Pot raids in Nicasio, Walker Creek

The Marin County’s Sheriff’s Office eradicated 500 marijuana plants last Wednesday on private property near Nicasio Valley Road after contractors notified the homeowner of the grow operation, according to Lieutenant Doug Pittman. The removal effort followed two other discoveries the week before, involving 1,600 plants near Walker Creek and another...

CLAM loses executive director

Sam Grant, an admired organizer who has long-championed the cause of affordable housing, announced on Wednesday his resignation as executive director of the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM). Grant, who intends to continue his duties through the end of this month before moving with his wife and young...

Seal study 
debunked by scientists

Independent scientists and scholars are concerned that the latest Point Reyes National Seashore study linking oyster cultivation to seal displacement in Drakes Estero relies on insufficient and unsupported data, and ignores one key event involving an extraordinarily aggressive elephant seal in 2003. Their reviews, which come days before the release...

EAC creates Drakes Estero position

The Environmental Action Committee (EAC) of West Marin has appointed Peter Brastow as its first-ever conservation director. Brastow, a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles’ geography Master’s program, will focus on a number of advocacy efforts, including Drakes Estero and its pending lease renewal. “My experience is a perfect...

County second guesses $46K subdivision fee

Three years ago, Inverness resident Jack Matthews set out to accomplish what would seem a simple task: split his land in two and give half to his next of kin. Matthews, 65, a self-described working-class man, had received the 5.3-acre parcel from his parents and saw the act as a...

Emergency van for KWMR

Nonprofit Greenpeace recently donated a communication van to KWMR that will allow first responders to coordinate disaster relief in the event that key structures, like the radio or fire station, are compromised. A reception with representatives from local emergency response agencies will be held at 4 p.m. at the Point...

New pastor brings inclusiveness, care to changing community

On a cold Monday morning below an overcast sky in Tomales, the walls of the historic Church of Assumption blur into the dreary clime. Perhaps the only thing less colorful is Reverend Shouraiah Pudota’s monotone delivery of the 8 a.m. service to a pious weekday congregation of three. It could...

Big brush fire above Fairfax

A vegetation fire spread over three rugged acres of grassy oak woodland above Deer Park School in Fairfax just before 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire was contained within three hours, with the help of three departments, 89 firefighters, four water-dropping aircraft and a spotter plane. “We don’t know exactly...

Activist arrested in Washington

Local environmental activist Bing Gong was arrested on Monday outside of the White House, in Washington, D.C., while protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude oil from large reserves in Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Gong, who traveled to the capital...

Historic Bolinas saloon for sale

On the eve of its 160th birthday, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, reportedly the longest continuously operating saloon in California, is for sale for just under $2 million. Don Deane, who has owned the establishment for 21 years, said his reasons for selling include weather and old age. “Essentially, we’ve...


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