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Knotweed plan nabs funds for private lands

10/25/2018
Marin County approved federal funding last week for what officials described as a critical year in the battle against an invasive plant threatening the San Geronimo Valley. Japanese knotweed, a deciduous plant related to buckwheat that is considered one of the world’s 10 worst invasive plants, was first sighted in...

Inverness water under scrutiny after tests show high lead levels

10/25/2018
Inverness residents are advised to let the tap run for a while first thing in the morning—to flush out the lead. Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board notified the Inverness Public Utility District about problematically high levels of lead in several water samples taken from residential taps in...

Point Reyes Thanksgiving on hold

10/25/2018
No turkeys will be served at the Dance Palace this Thanksgiving Day. The community meal that has existed in various forms for over 30 years is being temporarily shelved as its organizer, West Marin Community Services, devises a new version that can better serve locals. According to executive director Socorro...

Time capsule pulled from lighthouse walls contained 1929 newspapers

10/25/2018
If the walls of the Point Reyes Lighthouse could talk, we now have an idea of the kind of history they would relay. Earlier this month, while removing a set of wooden panels during the structure’s $5 million restoration project, workers discovered a trove of newspapers from 1929. The five...

Ellie Cohen, long-time Point Blue CEO, moves on

10/25/2018
The consensus from speakers at last Saturday’s farewell celebration for Ellie Cohen, under whose two decades of leadership the small, Bolinas-based research group known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory transformed into the 180-employee conservation organization with a global reach now called Point Blue, was that she is a real-life...

Tomales High gun incident shakes up Shoreline

10/25/2018
The consequences for an eleventh grader who brought two hunting rifles in his truck to Tomales High School late last month are not yet determined—but the incident has shaken the entire district. Parents have voiced concern over the school’s response, arguing that there should have been an immediate, district-wide alert...

Giacomini Wetlands, 10 years in, sees quick rebirth

10/18/2018
Next Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of the conversion of 550 acres of dairy pasture into what West Marin now knows as the Giacomini Wetlands. A short walk from downtown Point Reyes Station, native grasses flourish and indigenous ducks bob where cows once roamed. Ecologists say nature made surprising headway...

Marin preps for immigration policy change

10/18/2018
Underserved families in Marin County are abandoning basic social services due to fears of an impending change in the nation’s immigration policy. A proposal announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security would expand restrictions for immigrants trying to change their legal status if they receive public benefits or...

In approving LCP, commission signals strong support for ag

10/18/2018
The planning commission expressed unanimous support for the latest batch of amendments to the county’s 1982 Local Coastal Program last week, determining after a pinprick analysis that it held up against the handful of ongoing concerns from the public. The robust support contrasted with the typical controversy and convolution associated...

Dillon Beach: Ready for disaster

10/18/2018
If disaster ever descends on Dillon Beach, residents and visitors will have food for several days—dehydrated packets of pasta marinara, pinto bean stew, vegetarian chili—that Ted Melden, operations manager of the Dillon Beach Emergency Response Team, calls “a five-star restaurant without the five stars.” The team, founded 11 years ago...

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