Ranchers criticize park's plan for ag, urge changes

According to the ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the park service is poorly-versed in the sustainable management of agricultural lands—and that is both a serious threat to their operations and a missed opportunity. Detailed in a batch of letters submitted this fall to seashore superintendent Cicely Muldoon, the...

Marshall Tavern gets permit, neighbors worry

The use permit for the Marshall Tavern’s conversion into a bed-and-breakfast was approved by Marin County last week, but not without objections from neighbors over a pier and boat launch mandated by the California Coastal Commission. The tavern, built in the early 1900s, has sat vacant for the last 37...

Renovated lighthouse back open to public

The light is restored. After a $5.7 million, 13-month rehabilitation project, the Point Reyes National Seashore last Friday re-opened the lighthouse that has marked the rocky edge of the Point Reyes peninsula since 1870. The project, funded by visitor use fees, included a restoration of the original, Fresnel lens, whose...

Study highlights problem for visiting sea otters

Southern sea otters, the species that has historically inhabited California waters, have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since the ‘70s but have yet to re-establish an enduring population in the waters off Marin County. A new study published in August by scientists primarily from the University of California,...

Lawsuit led to stalled crab opener; state warns of domoic acid in viscera

Will there be crab on the table for Thanksgiving? California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife paired its opening of the recreational crab fishery last Saturday with an advisory from the public health department and, this week, announced it will delay the opening of the commercial fishery until Nov. 22 over...

Real solutions for Bolinas housing

On a recent visit to the post office I saw on the wall a desperate appeal by a longtime Bolinas father and son for a place to live. Later, sitting down at my computer, I saw another plea for housing from a family of five who will soon lose their...

Bolinas land trust projects fully funded

With a donation of up to $10 million and two grants, the Bolinas Community Land Trust has secured all of the funding it needs for two affordable housing developments: downtown townhomes and farmworker housing next to the fire station. A $400,000 grant that county supervisors approved this week will be...

A glimpse of West Marin's publishing history

Coastal Marin boasts a rich history of local newspapering and publishing over the past century, as documented in a new archive assembled by Lagunitas graphic designer and writer Nicole Lavelle. For the past six months, the surfaces in Ms. Lavelle’s attic office in Olema have been covered in yellowing newsprint...

Shutoffs cause lost sales, spoiled food

The lights came back on in West Marin last week, but the economic impact from recent power shutoffs by Pacific Gas and Electric will be felt for months. When power was restored for most of the county last Wednesday, the towns of Marshall, Tomales and Dillon Beach remained without for...


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