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Drakes Estero diver, burned by chemicals, wins suit against park subcontractor

10/04/2018
Matthew Zugsberger, who worked as a diver removing aquaculture debris and defunct oyster racks from Drakes Estero in 2016, has won his first case in a series of lawsuits over pay, safety and environmental misconduct in the United States District Court for Northern California. Last year Mr. Zugsberger sued his...

Questions and criticism follow 5G rule

10/04/2018
Activists are concerned that a deal struck by the Marin General Services Authority more than a year ago may have cut off county bargaining power with telecommunication companies ahead of a new federal rule limiting local control of 5G cell networks. Those networks, which are designed to provide high-speed internet...

County may redraw water basin boundary

10/04/2018
In an effort to sidestep the need to form a new governmental agency and management plan, Marin County has filed an application with California’s Department of Water Resources to reconfigure the boundary of the water basin below Tomales and Dillon Beach. The move, which supervisors authorized last month, will save...

Lagunitas tea seller denied ask, gains time

10/04/2018
Surrounded by more than a dozen friends and neighbors in a hot courtroom last Friday, tea purveyor and longtime Lagunitas resident David Lee Hoffman strained in his seat to take in the proceedings but soon retreated to the back, where he resigned to not being able to hear—and resumed his...

Ruling may prompt Marin to drop golf plan

09/27/2018
Should Marin County lose a case next month regarding its purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course, it will not only relinquish control and upkeep of the course, but may well drop all plans for the property. Max Korten, director of Marin County Parks, said an adverse ruling from the...

Seashore bill passes House

09/27/2018
The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed by a voice vote H.R. 6687, the bill introduced this month by Representative Jared Huffman and co-sponsored by Utah Republican Robert Bishop, which directs the Interior Department to continue to authorize ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the...

How many visitors spend the night—still guesswork

09/27/2018
How many visitors to coastal Marin spend the night? The conversation around November’s ballot measure that proposes to increase the transient occupancy tax in West Marin has oft cited that just 3 percent of tourists are overnighters. Yet in the absence of available data from the National Park Service or...

Heartwood shifts to homeschool program

09/27/2018
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired program formerly known as WISE Academy that lost public funding in January after the organization that managed its charter ran into trouble, launched this school year as a homeschool collaborative. The program, located in the White Hill Open Space Preserve and spearheaded by Lagunitas School...

West Marin businesses ahead of plastic straw ban

09/27/2018
A new California law will ban plastic straws in restaurants, but many establishments in West Marin have beat it to the punch. Starting in 2019, straws will only be distributed on request in the state, the first in the United States to ban restaurants from voluntarily handing out plastic straws...

Vaping rate balloons among Marin County youth

09/27/2018
A new report shows that the number of seventh, ninth and eleventh graders engaged in vaping—breathing in drugs like nicotine as vapor rather than smoke, usually through the use of electronic cigarettes—has more than doubled in Marin County in the past two years. According to the data, which was released...

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