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County holds firm, shifts gears on weed

05/25/2017
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject appeals by seven marijuana dispensary applicants, including one in West Marin, and directed county staff to consider a delivery-only alternative and a revised approach to the permitting process. An eighth appeal, by a group that applied to operate...

Annual water hike continues to fund large projects

05/25/2017
North Marin Water District plans to raise rates for West Marin customers on July 1, the second annual hike in a multi-year plan to raise funds for major system improvements. The $32- per-year increase for median customers is the same amount as last year’s raise, though the district says users...

Supervisors, holding contentious chapter, approve LCP amendments

05/25/2017
Following extensive public debate and back and forth between the county and the California Coastal Commission over the past five years, the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a group of amendments to the 1982 Local Coastal Program related to land use, accepting many of the commission’s significant modifications. Yet...

Future Farmers ducks state funding cut

05/25/2017
The Future Farmers of America dodged a financial setback this week after Governor Jerry Brown decided not to cut funding for the program in next year’s budget. “This is really good news,” said Bill Costanzo, who’s helmed Tomales High School’s program for the last 11 years. “All the support that...

Strangles solved in Olema

05/25/2017
Two last horses are recovering at Five Brooks Ranch from an outbreak of equine distemper, a bacterial infection often called “strangles” because it can swell lymph nodes in the throat to the point of suffocation. Over the past month, the ranch, located on parkland in the Olema Valley, fielded over...

Local director named for public preschool

05/25/2017
The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has named the director for its new 4-year-old preschool program: Victoria Maier. The Bolinas resident and mother of one had worked as the head teacher at the Bolinas Children’s Center since moving to the area four years ago. “My goal has always been to work...

Fear, frustration and FAQs in Planning Commission hearing on S.E.I.R.

05/25/2017
Planning Commissioners on Monday listened to and shared their own comments on a draft of the Countywide Plan’s supplemental environmental impact report, which focuses on potential cumulative impacts from development in the San Geronimo Valley on salmonids and streams. Homeowners and commissioners alike expressed concern about the document’s build-out scenario,...

Bodega Bay fish release held up after widespread calls for further review

05/17/2017
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife pulled the plug on a planned release of 250,000 chinook salmon scheduled for this month in Bodega Bay—a project the Golden Gate Salmon Association coordinated to boost fishing prospects—after local environmental groups and a trove of state and federal agencies requested the agency...

Seashore superintendent on assignment at GGNRA

05/17/2017
Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, left her post in April to step in as the acting superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a position that hasn’t been permanently filled since last August. According to seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso, Ms. Muldoon will return in about...

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