Valley planning group hosts septic presentation

In the midst of an ongoing debate over how the San Geronimo Valley should fix its wastewater woes, residents met Monday night to learn whether a particular septic system technology could work for their homes. AdvanTex Treatment Systems represents a potential on-site septic solution for the valley, where a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields—causing foul odors and fecal seepage during the rainy winter season. Pollution from the sludge combined with sediment runoff also threatens to contaminate creeks in a watershed where salmon populations spawn...

Bolinas farmers 
break ground

Seventeen years after the Point Reyes National Seashore proposed that three Bolinas row croppers change the way they use Pine Gulch Creek, a project that will bank over 21 million gallons of winter water finally broke ground this month. When construction is complete this fall, five storage ponds will provide water drawn during the rainy season to three farms—Warren Weber’s Star Route Farm, Peter Martinelli’s Fresh Run Farm and Dennis...

Western Weekend a cultural success

The 66th annual Western Weekend parade drew a crowd of thousands to downtown Point Reyes Station on Sunday to carouse and celebrate West Marin. Beginning at high noon, the parade brought a cavalcade of antique cars, festooned floats, Aztec Dancers, expert horsemen, a mariachi band and a drunken and disorganized...

marijuana dispensaries

A draft ordinance to license up to three medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Marin is meeting worries over the potential proximity to youth-related services and support from patients and dispensary staffers in Marin and the Bay Area. At a two-and-a-half hour workshop the county convened on Tuesday afternoon, patients described...

Shoreline shows savings

A preliminary budget for Shoreline Unified School District shows that some of the moves made this year to reduce a debilitating structural budget deficit will pay off in coming years. In particular, the successful passage of “golden handshake” agreements that encourage a number of teachers and staff to retire in return for enhanced benefits will bring the district’s budget into the black next year. Shoreline will absorb a one-time cost of $350,000 to fund the retirement incentive, but that will be offset by long-term savings generated by the agreements. Additionally, the decision to become a “district of choice”—whereby students transferring into the district will bring with them state money—will give Shoreline a one-time $400,000...

Bo trust seeking housing solution

Three hundred Bolinas residents gathered on Sunday to discuss a topic increasingly weighing on their minds: the steady, debilitating loss of affordable local housing. Skyrocketing rental prices in San Francisco have stretched into West Marin, pushing up real estate values such that growing numbers of locals are finding it difficult,...

Exacting seafloor maps make for better planning

Extremely high-resolution maps of the seafloors offshore of Tomales Point, Drakes Bay and San Francisco Bay were published late last month by the United States Geological Survey, as part of a multi-million dollar, decade-long partnership with other agencies to pin down baseline conditions of the seafloor. The effort, called the...

Point Reyes health office plans to expand

Neighbors of the county’s Health and Human Services outpost in Point Reyes Station protested a tentative proposal to double the size of the building at a public meeting on Monday evening. The expanded offices, the 10 or so residents who gathered in the West Marin School gym said, would be...

Woodacre couple brings garden skills to Lakota

A Woodacre couple is giving their time and skills to support the Lakota living on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which stretches across two million acres and is home to one of the most impoverished areas in the United States. Alongside staggering unemployment and skeletal incomes, the roughly 40,000...


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