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Stinson Village Association appeals high home

09/10/2015
The Stinson Beach Village Association is appealing the county’s approval of a proposed home that the group deems too tall. At a hearing last month, Marin County Deputy Zoning Administrator Curtis Havel acknowledged that the proposed 3,206 square foot home diverged from the community’s residential character, but “grudglingly” approved a...

A brief history of the Perry’s name change

09/10/2015
Perry’s Inverness Park Grocery—once related to a string of delis with the same name—has dropped the “Perry’s” moniker from its name and is now going by “Inverness Park Market.” Technically named “Perry’s Delicatessen #9,” the switch coincides with the 35th anniversary of the store, owned by Dan Thompson. He will...

Housing zeal moves Coast Guard

09/03/2015
A plan to convert federally-owned buildings in Point Reyes Station into affordable housing received a notable boost last week: Supervisor Steve Kinsey received word that the Coast Guard would, one way or another, likely give the county first dibs at purchasing the property that once housed Coast Guard employees. In...

Pesticides near the bay worry some

09/03/2015
Habitat restoration involving the removal of invasive acacia trees from land owned by Audubon Canyon Ranch in Inverness last week irked a few local residents, who sounded the alarm that a toxic herbicide was being applied close to Tomales Bay. The nonprofit acquired the two-acre parcel after longtime resident Helen...

Group fighting vax law organizes for referendum

09/03/2015
Opponents of a law that would ban personal belief exemptions for school-required childhood vaccines held a meeting last week at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center to discuss the issue and collect signatures for a referendum meant to put that law on the November 2016 ballot. Filed by former state...

Papermill starting scholarship program

09/03/2015
Point Reyes Station’s Papermill Creek Children’s Corner preschool offers sliding scale tuition for low-income families. But some still can’t afford it. Now Lourdes Romo, the school’s new energetic executive director, is fundraising for a new scholarship program to help. “‘It’s heartbreaking when [these families] come in. We do a tour;...

Writers retreat hosts casual convos for public

09/03/2015
Writing retreats are known as quiet spaces for contemplative labor—but convening poets, journalists and authors also tends to generate engaging conversation. This observation led to Conversations on the Edge, a series of informal public talks established by the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in Point Reyes Station. On Sunday, September...

"Oyster War" book sides with park, through a narrative lens

08/27/2015
In a book chronicling the years-long controversy over Drakes Bay Oyster Company published earlier this month, author Summer Brennan—a former Light reporter raised in West Marin—concludes that the federal government made the right call when it forced the farm’s closure in 2012. “I say that I have tried to stay...

Comments open on mosquito district EIR

08/27/2015
A first-ever programmatic environmental impact report drafted by the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District assessing the district’s current practices is open for public comment. The report contains all documents pertaining to the district’s activities, which range from education outreach to chemical control with herbicides and pesticides. It details four...

Boom in inter-district transfers at Shoreline

08/27/2015
A large boost in inter-district transfer students to Shoreline Unified School District is projected to bring more kids into the district at a time when enrollment has been steadily declining as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money that was instrumental in righting the district’s budget for...

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