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Redwood Creek salmon released

01/18/2018
They were carried in pairs, sloshing around inside Yeti coolers, from a water tank truck idling in the Muir Beach parking lot to the muddy shores of Redwood Creek. Volunteers used wheelbarrows to transfer them to biologists who hoisted them into the creek using nets. After a couple of hours,...

After suit, Marin County Open Space will monitor usage and close trails at night

01/18/2018
The result of a settlement agreement reached late last month with Marin Audubon Society, the Marin County Open Space District will launch a five-year pilot program this spring that involves seasonal nighttime closures at 10 different road and trail locations to benefit sensitive wildlife, such as northern spotted owls. The...

Newest Coastal Health Alliance doctor brings integrative health know-how

01/18/2018
A 33-year-old Santa Cruz native with a background in alternative medicine became the Coastal Health Alliance’s newest medical doctor this month. Gabriel Klapman, the son of an M.D. and a body worker, came “highly recommended for his degree of intelligence and compassion,” said Steven Siegel, the health alliance’s C.E.O. “His...

Rodoni rolls out local tax proposal

01/18/2018
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni began his 2018 policy agenda by promulgating his proposal to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, which would apply only to visitors who use short-term rentals, or accommodations that last under 30 days. He’s held meetings with village associations, planning groups and individuals to parlay the proposal, and...

Federal bill: Allow bikes in wilderness

01/11/2018
Do bikes belong in the 33,373-acre Phillip Burton Wilderness in the Point Reyes National Seashore? That’s a question that the hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists and park officials of West Marin may soon have to unite to answer. Last month, a bill that would overturn a longstanding ban on bicycles in...

Watershed council out of dormancy

01/11/2018
Members of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, which has been largely dormant for the past five years, have revived the organization with a new operating structure. The council, founded in 1999 and originally focused on writing guidance documents for stakeholder agencies, lost funding for its coordinator, Neysa King, in 2012...

Green light to appoint Point Reyes sheriff’s station commander

01/11/2018
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office substation in Point Reyes Station has lacked a commander since August, when Lieutenant Doug Pittman went on leave due to heart problems. Now the office has a green light to approve a temporary, fulltime lieutenant who will oversee the station until June 30, when the...

Inverness native reflects on sports writing career

01/11/2018
As the son of a doctor, Garrett Whitt learned from his father how to detach from his emotions and remain objective, as in when delivering unfortunate news. Mr. Whitt’s career in sports journalism has been marked by the same approach. Even if his home team lost by 40 points, he...

Community Cafés ask: Are the kids all right?

01/11/2018
Teenagers and parents are encouraged to take part in a new series of Community Café forums that will soon appear around West Marin. The first of these events, which includes a free dinner and childcare, will be held at the Lagunitas School on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Hosted by the West...

Ranchers want to sequester more carbon

01/04/2018
The lawsuit against the Point Reyes National Seashore has stalled three park ranchers hoping to implement carbon sequestration practices to combat climate change. The practices range from the reduced tilling of grazing lands to the restoration of riparian areas, but a condition in the suit that prohibits new or expanded...

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