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Scientists hope to restore Marin’s pond turtle population

08/04/2016
Seashore biotechnician Tim Bernot pulled out a telemetry receiver on a recent Thursday morning, listening to the metronome-like clicks as he drove a park truck to a ranch pond to check turtle traps. The pace of the clicks, sourced from emitters glued to a female pond turtle’s carapace, tells him...

Power went out after Inverness collision, driver still at large

08/04/2016
Authorities are investigating the whereabouts of the driver of a red 2002 Subaru Outback who abandoned the car and fled after striking an electric pole on a steep road in Inverness, knocking out power for over 1,200 households and businesses in West Marin late Monday night. The driver bashed the...

Inverness Fair features old favorites, new stamped postcard

08/04/2016
The original Inverness post office was a modest, eight-by-eight-foot log cabin built in 1897 across from where the Gables now stands. A few years later, it caught the eye of Martha Schreiber, one of the first people to purchase a residential lot in Inverness. Ms. Schreiber made a colored lithograph...

Bicyclists encounter trap on private-property trail

08/04/2016
Bicyclists pausing to rest on private property near an Open Space trail last week discovered a startling strip of leather lined with rusty nails and staked to the floor of a deer trail, prompting conversations about “impediment tactics” and respect on county trails. The apparent booby trap was found near...

Decommissioning and restoration planned in Gary Giacomini Preserve

08/04/2016
Marin County Parks and Open Space began work on Monday to restore and decommission over 4,000 linear feet of unsanctioned trails in San Geronimo Valley’s Gary Giacomini Preserve, the largest preserve in West Marin at 1,500 acres. The project figures into the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which aims...

Collaborative artist-in-residence program debuts on Point Reyes

08/04/2016
The Point Reyes National Seashore will commence its first-ever artist-in-residence program tomorrow, a partnership with the Mesa Refuge and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association that will bring three writers and three visual artists to the area to spend a week on projects that focus on climate change. “It’s an...

Program will help landlords make rents affordable

07/28/2016
In a new collaboration with the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin and Marin Housing Authority, the county will offer a suite of financial incentives and support services designed to entice landlords to make rents affordable. The two-year pilot program, approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, is...

Four families left Stewart Ranch, for murky reasons

07/28/2016
Four Latino families that have lived for decades at Olema’s Stewart Ranch moved out of their homes this month after receiving word in May from the ranch’s owners that their longstanding housing agreements on the 2,188-acre cattle ranch would be terminated. Conflicting accounts have surfaced about why the families had...

Judge orders settlement talks in seashore ranching suit

07/28/2016
In an apparent attempt to avoid a protracted legal battle, the judge presiding over the ranching lawsuit last week ordered the National Park Service and a trio of environmental groups to meet with a magistrate judge for a settlement conference. In response, the environmental groups told the judge they would...

San Francisco couple submits plans for Mount Vision property

07/28/2016
Nearly three years after being red-tagged by the county for starting work prematurely, a San Francisco society couple has submitted plans to renovate and build on a six-acre property atop the Inverness Ridge. Alexis and Trevor Traina say they intend to preserve the handmade style of several cabins on the...

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