last week spooked staff and kids enrolled in summer camps, who returned to the center’s Loft youth space on Monday to find its floors and walls covered with gobs of cleaning supplies, honey and raspberry jam...

Fire at Pelican Point quelched quickly, likely started by humans

07/14/2016
Fire crews fought a brush blaze that broke out last Thursday afternoon along a stretch of Tomales Bay beach at Pelican Point, just north of Marshall Beach. Firefighters crossed the bay in a boat launched from Nick’s Cove while a Cal Fire fixed-wing tanker dumped a red cloud of retardant...

Marshall Tavern on the block again

07/14/2016
The Marshall Tavern is once again for sale: owners Daniel Altman and Avi Atid put it on the market within the last week, at a price of $550,000. That’s not much more than they bought it for in 2004, when they paid $512,000 for the property, which they planned to...

Bolinas community land trust hires new director

07/14/2016
The Bolinas Community Land Trust has hired Jerry Bernstein, a 77-year-old former businessman and nonprofit executive from Mill Valley, as its new executive director, after longtime head Lesa Kramer left at the end of 2014. “I like the idea of nonprofits and giving back, but I’m not kumbaya,” he said...

County cuts code change for short-term rentals

07/14/2016
The Marin County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously shot down a proposed amendment that would have restricted some rentals in parts of West Marin, arguing that it was confusing and redundant—and not where the county should be putting its energies. Accessory living areas, which called for minimum 30-day stays in...

Despite threat of lawsuit, Woodacre home gets go ahead

07/14/2016
In the face of strong concerns from activists, neighbors and Fish and Wildlife officials, the Marin County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously upheld plans for a new three-story home on a lot prone to landslides above Woodacre Creek. The approval followed hints of a lawsuit from the Salmon Protection and...

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