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Housing projects in motion will be first priority with Measure W funds

12/11/2019
The Board of Supervisors this week approved a framework that determines the way that funds generated by Measure W, which increased the transient occupancy tax, will be allocated for affordable housing in 2020. The funding priorities came from a nine-person working group selected by the county’s community development agency. For...

Future in flux for Kule Loklo roundhouse

12/11/2019
What should be done with the aging roundhouse at Kule Loklo? That question is at the center of a timely and nuanced dialogue between the National Park Service and regional Indian tribes about the best way to honor the park’s Native American heritage. The roundhouse, whose decaying rafters were taken...

Marin first to limit concrete emissions

12/11/2019
Marin broke ground last month with the passage of a new ordinance that regulates the production of concrete, a material whose manufacture results in an estimated 6 to 10 percent of global anthropogenic carbon emissions. The ordinance, the first of its kind nationwide, specifically sets new limits on the use...

Local groups sue National Park Service over e-bike rules

12/11/2019
Two local environmental groups joined a lawsuit filed last week against the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior over recent directives that opened up parklands nationwide for the use of electric bikes. The suit alleges that the agencies skipped necessary rule-making and environmental analysis steps, in violation...

Bolinas land trust aims for Stinson complex

12/04/2019
An affordable housing committee in Stinson Beach has partnered with the Bolinas Community Land Trust to secure a five-unit property for affordable housing in Stinson Beach. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $250,000 from the county’s affordable housing fund to the land trust, a step toward...

Woodworkers' visions on display

12/04/2019
Kevin Clarke’s table in the exhibit “Visions in Wood” resembles a puzzle with missing pieces. Shallow triangles, rectangles and rounded edges are cut away from the surface, a design reflecting the state of the wood when he found it: twisted and warped sections of eucalyptus. “I want people to experience...

Merger near for Coastal Health Alliance

12/04/2019
These are dynamic times at the Coastal Health Alliance. The federally funded nonprofit is days away from finalizing a merger agreement with the Petaluma Health Center, which would fold clinics in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station into the larger organization. At the same time, the alliance is dealing with the...

Forest Knolls woman found dead after solo crash

12/04/2019
A 72-year-old woman from Forest Knolls died in a car accident last Monday when her car veered off the road and struck a tree in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Nancy Jacobsen, a valley resident of nearly 50 years, had recently retired from a career as a computer consultant. Her...

Point Reyes Vineyards and tasting room on the market

12/04/2019
Point Reyes Vineyards, the county’s only combined tasting room, winery and vineyard that last year celebrated its 30th anniversary, is for sale for $7 million. “My ideal buyer is a rich, young Silicon Valley entrepreneur with an ego that would like to have his own winery,” owner Steve Doughty said...

Rains make way for Lagunitas Creek coho return

12/04/2019
After a dry fall, the first storms of the winter kicked off the annual migration of coho salmon from the Pacific Ocean to the streams where they spawn. Over 10 inches of rain fell on Lake Lagunitas last week—slicking roads, knocking out power and felling branches. Streamflows are now high...

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