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West Marin waste hauler launching audit prompted by reports of mixing

07/18/2018
Is the truck that picks up your garbage combining trash and recyclables? The San Francisco company Recology, which in December launched a new Sonoma-Marin branch and began servicing much of West Marin, has just embarked on a two-month auditing process to analyze inefficiencies that may be encouraging drivers to toss...

Closing in on downtown Bolinas parking measure

07/11/2018
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District suggested some significant tweaks to the recent proposal from District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to institute new parking regulations on downtown streets in Bolinas. For the past year, the utility district and the supervisor have been bouncing ideas for possible ways to address the...

Shoreline seeking input on bond

07/11/2018
Shoreline Unified School District is seeking feedback on a bond measure under consideration for the November ballot to generate funds for facility improvements. A notice that went out to local mailboxes in June said the district must spend $30 million for critical repairs and upgrades to classrooms and school buildings,...

Tortoiseshell butterfly migration reaches coast

07/11/2018
The tortoiseshell butterfly migration passing through West Marin over the last three weeks has been hard to miss. Butterflies ended up in bedrooms, trees and lunchboxes, and splattered on windows. “Although these butterflies migrate seasonally every year, their course is extremely variable and hard to predict,” said Arthur Shapiro, a...

Green Bridge design decided

07/11/2018
Caltrans has unveiled its final design plans to tear down and replace the Green Bridge to ensure that the critical gateway to Point Reyes Station can withstand an earthquake. It’s a project the agency says will cost $8 million and take a year to complete, including a complete closure for...

Park and county collaboration improves fire response

07/11/2018
A new cooperative agreement between the Marin County Fire Department and the National Park Service will allow the park to expand its fire engine fleet from one engine staffed four days a week to three engines staffed seven days a week. Particularly in the summer season, this increased coverage is...

County halted in golf course purchase

07/05/2018
A Marin Superior Court judge last week blocked the county’s ability to purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course until litigation brought by the San Geronimo Advocates, a group opposed to the county’s intention to turn the 157-acre property into a park, is resolved. In a reversal from his tentative ruling...

New WMS principal up for the challenge

07/05/2018
Chris Eckert, who accepted an interim principal position at West Marin and Inverness Schools last week following a tumultuous spring for Shoreline Unified School District, says he is up for the challenge. The 40-year-old Inverness resident obtained his administrative credential last December, the latest step in a teaching career that...

County and labor union make late-night deal, averting three-day strike

07/05/2018
Marin County narrowly averted a strike by its largest union last week that had included plans to picket at the county fair. Officials resolved labor negotiation disputes late last Friday night with the Marin Association of Public Employees, which includes around 1,300 employees with a range of expertise, including librarians,...

Man who killed friend in Highway 1 crash agrees to six years in plea deal

07/05/2018
Lucas McFadden, the 23-year-old Petaluma resident with West Marin roots who was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter this winter, pled guilty in Marin Superior Court last week. According to his plea deal, Mr. McFadden faces six years in state prison and will be forgiven of two intoxicated driving counts, Deputy...

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