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Valley creek testing to shed light on pollution sources

01/12/2017
The county and the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group are using two different kinds of technology to conduct coordinated tests of the valley’s watershed that have the potential to shed more light on the sources and strengths of contaminants. The planning group has pushed for creek testing because of its...

MMWD plan would keep pesticides out of watershed

01/12/2017
The Marin Municipal Water District has developed a plan to control fire fuels and promote biodiversity—without the use of pesticides—on 22,000 acres of its land, including on Mount Tam and around the Nicasio and Soulajule Reservoirs. Curbing multiple kinds of broom in particular, an invasive plant spreading at the rate...

Ranchers get legal funding from county

01/12/2017
County supervisors unanimously approved allocating up to $200,000 to reimburse two groups of ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore for legal fees related to the lawsuit against the National Park Service centered on the ranch management plan. The county is providing the reimbursement— officially defined as 20 percent of...

New invasives crowd Abbotts Lagoon lupine

01/12/2017
After removing European beachgrass from 80 acres at Abbotts Lagoon, the Point Reyes National Seashore is battling new invaders threatening the growth of Tidestrom’s Lupine, an endangered plant. On Martin Luther King Day, volunteers can help park staff remove the non-natives, such as European searocket, New Zealand spinach, iceplant and...

Dual storms disrupt travel, power for thousands

01/12/2017
Storms in the past week took down dozens of trees, damaged a handful of homes, cut power for thousands and spurred car crashes in West Marin, as well as the rest of the county. About 10 inches of rain fell between Friday and Wednesday mornings in the Point Reyes National...

Coastal Health Alliance to reopen Stinson Beach clinic

01/12/2017
The Coastal Health Alliance’s small clinic in Stinson Beach, temporarily closed since July due to the departure of staff members, will reopen in March, said Steven Siegel, the nonprofit’s executive director. The two-day-a-week clinic served about 240 patients with around 100 visits per month. Dr. Rosalia Mendoza worked at the...

After 24 years, Elsie Riley leaves the bakery counter

01/12/2017
Elsie Riley has served customers at the Bovine Bakery for almost as long as the bakery itself has been open, forging friendships and relationships with countless locals and visitors along the way. Now, after 24 years, Ms. Riley is stepping down from her post as she prepares for surgery on...

St. Columba’s finds vicar in professor and reverend from Fairfax

01/05/2017
Following a year of changes within its organization, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church has welcomed a new part-time vicar: Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, of Fairfax. The announcement comes a year after Father Robert Weldy, the previous head of Inverness’s oldest church, retired and St. Columba’s status shifted from a parish to a mission due to a shrinking laity and inadequate funding...

Nature Notebook, January 5, 2017

01/05/2017
Light in winter! A full moon rises on Jan. 12 and will be accompanied by Venus at its highest point in the evening sky. Look for the brilliant planet to the west over the Inverness Ridge as the sun sets just after 5 p.m. and before the moon rises at...

Rodoni takes District 4 office

01/05/2017
Dennis Rodoni’s Chevrolet Volt rose over Big Rock peak early Tuesday morning as the District Four supervisor curved along Lucas Valley Road en route to give his oath of office. Maintaining the stretch’s 35-mph speed limit, he glided towards the Civic Center following a nine-month campaign that ended in a tight race between Novato dairyman Dominic Grossi and himself: a lifelong West Marin resident with a contracting business and a home in Olema...

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