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Tanker, surpassing limits on Lucas Valley, crashes on way to Greenbridge Gas

07/31/2019
An oversized fuel tanker spilled over 2,000 gallons of gasoline into a dry creek bed on Sunday morning when it overturned a mile east of Big Rock, closing Lucas Valley Road for nearly 24 hours while multiple agencies took on a massive recovery operation. The 50-foot truck should have never...

San Geronimo Valley hit with string of seven burglaries

07/31/2019
Seven home burglaries struck the San Geronimo Valley last week, echoing a similar string of break-ins this spring and stumping law enforcement. “Since those reports, we have tried to have more of a presence in that area, at night and during the day when people are working,” said Brenton Schneider,...

County to start revising streamside ordinance

07/31/2019
How do you assess and mitigate the cumulative environmental impacts of future development? That’s the question that Marin’s environmental planners and contracted scientists have been analyzing in the San Geronimo Valley over the past decade, particularly related to the area’s threatened fish populations. The effort was the result of a...

Parking ban's impact on coastal access concerns CCC

07/25/2019
The California Coastal Commission last week threw a wrench in the plans of Bolinas residents hoping to implement new overnight parking restrictions on oversized vehicles on downtown streets. In a letter to the county, commission staff argued that the proposed regulation—which passed by a 52-percent majority in an advisory poll...

North Marin shifts elections to by-district

07/25/2019
The North Marin Water District has divided its service area into five districts, a move ensuring that at least one board seat represents West Marin customers. Despite the shift to a by-district election system, all five current board members would be able to keep their seats should they be re-elected...

Five Brooks reopens Olema horse camp

07/25/2019
It’s mid-summer and the equestrian community could hardly wait another day to regain access to the Stewart Horse Camp in Olema, the primary campground with access to the Point Reyes National Seashore that is available to horses for overnight stays. Last Saturday, the owner of neighboring Five Brooks Ranch, Andrew...

Forum reflects new focus on plight of the homeless

07/25/2019
When Skylar Smith, who lives out of his van in Point Reyes Station, spoke at a county-held forum on homelessness in West Marin last week, he had one point to make: We need to look at homeless people as humans. Imperfect humans, he conceded, but deserving of basic respect. “They’re...

Stinson Beach fire district closes on property, hopes for housing and new station

07/25/2019
The Stinson Beach Fire Protection District on Monday finalized the $550,000 purchase of an undeveloped property on Shoreline Highway, just a couple hundred feet away from the current fire station. The newly obtained property will be combined with an adjacent parcel that is being gifted to the district by an...

Respira grant will fund youth activities website

07/18/2019
Kids can ride bikes around Tomales Bay, enjoy a bonfire on Chicken Ranch Beach and skateboard at Mesa Park, thanks to a county park grant for Tomales Bay Youth Center that will be used to coordinate and connect the youth of West Marin. The grant will help pay for an...

Immigrant advocates working to educate amid threats of ICE action

07/18/2019
Community organizers in West Marin are on the ready in case of ICE activity coinciding with President Trump’s announcement of nationwide sweeps. “There is a lot of fear within the community,” said Jorge Martinez, a program assistant for West Marin Community Services. “We’ve only had rumors [in the past], but...

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