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Olema Valley eucalyptus cut in big Caltrans project

03/10/2021
A roadway safety project that involves up to 200 eucalyptus trees is underway along Highway 1 in the Olema Valley. According to Caltrans spokeswoman RocQuel Johnson, an arborist inspected the trees before marking them for trimming or removal due to age or disease. The $3.5 million endeavor started in December,...

Inverness group asks IPUD to take lead on tax proposal

03/03/2021
The debate over whether a parcel tax in Inverness is the best way to prepare for drought and wildfire simmered down last week. The Inverness Foundation, which floated the idea of a tax to the community in January, stepped back, saying the Inverness Public Utility District should take the lead...

Gardening service, bakery owners receive awards

03/03/2021
The owners of the Bovine Bakery and the Inverness Gardening Service are being honored at the Dance Palace Community Awards Banquet on Saturday. Landscaper Ismael Gutierrez and baker Bridget Devlin were chosen for their leadership, mentorship and generosity. Bonnie Guttman, the director of the Dance Palace, said the community center...

Vaccines surge in West Marin

03/03/2021
The effort to vaccinate people is picking up steam in West Marin. Food service workers and emergency service workers are now up for their turn, and many just received their first doses. School employees are set to be fully vaccinated by spring break at the beginning of April, and providers...

Group targets eucalyptus trees

03/03/2021
A new group called Wildfire Safe Bolinas is worried about the fire danger posed by eucalyptus groves in town and is looking to raise money to remove the trees, particularly at the corner of Mesa and Olema-Bolinas Roads, a key evacuation route. But other longtime residents love the beauty of...

Bo holds off on rationing

03/03/2021
Bolinas residents anticipating mandatory water rationing to take effect March 1 received some 11th-hour relief. As long as overall use in the village does not rise above current levels, conservation measures will remain voluntary, according to a resolution passed by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District last week. “We are...

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 slow 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...

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