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Friends describe Sky Trail deaths as murder-suicide

10/09/2014
More than a week after hikers discovered the bodies of a man and a woman last Tuesday near the Sky Trailhead parking lot, park rangers say they have no new information about the cause of death or the identity of the woman in a case that’s puzzled locals and reminded...

County buys 
Forest Knolls trailer park

10/09/2014
One of West Marin’s few remaining trailer parks will continue to provide affordable housing in the San Geronimo Valley, unaltered by potential development. After the owners placed the Forest Knolls Trailer Court on the market, county officials quickly stepped in to...

Grand opening set for 
Nicasio history museum

10/09/2014
A scale model of an 1830s-era Coast Miwok village in the Nicasio Valley, which features spears made from porcupine quills and woven baskets so tiny they “wouldn’t fit over your pinkie,” is the centerpiece of the first exhibit of the Nicasio Historical Society’s new museum on the town square, said...

Manka’s owner builds presence in Olema

10/02/2014
Margaret Grade, the eccentric lodge and restaurant owner with a presence in Inverness for over two decades, purchased two properties in West Marin’s tiny town of Olema over the last several months: the Olema Schoolhouse and the Druid’s Hall. According to realtor B.G. Bates, the schoolhouse sold in July for...

Former ranch lands at center of new pleas

10/02/2014
Two individuals who were evicted from ranches in the Point Reyes National Seashore in the last 15 years have asked the National Park Service to let them return, and another asked to revive a defunct ranch—requests that came during the public scoping period for the seashore’s first-ever ranching management plan...

Environmental Action Committee loses agricultural representative

10/02/2014
The only board member of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin who works in agriculture resigned this month, believing she wasn’t filling the role in the way she set out to. “I felt that I wasn’t effective in communicating the needs of the farmers and the ranchers out here,”...

Vehicle habitation ban suspended as county reviews Ninth Circuit ruling

10/02/2014
Sheriff’s deputies have stopped enforcing a county ordinance that criminalized living in one’s car, following the repeal of a similar ordinance by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in June. While Marin’s county counsel reviews the ruling and the statute’s language to consider possible revisions, a traveler whose head is...

Coastal permit needed for historic Inverness boathouse to lift deed restraints

10/02/2014
The Inverness Association has hit a pricey roadblock in its attempt to lift deed restrictions it imposed on Brock’s Boathouse three decades ago, after a California Coastal Commission employee told the group it needs a coastal development permit to change or remove them. The association’s president, Nick Whitney, told two-dozen...

Shoreline set to trade aide for district clerk

10/02/2014
Shoreline Unified School District’s first attempt to slash budget expenses through attrition and faculty restructuring is underway. Trace Ceresa, a clerk who was worried about impending layoffs, resigned last month and will be replaced through an internal job search, likely by an instructional aide. The part-time position will be paid...

A new approach by drug and alcohol group

10/02/2014
Marin’s teenagers are drinking “too early, too often and too much,” far above the state average, Kristen Law, a member of the county’s Health and Human Services team, said at a Tuesday meeting of the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Kids—a collection of school districts, youth and faith groups, healthcare...

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