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Mill Valley man charged with hitting bicyclist

11/19/2015
A Mill Valley man was charged with a felony hit and run after he collided with a bicycle on Saturday, on Highway 1 near Panoramic Highway—apparently on purpose, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to a Highway Patrol statement, bicyclists Jonathan Kibera and Alex Boal, of Mill Valley and...

Winds and waves to blame in two water rescues

11/19/2015
Two separate rescues on Tomales Bay last Saturday saved nine people and a dog after windy conditions capsized kayaks and a boat, the California Highway Patrol reported. The rescued individuals, all in their 20s and 30s, had been warned earlier in the day by the Marin County Fire Department. Just...

Seat snagged from Nagle

11/19/2015
West Marin/Inverness School Principal Matt Nagle has lost his bid for a seat on the Tamalpais High School District’s board of trustees, following previous reports that had declared him the winner. Last-minute mail-in votes put his competitor ahead this week by a narrow margin. “You’ve got to just drink the...

As seas rise, county mulls whether to guard or retreat from coast

11/19/2015
Every seat was filled at a public meeting about coping with sea level rise in West Marin, held at the Stinson Beach Community Center last Saturday. About 175 people came to learn about a host of measures that fall into three categories: protect, accommodate and retreat. The meeting—held just weeks...

Second units eyed in path to more affordable housing

11/19/2015
Tighter regulations on short-term vacation rentals and less red tape for second units were the focus of community talks Tuesday on how Marin County ought to resolve its debilitating lack of affordable housing, a shortage that has spurred widespread fears among West Marin residents that their time here is running...

Appealed Stinson Beach home wins supes’ vote

11/19/2015
County supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to strike down an appeal from Stinson Beach residents opposed to their neighbor’s residential development project, which for months has spurred a debate on whether new houses should—or legally can—be built in an area that figures to be ground zero for the anticipated impacts...

Lucas to remodel Big Rock to overnight rooms

11/12/2015
Filmmaker George Lucas has requested county approval for a remodel of a 317,000-square-foot Nicasio ranch known as Big Rock Ranch, to convert office space into 57 private rooms. According to a spokesperson, Tom Forster, the rooms will be set aside for Lucasfilm Ltd. clients—the biggest of which is the Walt...

Point Reyes nonprofit says birds widely hit by West Nile

11/12/2015
West Nile Virus may be a more dire problem for a far wider range of bird species than experts have previously thought, according to a new study conducted by a collaboration of research organizations including the Point Reyes Station-based Institute for Bird Populations. And some are being hit harder than...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part two: Climbing risk mountain

11/12/2015
Every woman wants to know her risk of breast cancer. The dread disease kills half a million women worldwide every year, or about 1 percent of women who die each year. Heart disease, lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, hypertension, H.I.V., diabetes and road injury are much larger killers ...

Groups prepare for rainy winter as El Niño’s impact looms

11/12/2015
As rains begin to roll back into West Marin, residents and government representatives are preparing for winter and talking about how hard the impending, much-hyped El Niño episode might hit the region’s most flood-prone areas. Though weather experts across the country are only certain that they have no idea how...

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