Common law jury finds oyster closure illegal

Something unusual happened Monday night at the fire station meeting room in Point Reyes: citizens actually volunteered for jury duty. Drakes Bay Oyster Company supporters took the law into their own hands in a civil trial. After 22 minutes of deliberation, the jury of 10 locals—including Dave Brast, Melinda Leithold,...

Inverness group recalls vote on boathouse

The recent vote by the Inverness Association to lift its decades-old deed restrictions on Brock’s Boathouse has been deemed invalid because of a violation of noticing protocols, said the association’s board president, Nick Whitney. The century-old building, originally a boat building and repair business on Tomales Bay, is currently in...

Militia names Bolinas patrol as confederates

Right-wing militias arming themselves against the 70,000 unaccompanied Latin American children expected to cross the border this year have praised an unlikely model for their xenophobia: the sign-stealing hippies of the Bolinas Border Patrol. “We have independent units from the Bolinas Border Patrol and the Central Valley Citizens militia joining...

Holland advocates for West Marin housing

County planners heard the first comments Monday night on the upcoming housing element that will plan for several hundred potential new homes over the next eight years. To meet projected growth, state mandates require the county to designate areas that could be developed to accommodate at least 185 housing units...

Marin tops region for skin cancer rates

Bikers, hikers, joggers, equestrians and swimmers regularly recreate along West Marin’s roads and trails and among its open spaces, but they might want to make sure they’re not forgetting to apply sunscreen: the county has a significantly higher incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, than the greater...

KWMR expands 
news programming

Community radio KWMR is expanding its news coverage after a previous news program sunk under volunteer burnout. “News requires a huge amount of production time, and our West Marin Report was simply not sustainable,” station manager Amanda Eichstaedt said in a press release. A weekly program called Epicenter, originally designed...

Loan moves Stinson preschool into portable

A loan from an anonymous benefactor saved the Stinson Beach Preschool, allowing them to sign a contract with a portable company last week. “It has been a roller coaster ride. It occupies my every moment, sleeping or awake. I dream about it every minute, and I think about it every...

Nesting egrets abandoned lagoon preserve

Though the egret nesting season is not officially over, it’s over at Picher Canyon, where not a single nest was built, according to the head of conservation science at Audubon Canyon Ranch, the nonprofit that manages the 1,000-acre site near Stinson Beach. Typically birds begin to arrive in April, court...

Last-minute deal keeps Drakes Bay harvesting a while longer

Last week a coalition of restaurants and Drakes Bay Oyster Company supporters who filed a lawsuit against both the Department of the Interior and an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rescinded their request for an emergency injunction and restraining order to prevent the farm’s closure after the...

Sierra Club sues over coastal plan’s agricultural housing rules

The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission to invalidate the first revision of the Local Coastal Program since it was passed three decades ago. The legal action, filed in Marin Superior Court on July 10, alleges that the coastal commission’s May approval of intergenerational housing...


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