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Surprises at start of spawning season

11/30/2017
Marin Municipal Water District was halfway through a two-year project to improve floodplain in lower Lagunitas Creek on Aug. 22 when it was treated to a surprise: a rare chum salmon swimming through a channel that had just been excavated. It was the first time the district has spotted salmon...

Vehicle park among suggested fixes in Bolinas

11/30/2017
The construction of a vehicle park is one of six recommendations released by a subcommittee of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District last month, culminating several months pondering public concern over people living in and storing vehicles on the town’s roads. The committee also recommended the district work with the...

Final election results

11/30/2017
Nearly 42 percent of Marin County voters turned out for a special election last month; in West Marin, the day saw the passage of two measures and new board members appointed to the Muir Beach Community Services District. Turnout in Muir Beach was 74 percent. Together, Leighton Hills and Steven...

Lagunitas man given time to save structures

11/30/2017
Amid fierce community support for tea purveyor David Lee Hoffman and his legendary Lagunitas property, a superior court judge is moving cautiously to address the problems posed by its dozens of unpermitted structures. In a hearing late last month, Judge Paul Haakenson largely overruled the lawyer he appointed to help...

Stinson well goes forward despite takings claim

11/30/2017
After postponing a decision for two months to field concerns from a property owner who will be affected by the project, the county approved on Nov. 16 a coastal development permit for a new Stinson Beach Water District well. The well will provide up to 25 percent of the district’s...

Owner ends lease for Point Reyes commons

11/22/2017
The West Marin Commons has less than two weeks to vacate the corner lot popularly known as Point Reyes Station’s town commons. The historically vacant property has served as a community hub since 2011, with various community groups holding fundraisers, art shows and events on its grounds. But heavy use by tourists has led to conflicts with the property owner Maggie McDonogh—who runs her family’s business, the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company—over issues like trash management, noise and overcrowding...

Inverness family revives publishing company

11/22/2017
Consider the word “October” for a moment. Its root, okto, denotes the number eight: octagon, octopus, octave. So why is the tenth month of the year associated with the number eight? According to Inverness author Murray Suid’s book “Words of a Feather,” recently reprinted under a revived family label, language lagged behind the flow of history: October was the eighth month in the bygone Roman calendar...

Charting the near future for the San Geronimo Golf Course, step by step

11/22/2017
Last week, county supervisors voted to purchase the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course within one year from the Trust for Public Land, which signed an option-to-purchase agreement for a maximum of $8.85 million last month, with the idea of creating new open space. The county is hoping to find an...

CCC kicks back Lawson’s latest proposal for campground

11/16/2017
After struggling for decades to obtain the necessary permits to legally operate Lawson’s Landing, the owners of the fourth-generation family business hit yet another roadblock last week. In a 8:4 vote on Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission shot down the Dillon Beach campground’s proposal to amend its coastal development permit,...

County says yes to golf course purchase

11/16/2017
The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course with assistance from the Trust for Public Land. The 157-acre property, where business operations will likely shutter by January, will be subjected to a two-year interim period as the county formalizes...

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