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Animal rights activists sue park over elk

06/23/2021
The National Park Service has been sued over its handling of the fenced tule elk herd on Tomales Point. The lawsuit, filed by the Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Clinic, alleges the park has failed to protect the animals from “horrific and preventable deaths,” allowing them to starve...

Forum a first step toward civilian oversight of sheriff

06/23/2021
Marin supervisors and residents expressed support last week for oversight of the sheriff’s office under a new bill that lets counties establish a civilian committee to hear complaints, issue subpoenas, investigate the sheriff and publish findings. At a forum hosted by the county’s Human Rights Commission, every speaker except for...

Tribal council seeks protection for Miwok sites

06/23/2021
A group of Coast Miwok are calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to reject the park service’s plan for the Point Reyes National Seashore and grant them more say over the park’s archaeological resources, which lie on unceded Miwok land. The Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin, a network of...

New parking rules soon for Bolinas and Stinson Beach

06/23/2021
New parking restrictions are coming to downtown Bolinas and Stinson Beach to improve emergency access, as more significant changes to address high visitation wait in the wings. Last week, county planners approved coastal permits for new fire lanes, the removal of outdated signs and the conversion of existing no-parking zones...

Evacuation tags available for West Marin residents

06/23/2021
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department are handing out evacuation tags to make it easier for first responders to know who was able to leave during a disaster. The tag, which says “EVACUATED” in red, can be fixed to a mailbox, front door, garage or the end of...

NMWD raises water rates

06/23/2021
Water customers in Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness Park will see their next water bill change after the North Marin Water District approved a new rate structure on Tuesday. The threshold to pay more was lowered from 400 to 250 gallons per day, at the same time the rate...

Inverness revises rules for new service in drought

06/16/2021
Plans for a new home have prompted the Inverness Public Utility District to update its rules for new water connections during a drought. If the latest version of regulation 117 is approved, property owners would be allowed to connect to the water system only if they agree to defer landscaping...

Beleaguered Lagunitas tea seller given three months to vacate property

06/16/2021
Marin County is a step closer to winning its long legal battle with a Lagunitas tea seller whose property is filled with experimental, unpermitted structures. Last month, a judge ordered David Lee Hoffman to vacate and turn over possession of the property called the Last Resort, where Mr. Hoffman has...

Shoreline superintendent placed on leave while DA reviews case

06/16/2021
Bob Raines, the superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District who was arrested on June 8 on charges of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, was placed on unpaid leave by the school board last week. The county district attorney’s office is reviewing the case to...

Stuck in legal fight, county speeds up stream conservation ordinance

06/16/2021
Homeowners in the San Geronimo Valley are set to face stricter rules on changes to their properties by the end of the year. Marin is accelerating its timeline for adopting a stream conservation ordinance for the valley, after a judge ruled on a SPAWN lawsuit that the county violated environmental...

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