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Point Reyes native liberates birthday song

10/01/2015
Thanks to a lawsuit filed by West Marin native Jenn Nelson, the “Happy Birthday” song has been set free. A federal judge last week ruled that the lyrics to the famous song have not been subject to copyright since 1935—though corporations have collected millions in royalties for its use since...

Bishop pines struck by fungus pose fire hazard

10/01/2015
Twenty years after the Mount Vision fire burned thousands of acres in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Bishop pines—which rely on fire to regenerate—once again cover the landscape. But many of those trees are infected with the pine pitch canker fungus. As dead branches and trees accumulate, so does the...

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...

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