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Transient occupancy tax violators could see tax liens under new rules

08/08/2018
Marin County is now better equipped to collect the transit occupancy tax, after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to amend county code. The original ordinance governing the T.O.T., passed in 1966, didn't address the issue of failures to pay the tax, so the county has had to go...

Study shows seagrass helps mitigate rates of ocean acidification

08/08/2018
A recent study conducted by the Carnegie Institution of Science based on data from Tomales Bay indicates that seagrass has an important role to play in curtailing the rate of ocean acidification. Eelgrass, which is a type of seagrass, has already been shown to reduce erosion rates and provide habitat...

Sailboat runs ashore at Limantour, but park had help removing it this time

08/08/2018
Those looking for the Point Reyes Shipwreck this week may have been surprised to find another, on Limantour Beach. The Rosebud, a 27-foot sailboat, ran aground on the night of July 28 and was stuck for nine days. The captain of the vessel, William Anderson, attributed the crash to a...

Fire on Black Mountain

08/08/2018
A fire on the western flank of Black Mountain on Aug. 8 quickly grew to 40 acres and came within a half-mile of Little Wing Farm and homes on Black Mountain Ranch. Sixty firefighters worked on the ground while six planes and a helicopter battled the fire, which began about...

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...

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