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AT&T cell tower proposed for Tomales ranch

12/19/2018
AT&T is looking to improve its coverage with a new cell tower placed inside a grove of eucalyptus trees north of Tomales. The company has requested coastal and use permits and design review approval to install a new 4G LTE wireless communication pole on a 197-acre lot on a ranch...

Anne Sands retires as coordinator of disaster council

12/19/2018
After five years as the coordinator of the West Marin Disaster Council, Anne Sands will retire from the position in December to “take a deep breath, ride my horse in the park and play pickleball with my lady friends.” Ms. Sands, a resident of Dogtown, has a long history of...

County rejects viewshed protest of NMWD tank

12/19/2018
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday pushed forward a proposal by the North Marin Water District to build a 125,000-gallon concrete tank at the top of Drakes View Drive. Though the board rejected the request from a neighbor to redesign the project to lessen the impact on his view, the...

Tomales High loses head of ag department

12/19/2018
Bill Costanzo, who has overseen the agriculture program at Tomales High School for the last 13 years, will leave the position this January along with his wife, Heidi Alves-Costanzo, an administrative secretary at the school. Mr. Costanzo has been the driving force of the agriculture department, which has the county’s...

Call to resign shakes up Bolinas School

12/13/2018
What makes parents in the Bolinas-Stinson School District move away or send their children to school elsewhere? Steve O’Neal, a Stinson Beach resident who moved to the area a year ago and this fall unsuccessfully challenged three longstanding incumbents for a board seat, has publicized his belief that a host...

Harassment suit tied to interim principal

12/13/2018
Rey Mayoral, the new temporary principal at West Marin and Inverness Schools, was caught in a nearly decade-long lawsuit with a former colleague from a school district in Oregon who described sexual assault and accused him of sexual harassment and retaliation. Though the case was ultimately settled, an appeals court...

At public forum, sheriff hears harsh criticism of cooperation with ICE

12/13/2018
Holding signs that read “families belong together” and “no persons are illegal,” immigration advocates made their way to the Board of Supervisors Chamber last Thursday to tell Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle to end his cooperation with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their chant, “Doyle, listen, deportations are not...

Monarchs in deep decline on coast

12/13/2018
When Mia Monroe first began counting monarch butterflies in Marin County nearly three decades ago, she remembers seeing “tens of thousands of monarchs hanging—and when the sunshine hit them, it was like an orange cloud.” But in her time volunteering to count overwintering monarchs in West Marin, she has seen...

Bolinas class will map the night sky in monthly stargazing sessions

12/13/2018
Do you have an image of the night sky in your mind’s eye? Do you think about the winter solstice as the beginning of winter, or the middle? Is Mercury retrograde a literal backward transit, or a matter of perception? These are some of the inquiries that Don Jolley, the...

Supervisors approve two sections of coastal program

12/13/2018
With a few final tweaks that were sympathetic to agriculture, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved two out of seven amendments that together replace the 1980 Local Coastal Program. The action sets the county on track to tackle the final portion of the update, which pertains to environmental...

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