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County mulls Muir Woods road options

04/20/2017
Plans to restore a 2.4-mile section of Muir Woods Road have taken another step forward following a meeting this week hosted by the Marin County Department of Public Works. Department staff presented five project alternatives for addressing the winding stretch, which runs between the Muir Woods National Monument and Highway...

Lynn Woolsey to talk politics in Point Reyes

04/13/2017
Former United States Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will appear in Point Reyes Station next week for a conversation with Inverness journalist and historian Mark Dowie, a benefit for the activist group West Marin Standing Together. The pair will discuss the contemporary political climate in Washington, D.C. “I see this really as...

Report finds no evidence of Neubacher bias

04/13/2017
An investigation into allegations of bias and a hostile work environment at Yosemite National Park under former superintendent Don Neubacher—who also long served as chief of the Point Reyes National Seashore—found “no evidence” that his decisions were bias-driven but that his management style “may have contributed to what some Yosemite...

Electric charging stations depart Point Reyes

04/13/2017
Two electric vehicle charging stations were uprooted from their Point Reyes Station location in January due to the cost of maintenance and financial woes. “Basically, we weren’t making enough money,” Richard Sachen, owner of Sunspeed Enterprises, said. “We tried to get investors but there weren’t enough… and I’ve exhausted my...

No cannabis dispensary approved

04/13/2017
After the county spent almost two years creating a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance and assessing applications, the county administrator denied all 10 bids for storefront licenses, including two in West Marin that rankled many residents in the San Geronimo Valley and Marshall. In an announcement on Monday, Matthew Hymel, the...

Seawall bill stirs fears for coastal homeowners

04/13/2017
A bill governing seawalls introduced in the state assembly this month has some residents in Marshall and Stinson Beach concerned about their ability to protect their homes. But the organization that sponsored the legislation says the provision that has caused those concerns codifies in law an approach the California Coastal...

Marin groups tend to natives nursery

04/13/2017
A spray bottle filled with alcohol lies near the entrance to a new plant nursery at the Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters, in Bear Valley. The spray is used to disinfect the soles of shoes and defend against phytophthora tentaculata, a deadly plant pathogen that has alarmed Bay Area nurseries...

Rodoni and others ask for leeway in Lagunitas tea estate case

04/13/2017
A finding of architectural significance attributed to tea purveyor David Hoffman’s property in Lagunitas was invalidated last year due to a lawsuit over code violations and unpermitted structures. But some—including Supervisor Dennis Rodoni—want a county judge to consider the finding as he determines the future of Mr. Hoffman’s residence, a...

Kids get taste of philanthropy through West Marin Fund

04/13/2017
A project called Giving Through Youth, which teaches hands-on philanthropy to West Marin students, has reached its third year. Funded by Point Reyes Station residents Richard Kirschman and Doris Ober and orchestrated by the West Marin Fund, the program is now offered at Nicasio, Bolinas-Stinson and West Marin elementary schools...

Joanne Kyger, fearless poet, dies at 82

04/06/2017
Joanne Kyger, a renowned poet who was unafraid to speak her mind and published over 20 books of verse, died late last month at her home in Bolinas. She was 82 years old. Ms. Kyger taught writing, both at universities like the Naropa Institute in Boulder and more locally in...

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