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First baby of 2013

01/17/2013
Fiona Lily Vitali was born to Colleen Richardson and Danny Vitali last Saturday, January 12, becoming the first baby born in West Marin this year. The proud parents are the recipients of a host of gifts donated by local businesses, including an alpaca hat (with ears) from Zuma; breakfast for...

Judge rules against horse breeder

01/17/2013
The Marin Humane Society was justified in removing two horses from a Chileno Valley ranch late last month, according to a ruling on Monday by an administrative law judge. The decision by judge Albert Burnham involves the seizure of an injured stallion and a malnourished mare on December 27, when...

Gates promoted to Hawaii park

01/17/2013
The chief of natural resource management at Point Reyes National Seashore, Natalie Gates, is headed for a new position as the new superintendent of Haleakala National Park, which boasts 25,000 acres of wilderness on the island of Maui. “Natalie has a strong track record in the protection of native species...

Inverness home to become CLAM’s first ownership property

01/10/2013
The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM) announced plans to turn a recently foreclosed Inverness home into the area’s first permanently affordable purchase property. The group finalized its purchase of a single-family dwelling in First Valley and said it will now begin raising funds for a rehabilitation. Under...

Affordable units could get boost in West Marin

01/10/2013
Planners working to reshape housing policies in unincorporated parts of the county have moved one step closer to updating a housing plan largely centered around helping lower-income families afford to live in Marin, which boasts some of the state’s steepest real-estate prices. A 200-page environmental impact report that is part...

Humane Society seizes Chileno Valley horses

01/10/2013
The Marin Humane Society is monitoring the health of several horses whisked away from a Chileno Valley ranch in the last two weeks as it continues to investigate whether to file charges of animal abuse against the breeder. Four horses, which were removed from a pasture on Chileno Valley Road...

Atlantic seabird, loitering at Farallones, may signal changing migrations

01/10/2013
It was some time before Peter Warzybok believed he was looking at a northern gannet. The large birds are distinctive, with creamy plumage and black-tipped wings—but they aren’t supposed to be anywhere near the Farallon Islands. Their range is the northern Atlantic Ocean, separated from the Pacific by various continents...

Surfers ask for visitor protection

01/10/2013
Fifteen local surfers signed a letter sent to the superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore asking the National Park Service to act urgently to help prevent deaths caused by rogue waves and high surf at local beaches. Prompted by last week’s death of a Richmond man who chased his dog...

Cell phone alerts in disasters

01/10/2013
Emergency personnel announced they will unveil an updated emergency notification system capable of sending alerts by cell phone and email to county residents at the end of the month. Among the improvements to the system, which will be implemented on January 26, is a mapping system into which participants can...

Talk on native owls tomorrow

01/10/2013
A talk on native owls sponsored by the Inverness Garden Glub will take place at 7 p.m. on January 11, at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, with volunteers from the Hungry Owl Project showcasing a barn owl and an endangered spotted owl. The talk is seen by presenter...

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