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West Marin to gain a park ranger

04/18/2013
Marin County Parks plans to restore, maintain and patrol several West Marin open-space destinations as part of a $5.2-million vision enabled by a quarter-cent sales tax passed last year. The Measure A plan was presented to the Marin County Board of Supervisors for the first time on Tuesday. Though the...

At-large burglar moved south

04/18/2013
The 42-year-old transient who led authorities on a massive manhunt through the San Geronimo Valley nearly two weeks ago has fled to the central California coast. Most recently, Dimitri Storm is suspected of stealing a Lexus in Carmel, in Monterey County, on Sunday morning, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s...

Marshall brandy farm survives Kivel appeal

04/18/2013
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a long-deferred plan by Tony Magee to develop a brandy distillery in Marshall. The plan would also permanently conserve for agricultural purposes and habitat protection the vast majority of the Lagunitas Brewing Company founder’s 150-acre pasture alongside Highway One

Park sequester cuts start in May

04/18/2013
Point Reyes National Seashore is cutting services back ahead of the summer travel season as the impact of automatic federal budget cuts continue to trickle down to West Marin, seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso said Wednesday. The iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse will close its visitor center for an additional day each week, on Thursday, starting May 1. Visitors will still be able to park a half-mile away and walk to the lighthouse when the center is closed, Tuesday through Thursday. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will also close indefinitely next month. Park service properties are adjusting to budget cuts in Washington known as sequestration, and Point Reyes saw a mid-year $374,000 cut in its base budget that will disproportionately hit when officials normally expand services in the summer. Park roads will be maintained less assiduously, restrooms will not be cleaned as often and fewer staff will be on hand as thousands of tourists descend upon the peninsula this summer.

Manka’s top among foodie hotels

04/18/2013
Manka’s Inverness Lodge scored ninth place on a list of the best American hotels for foodies in the May issue of Bon Appétit magazine. The magazine’s editor, Christine Muhlke, wrote that the 1910 establishment’s “hunting-lodge splendor” is elevated by Daniel DeLong and Margaret Grade’s magical “in-room hearthside meals” presented with...

Palace Market celebrates 40

04/18/2013
The Palace Market is celebrating 40 years under the Rocca family’s ownership by offering packaged giveaways to the 40th customer from April 18 to 21, as well as other promotions throughout the year. The market first opened its doors 115 years go as the Point Reyes Emporium, where owner Pietro...

Water alerts in effect

04/11/2013
Three recreational water sites in West Marin are under an advisory to avoid contact with the water. Samples taken on April 8 indicate that bacterial levels at three sites—Chicken Ranch Beach, Shell Beach and Inkwells/Shafter Bridge—exceeded limits for recreational use. Inkwells was first put under advisory after April 1 testing...

County names library head

04/11/2013
After a national search Marin has selected an outsider to take the helm of the Marin County Free Library. The director of the library system in Nevada’s state capital, Sara Jones, will replace Gail Haar, who led the 10-branch library for five years as the district adjusted to a period...

Earth Day electronics recycling

04/11/2013
Point Reyes National Seashore will sponsor an electronics recycling collection event in honor of Earth Day—the most celebrated secular holiday in the world, founded in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Monday, April 22 at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Accepted items...

Stolen Mercedes recovered

04/11/2013
The last of four cars stolen two weekends ago has been recovered and authorities are now pursuing links between several auto crimes that took place late last month, Marin Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jamie Scardina said. DiAnn Montemayor’s red Mercedez-Benz was found at a vacated house on Vision Road that the owner...

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