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Judge sides with SPAWN

04/21/2021
Marin County violated environmental law when it waited to adopt a stream conservation ordinance in the San Geronimo Valley, a judge ruled on April 9. Marin was sued by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or SPAWN, for delaying protections of coho salmon. A judge agreed that the county had...

North Marin's Gallagher well permit appealed

04/21/2021
Customers serviced by North Marin Water District may be facing another dry season with salty water. The coastal permit the district obtained last month to build a new well that would reduce its reliance on wells suffering from chronic saltwater intrusion has been appealed over a host of environmental concerns,...

Farmers face drought crisis

04/21/2021
Farmers and ranchers are scrambling to adapt to what may prove to be the driest year in coastal Marin in the last century. Some have halted crop production or turned to dry farming, while others are considering costly mitigations such as trucking water to their parched properties to keep livestock...

County will redesign dangerous curve on Lucas Valley Road

04/21/2021
A hairpin turn on Lucas Valley Road will be realigned this summer to soften a curve that has been the site of numerous accidents. Just east of the Big Rock trailhead, the Department of Public Works will install a 135-foot retaining wall, allowing the road to shift out from the...

Green light for Bolinas affordable housing development

04/14/2021
An eight-unit affordable housing complex planned for downtown Bolinas has received permits from the Marin County Planning Commission, which issued the approval despite pushback from community members primarily concerned with the project’s size. In a 5:1 vote, commissioners on Monday approved the coastal permit, use permit and design review requested...

Stinson fire chief retires amid ambitious plans

04/14/2021
Kenny Stevens, the fire chief in Stinson Beach for the past 20 years, is retiring next month after more than five decades with the department, citing disagreements with the fire district’s direction. Assistant chief Jesse Peri will be promoted, and two duty officers have been hired to help. Though Mr...

Crab eradication gone awry ends in new strategy

04/14/2021
Scientists have given up hope on fully eradicating the invasive European green crabs that dominate the Seadrift Lagoon, after a research effort there went awry. They are now recommending keeping the population at a manageable threshold. The attempt to eliminate the species, which is ranked among the 100 worst invasives...

Historic sale for Black Mountain

04/14/2021
Black Mountain Ranch, the 1,200-acre property at the northern entrance to Point Reyes Station, is changing hands. Marcel Houtzager, a Dutch money manager from Ross and a supporter of agriculture in West Marin, is purchasing the land from Dave Osborn for $8.8 million. They are anticipating finalizing the sale in...

County appoints new head of community development

04/14/2021
Marin County has a new leader in charge of climate change planning, environmental review, land use, real estate development and code enforcement: Tom Lai was appointed this week to head the Community Development Agency. Mr. Lai is a Novato resident with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in...

Whale washes up on Muir Beach

04/14/2021
Over the course of eight days, four grey whales washed up in the Bay Area, including this one on Muir Beach on April 8. The Marine Mammal Center conducted a necropsy and found bruising and hemorrhaging around the jaw and neck, indicating a ship strike.

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