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Winter storms, so far, reminiscent of normal

01/28/2016
A series of heavy showers that commenced last month and have continued nearly nonstop past mid-January have wetted drought-stricken West Marin, so much so that the Inverness Public Utility District has called off a mandatory ban on outdoor water systems instituted in September. “We’re looking great,” said Scott McMorrow, the...

Wild West Ferments wins award

01/28/2016
Wild West Ferments, the fermented food business co-owned by Inverness native Maggie Levinger (above center), won a Good Food Award for its seasonal sauerkraut. The Good Food Awards honor food purveyors from across the country that meet specific criteria for sustainability, socially responsible business practices and tastiness. Among 1,937 entries,...

Traffic at popular Muir Woods “out of control”

01/28/2016
A record-high 110,764 passengers took the Muir Woods Shuttle last year to visit the county’s most popular tourist spot, prompting Marin County Transit District officials to both praise the shuttle’s ability to handle heavy loads and worry about ongoing traffic congestion around the national monument. “The situation is going to...

Bolinas considers well

01/28/2016
A hydro-geologist has called for tens of thousands of dollar’s worth of further testing to be done to determine if an irrigation well built in 2009 by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District can be safely converted into another source of drinking water, prompting district officials to discuss whether they...

Delayed crab season prompts request for state of emergency

01/28/2016
With the opening of the crab catch season still delayed beyond the crucial holiday months, a group of 11 state senators and representatives this week sent a letter imploring Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California’s crab industry. Doing so would pave the way for struggling...

Coastal Commission moves to fire executive director

01/28/2016
California Coastal Commissioners will vote next month on whether to fire their executive director, Charles Lester, leading some to speculate that pro-development forces are seeking a friendlier leader. West Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the chair of the commission, wrote in a Jan. 14 letter that Mr. Lester had the option...

Vaccination rate in San Geronimo remains low

01/28/2016
Low immunization rates for kindergartners at Lagunitas School District’s Open Classroom this year continue to run counter to a three-year countywide trend of increasing rates that county public health officials have hailed as a positive step toward preventing outbreaks of childhood disease. That’s despite the impending end of California’s personal...

Residents scammed at cheap gas station

01/21/2016
More than 20 West Marin residents over the past few weeks have been scammed by a debit card skimming scheme that police have traced to San Anselmo’s Gas & Shop, one of the cheapest and most popular gas stations in the county. In Marin, over 50 people fell victim to...

Water report rankles Marshall, ponders sewers

01/21/2016
A county commission’s recommendation to excise Marshall from the North Marin Water District has drawn hearty protest from the East Shore Planning Group, which says the long-term impacts of climate change could force the area, which now relies on wells and spring water, to require the district’s services in the...

Village association moves toward group leadership

01/21/2016
Following the departure in December of its president, Ken Otter, the Point Reyes Station Village Association has decided to form a collaborative leadership committee designed to replace the president position. Members deemed the position to be too burdensome for a single person, and thought that spreading responsibilities could also boost...

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