Marin sued over pending LCP rule

07/20/2017
A lawsuit brought by the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation over a proposed policy in Marin County’s Local Coastal Program threatens to stall the already eight-year-long process of updating the critical planning document. Last Friday, the foundation filed suit on behalf of Willie Benedetti, a second-generation turkey and chicken farmer in...

County hears input on short-term rentals

07/20/2017
Turnout from West Marin residents on Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors hearing to discuss the possibility of regulating short-term rentals hosted by services such as Airbnb or VRBO was tremendous. The board heard a presentation of a county-specific report on the effects of short-term rentals, recommendations from its staff...

Shellfish growers may write best practices

07/20/2017
Under a tentative state plan, oyster farms would develop individual best management practices based on state guidelines meant to curb the environmental impacts of California’s 16 shellfish leases. At a public meeting on Monday at the Marconi Conference Center, representatives of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department...

Oysterman missing on Tomales Bay

07/20/2017
Tod Friend, an owner of Tomales Bay Oyster Company, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon, sparking a search and rescue effort that continued through Wednesday. An employee of Hog Island Oyster Company spotted his unmanned motorboat driving in circles near Cypress Grove Preserve at around 3:15 p.m. A 911 call indicated that...

Trump cuts would make funding more scarce for SPAWN projects

07/20/2017
An important source of support for local watershed restoration and salmon conservation efforts may dry up in fiscal year 2018, as the Trump administration’s proposed national budget cuts millions of dollars from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget. On the chopping block is the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund,...

Marshall man honored for volunteer efforts in the Greater Farallones

07/20/2017
A Marshall resident has been named volunteer of the year by the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary for his contributions to habitat restoration and limiting the disturbance of wildlife around Tomales Bay. George Clyde, who said he was surprised and honored to be selected, helped develop a strategy to protect...

Judge rules the latest restrictions on Devil’s Gulch Ranch are invalid, handing matter back to supervisors

07/20/2017
Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, a hotbed of lawsuits in recent years, had cumbersome parking and event restrictions lifted this month, though the issue was remanded back to the Board of Supervisors. Marin Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson issued his final ruling after oral arguments between the county and a...

West Marin woman helping to fund investigative stories from Latin America

07/20/2017
Teri Mattson was on her fourth day of rummaging through old photographs when she came upon it: an amber-hued photo of a motorcycle carrying two riders as they approached a checkpoint in Central America. Their backs are to the camera and a dusty haze surrounds them as they edge closer...

Seats on one-room schoolhouses, services districts up for election

07/20/2017
Seats on West Marin’s one-room schoolhouses and community services districts will be up for grabs in this November’s local election. Both Lincoln School in Hicks Valley and Laguna School in Chileno Valley have two board seats opening, while the Muir Beach and Tomales Community Services Districts both have three open...

Marin County sues fossil fuel giants for sea-level rise damages

07/20/2017
Marin County has joined two other jurisdictions in filing complaints in California Superior Court to hold 37 oil, gas and coal companies accountable for the greenhouse gas pollution caused by their fossil fuel products. Marin joins San Mateo County and the City of Imperial Beach in suing Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP,...

Local groups start rapid response hotline for support after ICE raids

07/20/2017
Two community groups have collaborated to create a rapid response phone line designed to notify West Marin residents of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity and provide immediate support to families in the event of a raid. The Immigration Action Committee of West Marin Standing Together has linked up with...

Please, Prime Minister Trudeau: A modest request for help on health care

07/20/2017
It is hard not to be horrified as Congress bends the health care regulations from the rhetoric of “repeal and replace” to the reality of “reveal and disgrace.” What is it in the national character that allows our representatives to throw millions off health care to fund a tax cut...