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House of Reps tightens Coast Guard bill

12/17/2015
The House of Representatives approved updated legislation last week that forces a sale of the 30-acre Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes Station to Marin County, Rep. Jared Huffman announced Friday. The updated legislation, a rider to the broader Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, includes stronger language in support of...

Dillon store burglarized

12/17/2015
The General Store in Dillon Beach was burglarized last Wednesday night, resulting in the loss of $2,300 in cash pilfered from a safe that was pried open with “some sort of tool,” according to Sergeant Mark Hale of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Hale offered few details about the...

Foes of mosquito pesticide get short fix

12/17/2015
Opponents of a pesticide known as methoprene scored a small victory last Wednesday after the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District voted unanimously to approve a six-month extension of an agreement that keeps methoprene out of West Marin. The agreement was set to end on Jan. 1, 2016, and has...

Supes take note of housing woes

12/17/2015
Pleas from locals and displaced community members to tackle short-term rentals in West Marin appeared to strike a chord with county supervisors at a workshop on affordable housing Tuesday night. “I agree that we need to look at short-term rentals…It was very interesting to learn what a big issue that...

More floodplain to help fish

12/17/2015
Huge piles of redwood logs will divert waters in Lagunitas Creek, once Marin Municipal Water District completes a project simultaneously aimed at creating winter fish habitat and storing harmful sediment. The project targets five sites located on federal parkland between Jewell and Nicasio Creek, where a lack of side channels...

‘Foot people’ upset after bikers get more valley trail access

12/17/2015
Mountain bikers and self-described “foot people” have clashed in recent months over how much access bikers should have to trails on Marin County’s Open Space Preserves. The most recent dispute followed a county workshop in Lagunitas in October, where open space staff solicited input on how to designate usage of...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part six: The perils of mammography

12/10/2015
Ten years ago, the federally sponsored Institute of Medicine published a report summing up the pluses and minuses of breast cancer screening. It begins, “The public has a seemingly insatiable appetite for news about breast cancer, [a] disease that women most fear. The mass media, both news and advertising, is...

Kinsey announces he will not run for re-election

12/10/2015
Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who has represented West Marin on the county’s Board of Supervisors for 19 years, announced this week that he will not run for re-election in June. “It does feel like many of the things I set out to do have been achieved,” he said. “It seems like...

Marin Municipal approves higher water rates for most

12/10/2015
Marin Municipal Water District’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a rate increase for the majority of its water customers, which includes San Geronimo Valley residents, by around $10 per month starting Jan. 1. The proposal originally included an additional four percent increase scheduled to take effect...

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