County wants valley property, to owner’s dismay

County supervisors moved ahead last month with plans to assume ownership of a tract of land near San Geronimo Creek, a 7.2-acre parcel owned by a convicted marijuana grower who built a real estate empire across northern California and watched it crumble from behind bars in federal prison. Joshua Lonetree...

School board hopefuls discuss Bolinas bond

At the first candidate’s night in eight years, three incumbents and a challenger running for a trio of seats on the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District’s board spent the better part of Tuesday night discussing the district’s $9 million general obligation bond headed to voters next month. The bond will “improve student access to instructional technology; make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities; and renovate the multi-purpose room,” the ballot language says...

Outdoor experience now on Google Maps

This past summer, instead of strapping on bags filled with water bottles, sandwiches and trail mix, Google staffers slipped on backpacks outfitted with Google Trekkers, a strange blue sphere that hovers above one’s head and has big cut-outs for cameras that snap photos in all directions every few seconds. The employees hiked in 14 of California’s state parks, including Samuel P. Taylor, Tomales Bay State Park, Mount Tamalpais and China Camp. Thousands of images were assembled into trail versions...

Climate change threatens state’s birds

Over 170 birds in California are threatened or endangered because their climactic ranges are expected to shrink by half by 2080, according to a major study released last month by the National Audubon Society. The study, which took seven years to complete and assembled data from Christmas bird counts across...

Human-caused fire scorches redwoods

A fire burned on Tuesday morning across four acres of Roy’s Redwoods, a 292-acre preserve in Marin’s Open Space District just east of Nicasio Valley Road and home to home of the county’s oldest redwood trees. Fire officials say evidence indicates that humans started the fire, although it is not clear whether it was accidental or intentional. No injuries have been reported, and an investigation is...

Plans for hermitage 
still open for comment

County planners have asked Hidden Dragon, L.L.C., for more information about the 8,300-square-foot development planned for 135 Balboa Ave. in Inverness Park, a project that would raze four buildings that once constituted a Russian Orthodox monastery—St. Eugene’s Hermitage—to build a two-story home, a caretaker’s residence and several other buildings. In...

Inverness home raided in suspected 

A traffic violation in San Anselmo early last week rapidly escalated into a countywide drug bust, leading to the arrest of an Inverness couple on a host of charges, the discovery of marijuana operations at two of their residences and the storming of their home at the top of Drakes...

Settlement reached in Drakes Bay lawsuit

Drakes Bay Oyster Company must evacuate Drakes Estero and harvest its final bivalves by midnight on Dec. 31, 2014, according to a settlement reached last Tuesday between the oyster farm and the federal government and approved by a federal court this week.

Friends describe Sky Trail deaths as murder-suicide

More than a week after hikers discovered the bodies of a man and a woman last Tuesday near the Sky Trailhead parking lot, park rangers say they have no new information about the cause of death or the identity of the woman in a case that’s puzzled locals and reminded...


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