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With red tier, Lagunitas takes steps to reopen

02/24/2021
Lagunitas School is the only elementary school in Marin County that hasn’t brought students back to campus. On Monday, that will change: The state moved Marin into a less restrictive tier of reopening, allowing the 215 students in the valley to return for four hours of outdoor learning a week,...

Changes approved for Dillon Beach Resort

02/24/2021
The families that purchased the Dillon Beach Resort three years ago will complete the conversion of the business’s long-term R.V. housing into short-term rentals, thanks to an after-the-fact coastal permit issued this month. The owners may now add 13 new tiny homes slated for vacation rentals, with some rented at...

Housing limited by density fears in high-risk areas

02/24/2021
Supervisors paved the way last month for the creation of more affordable housing in West Marin, despite concerns that increased density will problematize wildfire evacuations. New state regulations for accessory dwelling units seek to reduce permitting and building barriers, such as by expediting the review process and relaxing property line...

Sheriff’s office provides free gun locks in new safety campaign

02/24/2021
Guns in homes may be locked up thanks to free supplies available at all Marin County Sheriff’s Office substations. The office launched a public information campaign this week to improve access to gun locks among other gun safety measures, responding to urgings from the county’s civil grand jury. Although it...

For cows first and foremost, the grass is always greener

02/24/2021
Have you wondered why there are so many stray cows in the sheriff’s calls lately? West Marin cows tend to get out more often in the winter, and the explanation can be traced to an age-old idiom: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. “I...

North Marin outlines new water rate increase

02/17/2021
The North Marin Water District is proposing a rate increase for roughly 1,800 residents in West Marin to help pay for aging infrastructure and keep up with inflation. Bills will go up by an average of 6 percent, though a new rate structure will have individual customers pay closer to...

Bolinas septics to get upgrades for second units

02/17/2021
A high groundwater table across much of the Big Mesa in Bolinas presents a barrier for homeowners wishing to upgrade their septic systems—a necessary and an expensive step in creating an accessory dwelling unit. Now, the Bolinas Community Land Trust has permission from the county to launch a pilot program...

Roadhouse eatery to open in Point Reyes

02/17/2021
A new eatery will open later this month at the corner of Levee Road and Highway 1: The Point Reyes Roadhouse. It’s a project of Marisol Salgado, who grew up on the Point Reyes peninsula and has co-owned the Whale of a Deli for the past 19 years. Ms. Salgado...

Shoreline may annex preschools

02/17/2021
Two preschools struggling with staff retention may be annexed by the Shoreline Unified School District next month. The school board will consider bringing Papermill Creek Children’s Corner in Point Reyes Station and Shoreline Acres Preschool in Tomales under its auspices at its March 19 board meeting. The move would help...

Fast internet coming to Bo

02/17/2021
A solution to slow internet in Bolinas is near: Muir Beach LAN will expand its network of fixed wireless repeaters on the Big Mesa over the next few weeks, offering broadband speeds that far outpace the AT&T phone-line connection that is currently the only option for 75 percent of residents...

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