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New rate hike and fees for NMWD users

06/26/2014
North Marin Water District approved a rate hike on Tuesday, effective July 1, which will increase yearly water bills by about five percent, or $31 for the typical customer. The district says it needs to raise prices to help fund a $1.25 million project to make its West Marin water...

Report finds Marin not prepared for seniors

06/26/2014
Preparedness for a “silver tsunami” is the focus of a civil grand jury report released last week, titled “Aging in Marin: What’s the Plan?” The report questioned whether the county has done enough to fund social services and develop a financial strategy for a growing contingent of senior citizens. “Marin...

Supervisors approve budget, without cuts

06/26/2014
Marin County supervisors approved a $490 million budget last week, a 5.8 percent increase from last fiscal year bolstered by a turnaround on the housing market. The budget did not cut any services and gave a 2.8 percent cost-of-living raise to public employees, totaling $7.3 million. Supervisors approved a 10...

Prostitution sting catches 22 Marin men

06/26/2014
Twenty-two men in Marin were arrested this week on misdemeanor charges for trying to hire prostitutes at hotels in Novato, San Rafael, Corte Madera and Mill Valley in conjunction with an FBI sting, Operation Cross Country. Nine prostitutes were taken into stations for questioning and, if they had no outstanding...

Reactions mixed over court’s teacher tenure ruling

06/26/2014
A court ruling earlier this month overturned California’s tenure laws as unconstitutional, drawing criticism from some West Marin union representatives and administrators. After a lengthy trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu sided with nine students who said their right to an equal education was being infringed by teachers’...

Marshall post office faces possible closure

06/25/2014
Not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stops delivery of the mail, but the federal government can. The United States Postal Service’s comprehensive plan to reduce services and retail hours at small post offices across the country will come to Marshall next. The service will send surveys...

Girl spent night lost in state park

06/19/2014
A nine-year-old girl who went missing in Samuel P. Taylor State Park on Friday was found 21 hours later, on Saturday morning, by two bikers who live in the San Geromino Valley. The search and rescue operation enlisted the help of teams from eight nearby...

No more downtown signs, village association decides

06/19/2014
The disappearance of two sandwich boards from the West Marin Commons in May set off a discussion about sign policy at the Point Reyes Station Village Association meeting last Thursday. “Just the past few years I’ve noticed the beginnings of sandwich boards up and down Point Reyes Station, around the corners, when you enter town and leave town. The reality is that those are restricted and not allowed,” said Pamela Bridges, who led the discussion. “A merchant says, ‘Hey, they have a sandwich board. I’ll make mine a little bigger...

In pilot project, health alliance opens low-income dental clinic

06/19/2014
A pilot dental clinic operated by the Coastal Health Alliance, which will serve low-income patients two days a week in Point Reyes Station, opened for business on Wednesday. The project, which will run at least till the end of the year, will allow the nonprofit to gauge..

Historic bluffside home to 
become park property

06/19/2014
The Point Reyes National Seashore is on the cusp of taking possession of a historic residence sitting on sandstone cliffs overlooking South Beach, between B and C Ranches, after the couple who held the Reservation of Use and Occupancy died last fall and their children decided to give up the remainder, according to the seashore. Although the structures, many almost a century old, carry rich histories, their precarious position puts their future at risk. The park is awaiting final paperwork from the family, but the transfer of the three and a half acres is imminent, seashore spokesperson John Dell’Osso said….

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