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Making ends meet for West Marin's waste hauler

01/22/2020
With expenses continuing to outpace revenue for Recology Sonoma Marin, the company received approval from the Board of Supervisors last week to increase rates for customers by 30 percent. The jump was expected: a cost-based rate review process was outlined in the original consent agreement between the county and Recology,...

Paul Reffell, actor and adventurer, dies at 68

01/22/2020
Paul Reffell, a Marshall mainstay who sailed around the world, penned two books, sparked multiple protest movements, and loved fiercely, died on Jan. 3 following complications from chemotherapy. He was 68 years old. As a young adult, Paul left his job in England as a tax collector and set sail...

County efforts to register short-term rentals pay off

01/22/2020
The number of short-term rental operators who are paying the transient occupancy tax on their rentals has more than doubled over the past 16 months, following a county effort to find the non-compliant and inform them of their responsibility to remit taxes. Today, there are 837 active registrations countywide; in...

Agricultural institute brings food truck to new West Marin stops

01/22/2020
Gail Greenlees, a resident of Walnut Place in Point Reyes Station, walked just a few feet outside her door last Monday to purchase fresh produce from local growers: chard, beets, lettuce, broccoli and apples. The corner, at the intersection of A Street and Sixth Street, is one of three new...

What’s opening at the Bolinas Museum

01/22/2020
As a great start to the new year, the Bolinas Museum will open new exhibitions in all five of its galleries with a vibrant reception on Jan. 25. In both the main and photography galleries, a remarkable exhibition titled “The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts,...

Caltrans to repave State Route 1 in 2022

01/22/2020
Caltrans is planning a large-scale repaving of Highway 1 in West Marin, slated for 2022. The estimated $24.5 million project will overlay asphalt on 15 miles of road, including through Tomales and Point Reyes Station. The work will cover a 10-mile southern section, from Bivalve to Five Brooks, and a...

Watershed sees low coho returns, despite ample flows

01/16/2020
Dismally low numbers of adult coho salmon are returning to the Lagunitas Creek watershed this winter, despite adequate streamflows. Out of the nearly 8,000 smolts that migrated to sea in 2018, the Marin Municipal Water District estimates just one percent have returned to spawn. “In early December, things were still...

Alleged violations could shutter pharmacy

01/15/2020
The West Marin Pharmacy, an essential resource for many residents on the coast, is in hot water. The California State Board of Pharmacy has made a series of accusations of clerical and procedural misconduct against the business, and has recommended revoking or suspending the license of pharmacist and co-owner Zsuzsanna...

Improvements to Shoreline menu inch forward

01/15/2020
It’s been over five years since Shoreline Unified School District adopted a wellness policy that calls for locally sourced and minimally processed meals for students, yet improvements have been slow to take effect. Last month, the food services manager told the board that a lack of food service employees has...

New, local owners in downtown Tomales

01/15/2020
The 101-year-old Piezzi Building, which houses Tomales’s deli and bakery and was once the site of an automobile shop, has sold to the owners of Toluma Farms. Shannon Gregory, the owner of the Marshall Store, took over the lease from Tomales Bakery, where he reopened with coffee last week as...

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