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County drafts new septic plan

04/14/2016
Marin environmental staffers released a draft of revamped regulations for septic systems that must be submitted to the state for approval next month. The new rules include greater setbacks for systems near federally impaired water bodies like Tomales Bay and Lagunitas Creek and a requirement that septic pumpers report failures...

Housing could be further limited in village centers

04/14/2016
Plans to create new zoning restrictions in some West Marin villages as part of the update to the Local Coastal Program raised concerns last week among residents who received a letter about changes in the works for Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, the East Shore and Tomales. A...

Groups sue park over dog documents

04/14/2016
Dog-enthusiast nonprofits in Marin and San Francisco have sued the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for withholding documents and data requested under the Freedom of Information Act regarding dog activities in national parklands. That information, the suit contends, may have played a critical role in the formation of a draft...

Bolinas Museum receives major donation

04/14/2016
Marking the largest charitable gift in its 33-year history, the Bolinas Museum has received a $140,000 donation from former board member and art enthusiast Mary “Mimi” Griffin-Jones, who died last year. The funds will go toward the museum’s endowment and will help implement key infrastructure improvements, such as climate control...

Supervisors vote to defend ranches in seashore suit

04/07/2016
County supervisors will ask to join the National Park Service to fight a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups last month, which many see as an assault on historic ranching on Point Reyes. After an impassioned public discussion that included comments from Rep. Jared Huffman and a closed session pow-wow...

More homes put in FEMA flood zones

04/07/2016
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued revised coastal flood-risk maps that may require more homeowners living on Marin shores to purchase flood insurance. The new maps—which providers use to set flood insurance premiums—determine the boundaries of special flood hazard areas, within which any house backed by a mortgage must...

West Marin, meet Mari Tamburo

04/07/2016
Mari Tamburo, a New Jersey native who grew up in HUD housing and now lives in Homestead Valley, is perhaps the least traditional candidate in the District 4 race. She is a singer and songwriter who has a band, Livin’ Like Kings, with her husband, Arnie. She has worked odd...

Shoreline to announce new superintendent

04/07/2016
Shoreline Unified School District trustees announced Tuesday that they have selected a candidate to become the district’s next superintendent. Board President Jill Manning-Sartori declined to name the person, citing confidential contract negotiations and background checks as reasons to keep the news under wraps until a public meeting to discuss and...

Photos offer glimpse into foragers' forest shelters

04/07/2016
For most of the year, the mycelium in the volcanic ash of Oregon’s Cascade Range lurks quietly underground, waiting for just the right conditions to start pushing out matsutake mushrooms. When fall arrives, droves of foragers—largely a mixture of 70s-era counterculture types, South East Asian immigrants and Latino migrant workers—spend...

Hope's waste reduction contract renewed

04/07/2016
West Marin’s waste education coordinator, Madeline Hope, was awarded a contract renewal by the county that will extend her current 10-year tenure as the region’s zero-waste watchdog for another year. As West Marin’s representative on the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority, Ms. Hope has been in charge...

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