Tax amnesty for lodging operators

The advent of the Internet has made it easy to for pretty much anyone to offer short-term vacation rentals—and over 200 of these operators in Marin, many of whom are renting their homes, are either unaware of, or are ignoring, a county tax. Over the last year, the finance department...

Parking plan for Muir Woods

Federal, state and county agencies last week announced a collaborative effort to remedy parking problems at Muir Woods National Monument, where traffic is compromising both public safety and enjoyment. Congestion at the monument and in nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park, combined with gaps in trail and pedestrian systems, is resulting...

Seals thrive in estero in 2013

Disturbances of harbor seals by oyster boats in Drakes Estero have been the subject of the most heated arguments over the environmental impact of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Scientists at Point Reyes National Seashore have for years claimed a correlation, if not a causal relationship, between increased shellfish harvest and...

Diversity seats open on county community development groups

Marin County is inviting residents to apply to be members of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee and its Local Area Committees, which oversee the county supervisors’ allocation and distribution of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program funds. The CDBG and HOME committees are undergoing an expansion with the...

Dog bite at school triggers alert

A dog on an extendable leash bit and wounded an elementary school student on the Lagunitas School campus last week, spurring Principal Laura Shain to remind West Marin residents that unleashed or unsecured dogs are prohibited on school grounds. The student, who did not provoke the dog, received medical treatment...

Free emergency training offered

A free emergency preparedness workshop presented by the West Marin School Family Center will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the school, in Point Reyes Station. Learn how to create a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit and how to evacuate quickly and safely...

Crab fisherman dies at mouth

A Tomales Bay boater died off Dillon Beach on Sunday morning after his leg became entangled in a rope tied to a crab pot that had been thrown into the water. The boat operator told officials that as the pot was thrown into the water and sank, the man, 40-year-old...

Locals save historic Olema butcher shop

Fast-acting residents preserved the historic Gamboni butcher shop in Olema last Friday after an errant driver hit a power pole, dropping lines onto a field and igniting a brush fire along Highway One. With emergency vehicles stuck behind a pole blocking both lanes, a handful of locals wielding garden hoses,...

Appeal denied, Drakes Bay presses for more judges

Drakes Bay Oyster Company suffered a blow on Tuesday when a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to deny the farm a preliminary injunction that would have allowed it to stay open while battling the federal government. The historic farm’s efforts to continue to cultivate oysters on Marin’s coast—a battle that has attracted the attention of famous chefs, conservatives, environmental groups, members of Congress and the local community—has stoked fears among

Poets to benefit literary journal

Two prized poets will convene September 15 for a conversation, reading and ticketed supper hosted by Point Reyes Books and benefitting the area’s literary and art journal. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan, a MacArthur fellow and former U.S. Poet Laureate praised for her simple language, rhythm, rhyme and “sly wit,”...


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