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SMART rail to use old tracks

07/22/2010
As part of a project to widen Highway 101, CalTrans crews have embarked on a three-month effort to move 3,500 feet of rail line in San Rafael 50 feet to the west. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) hopes to use the old Northwestern Pacific railway for passenger train service...

Boat capsizes at Great Beach

07/15/2010
Two people died after their 24-foot motor boat capsized at Great Beach near Abbotts Lagoon in Point Reyes National Seashore on Wednesday, leaving debris scattered a quarter-mile along the beach. A third person is missing. Authorities have not yet released the names of the boaters, who were most likely fishermen...

Commission tours Lawson’s

07/15/2010
The entire California Coastal Commission visited Lawson’s Landing last Thursday for a 90-minute tour of the historic Dillon Beach campground and trailer park, which has been undergoing a complicated permitting process for the last two years. Commissioners were eager to see the site before an official hearing, which will take...

Shoreline trustees split over teacher

07/15/2010
The Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 not to provide funds for a first-grade teacher at Inverness School who lost the position to budget cuts. Melissa Riley, a bilingual teacher partially responsible for boosting test scores of the 50 percent Latino student population, needed four votes to...

Cracking down on family farms

07/15/2010
A small organic farm in San Anselmo found itself in hot water last month when a random sweep by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement fined it for breaking the state’s farm labor laws. Jerry and Mea Draper received a $1,050 fine for occasionally allowing their sister, niece and nephew...

Valley Ford ranch protected

07/15/2010
Two hundred and fifteen acres in Valley Ford will be protected from development in perpetuity, after Marin Agricultural Land Trust purchased its sixty-sixth conservation easement last week. The owners of the Mazzucchi Ranch, Stan Mazzucchi and his sister, Loretta Bidarruta, accepted $424,000 for forgoing their right to subdivide or develop...

None happy with draft tree rules

07/15/2010
Environmentalists and San Geronimo Valley homeowners are butting heads over the county’s draft revision of an ordinance that would require permits to clear brush within 35 feet of creeks in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Environmentalists spoke out during Monday’s Planning Commission meeting against what they feel are liberal exemptions in...

Fisherman falls to death in sea

07/15/2010
A 45-year-old man fell to his death while fishing from a bluff near Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands last Saturday. Bernin Alarcon Figueroa of San Pablo fell 30 to 40 feet into high-tide waters at around 3:15 p.m. His friend, who was not carrying a cell phone, contacted a...

McEvoy branches into wine

07/15/2010
West Marin’s producer of high-end olive oil, McEvoy Ranch, is planning to expand its brand into wine made with grapes grown in between its olive trees. “The project came out of the idea of pairing wine and food in a natural way,” said Ranch Manager Dick Nielsen. The 550-acre ranch,...

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