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Physicians encourage conversations on vaccines

02/04/2016
Physicians with the Coastal Health Alliance met with locals over the past week to provide information on how the nonprofit plans to approach changes brought about by Senate Bill 277, which ended personal belief exemptions of school-required vaccinations for all preschoolers, kindergarteners and seventh graders this year. Since the bill’s...

Point Reyes man arrested after attempted murder

02/04/2016
A 23-year-old Point Reyes Station resident, Jamare Saucer, has been charged with being an accessory to a murder attempt involving a brawl and shooting outside a 7-11 in San Rafael last week. Shortly after the shooting, Central Marin Police officers stopped and arrested Mr. Saucer, who was driving a vehicle...

Discount given on flood insurance

02/04/2016
A 15 percent discount on federal flood insurance premiums for nearly 1,900 property owners living in unincorporated Marin are expected to take effect once policies are renewed in May, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Savings would amount to an average $210 per policy; rates in unincorporated areas average...

Bodega Bay School targets affordable housing problem

02/04/2016
In an effort to attract new students and support low-income families that have long struggled to lock down housing, the northernmost school in Shoreline Unified School District, Bodega Bay Elementary, has applied for a $35,000 grant to pay for a preschool teacher who will work on its campus. The grant...

Winter storms, so far, reminiscent of normal

01/28/2016
A series of heavy showers that commenced last month and have continued nearly nonstop past mid-January have wetted drought-stricken West Marin, so much so that the Inverness Public Utility District has called off a mandatory ban on outdoor water systems instituted in September. “We’re looking great,” said Scott McMorrow, the...

Wild West Ferments wins award

01/28/2016
Wild West Ferments, the fermented food business co-owned by Inverness native Maggie Levinger (above center), won a Good Food Award for its seasonal sauerkraut. The Good Food Awards honor food purveyors from across the country that meet specific criteria for sustainability, socially responsible business practices and tastiness. Among 1,937 entries,...

Traffic at popular Muir Woods “out of control”

01/28/2016
A record-high 110,764 passengers took the Muir Woods Shuttle last year to visit the county’s most popular tourist spot, prompting Marin County Transit District officials to both praise the shuttle’s ability to handle heavy loads and worry about ongoing traffic congestion around the national monument. “The situation is going to...

Bolinas considers well

01/28/2016
A hydro-geologist has called for tens of thousands of dollar’s worth of further testing to be done to determine if an irrigation well built in 2009 by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District can be safely converted into another source of drinking water, prompting district officials to discuss whether they...

Delayed crab season prompts request for state of emergency

01/28/2016
With the opening of the crab catch season still delayed beyond the crucial holiday months, a group of 11 state senators and representatives this week sent a letter imploring Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California’s crab industry. Doing so would pave the way for struggling...

Coastal Commission moves to fire executive director

01/28/2016
California Coastal Commissioners will vote next month on whether to fire their executive director, Charles Lester, leading some to speculate that pro-development forces are seeking a friendlier leader. West Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the chair of the commission, wrote in a Jan. 14 letter that Mr. Lester had the option...

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