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Man who killed friend in Highway 1 crash agrees to six years in plea deal

07/05/2018
Lucas McFadden, the 23-year-old Petaluma resident with West Marin roots who was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter this winter, pled guilty in Marin Superior Court last week. According to his plea deal, Mr. McFadden faces six years in state prison and will be forgiven of two intoxicated driving counts, Deputy...

West Marin School head demoted

06/28/2018
The Shoreline Unified School District board decided late last week to reassign Matt Nagle, the principal of West Marin and Inverness Schools, to a kindergarten through second grade teaching position at the Bodega Bay School, and met immediate backlash. Sixth-grade teacher Chris Eckert, an Inverness resident who has taught at...

Lower ag values par for course, county says

06/28/2018
A drop in organic milk prices brought down total agricultural gross values nearly 10 percent in Marin last year, according to the county’s annual livestock and crop report released last week. “The organic market is being congested, for lack of a better term,” Stacy Carlsen, Marin’s agricultural commissioner who presented...

Bolinas will consider Brighton parking ban

06/28/2018
To address the problems in Bolinas brought by people living in vehicles or leaving them on public roads for weeks or months on end, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni has suggested a ban on overnight parking on two downtown streets. The supervisor unveiled the proposal—which may appear as an advisory measure on...

At Recology, recyclables piling up

06/28/2018
Recyclables have started piling up in Recology’s waste management facility in Santa Rosa ever since China began enforcing new restrictions on foreign garbage imports as part of an initiative to fight pollution. Recology, founded nearly a century ago in San Francisco, became the premier waste hauler for much of West Marin in December, just weeks before China’s new restrictions went into effect. The move has many companies reeling to find alternative places to ship materials, and Recology is no exception...

Shop named for sea captain opens in Point Reyes

06/28/2018
Captain Oko, a purveyor of goods sourced from small designers and fair-trade collectives, opened in June in the small cabin at the intersection of Highway 1 and Levee Road. The shop takes its name from its one-time resident, Adolph S. Oko, Jr., a “stoic and storied seafarer.” At age 44,...

Former shaker shop space revived as First Valley Inverness

06/28/2018
First Valley Inverness, a home decor, furniture and gifts shop, opened in the former location of Shaker Shops West this month. Stephanie Matthews, above, a native of Inverness, and Sam Hinkley, who was employed in the Shaker furniture shop as a youth, say they wanted to recreate the sense of...

County employees to strike for three days

06/28/2018
Update, June 30, 2018: A deal to avoid a strike was reached between The Marin Association of Public Employees and Marin County late Friday night. “Fortunately, there will be no strike and county business resumes as usual,” said County Administrator Matthew Hymel in a press release. The Marin Association of Public Employees, the county’s largest union, is staging a strike from July 1 to 3 after failed labor negotiations that continued through Wednesday. All library branches and the Health and Human Services offices in Point Reyes Station will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The union’s more than 1,300 employees include librarians, sheriff’s dispatchers, park rangers, road maintenance workers, deputy public defenders and more; according to a county press release sent late yesterday, employees performing critical functions, such as dispatchers, firefighters and crisis unit staff, will not participate in the strike...

Different proposals for future character of coastal village cores

06/28/2018
The county is hoping to shrink the areas that Marin County’s pending Local Coastal Program update prioritizes for commercial uses in village centers, softening the blow to residents. In the last two weeks, a senior county planner has made presentations to West Marin village groups to explain the proposal, which...

Kinsey given smaller fine for communication violations on CCC

06/21/2018
West Marin’s former supervisor, Steve Kinsey, is facing thousands of dollars in fines for failing to disclose behind-the-scenes communications during his time serving on the board of the California Coastal Commission. Last week, a San Diego Superior Court judge found Mr. Kinsey, who served as a coastal commissioner from 2011...

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