Large medical campus discussed by Point Reyes Village Association

A group of West Marin residents and healthcare providers have begun efforts to raise support for the construction of a massive new community-owned healthcare center in Point Reyes Station, which, at an estimated 25,000 square feet, would be the largest building ever constructed in the small unincorporated community. “The idea...

Peter Douglas retires from California Coastal Commission

Peter Douglas, a prominent environmentalist who has devoted himself over the last four decades to forestalling unchecked development and ensuring affordable access to thousands along California’s coastline, announced last week his retirement as executive director from the California Coastal Commission, citing an ongoing battle with lung cancer. “I’m looking forward...

MALT saves 1,000 acres 
in Tomales

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has secured a $2.3 million conservation easement that will permanently protect the 1,013-acre Thornton Ranch in Tomales from non-agricultural redevelopment and subdivision. Owner Gary Thornton, a descendant of the dairy-farming Marshall brothers who founded the eponymous town, inherited the land in 2000. He began exploring...

Elders endorse oyster farm lease renewal

With the release of a much anticipated environmental impact statement only two months away, three former U.S. legislators who played key roles in shaping Point Reyes National Seashore have submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior Department Ken Salazar, urging him to renew Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operating permit,...

Penn to campaign for Solomon

Oscar-winning actor and director Sean Penn, a former Marin County resident, has agreed to campaign in the area next week on behalf of Norman Solomon, an Inverness Park author and political activist, who is running as a progressive Democrat for an open seat in the newly reorganized congressional district that...

Nick’s Cove loses Kuleto, chef

After a rough couple of years that led to millions in debt and vast uncertainty as to its foreseeable future, Nick’s Cove and Cottages announced last week that it has sold to a former investor who will maintain the historic Tomales Bay establishment’s operations mostly as is. Prescott Ashe, a...

Local coin accepted at Palace

Palace Market has joined the growing list of more than 50 West Marin establishments accepting the Coastal Marin Fund’s $3 tokens, which fund local nonprofit organizations. “[The Palace is] a very public spirited organization, so they wanted to try this,” Richard Kirschman, the fund’s sponsor and president, said of the...

New principal for Lagunitas

Lagunitas School District has hired Laura Shain, of Ocean Shore School in Pacifica, as its new principal. Shain completed her undergraduate studies at Bard College and received a M.A. in education with a concentration in educational administration from San Francisco State University. She was drawn to the position because of...

KWMR gets CPB funding

KWMR, West Marin’s community radio station, has received a $20,000 grant award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in recognition of its achievement in the “Efficiency” category. “KWMR is really pleased that the new efficiencies KWMR developed for this three-year round were recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,”...

Whooping cough vaccine rules

New California legislation requires middle and high school students to receive whooping cough vaccinations before starting school this fall. Previously only kindergarteners were required to receive booster shots for the highly contagious bacterial disease. Marin County Department of Health and Human Services will host Tdap immunization clinics between 10 a.m...


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