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Service center expansion approved by supervisors

09/24/2015
A conceptual design for expanding West Marin’s Health and Human Services building won the approval of county supervisors this week, over protests from Point Reyes Station residents. The project, projected to cost at least $2.9 million, will add about 2,000 square feet to the 3,175 square foot building. The extra...

Point Reyes home appealed on size, process

09/24/2015
Three people appealed a permit for a 2,550 square-foot residence and second-unit dwelling at 220 Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station, which the county’s deputy zoning administrator approved earlier this month. The appellants—including the property owner, Alexandra Rome—took issue with the location of the proposed house as well as the...

25 years ago this week

09/24/2015
300 acres burn at the LaFranchi Ranch in Nicasio; arson suspected. Salmon, dungeness crab and herring fisheries decline. Garbage fees may increase to boost recycling. Stinson Beach Fire Department acquires a defibrillator. Bolinas has a minor water shortage due to 18 water leaks. $4,000 worth of computer equipment stolen from...

Denial looming, TBOC pulls app

09/17/2015
Tomales Bay Oyster Company has withdrawn an application to legalize its booming retail operations and develop a parking area in Marshall, after county staffers recommended that the Planning Commission deny it. But a revised proposal is forthcoming that will likely include, among other things, a reduction in the number of...

Right to die bill stirs complex emotions

09/17/2015
A bill that would legalize aid-in-dying medications for the terminally ill passed the state legislature last week and is awaiting a signature from Governor Jerry Brown. If signed, the bill would allow anyone with less than six months to live to request a prescription and take it in the presence...

54 rescued from bay after weather turns sour

09/17/2015
A rescue operation led by the Marin County Fire Department hauled in 54 kayakers stranded on Tomales Bay beaches Saturday night, following dramatic wind shifts and high tides that surprised kayakers during a bioluminescence tour, a highly popular night tour where microorganisms emit phosphorescent glows on moonless nights. No one...

Service center expansion still too large for some

09/17/2015
Preliminary designs for a project to significantly enlarge Health and Human Services’ West Marin Service Center in Point Reyes Station will come before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, so it can provide county planners with direction on which of two design options they should pursue. The county has reduced...

After 43 years, Coast Guard site closes

09/17/2015
The United States Coast Guard communications facility in the Point Reyes National Seashore was decommissioned last Friday as part of a nationwide process of consolidation to centralize communications. “It is a historic day. It is the end of a chapter in Coast Guard history,” said Vice Admiral Charles Ray, the...

Dead art in Stinson Beach

09/17/2015
In the days before electronic ticket sales, Grateful Dead fans would mail in ticket requests with money-filled envelopes that they decorated with colorful Deadhead iconography, in hopes that a more artistic envelope would give them a better chance of being selected for a high-demand ticket. This year, for their farewell...

Droves of tourists go “off the beaten path”

09/10/2015
Visitors flocked to West Marin over the three-day holiday weekend, packing parks and jamming roadways, especially on Sunday. At Muir Woods, more visitors came this year than last year’s Labor Day weekend. Though numbers at the Bear Valley Visitor Center were slightly down, no one seemed to notice. “A little...

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