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Forest Knolls fire destroys one home

07/18/2013
One trailer burned to the ground and three others were damaged at a Forest Knolls mobile home park during the wee hours Friday morning in a fire whose origins are yet unknown. Bill Everett, the owner of the trailer that first caught fire, screamed out for help at around 1 a.m. “I hear someone screaming, ‘I’m dying, help me, help me,’” said Denise Bowman, the manager...

Supes weigh in on library critique

07/18/2013
County supervisors submitted a mixed response on Tuesday to the citizen watchdog that earlier this year reported layers of inadequacies in the Marin County Free Library. In its April 29 report, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury criticized the county library system for excluding employees from planning and failing to...

Board nomination period is open

07/18/2013
The Marin County Registrar of Voters announced last week that district elections scheduled for November 5—a day that may feel farther away than it actually is—will determine who holds the numerous vacant seats on West Marin special district and school boards. Locally, there are two open seats on the boards...

Oyster lawsuit paused by county

07/18/2013
A Marin Superior Court judge on Tuesday finalized a ruling that pauses the lawsuit filed by Drakes Bay Oyster Company against the California Coastal Commission pending the resolution of the oyster farm’s federal litigation. Judge Lynn Duryee’s ruling protects Kevin Lunny’s operation from fines levied by the commission during that...

Vacancies on county boards

07/11/2013
Volunteers are being sought to serve on the Marin County Mental Health Board to represent mental health consumers, family members and the public interest. Board members are appointed by county supervisors to represent and advocate for the mental health needs of the people of Marin and to promote education, prevention...

Solomon to picket Pelosi party

07/11/2013
Norman Solomon, progressive political activist and media critic, is planning a protest this Saturday outside a Belvedere residence where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has supported the Obama administration’s classified national surveillance program, will appear at a private reception fundraiser billed at $2,000 to $32,000 a ticket. Mr. Solomon,...

One acre burns on Mount Tam

07/11/2013
A Fourth of July wildfire that scorched one acre on Mount Tamalpais could have been far worse had it not occurred in the shorter grasses of a fuel break created several years ago, Marin County Fire Department officials said. The fire, not traced to holiday fireworks but to arcing power...

Marin County road repair bonanza

07/11/2013
This summer, scores of West Marin’s roads will be repaved and resurfaced as part of a $17 million county plan that aims to elevate Marin’s highways and byways from their current “at-risk” status. Wharf and Horseshoe Hill Roads in Bolinas, Madrone Avenue in Woodacre, Portola Avenue in Inverness Park, Laurel...

Marin County may delay oyster suits

07/11/2013
A preliminary ruling in Marin Superior Court last week paused a lawsuit between the California Coastal Commission and Drakes Bay Oyster Company and its supporters after a judge decided to wait for a resolution to pending litigation between the oyster farm and the federal government. In April, both oysterman Kevin...

County staff call for more flexibility in LCP

07/11/2013
A new county staff report on the program that will regulate development in Marin County’s Coastal Zone reveals some of the environmental, agricultural and procedural issues still being hammered out before a July 30 public meeting, when the Board of Supervisors could decide to send the plan to the California Coastal Commission for approval. The Local Coastal Program amendments, five years in the making, will affect development, agriculture and the environment from Dillon Beach to Muir Beach. They constitute the plan’s first overhaul since Marin’s LCP was created in 1981, and their authors must weigh a host of considerations—though balancing environmental concerns and the hardships of agricultural producers presents the primary struggle. The staff report, released last week...

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