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Bo-Stin voters will see parcel tax in June

02/14/2019
This June, residents of Stinson Beach and Bolinas will vote on a parcel tax to fund a range of needs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District. The special election, scheduled for June 4, will feature a proposal to levy a special tax of $300 per parcel for five years, beginning...

County plans for census challenges

02/14/2019
Planning for the 2020 census is underway, and Marin County officials want residents to get involved in creating an accurate count. Last February, the Board of Supervisors accepted a $100,000 grant to conduct census outreach activities in Marin. As part of that grant, the Community Development Agency is establishing a...

At 25 years, Straus dairy still pioneering

02/14/2019
The vision that Albert Straus, C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery and a native of Marshall, has for agriculture is uncompromising. Mr. Straus—who last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creamery business that grew out of his father’s dairy ranch—has come a long way from his early days making ice...

Supervisors hear 5G concerns

02/14/2019
Residents packed the Board of Supervisors Chamber last Tuesday evening, urging the board to do everything in its power to resist the installation of the small-cell wireless facilities known as 5G. The overwhelming majority expressed concerns over the health impacts of exposing communities to electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation. Tuesday’s...

New storm rating system aims to sharpen California forecasts

02/14/2019
Is California, the state with the greatest year-to-year rainfall variability, prepared for the rain and snow when it comes? A team of hydrometeorological scientists and weather forecasters this month unveiled a new storm rating system in a peer-reviewed study published by the Atmospheric Meteorological Society that they hope will help...

District Attorney takes Drakes Estero case

02/14/2019
The Marin County District Attorney is now handling a criminal case referred by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding the alleged mishandling of fragments of treated wood and other debris at Drakes Estero during a restoration project conducted by the National Park Service in 2017. Abbott Dutton, spokeswoman...

County homing in on cannabis proposals

02/14/2019
It’s been two years since California approved the recreational use of cannabis, but Marin is still in a lengthy process of issuing delivery-only licenses for medicinal use to no more than four businesses in unincorporated areas. Earlier this month, the county’s Community Development Agency released the results of a lottery...

Coastal commission approves two LCP sections

02/14/2019
The California Coastal Commission certified two out of the seven amendments that compose the update to Marin County’s 1980 Local Coastal Program on Feb. 6 at a hearing in Half Moon Bay. The language in the two sections, which pertain to agriculture and definitions throughout the update, is that approved...

Latest Inverness lead tests below limit

02/07/2019
Inverness Public Utility District officials had good news last month: in the most recent round of water tests ordered by the State Water Resources Control Board, just one of 20 samples showed elevated lead levels. Last fall, three residential water samples in Inverness turned up with lead levels that exceeded...

Virgil Levinger, 1982—2018

02/07/2019
Virgil Levinger, an Inverness native known for his quiet generosity, moral convictions and talents in gaming and electronic music that earned him an internet following, died during a seizure on Dec. 14 in his childhood home. He was 36 years old. The third youngest of eight children, Virgil lived and...

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