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With MALT easement, Island Oyster Company keeps ranch, plans to farm

06/09/2021
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust will purchase a conservation easement from Hog Island Oyster Company, the first time the nonprofit has bought development rights from an oyster farm. The easement covers the 250-acre Leali Ranch, a property across the highway from Hog Island’s main buildings that the company purchased in...

Supervisors deny Bolinas affordable housing appeal

06/09/2021
The Bolinas Community Land Trust’s downtown affordable housing project cleared another hurdle this week when the Marin County Board of Supervisors denied a neighbor’s appeal. Roland Crotts, who owns the property next to the proposed eight-unit development, contested many parts of the project, including its size, parking and impact on...

Bolinas lowers rationing trigger, plans process for household exceptions

06/09/2021
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District lowered the town’s mandatory water rationing trigger last week from 76,000 to 66,000 gallons per day. The decision, which board member Lyndon Comstock said was “based on conservative assumptions,” brings Bolinas closer to allowing only 125 gallons per day to any of its customers...

Vaccine proves effective as rules unwind

06/02/2021
Marin is nearing herd immunity as vaccination rates soar among the highest in the nation and case rates sink to their lowest levels in a year. The county is seeing fewer than four cases a day, and only one death has been reported since April 17. On Tuesday, the state...

Bald eagles return to West Marin's avian ecosystem

06/02/2021
A growing number of bald eagles are soaring the skies of West Marin, proof that fierce protection can save a species that once perched on the brink of extinction. Other birds are paying a price for the eagle’s success: Surveys show that once-dense colonies of osprey, herons and egrets are...

Marin faces short timeline for redrawing district lines

06/02/2021
Marin County is preparing to redraw its district boundaries in the short window of time between the release of census data this fall and December, when supervisorial candidates must begin preparing for next year’s election. The county redraws its five districts after each 10-year census, but the pandemic delayed the...

Longtime teachers retire from Tomales

06/02/2021
Two teachers who spent a combined 62 years at the Shoreline Unified School District are retiring next week. Social science and history teacher Fred Gilardi and life science teacher Bernard Gregoris saw thousands of students come and go. Their classrooms transformed from having chalkboards to being online, and the curriculum...

Open space trust protects valley commons from development

06/02/2021
The county’s original dream of converting the former San Geronimo Golf Course into open space has been brought to fruition: The Marin Open Space Trust is purchasing a conservation easement from the property owner, ensuring that the land will not be developed. The $3.2 million deal covers 135 acres of...

Western Weekend parade and Fourth of July events canceled by Covid-19

06/02/2021
For the second year in a row, the pandemic is canceling some of West Marin’s beloved summer events. There won’t be a parade for Western Weekend this Sunday, and the Briones Lions Club won’t host a Fourth of July parade in Bolinas. The club had discussed discontinuing its parade for...

Bolinas driftwood creation likely to come down

06/02/2021
Public art or hazard? A man collected hundreds of pieces of driftwood and built fences, benches, stairs and an eight-foot dream catcher at the entrance to Brighton Beach, and he decorated it all with plants, shells and string art. But the creation crosses two private properties, and residents have complained...

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