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Herbicides scrapped by water district

07/16/2015
Herbicide use will not be part of Marin Municipal Water District’s plan to prevent wildfires and curb invasive species on its lands, the district’s board of directors decided last Tuesday. Herbicides had been included as a potentially major component of the district’s draft Wildfire Protection and Habitat Improvement Plan, which...

Crumbling cliffs produce rare dolphin fossil

07/16/2015
Last month, on a sunny day on the beach, an intern with the Point Reyes National Seashore showed a paleontologist a cliff exposure where the fossil of a marine mammal skull, which she first spotted in May, was jutting out. The paleontologist recognized it as a dolphin fossil, a rare...

Pasternak and neighbors in court over road

07/16/2015
Does Nicasio rancher Mark Pasternak have a right to the road that leads to his land? And if so, just how heavily can he use it? Those questions, which present a serious financial threat for Mr. Pasternak’s Devil’s Gulch Ranch, were the center of a two-week trial that concluded last...

Boat launch plan for Marconi on hold

07/16/2015
Plans to install a boat launch, a parking lot and six camping sites at Marconi Cove in Marshall have been postponed due to uncertainties around the cost of developing the site, said Roy McNamee, a recreation specialist at the Marin office of California State Parks. In 2011, the project for...

Clayton’s kin fights changes to cottages

07/16/2015
Peter Lewis, the son of the late artist and fisherman Clayton Lewis, will fight to save some of his father’s earliest architectural additions at Lairds Landing, he told the Light this week. “Not only because of the architectural significance of what he added, but because of his position as a...

Far West Fest returns

07/16/2015
The 10th annual Far West Fest, a local favorite summertime music event, will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Love Field in Point Reyes Station. The festival is equal parts outdoor music gala and charity event, raising over $300,000 for local charities to date. This year, the internationally known...

Second Valley’s history told in pictures

07/09/2015
Second Valley, the Inverness neighborhood between First Valley and Seahaven, has been a bit neglected, history-wise. “Jack Mason wrote extensive histories of Inverness but—bless his heart—virtually ignored Second Valley,” wrote historian Dewey Livingston, who is curating an exhibit at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History to document the...

Clayton Lewis’s tower will be preserved and moved

07/09/2015
The iconic tower atop a cottage at Lairds Landing, built by the late artist and fisherman Clayton Lewis, who lived there for over two decades, will be saved and relocated. The Point Reyes National Seashore plans to remove all of Mr. Lewis’s buildings and additions while preserving three 19th-century cottages...

Business leaders put heads together

07/09/2015
Traffic, trash and toilets were top among concerns voiced at a gathering of over 50 West Marin business leaders and stakeholders who met Monday morning at the Dance Palace to discuss issues exacerbated by the explosion of visitors to Point Reyes Station. With staff and owners of around 40 businesses...

Herbicide plan for dunes will proceed

07/09/2015
The Point Reyes National Seashore has concluded that a plan to combat invasive plants with herbicides will have no significant impacts, despite opposition from scores of public commenters who charged that the risks of the toxins on sensitive dune ecosystems are too great to move ahead with the project. The...

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