County opens Bear Valley restrooms, trash hauler donates time clearing park

Citing unsanitary conditions at bathrooms in the Point Reyes National Seashore due to the government shutdown, Marin supervisors on Tuesday agreed to let county parks staff unlock and operate the restrooms in the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot. The parks department, which moved at the request of Supervisor Dennis...

Siren Canteen pays to open Stinson Beach parking lot, restrooms during shutdown

When the owner of Siren Canteen, the waterside concessionaire on Stinson Beach, realized the federal government shutdown was surging onward, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Last week, Mary Margaret Stewart made a donation to the National Park Service in order to re-open the beach, which, along...

Land trust to appeal ruling on golf course

The Trust for Public Land, the national nonprofit that sought to help Marin County purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course and convert it into park land, has intervened in the lawsuit that prompted the county to abandon the project in November. The trust filed a notice of appeal on Dec...

Shutdown causing trash, bathroom problems at Point Reyes seashore

While Washington remains in a stalemate, the partial shutdown that has sent thousands of federal workers home without pay for the past two weeks is taking a toll on the Point Reyes National Seashore. The holidays and a stretch of particularly sunny days spiked visitation last week, at the same...

Outbreak of whooping cough a new normal

Whooping cough is here to stay, according to Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis, and the best way to protect the most vulnerable is through the vaccination of pregnant women. There were 249 cases of the illness—formally known as pertussis—in Marin County last year, and nearly 3,000 cases statewide...

County could ban overnight parking on C Street

While the movement to tighten parking regulations in downtown Bolinas stole the limelight this fall, the county was moving more quickly to crack down on C Street in Point Reyes Station. Litter, drug use, vandalism, health violations, human waste and general disturbance of the peace are upsetting some residents, who...

Safer school routes wanted in Point Reyes

The paths leading to West Marin School, in places broken up by the expanding roots of Monterey pines, may exude small-town charm, but they may also endanger students. Improvements to the crumbling sidewalks and traffic infrastructure surrounding the school will be explored during a meeting on Jan. 14 organized by...

Bolinas School group makes teacher housing a priority

Nuria Lee emigrated from Spain five years ago. She teaches art at Bolinas School, but last fall she knew her family of four could not take another winter in their 600-square-foot Bolinas home. Despite a mold infestation, the landlord had hiked up the rent by 18 percent. “It was becoming...

Fee waivers for rentals extended

Elisabeth Ptak finished construction on her junior accessory dwelling unit earlier this month, inspired to create the space by the difficultly she underwent as a renter many years ago. “I recognize that there are a lot of people who are looking for rentals who don’t make a lot of money...


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