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Caltrans drafts traffic plan with local input

10/01/2015
A makeover is in the works to improve pedestrian walkways and add traffic-control measures along Highway 1 from West Marin School to downtown Point Reyes Station, according to a local road-safety advocate who presented a traffic plan drafted by Caltrans and its consultant, Parisi Transportation Consulting. The plan is poised...

Everyday retail and picnics nixed at TBOC

09/24/2015
Tomales Bay Oyster Company has been ordered to limit sales and remove its popular picnic and barbeque sites by the end of the month. The cease and desist order, issued by the county last week, mandates that the business restrict its activities to those included in the current use permit—which...

Mosquito pesticide accord faces legal scrutiny

09/24/2015
The legality of a longstanding agreement that keeps pesticides out of West Marin has been challenged mere months before it expires on December 31. In August, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District received a memorandum from its legal counsel, Janet Coleson, stating that its near decades-long agreement with the...

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...

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