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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...

Expanding elephant seals give good show

02/07/2019
Hoping to lounge on Drakes Beach during a break in the weather? Think again. A group of elephant seals and their young invaded the most accessible part of the beach during the government shutdown last month, drawing international media attention. The nearly 100 cows, bulls and pups prompted park officials...

Reliable but obsolete: radio streaming cut

02/07/2019
Nancy Hanson loves listening to classical music in her home in Woodacre; the strains of cello suites and waltzes are a constant as she goes about her day. For over a decade, Ms. Hanson has played KDFC, San Francisco’s FM classical music station, which she accessed through Comcast’s cable service...

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...

Stinson Beach hires fire officer to enforce defensible space rules

02/07/2019
To get their beachside town ready for wildfire season, the board of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District voted this week to hire a part-time seasonal fire officer to help residents comply with fire codes. The new officer, Anthony Beltramo, has worked with departments in Kentfield and Mill Valley in...

At vegan film festival, animal rights filmmaker argues for no dairies in park

02/07/2019
Surrounded by dairy farms and cattle ranches, vegans made their case for plant-based eating at the Mindful Eating Food and Film Festival held at the Dance Palace last Saturday. The festival, the first of its kind in Point Reyes Station, aimed to “get the conversation started between our connection to...

Real estate firms pitch in to charitable causes

01/30/2019
Real estate agents in West Marin are donating a percentage of their commission fees to nonprofits in an attempt to offset the region’s rising inequalities, which housing advocates credit in part to the rise of new homeowners’ short-term rentals. Brenda Balanda, owner of Marin Sunshine Realty, said she started her...

Wary Dillon Beach residents interested in wastewater study

01/30/2019
During a meeting Tuesday night to discuss their water needs, residents of Dillon Beach expressed both doubts about and interest in working with the county to develop water-use projects for the oceanside community. The meeting was the second in a series of three that the county is using to evaluate...

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