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Breast cancer series wins gold from international science group

11/17/2016
A series published in the Point Reyes Light last fall about the questionable science behind Marin’s breast cancer cluster won a gold award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association, a nonprofit that publishes the journal Science and has run the award program for 71 years,...

Herbicide fears upend county plan for guiding open space district

11/17/2016
After spending eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars on an environmental review of a county vegetation and biodiversity plan meant to guide the management of Marin’s open space preserves, supervisors voted last week not to certify the review and instead accept the plan only as a “background” document...

Supervisors limit events and parking at Devil’s Gulch, but keep rabbits

11/17/2016
Devil’s Gulch Ranch has new county limits on special events and the size of shuttles traveling to its Nicasio property, as well as a requirement that vehicles associated with the ranch park on the premises, according to a vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Co-owner Mark Pasternak and...

Muir Woods proposes new parking plan now open for comment

11/17/2016
To alleviate parking woes at Muir Woods National Monument, the National Park Service has released a draft environmental assessment of its new Sustainable Access Project, with public comments accepted until Dec. 5. The draft details three alternatives: a no-action plan would maintain current parking—232 parking spaces located on four lots...

Grant helps community center realize strategic plan

11/17/2016
Following four years of intensive outreach, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center has produced a strategic plan that seeks to bolster the community hub’s viability. The report, dubbed a “Deepening Roots Campaign,” is three-pronged: it outlines the creation of a $2 million endowment for both savings and disaster relief, an...

Bulk of LCP moves forward as hazards chapter stalls

11/10/2016
The California Coastal Commission delayed a vote last week on a contentious section of the county’s proposed Local Coastal Program related to environmental hazards, deeming the issue too unresolved to vote on. Marin County and homeowners objected to regulations they deemed too constrictive of development and property rights, such as...

Differing visions for park service property in Marshall

11/10/2016
Just north of Hog Island Oyster Company, a plot of National Park Service land between Highway 1 and Tomales Bay is facing an uncertain future. In a little over a year, a reservation of use and occupancy granted to the former owners of Dunn Ranch will expire, and the 52-acre...

Open Space District sued over spotted owls in San Geronimo Valley preserve

11/10/2016
The deeply territorial northern spotted owl has again put the brakes on development, this time in a San Geronimo Valley open space preserve. The Marin Audubon Society filed a lawsuit late last month against the Marin County Open Space District for a road and trail management plan adopted in 2014...

Table tennis tournament raises funds for youth

11/10/2016
It’s been used to settle friendly disputes and determine who will undergo the household chores, and now table tennis has emerged from the basement to benefit the San Geronimo Community Center Gym and fund scholarships for its youth programs. This Saturday, a table tennis tournament will overrun the community center’s...

Fire burns Seahaven cabin

11/10/2016
A fire that proved briefly difficult to locate destroyed an unoccupied Inverness cabin on Tuesday. Two calls came in from across the bay with reports of smoke at around 11 a.m., said Jim Fox, the Inverness fire chief. But he couldn’t locate the fire’s source until a third call came...

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