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County to improve trails at Roy’s Redwoods

06/30/2016
Marin County Parks and Open Space is set to undertake projects that would restore habitat and redesign five trails, including Roy’s Redwoods Loop Trail in the San Geronimo Valley. The projects figure into the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which aims to designate a large swath of open space...

Culvert that strangles fish flows to be redone

06/30/2016
County supervisors last week approved plans to reconfigure a 120-foot box culvert set in Woodacre Creek that runs under Railroad Avenue, hoping to ease passage for juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout seeking the sea. Last year, the county secured a $235,000 grant from the California Department of Fish and...

Classical guitarist to make debut solo performance

06/30/2016
Zachary Seifert-Ponce started playing classical guitar when he lived in Orange County, in what he called a dangerous neighborhood. A quiet friend who surprised him with his soulful playing first inspired Mr. Seifert-Ponce to play, but he dove deeper when he was about 14. Though he briefly enrolled at Tomales...

MALT secures 491 acres in Chileno Valley

06/30/2016
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust just bought a $2.2 million conservation easement on a 491-acre cattle ranch near the Marin-Sonoma border. Owners Walt and Arleen Jacobson, nonagenarians who have been married for almost 71 years, have owned the property since 1950. After serving in the Air Force during World War...

Ultrasonic meters help Stinson save water

06/23/2016
New water meters equipped with ultrasonic transmitters that the Stinson Beach County Water District began installing in two of the town’s neighborhoods have helped the district spot and fix several leaks, saving an estimated 100,000 gallons of water from being wasted. The district received a $300,000 grant from the California...

New county budget: “preparing for uncertainty”

06/23/2016
The county is boosting funds for mental-health services, roads and affordable housing, among other items. This week, the Board of Supervisors held final budget hearings and approved a $540 million budget, a four percent increase from last year, that prioritized six areas in need of additional funds; those areas include...

Group wastewater studies will move ahead in valley

06/23/2016
Nine years after a group of Woodacre residents banded together to investigate the possibility of a group wastewater system, the county finally secured funding for an environmental impact report and an updated feasibility study, necessary steps for the project to move forward. The county has also signaled its plans to...

Lawson’s Landing worried about delays

06/23/2016
After months of sad farewells, the owners of the remaining 20 or so permanent trailers at Lawson’s Landing are poised to meet a July 13 deadline to vacate the Dillon Beach campground after a nearly five-decade tenure. As their tenants clear out, the campground’s owners are contending with delays in...

Coaching void at Tomales High

06/23/2016
With sports seasons wrapped up, the athletics program at Tomales High School entered the summer hiatus with a dearth of coaches for soccer, basketball and volleyball. To complicate the search, the athletic director and varsity girls soccer coach, John McGurke, tendered his resignation last week to accept an assistant principal...

Plans underway for fire station

06/23/2016
In the first step in an extensive overhaul of the Marin County Fire Department’s facilities in West Marin, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved funds to draft plans for a complete tear-down and rebuild of the Tomales Fire Station. The 45-year-old facility’s rebirth would figure into a broader effort...

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