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County moves to close Bo loophole

10/04/2018
Sheriff’s deputies may soon be able to enforce state and county vehicle regulations on the privately maintained roads in Bolinas, following a discovery early this year that they did not have the power to do so, despite longstanding practice. Last week, the county’s deputy zoning administrator approved a coastal permit...

Stinson Beach fire board candidates debate experience and priorities

10/04/2018
Three candidates running for two open seats on the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District met a nearly packed house last Friday to make their case for why voters should elect them. The two incumbents, Marcus White and Peter Sandman, who are running as a ticket, distinguished themselves as experienced in...

Drakes Estero diver, burned by chemicals, wins suit against park subcontractor

10/04/2018
Matthew Zugsberger, who worked as a diver removing aquaculture debris and defunct oyster racks from Drakes Estero in 2016, has won his first case in a series of lawsuits over pay, safety and environmental misconduct in the United States District Court for Northern California. Last year Mr. Zugsberger sued his...

Ruling may prompt Marin to drop golf plan

09/27/2018
Should Marin County lose a case next month regarding its purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course, it will not only relinquish control and upkeep of the course, but may well drop all plans for the property. Max Korten, director of Marin County Parks, said an adverse ruling from the...

Seashore bill passes House

09/27/2018
The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed by a voice vote H.R. 6687, the bill introduced this month by Representative Jared Huffman and co-sponsored by Utah Republican Robert Bishop, which directs the Interior Department to continue to authorize ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the...

How many visitors spend the night—still guesswork

09/27/2018
How many visitors to coastal Marin spend the night? The conversation around November’s ballot measure that proposes to increase the transient occupancy tax in West Marin has oft cited that just 3 percent of tourists are overnighters. Yet in the absence of available data from the National Park Service or...

Heartwood shifts to homeschool program

09/27/2018
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired program formerly known as WISE Academy that lost public funding in January after the organization that managed its charter ran into trouble, launched this school year as a homeschool collaborative. The program, located in the White Hill Open Space Preserve and spearheaded by Lagunitas School...

West Marin businesses ahead of plastic straw ban

09/27/2018
A new California law will ban plastic straws in restaurants, but many establishments in West Marin have beat it to the punch. Starting in 2019, straws will only be distributed on request in the state, the first in the United States to ban restaurants from voluntarily handing out plastic straws...

Vaping rate balloons among Marin County youth

09/27/2018
A new report shows that the number of seventh, ninth and eleventh graders engaged in vaping—breathing in drugs like nicotine as vapor rather than smoke, usually through the use of electronic cigarettes—has more than doubled in Marin County in the past two years. According to the data, which was released...

Bear probable in park

09/27/2018
Earlier this month, two mushroom experts from the East Bay stumbled across a treasure of a different kind in Tomales Bay State Park: Fresh bear poop. Debbie Viess and David Rust, who together founded the Bay Area Mycological Society, found the scat after pulling over on Pierce Point Road. “We...

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