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Paper tariffs felt across news industry

08/08/2018
The United States Commerce Department last week softened tariffs on Canadian newsprint that were instituted in January, although newspaper businesses nationwide—including this one—continue to feel the effects of elevated paper costs. “It’s basically screwed up everything,” said Joe Vetter, who for two decades has owned Healdsburg Printing, which prints the...

Land trust envisions 50 new units in Bolinas

08/02/2018
Representatives from the Bolinas Community Land Trust detailed their plans to create affordable housing at two properties on the Big Mesa at a meeting held at the community center last Saturday. Though a group of neighbors has vocally opposed the projects in recent months over concerns about increased density and...

Food stamps cut at Point Reyes Farmers Market

08/02/2018
Facing new federal requirements to disclose the personal information of one of its members, the Point Reyes Farmers Market steering committee decided to no longer accept electronic benefit, or E.B.T., cards, after five years of participating in the food benefits program. New standards under the United States Department of Agriculture...

Bat study rounds first year

08/02/2018
The first year of the Marin Bat Monitoring Project has revealed interesting data about the 13 bat species found in Marin. The project, undertaken by the United States Geological Survey and One Tam, is focused on identifying the feeding and roosting sites of local bat species. Although feeding sites can...

Shoreline may shrink bond proposal

08/02/2018
Just a week before the deadline to submit language for a bond measure on the November ballot, the Shoreline Unified School District board is still determining facility project priorities and the amount for which it will ask—likely less than its initial proposal following a wave of opposition from residents. The...

TOT heads to ballot amid hotelier outcry

08/02/2018
The Board of Supervisors has sent Dennis Rodoni’s ballot measure to the ballot: In November, West Marin voters will weigh in on the proposed increase, from 10 to 14 percent, of the transient occupancy tax. The hike would affect local hotels, campgrounds and short-term rentals—some of whose owners spoke vociferously...

Socorro Romo takes top service post

07/25/2018
True to the courage and positivity that has opened many opportunities over the course of her nearly 40 years in West Marin, Socorro Romo jumped into her position as the new executive director of West Marin Community Services in early July, the day after the board offered her the job...

Samaria Jaffe departs PRNSA

07/25/2018
The executive director of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Samaria Jaffe, who has been at the center of public criticism expressed by the association’s board members and staff in the past year, is leaving in August after six years at the post. Ms. Jaffe has a new position based...

Bolinas exploring request to modify AT&T tower

07/25/2018
The telecommunications company AT&T is hoping to expand its bandwidth in Bolinas, where nine panel antennas overlook the fire station offering a relatively weak cellular signal. To move forward, AT&T must modify its lease with the Bolinas Fire Protection District, which has held a contract with the company since 1997...

Parking ban's delicate balance

07/25/2018
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District has finally settled on language for an advisory measure to be placed on the November ballot that proposes new downtown parking regulations. Abandoning some of the community’s grander aspirations, the district board instead yielded to advice from a host of county offices to tailor...

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