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New research underway on Lyme-infected ticks

06/01/2017
Lyme disease is often considered an East Coast problem, but ticks in California also carry the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes the disease, if at lower rates—and late spring is when Californians are most likely to get infected. “It’s endemic in Marin for sure,” said Dan Salkeld, a professor at...

Blue whale, killed by ship strike, washes up in Bolinas

06/01/2017
Twenty-five scientists and volunteers clad in thick rubber pants and boots gathered at Agate Beach in Bolinas last Saturday morning, preparing to cut up the body of a 79-foot, stranded female blue whale to determine its cause of death. “This is an amazing opportunity,” said Barbie Halaska, a research assistant...

One arrested for car burglaries, another arrest imminent for homes

06/01/2017
A string of car and home burglaries have left some Point Reyes Station residents yearning for a forgotten period when leaving the door unlocked wasn’t a punishable offense. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office on May 16 arrested a suspect related to a car burglary at Chicken Ranch Beach, though it...

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant sells to Hog Island

06/01/2017
Hog Island Oyster Company has continued its expansion on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay with its purchase of Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, announced on Tuesday. According to John Finger, a co-owner of Hog Island, owners Anton and John Konatich approached him earlier this year with the idea of the purchase...

Feds will review marine areas

06/01/2017
The Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries have until the end of June to submit documents to federal review mandated by an executive order aimed at evaluating sites, in part for mining and offshore drilling potential. The order, signed in April, called for a review of all national...

More time to comment on thorny Green Bridge

06/01/2017
Has Caltrans fully explored the least intrusive options for replacing the Green Bridge? Many in the community are concerned that it hasn’t. Over the past week, a stirring plea by the owner of the Point Reyes Animal Hospital and questions raised by another affected resident led to an outpouring of...

Western Weekend a last hurrah for eighth graders who rock

06/01/2017
There are 20 minutes left before the bell rings and Kids Who Rock, a rock band comprised of West Marin School eighth graders, is running through its West Weekend set for the final time before their flatbed truck stage parades down Main Street. Dave Whitney, the school’s music teacher, directs...

County holds firm, shifts gears on weed

05/25/2017
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject appeals by seven marijuana dispensary applicants, including one in West Marin, and directed county staff to consider a delivery-only alternative and a revised approach to the permitting process. An eighth appeal, by a group that applied to operate...

Annual water hike continues to fund large projects

05/25/2017
North Marin Water District plans to raise rates for West Marin customers on July 1, the second annual hike in a multi-year plan to raise funds for major system improvements. The $32- per-year increase for median customers is the same amount as last year’s raise, though the district says users...

Supervisors, holding contentious chapter, approve LCP amendments

05/25/2017
Following extensive public debate and back and forth between the county and the California Coastal Commission over the past five years, the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a group of amendments to the 1982 Local Coastal Program related to land use, accepting many of the commission’s significant modifications. Yet...

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