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Supes approve Coastal Program

08/01/2013
The plan that will guide agriculture, development, the environment and more in Marin County’s coastal zone reached a milestone on Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors adopted it. Supervisors rejected pleas from the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Marin Conservation League to delay the vote on the...

MALT hails Ralph Grossi

08/01/2013
Progressive rancher and revered agricultural advocate Ralph Grossi has joined the board of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the nonprofit announced this week. The third generation of one of the county’s oldest ranching families, Mr. Grossi served as MALT’s first chairman after the nonprofit’s founding in 1980. He went on...

Mental health feedback sought

07/25/2013
A community meeting held to discuss mental health services in West Marin will take place at 6:30 p.m. on August 13 at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, in Point Reyes Station. The Marin County Division of Mental Health and Substance Use Services is hosting a series of meetings...

Falling limbs spark Nicasio fire

07/25/2013
Grass fires burned about two acres each at two neighboring ranches in Nicasio late Monday night, sparing humans and animals from injury. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:57 p.m. and contained both fires before midnight. The flames started when fallen tree limbs hit power lines down-range of the ranches, according to...

Date set for next stream meeting

07/25/2013
The debate over the stream conservation ordinance that would affect San Geronimo Valley continues on August 20, when a subcommittee will report back to the Marin County Board of Supervisors during the regularly scheduled public meeting. The committee formed in June to investigate whether to revise the ordinance or the...

Evans expands local meat services

07/25/2013
Point Reyes rancher Dave Evans is expanding his butchering operations into the largest wholesale butcher shop in San Francisco next week. Since 2007, Mr. Evans’s Marin Sun Farms, which sells his own and other producers’ meats, was slicing up chickens, cows, pigs, goats and lambs in a small building in...

Forgotten fire shines on town’s founding

07/25/2013
Local historian Dewey Livingston has unearthed a long-forgotten moment of the region’s past: an 1879 conflagration in what is now Point Reyes Station that marked the beginning of the town as we know it. Olema Station, the town’s former incarnation, had sprung up around a depot serving the North Pacific Coast Railroad in 1875. The town’s founding traditionally was dated to the arrival of the depot, but in a discovery that Mr. Livingston said even longtime local historian Jack Mason missed, it was not until several years later that Point Reyes Station began in earnest. While perusing 19th century newspapers as part of research of Kentfield and Greenbrae, Mr. Livingston, who has studied the area for 30 years and for 10 worked as the official historian for Point Reyes National Seashore, discovered a turning point in the town’s history. The Marin County Journal in 1879...

As ranchers diversify, jobs for protection dogs multiply

07/25/2013
A county agricultural program that has for years helped sheep ranchers fund the protection of their flocks is now also helping to protect pasture-raised chickens. Although the freedom to wander produces a more humane egg, it also make birds more vulnerable to rapacious predators. As ranchers look to diversify their farms—and as the demand for pasture-raised protein increases—a few of Marin’s egg and poultry producers are using livestock guardian dogs to watch over chickens. For now the number of such farmers participating in the county’s cost-share program, which partially pays for nonlethal predator control methods such as fencing and guard animals, is small. Of the 24 participating ranches that use guard dogs, only four use them for poultry. Three use them for goats. But Anita Sauber, an inspector with Marin’s Department...

Supes weigh in on library critique

07/18/2013
County supervisors submitted a mixed response on Tuesday to the citizen watchdog that earlier this year reported layers of inadequacies in the Marin County Free Library. In its April 29 report, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury criticized the county library system for excluding employees from planning and failing to...

Board nomination period is open

07/18/2013
The Marin County Registrar of Voters announced last week that district elections scheduled for November 5—a day that may feel farther away than it actually is—will determine who holds the numerous vacant seats on West Marin special district and school boards. Locally, there are two open seats on the boards...

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