Inyo wins state grant for Bolinas broadband

05/17/2018
Bolinas’s connection to the outside world is about to get a whole lot faster. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission awarded Inyo Networks a $1.87 million grant to deploy broadband internet infrastructure in the town, which makes the short list of priority unserved areas in the state. Both the...

County sues Big Pharma over opioids

05/17/2018
Though opioid prescriptions and overdoses have declined in Marin since new rules were established in 2014, the county has taken to litigation to hold drug companies accountable for the epidemic. Last week, Marin filed a lawsuit in San Francisco district court against 12 pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers, alleging they misled...

Supervisors briefed on inequity

05/17/2018
The county Board of Supervisors met for over three hours on race and equity this month, addressing a recent report that found that Marin has the greatest racial disparities in California. County employees across departments presented on current initiatives to address the issue, including shifting internal hiring practices and providing...

Marin Oyster Company’s revised permit a harbinger of the future

05/17/2018
A small shellfish company in Tomales Bay must now adhere to a suite of mandatory practices, after the California Coastal Commission updated its permit last week—with promises to bring a host of other mariculture operations to its chambers for permit updates in the coming months. The changes to the coastal...

Fall closure planned while Sand Dollar replaces septic system

05/17/2018
The Sand Dollar Restaurant hopes to make it through another summer season before fixing its failing septic system. The Stinson Beach County Water District cited the restaurant last July after an inspector found that sludge had flooded a chamber that holds a diversion valve for two leach fields and grease...

Nature Notebook, May 17, 2018

05/17/2018
A new moon this week brings extreme low tides during the morning daylight hours, with Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at the lowest points, at 7:26 a.m. and 7:57 a.m., extending through Tuesday morning. Good time for beachwalking! The first tule elk calf of the year has been...

The California Coastal Commission’s Misguided L.C.P.

05/17/2018
As a lifelong Marshall resident, an organic dairy farmer and the founder and C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery, I feel that we as a farming community are at a crisis point due to the April 24 California Coastal Commission proposal that will undermine one of Marin’s most important agricultural areas...

Fake science and false narratives

05/17/2018
Having closely followed the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm tragedy, I saw firsthand the misuse of the National Environmental Policy Act process by park service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore. They used NEPA as a weapon against the oyster farm when no environmental impact statement was required, since no...