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Sheriff's Office to once again enforce vehicle code on private roads of Bolinas

12/06/2018
Sheriff’s deputies will soon enforce state and county vehicle regulations on the privately maintained roads in Bolinas, following a discovery a year ago that they did not have the power to do so, despite longstanding practice. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that designates a long list...

Raising funds for Marshall transplants who lost home in Camp Fire

11/29/2018
A fundraiser aiming to help out long-time members of the Marshall community whose home was destroyed in the Camp Fire has achieved over half of its $20,000 goal. Vicky MacDiarmid and Willy Hammond, who lived on the Mendoza ranch in Marshall for decades, moved to Magalia last December in order...

Environmental suit stalls trail improvements

11/29/2018
The county has lost ground on another restoration project in the San Geronimo Valley over an alleged violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Marin Audubon Society, the Marin Conservation League and the California Native Plant Society sued the Marin County Parks and Open Space District last August, alleging...

Bolinas land trust plans farmworker units on mesa

11/29/2018
The Bolinas Community Land Trust has scored some prime real estate on the Big Mesa, where it hopes to build up to eight new units of housing for farmworkers. With help from an anonymous donor, the trust this month acquired 20 acres of undeveloped land that border the Bolinas fire...

Caltrans looks at future of Route 1

11/29/2018
Caltrans has presented possible strategies to address the increasing difficulty and cost of keeping Highway 1 in Marin and Sonoma Counties open in the face of climate change. A new 20-year draft plan the department of transportation released this month provides a “narrative” for the segment of highway, said Josephine...

West Marin Fund grants will support programs for girls and women

11/29/2018
Last week, the West Marin Fund launched a new program aimed at empowering women and girls in the area. The fund awarded $71,500 to eight local nonprofits that proposed projects focused specifically on supporting those demographics. “The idea of women's and girls' empowerment is one of several threads we’re following...

Park service recognizes Olema and Point Reyes dairy ranches

11/21/2018
The gold seekers that flooded San Francisco in the mid-1800s were in short supply of just about everything—including fresh milk and butter. The nearby grasslands of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which the Coast Miwok had tended for centuries before the Spanish pushed them out to raise their own livestock in...

County gathers opinions on state of childcare

11/21/2018
West Marin teachers and community members gathered at the Dance Palace last Wednesday to discuss the area's pressing childcare and early-education needs. Participants particularly stressed the need for better funding mechanisms for programs and cost-of-living concerns for both teachers and families. Bob Raines, superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District, underscored...

Tomales expels student over guns

11/21/2018
The Shoreline Unified School District took the middle road last week when considering the punishment for the eleventh grader who brought two hunting rifles to school in September. In a vote of four to one, the board expelled the student for the rest of the semester, but granted a suspended...

Amnesty period opens for short-term rental operators not paying TOT

11/21/2018
A county initiative meant to straighten out the estimated 500 short-term rentals not remitting Marin’s transit occupancy tax is being launched this week. Starting today, the county will mail notices to operators announcing a 30-day window to come into compliance. In exchange, county tax collector Roy Given is allowing those...

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