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Tentative victory for Devil’s Gulch

06/08/2017
A Marin Superior Court judge has tentatively sided with rancher Mark Pasternak, ruling in March that the Board of Supervisors wrongly imposed parking and event restrictions on his Nicasio ranch in 2015. Representatives of Devil’s Gulch—where Mr. Pasternak and his wife, Myriam, raise rabbits and pigs and grow wine grapes...

End of era for education in Stinson Beach

06/08/2017
It’s Friday morning at Stinson Beach Preschool, and 13 youngsters are considering which activity to pursue once they’re released from a circle under an inflatable solar system diorama dangling from the ceiling. Some wish to build castles with plastic blocks, others to paint or thumb through the snack spread of...

Bolinas home gifted to land trust

06/08/2017
Bolinas has provided artist and builder Joe Koppal with a supportive community since 1971. Now Mr. Koppal, 73, who in unmarried and has no children, has decided to show his gratitude by giving back. Last week, the Bolinas Community Land Trust announced that his house on the Big Mesa will...

Gallery Route One hires part-time director

06/08/2017
As the first day on the job for the new executive director of Gallery Route One wound down, it felt like an information overload. “My brain is exploding right now in the best of ways,” said Holen Sabrina Kahn, who joined the nonprofit arts organization as its part-time executive director...

Marine sanctuaries get supervisors’ support

06/08/2017
County supervisors approved a resolution on Tuesday that supports the 2015 expansions of the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries and opposes President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at evaluating sites for mining and offshore drilling potential. The executive order, titled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Policy,” may...

New research underway on Lyme-infected ticks

06/01/2017
Lyme disease is often considered an East Coast problem, but ticks in California also carry the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes the disease, if at lower rates—and late spring is when Californians are most likely to get infected. “It’s endemic in Marin for sure,” said Dan Salkeld, a professor at...

Blue whale, killed by ship strike, washes up in Bolinas

06/01/2017
Twenty-five scientists and volunteers clad in thick rubber pants and boots gathered at Agate Beach in Bolinas last Saturday morning, preparing to cut up the body of a 79-foot, stranded female blue whale to determine its cause of death. “This is an amazing opportunity,” said Barbie Halaska, a research assistant...

One arrested for car burglaries, another arrest imminent for homes

06/01/2017
A string of car and home burglaries have left some Point Reyes Station residents yearning for a forgotten period when leaving the door unlocked wasn’t a punishable offense. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office on May 16 arrested a suspect related to a car burglary at Chicken Ranch Beach, though it...

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant sells to Hog Island

06/01/2017
Hog Island Oyster Company has continued its expansion on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay with its purchase of Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, announced on Tuesday. According to John Finger, a co-owner of Hog Island, owners Anton and John Konatich approached him earlier this year with the idea of the purchase...

Feds will review marine areas

06/01/2017
The Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries have until the end of June to submit documents to federal review mandated by an executive order aimed at evaluating sites, in part for mining and offshore drilling potential. The order, signed in April, called for a review of all national...

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