Locals prevent Inverness speed-limit increase

Friendly signs posted along the roadside in Inverness Park warn drivers to drive carefully. “Slow down and it relax,” the signs read. “Share the road,” says another. But the town’s limited-visibility driveways, many marked with convex mirrors, and its retail hub—a hive of pedestrian activity and a stopover for bicyclists...

Bicyclist dies after colliding with passing pickup in Inverness Park

A bicyclist was swept under the wheels of a passing vehicle in Inverness Park on Friday, and he died of his injuries in the street as passersby and first responders near the cluster of shops along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard worked to revive him. California Highway Patrol and Marin Coroner’s...

Hunting will continue in wetlands

The California Fish and Game Commission declined on Wednesday to take action on a petition by environmentalists and animal-rights activists to discontinue duck hunting at the state-run Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve. During a public hearing in Santa Rosa, officials heard from dozens of residents and received petitions from recreational hunters...

West Marin to gain a park ranger

Marin County Parks plans to restore, maintain and patrol several West Marin open-space destinations as part of a $5.2-million vision enabled by a quarter-cent sales tax passed last year. The Measure A plan was presented to the Marin County Board of Supervisors for the first time on Tuesday. Though the...

At-large burglar moved south

The 42-year-old transient who led authorities on a massive manhunt through the San Geronimo Valley nearly two weeks ago has fled to the central California coast. Most recently, Dimitri Storm is suspected of stealing a Lexus in Carmel, in Monterey County, on Sunday morning, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s...

Marshall brandy farm survives Kivel appeal

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a long-deferred plan by Tony Magee to develop a brandy distillery in Marshall. The plan would also permanently conserve for agricultural purposes and habitat protection the vast majority of the Lagunitas Brewing Company founder’s 150-acre pasture alongside Highway One

Park sequester cuts start in May

Point Reyes National Seashore is cutting services back ahead of the summer travel season as the impact of automatic federal budget cuts continue to trickle down to West Marin, seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso said Wednesday. The iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse will close its visitor center for an additional day each week, on Thursday, starting May 1. Visitors will still be able to park a half-mile away and walk to the lighthouse when the center is closed, Tuesday through Thursday. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will also close indefinitely next month. Park service properties are adjusting to budget cuts in Washington known as sequestration, and Point Reyes saw a mid-year $374,000 cut in its base budget that will disproportionately hit when officials normally expand services in the summer. Park roads will be maintained less assiduously, restrooms will not be cleaned as often and fewer staff will be on hand as thousands of tourists descend upon the peninsula this summer.

Manka’s top among foodie hotels

Manka’s Inverness Lodge scored ninth place on a list of the best American hotels for foodies in the May issue of Bon Appétit magazine. The magazine’s editor, Christine Muhlke, wrote that the 1910 establishment’s “hunting-lodge splendor” is elevated by Daniel DeLong and Margaret Grade’s magical “in-room hearthside meals” presented with...

Palace Market celebrates 40

The Palace Market is celebrating 40 years under the Rocca family’s ownership by offering packaged giveaways to the 40th customer from April 18 to 21, as well as other promotions throughout the year. The market first opened its doors 115 years go as the Point Reyes Emporium, where owner Pietro...

Water alerts in effect

Three recreational water sites in West Marin are under an advisory to avoid contact with the water. Samples taken on April 8 indicate that bacterial levels at three sites—Chicken Ranch Beach, Shell Beach and Inkwells/Shafter Bridge—exceeded limits for recreational use. Inkwells was first put under advisory after April 1 testing...


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