Historic Point Reyes bridge to be replaced, Caltrans says

The 86-year-old bridge that leading to Point Reyes Station will be demolished and replaced in what will be at least a seven-year process involving public input, lengthy environmental review and years of construction that will necessitate a temporary one-lane bridge across Lagunitas Creek. Public scoping for a replacement kicked off...

Woman dies in bluff collapse at Arch Rock

A section of a high bluff at Arch Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore crumbled on Saturday, killing a San Francisco preschool teacher and seriously injuring her hiking companion. The overlook had developed a wide, 40-foot long fissure last Thursday, seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso said. Arch Rock, carved from...

Neighbors lose appeal of Bolinas project

The Planning Commission this week struck down an appeal brought by Bolinas neighbors to rescind a coastal permit for a proposed residential development. Neighbors were concerned that the Big Mesa project—a two-story, single-family main house and artist studio whose owner said will be rented as affordable housing—could be used as...

Facing deficit, Lagunitas cuts special education director

The Lagunitas School District is working to address a $165,711 budget deficit, for starters by electing not to renew the contract of the district’s special education director, Pat O’Connor, at a savings of around $30,000 next year. Ms. O’Connor was hired by the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District for a one-year...

Seashore tallies oyster company leftovers

The Point Reyes National Seashore removed 37,000 pounds of oysters and growing materials from Drakes Estero in January, which the park believes is the “vast majority” of bivalves and aquaculture equipment, seashore outreach coordinator Melanie Gunn said in an email to the Light. The survey of Drakes Estero, conducted by...

Seashore elk herds rose and fell with fences in 2014

The fate of many tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore last year largely hinged on whether or not they were enclosed in a fence. The fenced herd at Tomales Point dropped by 20 percent during 2014, while the two free-ranging herds grew, according to seashore wildlife ecologist Dave...

Mosquito district seeking tax hike

Property owners in Marin have until April 15 to vote on whether the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District may levy a tax to maintain “baseline” services that the district says could be disrupted by high staff salary and benefits costs within the next few years. If approved, the assessment...

One man’s efforts may change oystering on bay

From his old silver Prius parked on the side of Highway One, Richard James pulls out oyster-growing gear he has collected from Tomales Bay in recent months: heaps of zip ties, chunks of rope, coated copper wire and a bag of blue gloves. There is a perfectly intact oyster-growing bag...

West Marin Pharmacy settles employees’ suit

The West Marin Pharmacy settled claims last month from three former employees who alleged they had not been paid enough for breaks and overtime—but that agreement was rescinded late Wednesday, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer. As reported by the Marin Independent Journal this week, the state Labor Commission ruled that...


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