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...

County buys 
Forest Knolls trailer park

One of West Marin’s few remaining trailer parks will continue to provide affordable housing in the San Geronimo Valley, unaltered by potential development. After the owners placed the Forest Knolls Trailer Court on the market, county officials quickly stepped in to...

Grand opening set for 
Nicasio history museum

A scale model of an 1830s-era Coast Miwok village in the Nicasio Valley, which features spears made from porcupine quills and woven baskets so tiny they “wouldn’t fit over your pinkie,” is the centerpiece of the first exhibit of the Nicasio Historical Society’s new museum on the town square, said...

Manka’s owner builds presence in Olema

Margaret Grade, the eccentric lodge and restaurant owner with a presence in Inverness for over two decades, purchased two properties in West Marin’s tiny town of Olema over the last several months: the Olema Schoolhouse and the Druid’s Hall. According to realtor B.G. Bates, the schoolhouse sold in July for...

Former ranch lands at center of new pleas

Two individuals who were evicted from ranches in the Point Reyes National Seashore in the last 15 years have asked the National Park Service to let them return, and another asked to revive a defunct ranch—requests that came during the public scoping period for the seashore’s first-ever ranching management plan...

Environmental Action Committee loses agricultural representative

The only board member of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin who works in agriculture resigned this month, believing she wasn’t filling the role in the way she set out to. “I felt that I wasn’t effective in communicating the needs of the farmers and the ranchers out here,”...

Vehicle habitation ban suspended as county reviews Ninth Circuit ruling

Sheriff’s deputies have stopped enforcing a county ordinance that criminalized living in one’s car, following the repeal of a similar ordinance by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in June. While Marin’s county counsel reviews the ruling and the statute’s language to consider possible revisions, a traveler whose head is...

Coastal permit needed for historic Inverness boathouse to lift deed restraints

The Inverness Association has hit a pricey roadblock in its attempt to lift deed restrictions it imposed on Brock’s Boathouse three decades ago, after a California Coastal Commission employee told the group it needs a coastal development permit to change or remove them. The association’s president, Nick Whitney, told two-dozen...


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