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National day without immigrants hits home for Point Reyes restaurants

02/23/2017
The national protest against the crackdown on immigrants, Day Without Immigrants, shuttered a Point Reyes Station business but did not affect many others in West Marin last Thursday. Whale of a Deli closed; Marisol Salgado, a co-owner of the deli, said she decided to participate in the activism as soon...

Valley planning group opposes dispensary

02/23/2017
After months of pressure from community members, the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group is formally opposing a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Forest Knolls, sending a comment letter to the county on the last possible day, Feb. 20. The letter argues that the proposal is inconsistent with the...

Marconi center opens up to community

02/23/2017
On a recent Sunday, the Marconi Conference Center opened the doors of its capacious Buck Hall. Hog Island oysters were being shucked and Lagunitas beer lay chilled over ice as members of the Marshall community mingled and plans outlining the center’s reformation were displayed throughout the hall. In November, the...

Dillon Beach man seeks new oyster lease in Tomales Bay

02/23/2017
A Dillon Beach resident has applied for an oyster lease in Tomales Bay in what appears to be the first application for new oyster acreage in the bay in over 25 years. The California Fish and Game Commission formally received the application at its Feb. 9 meeting in Rohnert Park,...

Classes help homeowners access county funds

02/23/2017
The county has allotted hundreds of thousands of dollars to help create more affordable housing—but how do homeowners actually access the funds? A pair of workshops in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station over the next two months, and potentially a third in the San Geronimo Valley, will help answer that...

Investigation underway for body found in Tocaloma

02/23/2017
A human body allegedly wrapped in a tarp was discovered by a motorist on Platform Bridge Road last Friday evening, triggering an investigation by the National Park Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The remains, seen down an embankment above Lagunitas Creek, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Doug...

Final call for wood burning stove rebate program

02/23/2017
Time is running out for West Marin residents who want government funding to replace their woodstoves: the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has almost run out of cash for the $3 million rebate program it kicked off in August, according to Kellen Dammann, the sustainability marketing and outreach specialist...

Help me Rhonda: Dennis Rodoni hires second aide

02/16/2017
Point Reyes Station resident Rhonda Kutter has been named Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s new aide, joining Lorenzo Cordova, who started in January. “I like to work on the local level to create change. You see the results. That’s the best place to put my energy,” said Ms. Kutter, a spirited woman...

Locals put heads together against Trump agenda

02/16/2017
When President Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 25 that sought to address illegal immigration, the changes to policy left many confused and anxious. In West Marin, a committee comprised of activists and lawyers has formed to combat uncertainty and promote constitutional rights, while another group met with Senator...

Judge rejects SPAWN plea to pause development

02/16/2017
A county judge denied a local environmental group’s request to halt development near San Geronimo Valley streams last Friday. But the judge, Paul Haakenson, scheduled another court hearing and put pressure on the county to move forward on an analysis of the cumulative impacts of development on fish, a document...

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