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Inverness Public Utility District general manager resigns, staff steps up

11/07/2018
Change is afoot at the Inverness Public Utility District. Ken Eichstaedt, the district’s general manager since May 2016, resigned last Wednesday for undisclosed reasons. “I enjoyed making positive changes to the infrastructure and administration at IPUD and wish the organization well,” Mr. Eichsteadt, an Olema resident with more than 30...

Incumbent ticket broken in heated Stinson fire district race

11/07/2018
The race for two seats on the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District board reached a fever pitch unusual for the town. Will Mitchell, a relative newcomer, and Marcus White, an incumbent who ran as a ticket with his longtime colleague on the board Peter Sandman, won the seats, with Mr...

West Marin School principal takes leave

11/07/2018
Chris Eckert, who was promoted this spring from his post as sixth-grade teacher to a one-year interim principal position at West Marin School, took an unexpected medical leave this week. In an email sent to staff last Sunday, Bob Raines, the district superintendent, said Mr. Eckert would take at least...

Marin County Free Library hires new library branch manager for coast

11/07/2018
A new chapter has begun for the West Marin libraries, as former branch manager Bonny White, who held the position for the past decade, passes the torch to Raemona Little Taylor. Ms. White was promoted to the position of deputy director of the Marin County Free Library in June, and...

Measures set to pass, and most incumbents to triumph

11/07/2018
Preliminary election tallies show that West Marin residents said yes. Though the county won’t release final numbers until later next week to account for mail-in ballots and last-minute registrants, the Elections Office released initial results late Tuesday night. Those numbers include a sweeping 73 percent in favor of Measure W,...

County renews phone services contract for jail

11/07/2018
Marin County has renewed its contract with a major telecommunications company to provide inmates with telephone, mobile device and tablet services. Last month, supervisors approved a three-year agreement between the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Global Tel Link, one of two companies that together provide more than 70 percent of...

Park fleshes out GMPA options

11/07/2018
The National Park Service is now preparing the documents required under the National Environmental Policy Act to decide the future of ranching and elk management in the Point Reyes National Seashore and northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a process that must wrap up by 2021, per...

Judge rules CEQA review required for golf course

11/01/2018
The sun may have set on Marin County’s quest to turn the San Geronimo Golf Course into a park. Last Friday, Judge Paul Haakenson finalized a tentative ruling he made the day before, saying the county needs to perform a California Environmental Quality Act analysis before completing its purchase of...

Horse facilities saddling up for stricter discharge regulations

11/01/2018
For the first time, horse operations in Marin County will face the kind of regulatory scrutiny that dairies have operated under for decades. The California State Water Resources Control Board is requiring confined animal facilities near watersheds to comply with an order designed to regulate discharge and protect impaired water...

Streamside home will go to supes

11/01/2018
After nearly a decade seeking county approval to renovate their streamside home and legalize an unpermitted bridge over Barranca Creek, a Lagunitas couple appealed to the Board of Supervisors this week. The appeal followed a determination from planning commissioners last Thursday that the project’s remaining sticking points were above their...

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