Uneasy access to herb irks jurors

The looming closure of the only remaining medical marijuana storefront dispensary in Marin has prompted criticism from the county’s civil grand jury over diminishing access to the drug—in the face of the overwhelming support it has from county voters. In May, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities and municipalities...

Olema slide at last set for fix

The section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Olema Hill, where traffic cones and provisional stop signs have created a one-lane road and slowed traffic for over two years, will finally be repaired. Construction to fix the road, damaged by storms in March 2011, will begin in late June and...

Bolinas bookstore robbed again

A thief whose posterior was exposed to a surveillance camera stole the lockbox that collects donations at the Bolinas Book Exchange, where sales take place on the honor system, last weekend. A video posted to YouTube, which as of Wednesday morning had been viewed 85 times, shows the bandit, who...

SPAWN offers cash for fish-trap vandal

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Restoration Network (SPAWN) believes recent vandalism to a trap box and fish net in San Geronimo Creek that may have resulted in the death of endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout likely stemmed from community anguish over pending streamside development restrictions that the organization has...

Quinceañera to be a community affair

A traditional Latina coming of age ceremony for two teenagers will welcome members of the West Marin community next week. The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center will hold the quinceañera, or fifteenth birthday celebration, as part of its Latino outreach program; Margarita Echeverria, office manager and bookkeeper at the center, hopes the event will promote cultural exchange. Two young women who live in Point Reyes, Stephanie Gonzales and

Sonoma city council endorses oyster farm

Sonoma became the first municipality to endorse Drakes Bay Oyster Company on Monday when its city council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the oyster farm in its battle to stay in operation and calling on politicians to take action to save the farm. The resolution noted the farm’s historic presence, California’s authority over the waters, the benefits of shellfish cultivation and National Academy of Science studies finding misrepresentations of science used to prove the farm’s environmental harm. It called on state and federal lawmakers to take action while also commending the farm for its “heroic efforts” to save California’s only oyster cannery, the jobs it provides and...

Growers seek correction of EIS

The fifth Data Quality Act complaint since 2007 has been filed against the National Park Service in regard to science surrounding the oyster farm in Drakes Estero, this time in regard to the draft and final versions of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC). The...

Foster parents urgently sought

Seventy to 90 children in Marin County are in need of foster care at any given time, Marin County Children and Family Services says, and the agency has only 28 families signed up to help. An orientation for potential foster parents will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the...

School tax may be a close win

The parcel tax for the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Union School District may just get the two-thirds majority it needs for a renewal and increase after a vote on Tuesday. The unofficial tally had 68.73 percent of votes in favor of renewing the tax, which would be raised from $250 to $300...

Supes silent on MMWD plan

The Board of Supervisors declined to implement a recommendation made in a recent Marin County Grand Jury report endorsing Marin Municipal Water District’s (MMWD) plan for limited use of pesticides around Mount Tamalpais on invasive broom, while ensuring not to condemn it either. The board said it would not endorse...


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