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Chef and co-owner brings Japanese touch to Rancho Nicasio

04/21/2016
You have a lot of options when you go to Rancho Nicasio on a Friday night. You can listen to rollicking music. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a generous serving of Maker's Mark on the rocks. You can eat off the typical Rancho menu: spinach dip, a...

Public defender runs for balance in court

04/21/2016
The race for an open judge seat on Marin County Superior Court has drawn nine candidates, but one claims he has an edge. Former West Marin resident Michael Coffino says he’s the only candidate with a background as a public defender—a distinction that has been lacking on the county’s bench...

Osprey nest felled in Inverness upsets locals

04/14/2016
An osprey nest perched atop a dead bishop pine on Ottinger’s Hill west of Inverness was knocked down last month when the Pacific Gas and Electric Company felled the tree, drawing the ire of residents who see the event as a tragic and avoidable act of wildlife destruction. Photographer Daniel...

County to test hand weeding road medians

04/14/2016
Marin County is poised to eliminate the use of glyphosate on eight traffic medians as part of a test program, following recommendations from county Parks and Open Space staff. Presented to the Board of Supervisors this week, a revised contract with the company tasked with median upkeep would prohibit the...

Supes consider LCP draft

04/14/2016
Supervisors will vote next week on the second half of the Local Coastal Program update, which, if approved, will be sent to the California Coastal Commission for consideration. While supervisors voted last fall on provisions related to agriculture, next week’s hearing focuses on environmental hazard policy, a contentious issue between...

County drafts new septic plan

04/14/2016
Marin environmental staffers released a draft of revamped regulations for septic systems that must be submitted to the state for approval next month. The new rules include greater setbacks for systems near federally impaired water bodies like Tomales Bay and Lagunitas Creek and a requirement that septic pumpers report failures...

Housing could be further limited in village centers

04/14/2016
Plans to create new zoning restrictions in some West Marin villages as part of the update to the Local Coastal Program raised concerns last week among residents who received a letter about changes in the works for Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, the East Shore and Tomales. A...

Groups sue park over dog documents

04/14/2016
Dog-enthusiast nonprofits in Marin and San Francisco have sued the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for withholding documents and data requested under the Freedom of Information Act regarding dog activities in national parklands. That information, the suit contends, may have played a critical role in the formation of a draft...

Bolinas Museum receives major donation

04/14/2016
Marking the largest charitable gift in its 33-year history, the Bolinas Museum has received a $140,000 donation from former board member and art enthusiast Mary “Mimi” Griffin-Jones, who died last year. The funds will go toward the museum’s endowment and will help implement key infrastructure improvements, such as climate control...

Supervisors vote to defend ranches in seashore suit

04/07/2016
County supervisors will ask to join the National Park Service to fight a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups last month, which many see as an assault on historic ranching on Point Reyes. After an impassioned public discussion that included comments from Rep. Jared Huffman and a closed session pow-wow...

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