Bolinas farm lease draws scrutiny

A land lease signed in 2011 between a local organic farm and the Bolinas utility district, which allows Gospel Flat Farm to provide vegetables to West Marin residents year round, led two residents to voice concerns at a public meeting late last month. The lease, which charges the farm $100...

Fruitless break-ins strike Point Reyes

An unknown perpetrator or perpetrators broke into three Point Reyes Station establishments late Saturday night or early Sunday, absconding with what amounted to less than $20 and perhaps some used shirts and shoes. Doors inside the Dance Palace were vandalized, a glass door was smashed at Epicenter and a window...

Upgraded emergency radio, 
eyeing tax, could fill dead spots

The joint powers organization that runs Marin County’s emergency radio system is seeking public and member support for a $40 million upgrade to be implemented by 2018. Partnering emergency response agencies in West Marin, however, have not wholly benefited from the current system; in rural areas, the terrain can make communication difficult and volunteer fire firefighters require simpler technology. The tax proposed by Marin Emergency Radio Authority—comprised of...

Federal cuts could further stress 
affordable living

The debate in Washington over funding for low-income housing projects could have significant, long-term impacts on West Marin, where a dearth of affordable housing stock collides with some of the lowest average wages in the county. Funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development have long supported affordable...

Supes approve Coastal Program

The plan that will guide agriculture, development, the environment and more in Marin County’s coastal zone reached a milestone on Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors adopted it. Supervisors rejected pleas from the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Marin Conservation League to delay the vote on the...

MALT hails Ralph Grossi

Progressive rancher and revered agricultural advocate Ralph Grossi has joined the board of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the nonprofit announced this week. The third generation of one of the county’s oldest ranching families, Mr. Grossi served as MALT’s first chairman after the nonprofit’s founding in 1980. He went on...

Meditation center raises millions for construction

The path through Spirit Rock Meditation Center starts on a stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is flanked by a golf course on one side and grazing cattle on the other. The long, ascending driveway crosses over a wooden bridge, passes a yellow “Yield to the Present” sign and continues beyond a parking lot hedged by cautious turkeys. It winds northwest, along a trio of semi-permanent trailers that house the community meditation hall, the gift shop and administrative offices. It continues up a hill, beyond the gratitude hut, the staff yurt and the dining hall, culminating between two residential halls to the west and the prized upper retreat hall to the east. Last Sunday, Jack Kornfield sat high on the hill, in the upper retreat hall, with its sweeping...

New Inverness public beach

Tomales Bay boaters, bird watchers and beachcombers can now access a new piece of public shore. A 27-acre parcel of mostly wetlands just south of Inverness, which had languished on and off the real estate market for almost six years, was sold to the Point Reyes National Seashore Association at...

Point Reyes squatter arrested

An alleged thief, squatter and illicit herb grower was arrested on Thursday after city police spotted him in downtown San Rafael. Sebastien Agajan is being charged with possession of stolen property, trespassing, cultivation of marijuana and two counts of burglary, all of houses on Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station...

Drakes Bay asks to correct record

Phyllis Faber and Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion on Monday requesting that a Marin County judge reconsider a ruling, which they say is based on false information, that allows the California Coastal Commission to enforce a portion of an order that they also argue should be subject to...


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