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Verizon cell tower proposed for Vision

06/27/2013
Verizon Wireless has submitted an application for a 10-year permit allowing a 45-foot cell tower in Point Reyes National Seashore. The tower would be located on Mount Vision beside an existing Federal Aviation Administration facility, which helps guide air traffic to the San Francisco airport, and the Marin Emergency Radio Authority, a tower that enables emergency communications for the county. The facilities sit at the intersection of Mount Vision Road and the Inverness Ridge Trail. “I would say it’s a preferred area for telecom towers and devices,” seashore spokesperson John Dell’Osso said. He added that the park would not benefit financially from the tower; any fees collected from the company would be passed on to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Anyone with concerns or comments can submit them to the National Park Service between now and August 7. Public comments may address concerns for this plan, the impacts of similar past plans or proposed alternatives. “We don’t want to limit people’s thought process,” Mr. Dell’Osso said. The park expects to assemble an Environmental Assessment in...

Vision for Grady Ranch affordable housing dims

06/20/2013
Visions of a large affordable housing complex at Grady Ranch dimmed this week when the Marin Community Foundation announced it ended a partnership with filmmaker George Lucas due to uncertain funding. The plans sprung up in May 2012 after Mr. Lucas ended a decades-long battle to build a major digital-production facility at the site. They would have helped fill an affordable housing shortage for the...

County hesitates on stream ordinance

06/20/2013
County supervisors decided to delay a vote on a controversial stream conservation ordinance on Tuesday, creating an ad hoc committee to determine how to both honor county guidelines and satisfy constituents. The decision came after 43 people made their respective cases—a handful speaking on behalf of environmental groups or homeowner associations, most speaking in defense of their own property. Only six people spoke in support of the ordinance, including representatives for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group and the Watershed Alliance of Marin. Marin Audubon Society President Barbara Salzman said debating the ordinance was a misuse of staff and public time. She urged supervisors to adopt the measure. “It’s long past time," she said. Representatives for the San Geronimo...

MALT preserves Poncia Ranch

06/20/2013
Marin Agricultural Land Trust today announced the protection of 440 acres of farmland in Tomales, bringing the total number of acres under its protection to almost half of all privately owned farmland in Marin that can be preserved. For the Poncias, who raise cattle and lambs on the undulating acres just north of downtown, the easement not only ensures the land will remain in farming—it also allows them to...

Open seats on parks commission

06/20/2013
Four at-large seats on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, which studies and recommends plans and strategies related to the acquisition, development, funding and management of county parks and open space, will be filled in July. The Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates with expertise and interest in...

Huffman chewing on $4.50 a day

06/20/2013
Congressman Jared Huffman hasn’t yet gone hungry during a five-day protest against cuts proposed by the House to the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—but he’s concerned about the health value of living off of peanut-butter sandwiches, rice and beans. Mr. Huffman is one of about two dozen House Democrats limiting...

Inverness trail stripped of permit

06/20/2013
An Oakland couple’s retroactive permit for a private trail they built from a second home in Seahaven to the shores of Tomales Bay was nullified last Friday when the California Coastal Commission found merit in an appeal against it. The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin appealed the county’s April approval of Peter Rumsey and Anna Edmondson’s 261-foot trail, which descends about 85 feet, includes a staircase that extends down the bluff face and ends with steps on the...

Wells Fargo light plans ill-received

06/20/2013
Wells Fargo’s plans to add more lights and signage to its building in Point Reyes Station was met with disapproval by the Point Reyes Station Village Association on Thursday. The plans include changing the color of the awning covers and exterior walls, though the most contentious proposals were increased signage...

Healthy food at national parks

06/13/2013
Food like fish tacos and yogurt parfaits will now be offered as part of the National Park Service’s new Healthy & Sustainable Food Program guidelines for incorporating healthy foods in its national parks. Hot dogs and ice cream, however, can remain. Effective now, all new concession contracts and contracts up...

Farmers market opens next week

06/13/2013
The Point Reyes Farmers Market will kick off its 19th season on June 22 with a new membership program as well as a grant for matching purchase dollars spent through the Electronic Benefit Transfer system up to $10 per card. With few market customers purchasing through EBT, market manager Allison...

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