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Owner ends lease for Point Reyes commons

11/22/2017
The West Marin Commons has less than two weeks to vacate the corner lot popularly known as Point Reyes Station’s town commons. The historically vacant property has served as a community hub since 2011, with various community groups holding fundraisers, art shows and events on its grounds. But heavy use by tourists has led to conflicts with the property owner Maggie McDonogh—who runs her family’s business, the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company—over issues like trash management, noise and overcrowding...

Inverness family revives publishing company

11/22/2017
Consider the word “October” for a moment. Its root, okto, denotes the number eight: octagon, octopus, octave. So why is the tenth month of the year associated with the number eight? According to Inverness author Murray Suid’s book “Words of a Feather,” recently reprinted under a revived family label, language lagged behind the flow of history: October was the eighth month in the bygone Roman calendar...

Charting the near future for the San Geronimo Golf Course, step by step

11/22/2017
Last week, county supervisors voted to purchase the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course within one year from the Trust for Public Land, which signed an option-to-purchase agreement for a maximum of $8.85 million last month, with the idea of creating new open space. The county is hoping to find an...

CCC kicks back Lawson’s latest proposal for campground

11/16/2017
After struggling for decades to obtain the necessary permits to legally operate Lawson’s Landing, the owners of the fourth-generation family business hit yet another roadblock last week. In a 8:4 vote on Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission shot down the Dillon Beach campground’s proposal to amend its coastal development permit,...

County says yes to golf course purchase

11/16/2017
The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course with assistance from the Trust for Public Land. The 157-acre property, where business operations will likely shutter by January, will be subjected to a two-year interim period as the county formalizes...

CLAM to sell affordable home in Point Reyes

11/16/2017
It was the usual dance for Eric Oldmixon and his young family: spend months hunting for a rental, pack up and move somewhere new, then repeat the process when the landlord decided to sell the house or list it on Airbnb. Then, three years ago, the Community Land Trust Association...

Park gives one extra week to comment on ranching alternatives

11/16/2017
The National Park Service has added one more week to the public comment period, through Nov. 22, for the six proposed alternatives for the general management plan amendment that will regulate the future of ranching and elk management in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Among those who urged an extension...

County approves delivery-only medical cannabis ordinance

11/16/2017
After almost three years of attempting to bring medical marijuana to unincorporated Marin, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will allow for medical cannabis delivery-only retailers in a unanimous vote on Tuesday. At the same hearing, the board also repealed a previous ordinance that had permitted storefront dispensaries...

Election results update

11/16/2017
County elections officials are still tallying provisional ballots, but the most recent updates to the results of the Nov. 7 election show approvals for both Measure A and Measure F. The latter won with a whopping 83 percent, and Measure A, which requires a two-thirds majority in support, currently hangs...

Sudden oak death on rise, including at Bear Valley

11/09/2017
Sudden oak death rates in California are soaring. In the past year, the rate in Marin County has doubled, and growing infestations at tourist destinations like the Bear Valley Visitor Center are causing special concern for the Berkeley scientist who conducts annual surveys of the disease. At the Point Reyes...

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