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Appealed Stinson Beach home wins supes’ vote

11/19/2015
County supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to strike down an appeal from Stinson Beach residents opposed to their neighbor’s residential development project, which for months has spurred a debate on whether new houses should—or legally can—be built in an area that figures to be ground zero for the anticipated impacts...

Lucas to remodel Big Rock to overnight rooms

11/12/2015
Filmmaker George Lucas has requested county approval for a remodel of a 317,000-square-foot Nicasio ranch known as Big Rock Ranch, to convert office space into 57 private rooms. According to a spokesperson, Tom Forster, the rooms will be set aside for Lucasfilm Ltd. clients—the biggest of which is the Walt...

Point Reyes nonprofit says birds widely hit by West Nile

11/12/2015
West Nile Virus may be a more dire problem for a far wider range of bird species than experts have previously thought, according to a new study conducted by a collaboration of research organizations including the Point Reyes Station-based Institute for Bird Populations. And some are being hit harder than...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part two: Climbing risk mountain

11/12/2015
Every woman wants to know her risk of breast cancer. The dread disease kills half a million women worldwide every year, or about 1 percent of women who die each year. Heart disease, lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, hypertension, H.I.V., diabetes and road injury are much larger killers ...

Groups prepare for rainy winter as El Niño’s impact looms

11/12/2015
As rains begin to roll back into West Marin, residents and government representatives are preparing for winter and talking about how hard the impending, much-hyped El Niño episode might hit the region’s most flood-prone areas. Though weather experts across the country are only certain that they have no idea how...

Coastal Commission asks TBOC to permit longstanding lease

11/12/2015
Despite drastically curtailing operations at its popular picnic site last month, Tomales Bay Oyster Farm still faces substantial, unresolved regulatory problems. The most serious issue is that the company’s largest aquaculture site, located off Millerton Point, has never had a coastal development permit. Within the last year—for apparently the first...

Septic system in the works for Stinson restrooms

11/12/2015
Construction is underway to overhaul the National Park Service’s septic system at Stinson Beach, which experiences heavy use during the busy summer season. A plan has been in the offing for months, and work began on Nov. 3 after the park finally secured a state permit a few days prior...

Marconi restoration funds are diverted

11/12/2015
Plans to upgrade visitor access and facilities for Marconi Cove in Marshall were put on hold indefinitely earlier this month, after the California Coastal Commission changed the terms for a $266,000 mitigation fee that it awarded in 2011 to Caltrans, to then give to the state parks department. That money,...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media. Part one: Renée Willard’s story

11/05/2015
Welcome to the first part of a 10-part serial on breast cancer in Marin County. This investigation began more than five years ago, when science journalist Peter Byrne encountered a startling fact: 10 percent of all mammograms produce false positives . A longtime Bay Area resident, Peter had for years...

Rising waters threaten homes, roads and beaches

11/05/2015
Imagine that many downtown buildings in Bolinas are regularly inundated by tides, as are hundreds of homes in low-lying areas of Stinson Beach. Agate and Brighton Beaches have disappeared. Twenty miles of Highway 1 are awash in water. Businesses and homes along the East Shore of Tomales Bay are regularly...

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