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Big settlement for Inverness razing

01/24/2013
An Inverness man’s insurance company has agreed to pay $320,000 to Paradise Ranch Estates’ property owners whose lot was mysteriously razed a year and a half ago. Mark Medin, who is suspected of clearing more than three-dozen trees from a lot abutting his own, was set to go to trial...

Salazar to return to Colorado

01/17/2013
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will retire from his post at the end of March, ending a four-year stint in President Obama’s cabinet and becoming its sixth member to depart it this year. Mr. Salazar made his mark at Point Reyes National Seashore when he chose to close Drakes Bay Oyster...

SPAWN acquires sixth property

01/17/2013
The Turtle Island Restoration Network announced early this week it acquired property near Woodacre Creek from a private donor in support of the group’s efforts to preserve the Lagunitas Creek watershed. The less than one-acre parcel, located along Redwood Drive in Woodacre, was donated a couple months ago by Mae...

Vacancies on planning commission

01/17/2013
Two at-large positions on the Marin County Planning Commission are open, with an application deadline of this Friday. Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The commission reviews and makes recommendations to supervisors on all countywide and community plan elements and amendments, master plans and re-zonings, and more. Anyone...

Jury vets supervisor fund

01/17/2013
Supervisors facing years of scrutiny over their handling of a discretionary fund have failed to adequately reform a spending practice involving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars each year, according to a grand jury report released early last week. The report, made public last Monday after a three-month investigation by...

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...

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