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Methane digester on Straus ranch to balance emissions from BMW's electric cars

01/09/2020
Cow-powered cars? Albert Straus, the founder of Straus Family Creamery, plans to make this a near reality through a new partnership with the auto industry. Mr. Straus has operated a methane biodigester since 2004 on the Straus ranch in Marshall, converting cow manure into electrical power and reducing carbon dioxide...

Bolinas wall stalled by coastal commission

01/01/2020
The California Coastal Commission last month stymied the plans of a Bolinas homeowner who hopes to protect his bluff-side house by erecting an underground retaining wall. The commission foremost disputed that erosion posed a great enough threat to the house to warrant armoring, citing coastal development regulations. Tom Bassett, a...

Tomales Bay Resort downsizes kayaking

01/01/2020
Hoping to boost business at his Tomales Bay Resort, owner Jeff Harriman has ended Blue Waters Kayaking's lease at its launch of 20 years, leaving the company without a shoreside rental location as of December. Blue Waters owners John and Pamalah Granatir said they did not see eye to eye...

Valley man stakes claim to paper road with barrel, then sues

01/01/2020
A man who owns two parcels divided by a public road in Woodacre has sued the county and the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group with the hope of gaining exclusive access. Bruce Wick does not contend that he owns the road but asks the county and the planning group, which...

Shoreline explores microgrid for Tomales

01/01/2020
A company that specializes in microgrids will look at how to create one in Tomales, at the behest of Shoreline Unified School District. The district’s board in December approved a memorandum of understanding with the Utah company CleanSpark to conduct a feasibility study on how a microgrid could power critical...

AT&T proposes two new cell towers on Tomales ranch

01/01/2020
AT&T has revised its design for a new wireless facility on a ranch north of Tomales after receiving feedback from the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property. The telecom company last month requested county permits to build two new wireless communication poles, 15 feet...

Recology seeks large rate increase to replace non-compliant trucks, aging bins

01/01/2020
Trash collection soon could get costlier in West Marin. Recology Sonoma Marin will ask the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 14 to approve a 30 percent rate increase effective this month, to help pay for deferred and rising costs in operations and repairs. The increase—which excludes Bolinas and Stinson Beach,...

Climate change across parks, and here at home

12/26/2019
It took Patrick Gonzalez, the principal climate change scientist for the National Park Service, several hours to travel from his Berkeley office to the Point Reyes National Seashore in December, considering his commitment to public transportation. In a presentation at the Red Barn for park employees and others, he said...

Easton-Brown challenges Rodoni in March supervisor race

12/18/2019
A Lagunitas resident is challenging Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to represent Marin County’s fourth district. Alex Easton-Brown received 5 percent of the vote when he ran in a crowded 2016 primary. Now, he has made the former San Geronimo Golf Course the central issue of his campaign, criticizing Supervisor Rodoni for...

Dog advocates say GGNRA made new, quiet restrictions

12/18/2019
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is again embroiled in litigation with dog owners. Last Thursday, four groups—Save Our Recreation, the San Francisco Dog Owners Group, the Marin County Dog Owners Group and the Coastside Dog Owners Group—filed two lawsuits over rules released in August that they say place significant...

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