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Golf vote slated for 2020; county is concerned

02/27/2019
Marin County voters will decide whether to restrict the use of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, following a decision on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to place the initiative on the March 2020 ballot. Yet the initiative itself is insufficiently clear in its demands, county officials say, and...

Town hall tackles tourism impacts

02/27/2019
Last Thursday, a host of agencies, a supervisor and a state senator settled into a packed Dance Palace to hear feedback from residents and offer updates on the work they have been doing in coastal Marin. The meeting followed up on a 2017 meeting at which residents identified their top...

County orders demolition of Bolinas blufftop home

02/27/2019
Ralph Garside, who as a young man inherited a fortune from a wife nearly half a century his senior and moved to his seaside dream home in Bolinas, is now in hot water. Marin County code enforcement officers ordered him this month to demolish his house, garage and several accessory...

A kaleidescope of goods at Bolinas women's collective

02/27/2019
A crystal peace sign that glows around the clock beckons from a storefront window in downtown Bolinas. Open the door to Kaleidoscope, the 32-year-old women’s collective that today is operated by three locals who sell an assortment of clothes, cards, crystals and handmade goods from around the world. “The store...

Permits for Hog Island Oyster revised

02/21/2019
Changes are coming for Hog Island Oyster Company, after the California Coastal Commission updated the company’s permits this month. Although the new permit terms mostly reflect the company’s current practices, they also authorize a possible doubling of Hog Island’s cultivated acres on Tomales Bay, and come with a series of new environmental mitigation measures. The company, which has been operating since 1983, is the largest grower on the bay and the second local grower to update its coastal permits following a 2013 statewide initiative. Although that effort was meant to simplify and streamline the permitting process for shellfish growers, it also led to the discovery that many growers’ practices had slipped outside the terms of their coastal permits...

Main break left Inverness boiling water

02/21/2019
One hundred and eighty-five Inverness households were instructed to boil their water for six days after a water main broke during the peak of last week’s storm, which dropped more than six and a half inches in town over the course of several days. At around 3 a.m. last Thursday,...

Documenting Latino photographers

02/21/2019
The participants of the Latino Photography Project document the traditions and vibrancy of West Marin’s Latino population—and for the last year, filmmaker Alejandro Palacios has been examining the photographers’ connection to the craft and their communities. On March 24, Mr. Palacios will screen a trailer of his documentary in a...

Leslie Scott, Jill-of-all-trades, dies at 71

02/21/2019
Leslie Richelle Scott, a Jill-of-all-trades who had a Ph.D. in philosophy and a sense of humor that saw her through the many twists of her life, died last month at her home in Inverness. She was 71 years old. During her nearly two decades in West Marin, Leslie worked as...

Storm made for difficult electric repair in Stinson

02/21/2019
Last week’s storm system took down numerous power lines in a canyon above Stinson Beach, cutting electricity to nearly 1,000 homes from Wednesday morning until Friday evening while PG&E crews and the Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department worked around the clock. “It was awful,” said Betsy Wood, a realtor with Seadrift Realty, which canceled all vacation rentals for the three-day weekend, though half of the renters ended up coming anyway on Saturday. PG&E spokeswoman Deanna Contreras said that normally the company would have accessed the fallen lines—which were on poles about halfway up the canyon, near “flat rock”—by helicopter, but the storm made flying conditions unsafe. Instead, employees had to hike in, clearing debris along the way...

Bookstore talk will explore immigration, children and the border crisis

02/21/2019
New York City writer Valeria Luiselli will speak about her new book, “The Lost Children Archive,” on Friday, March 1 at Point Reyes Books. The work is “the most honest take I’ve read” on issues of immigration, family separation and the border crisis, said bookstore owner Stephen Sparks, who said his shop is just one of two stops Ms. Luiselli will make on a Northern California tour. The book has received praise for the innovative way it handles its themes with humor, depth and a human touch; defying categorization, it is both a critique of the media’s approach to immigration, a magical-realism novella of Ms. Luiselli’s own making and a compelling narrative of a family slowly coming undone...

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