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Residents sue over Green Bridge

08/08/2018
Community members who have long opposed Caltrans’s plans to tear down and replace Point Reyes Station’s historic Green Bridge have taken to litigation. On Aug. 1, Friends of the Green Bridge, a nonprofit formed by 20 residents earlier this year, filed a lawsuit against Caltrans that alleges the agency violated...

County approves rules for short-term rentals

08/08/2018
New regulations meant to notify neighbors of the presence of short-term rentals and inform guests of county rules were adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday after a year of consideration. The ordinance, which sunsets in two years, gives short-term rental owners the option of either hanging...

Point Reyes Lighthouse gets $5 million overhaul

08/08/2018
The National Park Service on Monday began a $5 million restoration of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, the first extensive refurbishment in the landmark’s 148-year history. Work is expected to be completed next spring, but with access to the visitor center and observation deck opening again in early October. Accessibility, said...

Sheriff drone program takes off

08/08/2018
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is in the midst of acquiring five drones, part of a program exposed at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting when a Sausalito man called on the county to hold off on the acquisition until rules are put in place to protect the public from...

Shoreline school and Bolinas utility districts finalize ballot measures

08/08/2018
Ready to vote? Locals will have a chance to weigh in on some hot topics this fall. On Monday, the Shoreline Unified School District unanimously passed a resolution to put a $19.5 million bond measure—that amounts to $39 per $100,000 of taxable property value—for facilities improvements on the November ballot...

Transient occupancy tax violators could see tax liens under new rules

08/08/2018
Marin County is now better equipped to collect the transit occupancy tax, after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to amend county code. The original ordinance governing the T.O.T., passed in 1966, didn't address the issue of failures to pay the tax, so the county has had to go...

Study shows seagrass helps mitigate rates of ocean acidification

08/08/2018
A recent study conducted by the Carnegie Institution of Science based on data from Tomales Bay indicates that seagrass has an important role to play in curtailing the rate of ocean acidification. Eelgrass, which is a type of seagrass, has already been shown to reduce erosion rates and provide habitat...

Sailboat runs ashore at Limantour, but park had help removing it this time

08/08/2018
Those looking for the Point Reyes Shipwreck this week may have been surprised to find another, on Limantour Beach. The Rosebud, a 27-foot sailboat, ran aground on the night of July 28 and was stuck for nine days. The captain of the vessel, William Anderson, attributed the crash to a...

Fire on Black Mountain

08/08/2018
A fire on the western flank of Black Mountain on Aug. 8 quickly grew to 40 acres and came within a half-mile of Little Wing Farm and homes on Black Mountain Ranch. Sixty firefighters worked on the ground while six planes and a helicopter battled the fire, which began about...

Paper tariffs felt across news industry

08/08/2018
The United States Commerce Department last week softened tariffs on Canadian newsprint that were instituted in January, although newspaper businesses nationwide—including this one—continue to feel the effects of elevated paper costs. “It’s basically screwed up everything,” said Joe Vetter, who for two decades has owned Healdsburg Printing, which prints the...

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