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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...

After 43 years, Coast Guard site closes

09/17/2015
The United States Coast Guard communications facility in the Point Reyes National Seashore was decommissioned last Friday as part of a nationwide process of consolidation to centralize communications. “It is a historic day. It is the end of a chapter in Coast Guard history,” said Vice Admiral Charles Ray, the...

Dead art in Stinson Beach

09/17/2015
In the days before electronic ticket sales, Grateful Dead fans would mail in ticket requests with money-filled envelopes that they decorated with colorful Deadhead iconography, in hopes that a more artistic envelope would give them a better chance of being selected for a high-demand ticket. This year, for their farewell...

Droves of tourists go “off the beaten path”

09/10/2015
Visitors flocked to West Marin over the three-day holiday weekend, packing parks and jamming roadways, especially on Sunday. At Muir Woods, more visitors came this year than last year’s Labor Day weekend. Though numbers at the Bear Valley Visitor Center were slightly down, no one seemed to notice. “A little...

IPUD bans outdoor watering systems

09/10/2015
A water shortage in Inverness has led to a ban on all outdoor watering systems, a prohibition in place as of Wednesday and to continue “until further notice,” the Inverness Public Utility District announced. After heavy holiday weekend use, less fog than usual and a string of hot days combined...

In comments, locals still push for Green Bridge retrofit

09/10/2015
Many in West Marin oppose the proposed replacement of the Green Bridge south of Point Reyes Station, according to an analysis of public comments released last week by Caltrans. Instead, they hope for a retrofit or repair of the existing bridge. The analysis reflects ardent community concerns over the project,...

County halts development for a third of Stinson

09/10/2015
At the behest of the California Coastal Commission, the county is indefinitely halting almost all new development and construction for over a third of houses in Stinson Beach, the Community Development Agency announced this past weekend, a move that changes how the county has interpreted building code for three decades...

Marin mulls mandated remedy for mental illness

09/10/2015
Marin may soon join a small but growing number of counties to adopt a state law allowing courts to order some who suffer from mental illness into outpatient treatment. Currently treatment for mental illness can only be mandated for individuals found to be an immediate danger to themselves or others...

Inverness Almanac delves into fall and winter

09/10/2015
The Inverness Almanac, a nascent nature and literary journal focused on the landscape of West Marin, is releasing its second edition on Sunday. The new volume, with pages numbered for the days between the fall and spring equinoxes, includes works that focus on the fall and winter; the first edition...

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