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Governor orders new focus on ailing forests

05/31/2018
After a year of calamitous wildfires that capped four years of historic drought, Governor Jerry Brown is ordering additional resources and prioritization toward managing the health of the state’s ailing forests. In an executive order issued this month, the governor directed the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Natural...

June has arrived and ticks are out

05/31/2018
Tick season is upon us, and two researchers have suggested that it may be a particularly active one in Marin and the Bay Area. Dan Salkeld, a Colorado State University research scientist who conducted field research in early May in West Marin, observed a higher than usual number of ticks...

Healthy youth coalition identifies risk factors and goals for West Marin

05/31/2018
Insufficient community infrastructure, a lack of supervision and guidance, and isolation in general are the top risk factors for West Marin youth, according to a coalition of community leaders that surveyed coastal communities in a series of meetings held earlier this year. The group, founded in 2014 to reduce underage...

In Marin as in California, STDs are on the rise and funding cuts may to blame

05/31/2018
Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high in California, and Marin is no different. According to the state’s health department, last year saw a record of diagnoses—likely due to the slashing of prevention and treatment funding as far back as the financial crisis of 2008. More than 300,000 cases...

Elaine Straub, Inverness friend and Kaiser chief, dies at 83

05/31/2018
Elaine Mossberger Straub, a surgeon who lived in Inverness since the early ’70s, died on April 21 at age 83. Known for her independence, humor and adventurous spirit, Elaine traveled the world after she retired from her post as chief of outpatient surgery at Kaiser Terra Linda. Often she went...

BCPUD reiterates need to clear rights-of-way

05/25/2018
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District took a strong stance last week against three redwoods planted on public property that were discovered during a survey of encroachments in rights-of-way on the Big Mesa. Erica McCrea, who lives with her family near the intersection of Yucca and Zebra Roads, asked the...

Unions prompt tweaks to job searches at Bo

05/25/2018
Change is afoot at Bolinas-Stinson School, where staff, trustees and parents have shifted their focus toward replacing principal Jason Richardson, who resigned last month. Yet frustration with the administration, which has been building this year over issues such as the discipline policy, school culture and communication, has colored the discussion...

Next up: Olema Creek bridge replacement

05/25/2018
Less than a mile from the contested Green Bridge, the county has identified another failing bridge for imminent replacement, on Levee Road. The Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Bridge is a three-span, concrete slab structure that crosses Lagunitas and Olema Creeks and dates back to 1930. The county says it needs...

Final Green Bridge impact report due in fall, as resistance simmers

05/25/2018
Caltrans will likely unveil final plans to replace the Green Bridge in Point Reyes Station this summer, despite the ongoing call from many community members for the agency to reconsider the project, some of whom are preparing to sue. A draft environmental impact report released last spring outlined several replacement...

Final ruling favors Nicasio rancher sued by neighbors

05/25/2018
For almost a decade, Joseph and Kathleen Jolson have continually sued Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, challenging it use of a dirt road that crosses their property. Last month, the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of rancher Mark Pasternak’s continued use of the road, but prohibited him from...

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