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Olema road slide repair complete

08/29/2013
A section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on Olema Hill that collapsed during a late-winter storm in 2011 is finally repaired, the Marin County Department of Public Works announced last week. The nearly $600,000 project, which began in late June after motorists for more than two years tolerated long weekend...

Breast cancer charity ride spurs talk of code enforcement

08/29/2013
Anxiety over an impending visit by a biker group known as the Brotherhood of Old Bikers, or BOOBs, for a breast cancer charity ride last Sunday spurred an online discussion that started with a complaint about unenforced noise rules and a call to protest, but turned to issues endemic to...

Volunteers to patrol marine protected areas

08/29/2013
A new program to collect data on swaths of Marin’s protected coastal waters will soon have volunteers scoping for unpermitted fishing and other human activity. Marin MPA Watch, billed as a broad effort to promote stewardship, educate the public and provide data for scientists to help evaluate the success of...

Ellie 
Genazzi dies in crash

08/29/2013
A young woman who grew up in Point Reyes Station died late Sunday night when her truck crashed into a tree near Sebastopol, according to California Highway Patrol. Ellen Genazzi, 21, passed away at the scene of the collision on Bloomfield Road. Ms. Genazzi, whose family has local roots stretching...

Vaccine rates, up in Valley, still lag

08/29/2013
San Geronimo Elementary parents leery of pharmaceutical companies and additives are far more likely to forgo immunizations compared to parents at other West Marin schools, according to data released by the state. Exemptions to vaccination requirements at the school, however, shrank for the second consecutive year. Still, nearly half of...

Tree removal raises musings about rules

08/22/2013
Attendees at the recent village association meeting discussed the removal of a reportedly dying tree in downtown Point Reyes, stirring questions of who exactly has jurisdiction over tree removal along Highway One and which policy should prevail when trees are ousted. The plant was located between the Grandi Building and Into the Blue, between the street and the sidewalk. But the tree in question...

Test scores stable, but ethnic gap persists

08/22/2013
Results for California’s standardized test results, which became available for review on a grade-by-grade basis earlier this month, show little change from last year but display a continuing gap between Latinos and Anglos in West Marin’s largest school district. The scores provide a detailed overview of each grade by dividing...

Supes act against state fracking

08/22/2013
The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday urging the California legislature to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, statewide. Fracking, a process that requires vast amounts of water to tap fossil fuels like oil and natural gas, poses myriad threats to the environment,...

Bulky waste pickup next month

08/22/2013
A bulky waste pickup for Redwood Empire Disposal customers will take place during the week of September 9 on the regular day of service. Up to three cubic yards—or about 14 large garbage bags—of appliances, furniture, tree branches, stumps and other non-hazardous oversized wastes will be accepted. Rocks, dirt, bricks,...

Cordell Bank council seats open

08/22/2013
People with backgrounds in fishing or education are invited to apply for vacant seats of the advisory council of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, one of over a dozen marine protected areas managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 14-member council ensures public participation in sanctuary management...

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