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Stinson Beach hires fire officer to enforce defensible space rules

02/07/2019
To get their beachside town ready for wildfire season, the board of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District voted this week to hire a part-time seasonal fire officer to help residents comply with fire codes. The new officer, Anthony Beltramo, has worked with departments in Kentfield and Mill Valley in...

At vegan film festival, animal rights filmmaker argues for no dairies in park

02/07/2019
Surrounded by dairy farms and cattle ranches, vegans made their case for plant-based eating at the Mindful Eating Food and Film Festival held at the Dance Palace last Saturday. The festival, the first of its kind in Point Reyes Station, aimed to “get the conversation started between our connection to...

Planning for broadband, Horizon drills under lagoon

01/30/2019
A horizontal directional drill burrowed through the earth beneath the rushing tides at the mouth of the Bolinas Lagoon on Monday, directed by employees for a small West Marin cable company with big dreams of bringing broadband internet to Bolinas. The news of Horizon Cable’s activities, which were aided by...

Supervisors request report on golf course

01/30/2019
In the dilemma over the future of the San Geronimo Golf Course, county officials have given themselves 30 days to breathe. On Tuesday, the county’s registrar of voters presented supervisors with an initiative seeking to preserve the course for golf, which garnered 10,553 signatures. The board now has three options:...

Real estate firms pitch in to charitable causes

01/30/2019
Real estate agents in West Marin are donating a percentage of their commission fees to nonprofits in an attempt to offset the region’s rising inequalities, which housing advocates credit in part to the rise of new homeowners’ short-term rentals. Brenda Balanda, owner of Marin Sunshine Realty, said she started her...

Wary Dillon Beach residents interested in wastewater study

01/30/2019
During a meeting Tuesday night to discuss their water needs, residents of Dillon Beach expressed both doubts about and interest in working with the county to develop water-use projects for the oceanside community. The meeting was the second in a series of three that the county is using to evaluate...

Community center opens pantry to federal workers

01/23/2019
San Geronimo Valley Community Center staff, in a gesture of goodwill, have opened their food pantry to federal workers suffering from the impacts of the government shutdown. The pantry, generally open on Mondays and Thursdays to low-income residents of the valley and Nicasio and to service workers in those areas,...

New interim principal starts at West Marin School

01/23/2019
A new chapter began last Friday for West Marin and Inverness Schools, when Beth Nolan, an educator from the East Coast who recently moved to Mill Valley, stepped in as a full-time interim principal for the duration of the year. Ms. Nolan, who most recently worked as an assistant principal...

Citizens fill gaps left by unprecedented shutdown

01/23/2019
It’s been more than a month since an estimated 800,000 federal workers received pay, marking the longest government shutdown in United States history. With no end in sight to the impasse in Washington, where President Donald Trump battles Democrats over the construction of a border wall, West Marin residents have...

Banner year for spawning coho

01/23/2019
Salmon spawning season is going strong in West Marin. According to Eric Ettlinger, the Marin Municipal Water District’s aquatic ecologist, this year’s run of coho is the largest in 12 years, with more than 300 redds, or nests, and 700 adults counted so far. As of Jan. 11, 60 redds...

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