West Marin to gain a park ranger

Marin County Parks plans to restore, maintain and patrol several West Marin open-space destinations as part of a $5.2-million vision enabled by a quarter-cent sales tax passed last year. The Measure A plan was presented to the Marin County Board of Supervisors for the first time on Tuesday. Though the...

Water alerts in effect

Three recreational water sites in West Marin are under an advisory to avoid contact with the water. Samples taken on April 8 indicate that bacterial levels at three sites—Chicken Ranch Beach, Shell Beach and Inkwells/Shafter Bridge—exceeded limits for recreational use. Inkwells was first put under advisory after April 1 testing...

County names library head

After a national search Marin has selected an outsider to take the helm of the Marin County Free Library. The director of the library system in Nevada’s state capital, Sara Jones, will replace Gail Haar, who led the 10-branch library for five years as the district adjusted to a period...

Earth Day electronics recycling

Point Reyes National Seashore will sponsor an electronics recycling collection event in honor of Earth Day—the most celebrated secular holiday in the world, founded in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Monday, April 22 at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Accepted items...

Stolen Mercedes recovered

The last of four cars stolen two weekends ago has been recovered and authorities are now pursuing links between several auto crimes that took place late last month, Marin Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jamie Scardina said. DiAnn Montemayor’s red Mercedez-Benz was found at a vacated house on Vision Road that the owner...

Interior advances oyster case

The Obama administration last week asked an appeals court to uphold an order closing Drake’s Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) as the embattled cannery’s Republican allies pressed federal officials to release more documents explaining their decision to restore the company’s

Coastal Commission sued over Drake’s orders

In a new round of legal proceedings for the embattled oyster company, of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust co-founder Phyllis Faber and the Association for Local Sustainable Agriculture (ALSA) filed suit against the California Coastal Commission Friday, claiming the commission’s recent orders to Drake’s Bay Oyster Company exceeded the agency’s authority and were not subjected to environmental review before being issued, a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act

Valley manhunt triggers school lockdown

Longtime Woodacre resident Joan Hopkins was quilting at her dining room table when she came face to face with a wanted man. Having eluded a pursuit involving eight law enforcement agencies, he was now standing outside her window, eight feet away, staring at her and her husband, Steve.

Weekend car crimes strike 10 victims

California Highway Patrol officials said they are not actively pursuing a pattern in a series of car thefts this past weekend that have challenged West Marin’s blasé, leave-your-doors-unlocked culture. At least four cars were stolen and six had something stolen from them in Inverness, Point Reyes Station and Lagunitas on...

Herbicides in Tam watershed earn grand jury approval

Janet Klein, a vegetation specialist who lives and works in Fairfax, says the San Geronimo Ridge—once a diverse forest of oak and Douglas fir as well as home to all kinds of birds and animals—is slowly being overtaken by a nasty and seemingly intractable weed. “It’s a disheartening situation,” Ms...


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