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Park and county collaboration improves fire response

07/11/2018
A new cooperative agreement between the Marin County Fire Department and the National Park Service will allow the park to expand its fire engine fleet from one engine staffed four days a week to three engines staffed seven days a week. Particularly in the summer season, this increased coverage is...

County halted in golf course purchase

07/05/2018
A Marin Superior Court judge last week blocked the county’s ability to purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course until litigation brought by the San Geronimo Advocates, a group opposed to the county’s intention to turn the 157-acre property into a park, is resolved. In a reversal from his tentative ruling...

New WMS principal up for the challenge

07/05/2018
Chris Eckert, who accepted an interim principal position at West Marin and Inverness Schools last week following a tumultuous spring for Shoreline Unified School District, says he is up for the challenge. The 40-year-old Inverness resident obtained his administrative credential last December, the latest step in a teaching career that...

County and labor union make late-night deal, averting three-day strike

07/05/2018
Marin County narrowly averted a strike by its largest union last week that had included plans to picket at the county fair. Officials resolved labor negotiation disputes late last Friday night with the Marin Association of Public Employees, which includes around 1,300 employees with a range of expertise, including librarians,...

Man who killed friend in Highway 1 crash agrees to six years in plea deal

07/05/2018
Lucas McFadden, the 23-year-old Petaluma resident with West Marin roots who was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter this winter, pled guilty in Marin Superior Court last week. According to his plea deal, Mr. McFadden faces six years in state prison and will be forgiven of two intoxicated driving counts, Deputy...

West Marin School head demoted

06/28/2018
The Shoreline Unified School District board decided late last week to reassign Matt Nagle, the principal of West Marin and Inverness Schools, to a kindergarten through second grade teaching position at the Bodega Bay School, and met immediate backlash. Sixth-grade teacher Chris Eckert, an Inverness resident who has taught at...

Lower ag values par for course, county says

06/28/2018
A drop in organic milk prices brought down total agricultural gross values nearly 10 percent in Marin last year, according to the county’s annual livestock and crop report released last week. “The organic market is being congested, for lack of a better term,” Stacy Carlsen, Marin’s agricultural commissioner who presented...

Bolinas will consider Brighton parking ban

06/28/2018
To address the problems in Bolinas brought by people living in vehicles or leaving them on public roads for weeks or months on end, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni has suggested a ban on overnight parking on two downtown streets. The supervisor unveiled the proposal—which may appear as an advisory measure on...

At Recology, recyclables piling up

06/28/2018
Recyclables have started piling up in Recology’s waste management facility in Santa Rosa ever since China began enforcing new restrictions on foreign garbage imports as part of an initiative to fight pollution. Recology, founded nearly a century ago in San Francisco, became the premier waste hauler for much of West Marin in December, just weeks before China’s new restrictions went into effect. The move has many companies reeling to find alternative places to ship materials, and Recology is no exception...

Shop named for sea captain opens in Point Reyes

06/28/2018
Captain Oko, a purveyor of goods sourced from small designers and fair-trade collectives, opened in June in the small cabin at the intersection of Highway 1 and Levee Road. The shop takes its name from its one-time resident, Adolph S. Oko, Jr., a “stoic and storied seafarer.” At age 44,...

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