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Martinelli puts ranch up for sale

03/10/2016
An isolated 1,000-acre beef ranch in Tomasini Canyon north of Point Reyes Station may leave the hands of the ranching family that has owned it for over a century. Last week, owner Leroy Martinelli listed the property—minus a parcel that houses a defunct landfill—for $12.3 million. If it sells, the land could fall out of agricultural use...

Lagunitas first of bridges to be replaced

03/10/2016
A 53-year-old, one-lane wooden bridge in Lagunitas is the first of half a dozen similar bridges in West Marin slated for replacement by the Marin County Department of Public Works, which received over $15 million in federal highway funds to undertake the projects. The county cites rusting steel supports, creek...

West Marin, meet Wendi Kallins

03/10/2016
In 1979, Wendi Kallins, a Forest Knolls resident and self-described political nerd who is running for the open supervisor seat in District 4, read a story that changed her life...

County drafts new LCP section on hazard areas

03/10/2016
The county released a working draft of regulations for development in environmentally hazardous areas—long an area of contention—as part of the ongoing effort to update the 34-year-old Local Coastal Program...

Tourism rising, county will study expansion in services

03/10/2016
As tourism season begins to ramp up in West Marin, the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to hire a consulting firm to produce a study focused on expanding parking and restroom capacity in West Marin...

Supervisors will define building "nuisances"

03/10/2016
Whether to set strict time limits for construction projects in unincorporated Marin and impose hefty fines for noncompliance was the topic of a workshop Tuesday morning put on by the county’s Board of Supervisors, which has fielded passionate complaints from residents bothered by projects that have been allowed to drag on for years—sometimes even decades—without any incentive to wrap up...

West Marin, meet Tomas Kaselionis

03/03/2016
This June, voters in Marin County’s District 4 will decide who they believe should replace their longtime representative, Steve Kinsey. With eight candidates vying for the seat, it’s a race almost guaranteed to end in a November run- off. Over the next couple of months, the Light will run conversations...

Lagunitas wrestles with funding change

03/03/2016
A change in how the Lagunitas School District’s nonprofit fundraising arm allocates donations to the district’s three programs has spurred backlash among some parents, teachers and staff, who fear the model could jeopardize the philosophical and educational integrity of Lagunitas’s tripartite composition. In December, the directors of the parent-volunteer fundraising nonprofit Lead, Enrich, Achieve, Progress foundation—known as LEAP—agreed to discontinue the practice of distributing enrichment donations to programs based...

Immigration orders would support families, advocates say

03/03/2016
Marin County supervisors agreed unanimously on Tuesday to sign onto an amicus brief supporting President Obama’s two executive orders on immigration reform, which would allow millions of immigrant students and their families to retain legal status in the United States. Already signed by cities, counties and states across the country, the brief was brought before the board by Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who labeled the executive orders as moral and pragmatic imperatives...

Tentative ruling gives Nicasio rancher right to only access road

03/03/2016
Nicasio rancher Mark Pasternak has a legal right to the single road that leads to Devil’s Gulch Ranch, according to a tentative decision issued by a Marin Superior Court judge late last year. Yet the dispute continues: in a recent filing, Joseph and Kathleen Jolson, whose property sits adjacent to...

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