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Reviled invasive taking root in San Geronimo Valley

03/16/2017
Invasive plants are not uncommon in Marin, but a relatively new encroacher in the San Geronimo Valley has a particularly fearsome international reputation. Fallopia japonica, or Japanese knotweed, is considered one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. The plant can survive on volcanic slopes and punches through asphalt and...

Health care repeal threatens hundreds in West Marin

03/16/2017
The House Republicans unveiled legislation last week to replace the Affordable Care Act, and the bill’s various proposals—such as rolling back the expansion of Medicaid—have local health care officials considering the worst possible outcomes. Medicaid, which in California is called Medi-Cal, covers over 12 million people in the state, a...

Caltrans will widen highway and add rumble strips

03/16/2017
Caltrans is planning to create rumble strips through the center of 30 miles of Highway 1, and widen the roadway in 40 places, a $5 million effort to improve safety in Marin, according to the agency. Last week, the agency secured a permit for the project from the California Coastal...

Film screening on folksinger Phil Ochs

03/16/2017
Meegan Ochs-Potter feels confident that if her father, legendary folk singer Phil Ochs, were alive today, he’d be invigorated by the political climate. “I think this would bring him back to [making music]. It’s such a galvanizing time,” Ms. Ochs-Potter, who lives in Woodacre, said. Two pivotal pieces of Mr...

Tocaloma body identified as Penngrove woman

03/16/2017
The human remains discovered near Platform Bridge Road in Tocaloma last month have been identified as a 63-year-old Penngrove woman, and a homicide investigation is underway. Annie Bailly, who was reported missing by her husband on Dec. 7, 2014, was identified through dental records after a skeletal examination by the...

County tallies storm damage to roads

03/16/2017
Road damage from storms that have slammed Marin since January will cost $8.7 million to repair 24 sites, according to a county report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “It seems like a storm hit every weekend,” said Raul Rojas, head of the Department of Public Works. Projects include...

County ends slaughter ban in code update

03/16/2017
The Board of Supervisors unanimously lifted a 14-year ban on commercial animal slaughter and expanded size limits for second units on residential properties in Marin. The changes to the development code were among a suite of others approved on Tuesday. Much of the three-hour hearing that preceded the supervisors’ vote,...

Large slides at White Hill cut off crucial route

03/09/2017
Two landslides at White Hill west of Fairfax closed Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on Monday and Wednesday, cutting off a crucial route between West Marin and eastern Marin. The slides follow two previous ones in the same location, on Feb. 21 and 23, each of which closed the road for...

Inverness water tanks could face total replacement

03/09/2017
The Inverness Public Utility District is preparing plans to replace two aging redwood tanks in Seahaven—the first step in a capital improvement program to replace many or all of the system’s 11 tanks with seismically safe designs. Loans and a rate increase are likely components of the program, which is...

Bo on utility commission’s list for broadband internet

03/09/2017
Bolinas is on a short list for areas across the state that could receive grant money from the California Public Utilities Commission as part of the agency’s effort to improve broadband internet infrastructure in underserved areas. A draft white paper, titled “High Impact Areas for Broadband Availability” and published in...

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