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Vying nonprofits pitch their visions of affordable housing for Point Reyes

03/18/2020
The Board of Supervisors tabled its selection of a nonprofit to rehabilitate the former Coast Guard property, citing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Supervisors were set to vote on Tuesday, but with a shelter-at-home order in place, the decision was delayed indefinitely. EAH Housing and the Community Land...

Seashore's main route to receive rehabilitation

03/11/2020
The repaving of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through the Point Reyes National Seashore is expected to begin next month. Ghilloti Construction, based in Santa Rosa, won its $26 million bid to replace the pavement on 12 miles of the boulevard, from Pierce Point Road to Chimney Rock Road. Contracts for...

Inverness plans water rate increase

03/11/2020
The Inverness Public Utility District is seeking to raise its water rates by 15 percent with a new structure that is less dependent on how much water customers use. The rate increase, which is meant to raise operating revenue, would help the district take out a loan to replace two...

Cool welcome for PG&E trimmers

03/11/2020
Pacific Gas and Electric contractors have been trimming and removing trees at an unprecedented scale in West Marin, but the work to clear vegetation from around power lines and reduce the risk of wildfire has not always gone smoothly. Residents have complained about poor communication, overly intensive cutting and the...

Marin bracing against spreading coronavirus

03/11/2020
Over the past week, the novel coronavirus has continued to spread, prompting a range of containment measures across the globe and locally. Marin is not immune to the evolving set of changes to daily life. On the coast, as in many areas, a growing number of events are cancelled, stores...

Supervisors to choose developer for Coast Guard property

03/11/2020
The Board of Supervisors next Tuesday will consider awarding a contract to convert the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station to affordable housing, and two nonprofits—EAH Housing and the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin—will make their pitch. Each organization will make a five-minute presentation before the board...

Monarchs on coast still face population crash

03/11/2020
The recent counts of overwintering monarch butterflies on California’s coast, including at long-surveyed sites in Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach, show that the western population of the species did not rebound from a crash last winter. Surveys conducted last Thanksgiving and in the first weeks of 2020—an annual volunteer...

Valley affordable housing group set to purchase Fairfax apartments

03/04/2020
A 10-unit apartment complex a mile north of downtown Fairfax will soon be owned and managed by the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association. The association plans to close on the of $2.65 million purchase in April with the help of grant monies, including $500,000 from the county awarded by...

Point Reyes man arrested for possessing child pornography

03/04/2020
A 21-year-old ranch hand living in Point Reyes Station was charged last week with possessing child pornography. Dailyn Gutierrez was arrested on Feb. 26 in San Rafael after the sheriff’s office received an online tip. Following his arrest, detectives served a search warrant at his home. “A preliminary investigation into...

Resilience in the time of COVID-19

03/04/2020
The coronavirus has reached us in California. Given how rapidly the epidemic is evolving, by the time you read this, some details—how many people have tested positive and the degree to which it is spreading—will have changed. The federal, state and local public health response will be more coordinated and...

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