Equestrian plan for comment

A draft environmental analysis and plan for the improvement of four equestrian stables in Golden Gate National Recreational Area is now available for public review. The park currently manages three horse stables under permit at the Marin Headlands, Muir Beach and Tennessee Valley, as well as a fourth in the...

PRBO finds birds getting bigger

Within the last 40 years, birds along the central coast of California have been expanding in size, most likely in response to climate change—which is counterintuitive, researchers say. A team of scientists from San Francisco State University and PRBO Conservation Science began tracking the trend years ago, after graduate student...

New idea for pharmacy

West Marin Pharmacy owner Zsuzsanna Biran has an idea that she believes could sustain her business while offering members of her Point Reyes community access to affordable medicine. The idea is a buying club—sort of. She envisions it working like this: Members would pay a monthly fee—say $38 per month—and...

Mine no longer leaks into bay

A 50-year-old now-defunct mercury mine remediated with natural vegetation in the late 1990s is no longer leaking toxic metal into Tomales Bay, officials say. The flow of mercury into the bay from the 14-acre mining site during rainy months became a major environmental concern after state researchers measured unusually high...

Speakeasy will benefit nonprofits

Popular local band El Radio Fantastique will headline a prohibition-themed benefit concert this Saturday at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station, for West Marin Community Services and Papermill Creek Children’s Corner Scholarship Fund. Fabulous food and drinks will accompany the eight-piece band, self-billed as “part rumba band in purgatory,...

Huffman sends campaign funds back to sugar company

Democratic Congressional candidate and California Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) returned a $5,000 contribution on Monday that he had accepted from the American Crystal Sugar Company Political Action Committee (PAC) on September 23, nearly two months into the associated organization’s lockout of 1,300 union sugar beet workers who voted against...

Bolinas pool could land 
in a ball field

Bolinas residents are eager to take advantage of a newly proposed public pool in Mesa Park, but a contingent of critics argue that the project location, an unkempt regulation-sized baseball diamond, would displace Junior League baseball teams. Little League coach Dirk McCall, who learned of the proposal at a public...

Berkowitz brings echoes of Drakes Estero

On Sunday, retired criminal investigator Paul Berkowitz stood before a sizeable crowd in the West Marin School Gym lamenting the tale of a rural, working class man reared on tradition, deeply respected among his peers, and eventually criminalized by the National Park Service. He was not talking about Kevin Lunny...

Co-compost project launched

After more than a decade of planning and slogging through layers of legal, well, shit, the West Marin Co-Composting Project is finally operational. The project, which held a ceremonial first pitch forking on Friday, is the culmination of a public-private partnership between eight entities, including the Marin Resource Conservation District,...

House calls Seashore to Capitol Hill

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has summoned seven officials involved in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) controversy to Capitol Hill for hearings set to begin November 7. National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis, Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon and...


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