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Seat on personnel commission

11/07/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors is hoping to fill an at-large seat on the county’s personnel commission in December. The commission advises the supervisors, the county administrator and the human resources director on personnel issues. There are no particular qualifications for the slot, although the commission would like at...

Paltrow visits West Marin, eats

11/07/2013
The Point Reyes Light mistakenly reported that actress Gwyneth Paltrwo was in West Marin recently; it was, in fact, a writer for the online lifestyle website goop.com, which Ms. Paltrow curates. We regret the error. The presence of actress and cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow graced West Marin in recent days,...

New parking tickets for Bolinas

11/07/2013
The Bolinas Border Patrol is cracking down on obnoxious drivers by issuing tickets for those cases of “truculent, selfish or narcissistic parking” that plagues the beach town’s streets. The situation has become so dire as to call for Malibu Rules, the hippie’s version of martial law. Parts of Bolinas are...

Winter volunteer docents sought

11/07/2013
Point Reyes National Seashore is now recruiting volunteers for the winter wildlife docent program. Winter docents help visitors view and appreciate northern elephant seals and gray whales during their respective mating and migration seasons. They may be stationed at overlooks or beaches and perform “interpretive roves” on trails; they must...

True Grass featured in Playboy

11/07/2013
Guido Frosini, the head of True Grass Farms in Valley Ford, was recently surprised to learn that Playboy had included its wagyu beef as one of “19 Things to Do Before You Die” in its November issue (the beef is number five). The farm has been getting calls from as...

A good year for snowy plovers

11/07/2013
Western snowy plovers had a banner year in Point Reyes National Seashore in 2013, with 15 fledglings recorded by the end of the summer, the largest number counted since 2007. Wildlife ecologist Dave Press said changes to wire fencing, including the decision to not place cages around some nests—shallow “scrapes”...

Coastal radio station’s centennial summons artifacts

11/07/2013
Long before satellite technology allowed people separated by thousands of miles to connect with a few taps on a smart phone, West Marin proved to be the ideal grounds for a key Pacific Coast radio station. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the R.C.A./Marconi transmitting and receiving stations, the...

Highway 1 repairs stalled by commission

11/07/2013
A proposed road repair whose coastal permit was appealed by the California Coastal Commission in 2011 due to concerns that the rural and historic nature of a section of Highway One was being irrevocably altered is scheduled for a hearing in the next few months. The appeal of the slide repair, which was slated to take place roughly 1.2 miles south of Stinson Beach, referenced an earlier series of 2007 repairs on Highway One that commissioners say impaired visual resources and encouraged the spread of invasive plants. The appeal says those repairs—specifically, the construction of a retaining wall—impaired scenic views for hikers and campers and excessively widened the roadway. Commissioners also wrote that the coastal permit approved by Marin County had no mitigation measures in place to address the problem of potential spread of invasives...

Painkiller shift aims at rising overdoses

11/07/2013
In an effort to limit a disturbing increase in prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration recommended stricter regulations on the most commonly prescribed painkillers. The policy shift announced two weeks ago will place heavier controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone–drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents. If the recommendations are approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, hydrocodone painkillers will join powerful narcotics like OxyContin and morphine as Schedule II drugs, considered to be substances with high potential for abuse and addiction. Local critics say the change will do little to stem misuse and will instead deny elderly patients relief from pain and possibly even fuel a black market for opioids. After previously rejecting a similar measure proposed by...

Funding for election campaigns

10/31/2013
The upcoming elections in West Marin have turned out to be a small affair, campaign finance disclosures released last week showed. None of the candidates running for seats on the Shoreline Unified School District or the Bolinas Community Public Utility District filed a statement for any donations or expenditures. The...

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