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More plover chicks this year in the seashore

10/22/2015
Nineteen snowy plover chicks, a federally endangered bird, fledged from beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore this season, the highest number in since 2007 and up from 15 last year. The fledged chicks may have been aided by a new policy of beach closures, in addition to other protective...

Nuclear arms contractor trips up county study on bathroom woes

10/22/2015
The dearth of public bathrooms and overtaxed parking in Point Reyes Station has spurred the county to study additional parking and restroom options for West Marin. But original plans to study the crisis hit an unexpected snag when the proposed contractor turned out to be a nuclear weapons developer. A...

Shoreline trustees vote to scrap benefits, then scrap vote

10/22/2015
What began as drama turned into a head-scratcher earlier this week, when Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees flip-flopped on a decision that would have ended free health benefits for its elected members. With only five out of seven trustees present at last week’s meeting, the board cast a...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 22, 2015

10/22/2015
DR. MIKE WITTE’S LAST DAY AS A DOCTOR IN WEST MARIN WITH STAFF, BOARD MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF COASTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE Dr. Mike Witte is turning over the reins as chief medical officer of the Coastal Health Alliance to Dr. Edwin Munich after 40 years as a doctor in West...

IPUD measure aims to keep money local

10/15/2015
A measure to let the Inverness Public Utility District keep all the property taxes it collects through 2018 is on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. A major portion of IPUD’s budget comes from property- tax revenue, but California’s Proposition 13 caps the amount of such revenue that government...

Comments sought on wildfire protection plan

10/15/2015
West Marin residents can offer input on a rewrite of the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which identifies areas susceptible to fire spread and outlines policy for fire prevention and management. A main focus of the plan is to state clearly the specifics of future projects for fire-fuel control, such...

County curbs parking on Muir Woods Road

10/15/2015
Much of Muir Woods Road is now off limits for parking, due to an ordinance passed by county supervisors last week. Typically, as many as 400 cars parked along the road on busy weekends, fomenting concerns about stormwater runoff from vehicles making its way into Redwood Creek. Now just 80...

Marijuana ordinance could bring two West Marin stores

10/15/2015
Marin could have up to four medical marijuana storefronts in unincorporated areas, if a new draft ordinance secures approval from county supervisors. The ordinance, which has been in process since summer, is in response to a Grand Jury report in 2013 criticizing the county for a lack of access. There...

EAC seeks director after Amy Trainer announces resignation

10/15/2015
Amy Trainer, the executive director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, announced last week that she has tendered her resignation after five years on the job, though she plans to be available at least through February to help ease the leadership transition. The nonprofit is seeking a replacement...

SPAWN asks county for almost one million in legal fees

10/15/2015
Attorneys for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network have asked the county court to award the nonprofit nearly $1 million in fees and costs accrued during successful litigation dating back to 2007 that forced the county to reevaluate how it regulates future development in the San Geronimo Valley. Filed on...

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