Inverness utility district closes general manager gap

On Wednesday afternoon, the board of directors of the Inverness Public Utility District voted unanimously to hire Shelley Redding—who has been part of the transition team covering the responsibilities of the vacant general-manager position since last November—to a nearly full-time administrator position. The board does not have current plans to...

Smiley's saloon sails into major rehabilitation

Even Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, which touts itself as the longest-running bar west of the Mississippi, must shut its doors once in a while. Beginning May 13, Smiley’s, which may date back to 1851, will be out of commission for an estimated four to six weeks; the hotel tucked behind the...

Health alliance adds acupuncture to its offerings

Through a new partnership with the Coastal Health Alliance, Alexis Richardson is expanding her mission to bring affordable acupuncture to West Marin. Last week, she started seeing patients at the alliance’s sister clinics in Point Reyes Station and Bolinas. The Coastal Health Alliance received a federal grant earlier this year...

Recreational salmon season, with positive outlook, to start on time

Salmon season is just around the bend, and it’s looking more promising than last year, when the season was truncated by drought and warm ocean conditions. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which sets the regulations for the fisheries along the West Coast, released the staggered start dates for recreational salmon...

Replacement buoys to be rolled out at Chicken Ranch Beach

Ready to swim in the bay? The waters off Chicken Ranch Beach will soon be safer. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized Marin County Parks to execute a 10-year lease agreement with the California State Lands Commission for the installation, use and maintenance of six marker buoys off the...

Junior units sought in the San Geronimo Valley

The San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association has a goal for 2019: to identify six landowners interested in creating housing stock and to help them initiate that process. Under the Real Community Rentals program, a county collaboration that began in 2016, the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin has...

Tomales's Toluma Farms collaborates on San Francisco bagel shop

Starting in early May, a refrigerated truck will wend its way from Tomales to San Francisco twice or thrice a week, bringing milk from Toluma Farms to its newest venture: a creamery and bagel shop in in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Hadley Kreitz plans to drive the truck and run...

Bolinas land trust unveils latest gifts

The three staffers at the helm of the Bolinas Community Land Trust can barely keep up with their success. At a forum last Saturday, the trust’s board members and employees rolled out the details of the latest acquisitions—two empty lots, one adjacent to Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and the other on...

Point Reyes brainstorms its water story

Around three dozen locals gathered on Monday evening in Point Reyes Station to discuss water-related concerns. It was the first of three meetings—there will be a second in May and a third in June—that the county is holding to help identify issues in the village. Project manager Lorene Jackson identified...


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