Coastal Commission 
rejects Cowgirl barn appeal

Inverness resident Bridger Mitchell failed to sway the California Coastal Commission to review a permit issued by the county for a 23-foot tall office building in downtown Point Reyes Station, a height he argued was not allowed for accessory structures under the county’s current Local Coastal Program. In an appeal...

Citing shrinking student body, Tomales football drops down

This coming season, the Tomales High School football team will play games with eight men on each side of the ball instead of the traditional 11. The football program failed to sign up enough players to field a junior varsity team last year, forcing most of the varsity team’s starters...

seeks guidance from budget groups

Shoreline Unified School District administrators, trustees, teachers and parents met twice in one week to address transparency as the district moves forward with efforts to balance its deficit budget. A dozen staff and parents gathered for an ad hoc budget committee meeting on Monday night to tackle the budget head-on, while last Wednesday the district’s trustees held a working retreat during which a broad spectrum of topics were discussed—from enhancing inter-school communication to staffing development and funding accountability...

Juan de Dios Gutierrez, father and dairy worker, dies at 45

Juan de Dios Gutierrez, a father of four and dairy worker who milked cows at the Giacomini Ranch for 16 years, died peacefully in his sleep during the early-morning hours of Dec. 29, at his home in Tomales. He was 45 years old. He leaves behind his wife, mother and...

Martinelli to relinquish Tomales Bay cattle ranch

Two years after a 25-year reservation of use and occupancy for Leroy Martinelli’s ranch on Tomales Bay expired, several families are preparing to lose their homes and it’s uncertain which rancher will graze cows on the pasture in the future. Come July, the farmhouse and three trailers clustered around it on the roughly 250-acre Martinelli Ranch will be empty...

West Marin presses to restrict mosquito-control pesticides

Nearly 50 people gathered in the Bolinas Firehouse’s cramped conference room on Tuesday night to hash out the future of mosquito control in West Marin. Since 2005, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District has maintained and...

Auction set for Hedlund land, county readies funds

The primary lienholder on a storied property in San Geronimo will try to sell the parcel at a foreclosure auction on Tuesday, hoping to recoup his investment and clear the property of multiple liens that have dissuaded potential buyers. Victor Scheinman, a retired engineer who has known the property’s owner,...

Ranches sell and gift MALT agricultural guarantee

Two ranches in Marshall and Tomales became the first to amend their easements with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to actively require commercial agricultural use in perpetuity, a key part of sustaining ranching and farming in West Marin. Until 2011, MALT purchased easements prohibiting subdivisions and other types of development,...

Dance Palace chooses interim director

Inverness resident and long-time nonprofit consultant Louise Franklin started her stint as the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center’s interim executive director this week, a post she will occupy for four to six months until the organization hires a permanent director. Last month, the Dance Palace board of directors announced...


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