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Longtime UCCE advisor retires

06/27/2013
UC Cooperative Extension advisor Ellie Rilla retires today after 25 years with the agency, leaving a legacy of fostering water conservation, agriculture and agritourism in Marin and Sonoma Counties, according to a press release. Ms. Rilla brought in 75 grants totaling $9 million for a gamut of projects conducted throughout...

Terrace bluff stabilization sought

06/27/2013
The Marin County Deputy Zoning Administrator will hear a Bolinas resident’s application for a coastal permit today to build an underground concrete pier wall and beams to strengthen the bluff under the cliffside Terrace Avenue property. The emergency repair results from ongoing slides that have exposed four feet of the...

Drug charges filed in batting case

06/27/2013
A photographer and former Inverness Park resident who allegedly attempted to murder her roommate has also been officially brought up on drug charges. Kelsey Winterkorn, 26, has been in custody since allegedly beating her roommate on the head with a baseball bat and then repeatedly ramming her vehicle, a distinctively...

Bolinas asked to curb water use

06/27/2013
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District is asking town residents to immediately curb landscaping in light of a sharp rise in water use. District manager Jennifer Blackman attributed the increase to both the dry winter and people “losing their vigilance” in terms of water conservation. “This last weekend, it went way up,” she said. Although temporary water rationing in 2009, which limited households to 150 gallons a day, had a significant lasting impact in subsequent years, conservation has declined in 2013. While Ms. Blackman noted the surprise rains early this week were welcome and will temporarily allay the need for water used for landscaping, “I don’t believe it will make the kind of difference that will mean we don’t need to remind people that they need to be conserving...

Complaints from Tomales High

06/27/2013
A group of parents at last Thursday’s Shoreline Unified School District board meeting expressed concerns over the school counselor at Tomales High, claiming he has unfairly told some students that they are not “college material.” The parents have hopes that, with a new superintendent taking the helm in July, action...

Cob oven puts a finishing touch on Bolinas park

06/27/2013
The latest incarnation of a parcel of land in downtown Bolinas long known as Burnt Park received a finishing touch this weekend as volunteers installed a steel barrel oven covered in a natural building material called cob. Though the long-term maintenance plan for the lot remains unclear, the park has come a long way. The roughly 50,000 square-foot lot was purchased by the Mesa Park Board with funds from Michael Moritz, a Welsh venture capitalist who owns a house in town, from Ernie and James Tacherra. The Tacherras had owned the land since 1971, a few years before the lot’s former owner burned...

Study finds Marin Swainson’s thrush winters in Jalisco

06/27/2013
When avian ecologist Renée Cormier sat down in her Palomarin Field Station office on Monday to talk about the implications of a recently published study she co-authored on Swainson’s thrushes, she didn’t tell a woe-is-the-species story. Swainson’s thrushes aren’t officially endangered or threatened, but they are highly dependent on riparian...

Inverness trail stripped of permit

06/20/2013
An Oakland couple’s retroactive permit for a private trail they built from a second home in Seahaven to the shores of Tomales Bay was nullified last Friday when the California Coastal Commission found merit in an appeal against it. The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin appealed the county’s April approval of Peter Rumsey and Anna Edmondson’s 261-foot trail, which descends about 85 feet, includes a staircase that extends down the bluff face and ends with steps on the...

Wells Fargo light plans ill-received

06/20/2013
Wells Fargo’s plans to add more lights and signage to its building in Point Reyes Station was met with disapproval by the Point Reyes Station Village Association on Thursday. The plans include changing the color of the awning covers and exterior walls, though the most contentious proposals were increased signage...

Vision for Grady Ranch affordable housing dims

06/20/2013
Visions of a large affordable housing complex at Grady Ranch dimmed this week when the Marin Community Foundation announced it ended a partnership with filmmaker George Lucas due to uncertain funding. The plans sprung up in May 2012 after Mr. Lucas ended a decades-long battle to build a major digital-production facility at the site. They would have helped fill an affordable housing shortage for the...

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