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EAC appoints new director

02/11/2016
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin promoted from within to fill its executive director position: Morgan Patton, the former membership and development director, will now lead the nonprofit. “She works here, she lives here and her roots are here,” said the group’s board president, Bridger Mitchell, of the choice...

Seashore finds elk with gut disease

02/04/2016
Five free-ranging tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore have tested positive for a lethal gut-wasting infection called Johne’s disease, the first positive results since the seashore began testing elk over a year and a half ago as part of its forthcoming ranch management plan. Johne’s disease infects both...

Drugs added to county’s social host rule

02/04/2016
Amendments to the county’s social host ordinance that prescribe punishments for illegal drug use among minors at parties are poised to become law, following a first reading of the proposed changes that supervisors will vote on next Tuesday. Passed in 2006, the ordinance previously only prohibited adults at parties from...

Physicians encourage conversations on vaccines

02/04/2016
Physicians with the Coastal Health Alliance met with locals over the past week to provide information on how the nonprofit plans to approach changes brought about by Senate Bill 277, which ended personal belief exemptions of school-required vaccinations for all preschoolers, kindergarteners and seventh graders this year. Since the bill’s...

Point Reyes man arrested after attempted murder

02/04/2016
A 23-year-old Point Reyes Station resident, Jamare Saucer, has been charged with being an accessory to a murder attempt involving a brawl and shooting outside a 7-11 in San Rafael last week. Shortly after the shooting, Central Marin Police officers stopped and arrested Mr. Saucer, who was driving a vehicle...

Discount given on flood insurance

02/04/2016
A 15 percent discount on federal flood insurance premiums for nearly 1,900 property owners living in unincorporated Marin are expected to take effect once policies are renewed in May, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Savings would amount to an average $210 per policy; rates in unincorporated areas average...

Bodega Bay School targets affordable housing problem

02/04/2016
In an effort to attract new students and support low-income families that have long struggled to lock down housing, the northernmost school in Shoreline Unified School District, Bodega Bay Elementary, has applied for a $35,000 grant to pay for a preschool teacher who will work on its campus. The grant...

Winter storms, so far, reminiscent of normal

01/28/2016
A series of heavy showers that commenced last month and have continued nearly nonstop past mid-January have wetted drought-stricken West Marin, so much so that the Inverness Public Utility District has called off a mandatory ban on outdoor water systems instituted in September. “We’re looking great,” said Scott McMorrow, the...

Wild West Ferments wins award

01/28/2016
Wild West Ferments, the fermented food business co-owned by Inverness native Maggie Levinger (above center), won a Good Food Award for its seasonal sauerkraut. The Good Food Awards honor food purveyors from across the country that meet specific criteria for sustainability, socially responsible business practices and tastiness. Among 1,937 entries,...

Traffic at popular Muir Woods “out of control”

01/28/2016
A record-high 110,764 passengers took the Muir Woods Shuttle last year to visit the county’s most popular tourist spot, prompting Marin County Transit District officials to both praise the shuttle’s ability to handle heavy loads and worry about ongoing traffic congestion around the national monument. “The situation is going to...

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