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Bolinas second unit, over property line, goes empty

09/24/2015
Neighbors on the Little Mesa in Bolinas settled a lawsuit this month over property boundaries and an unpermitted second unit that has housed a longtime resident. As a result, Helen Sirica—a midwife who has lived in the unit off Crescente Avenue for 14 years—will have to move off the property...

Marin Organic to lose leader and hand over Farm Field Studies duties

09/24/2015
The executive director for Marin Organic, Jeffrey Westman, signaled this week that he intends to resign at the end of 2015 after serving for slightly over two years. A Sebastopol resident, Mr. Westman took the reins of the nonprofit organic farming advocacy group in 2013 following a two-year leadership vacuum...

MALT protects ranch used for cows and crops

09/24/2015
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust closed on an agricultural easement for the Fallon Ranch, a 186-acre ranch in Tomales that supports grazing and row cropping. The purchase of the easement, which cost $825,000 and requires that the land remain in agriculture, was funded through private donations, a county grant and...

Service center expansion approved by supervisors

09/24/2015
A conceptual design for expanding West Marin’s Health and Human Services building won the approval of county supervisors this week, over protests from Point Reyes Station residents. The project, projected to cost at least $2.9 million, will add about 2,000 square feet to the 3,175 square foot building. The extra...

Point Reyes home appealed on size, process

09/24/2015
Three people appealed a permit for a 2,550 square-foot residence and second-unit dwelling at 220 Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station, which the county’s deputy zoning administrator approved earlier this month. The appellants—including the property owner, Alexandra Rome—took issue with the location of the proposed house as well as the...

25 years ago this week

09/24/2015
300 acres burn at the LaFranchi Ranch in Nicasio; arson suspected. Salmon, dungeness crab and herring fisheries decline. Garbage fees may increase to boost recycling. Stinson Beach Fire Department acquires a defibrillator. Bolinas has a minor water shortage due to 18 water leaks. $4,000 worth of computer equipment stolen from...

Denial looming, TBOC pulls app

09/17/2015
Tomales Bay Oyster Company has withdrawn an application to legalize its booming retail operations and develop a parking area in Marshall, after county staffers recommended that the Planning Commission deny it. But a revised proposal is forthcoming that will likely include, among other things, a reduction in the number of...

Right to die bill stirs complex emotions

09/17/2015
A bill that would legalize aid-in-dying medications for the terminally ill passed the state legislature last week and is awaiting a signature from Governor Jerry Brown. If signed, the bill would allow anyone with less than six months to live to request a prescription and take it in the presence...

54 rescued from bay after weather turns sour

09/17/2015
A rescue operation led by the Marin County Fire Department hauled in 54 kayakers stranded on Tomales Bay beaches Saturday night, following dramatic wind shifts and high tides that surprised kayakers during a bioluminescence tour, a highly popular night tour where microorganisms emit phosphorescent glows on moonless nights. No one...

Service center expansion still too large for some

09/17/2015
Preliminary designs for a project to significantly enlarge Health and Human Services’ West Marin Service Center in Point Reyes Station will come before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, so it can provide county planners with direction on which of two design options they should pursue. The county has reduced...

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