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AT&T proposes two new cell towers on Tomales ranch

01/01/2020
AT&T has revised its design for a new wireless facility on a ranch north of Tomales after receiving feedback from the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property. The telecom company last month requested county permits to build two new wireless communication poles, 15 feet...

Recology seeks large rate increase to replace non-compliant trucks, aging bins

01/01/2020
Trash collection soon could get costlier in West Marin. Recology Sonoma Marin will ask the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 14 to approve a 30 percent rate increase effective this month, to help pay for deferred and rising costs in operations and repairs. The increase—which excludes Bolinas and Stinson Beach,...

Climate change across parks, and here at home

12/26/2019
It took Patrick Gonzalez, the principal climate change scientist for the National Park Service, several hours to travel from his Berkeley office to the Point Reyes National Seashore in December, considering his commitment to public transportation. In a presentation at the Red Barn for park employees and others, he said...

Marin Sun Farms ends slaughter for outside farms

12/18/2019
Come January, Marin Sun Farms will no longer process meat at its Petaluma slaughterhouse—the last remaining slaughterhouse in the Bay Area—from producers who do not sell to its two labels. The move leaves some West Marin ranchers scrambling for far-away alternatives or closing up shop altogether; the closest beef processing...

Park reports success at Muir Woods

12/18/2019
A new parking reservation system and expanded shuttle service for Muir Woods is helping the National Park Service manage visitation, park managers told county supervisors last week. At the same time, neighbors expressed concern that the memorandum of understanding between the county and the park service is leaving them out...

Easton-Brown challenges Rodoni in March supervisor race

12/18/2019
A Lagunitas resident is challenging Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to represent Marin County’s fourth district. Alex Easton-Brown received 5 percent of the vote when he ran in a crowded 2016 primary. Now, he has made the former San Geronimo Golf Course the central issue of his campaign, criticizing Supervisor Rodoni for...

Dog advocates say GGNRA made new, quiet restrictions

12/18/2019
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is again embroiled in litigation with dog owners. Last Thursday, four groups—Save Our Recreation, the San Francisco Dog Owners Group, the Marin County Dog Owners Group and the Coastside Dog Owners Group—filed two lawsuits over rules released in August that they say place significant...

Resolution in sight for Lagunitas tea purveyor

12/18/2019
The date has been set for a mandatory settlement conference between the county and David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident who for years has defended the dozens of unpermitted structures on his property despite mounting fines. In superior court this month, Judge Paul Haakenson put the settlement discussion on the...

Bolinas man missed deadline to appeal demolition order

12/18/2019
A demolition order for the crumbling home of Bolinas resident Ralph Garside remains in place after a judge dismissed his appeal because it was not filed within the allowed 20-day window. Bolinas resident Ryker Schenk, a former contractor, appeared on Mr. Garside’s behalf to argue that he did not get...

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