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Forum reflects new focus on plight of the homeless

07/25/2019
When Skylar Smith, who lives out of his van in Point Reyes Station, spoke at a county-held forum on homelessness in West Marin last week, he had one point to make: We need to look at homeless people as humans. Imperfect humans, he conceded, but deserving of basic respect. “They’re...

Stinson Beach fire district closes on property, hopes for housing and new station

07/25/2019
The Stinson Beach Fire Protection District on Monday finalized the $550,000 purchase of an undeveloped property on Shoreline Highway, just a couple hundred feet away from the current fire station. The newly obtained property will be combined with an adjacent parcel that is being gifted to the district by an...

Immigrant advocates working to educate amid threats of ICE action

07/18/2019
Community organizers in West Marin are on the ready in case of ICE activity coinciding with President Trump’s announcement of nationwide sweeps. “There is a lot of fear within the community,” said Jorge Martinez, a program assistant for West Marin Community Services. “We’ve only had rumors [in the past], but...

CCC pushes back against poison plan

07/18/2019
The plan to eradicate house mice from the South Farallon Islands met resistance last week, when the United States Fish and Wildlife Service failed to convince the California Coastal Commission that dropping rodenticide from a helicopter is the best and only way to go. Advocates and opponents of the eradication...

Siren calls coming to a bay near you

07/18/2019
Odysseus, homeward bound, told his men to seal their ears with beeswax so they wouldn’t be lured to their deaths as they passed the island of sirens. Yet he bound himself to the mast of his ship so he could hear the irresistible song of half-women, half-birds. Residents of West...

Marin lays rules for small cell networks

07/18/2019
An urgency ordinance passed last Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors implemented several rules for the deployment of small-cell infrastructure on public roads, including procedural and aesthetic guidelines. The rush came in advance of applications expected within the month by telecom companies looking to build out 4G networks,...

Census work group tackling West Marin challenges

07/18/2019
As Marin County continues to ramp up its census outreach efforts, it is specifically targeting West Marin as an area that is difficult to count. Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized a $120,000 grant to the Canal Alliance to conduct outreach for all of the county’s hard-to-count populations. As...

Respira grant will fund youth activities website

07/18/2019
Kids can ride bikes around Tomales Bay, enjoy a bonfire on Chicken Ranch Beach and skateboard at Mesa Park, thanks to a county park grant for Tomales Bay Youth Center that will be used to coordinate and connect the youth of West Marin. The grant will help pay for an...

Public presses sheriff over ICE transfers

07/10/2019
In a room full of immigrant advocates, Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act,...

Butter, cheese: Bivalve Dairy spreads out

07/10/2019
The owners of Bivalve Dairy brought the first batch of their new cheeses to the Point Reyes Farmers Market this month. They nearly sold out. “I had never made cheese before: It’s amazing what you will do to save your family’s farm,” said Karen Bianchini Taylor, a sixth-generation rancher whose...

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