Recommendations for overflight rules split working group

A working group that has spent over a year studying potential restrictions on low flights in Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo Counties sent recommendations last week that would restrict planes, helicopters, drones and other aircraft on dozens of miles of coastline—and perhaps Tomales Bay—to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary...

Tomales Bay Oyster to pay $280,000 to park in settlement

In a sizable settlement announced late last week, Tomales Bay Oyster Company has agreed to pay the National Park Service $280,000 for building a parking area on an acre of federal land adjacent to the Marshall business—land the business had believed it owned, based on confusing county assessor maps. The...

Supervisors open up options for parking regulations

Supervisors unanimously passed a new ordinance on Tuesday that will allow them to apply new parking restrictions on county roads after assessing individual roads on a case-by-case basis. Supervisors will meet on Feb. 14 to vote on a companion resolution addressing three roads in San Rafael. Going forward, the board...

Park suspects rodenticide caused wildlife deaths on bordering lands

Late last year, a grey fox died of rodenticide poisoning near federal park land in Inverness, according to Point Reyes National Seashore wildlife biologist Dave Press. The death, and the suspected poisoning of a northern spotted owl in the same area, spurred Mr. Press to partner with the California Department...

West Marin Fund loses director, expands offerings

Expansions and transitions are coming to the West Marin Fund, the community foundation that has supported West Marin nonprofits since it was founded in 2010. Catherine Porter, the part-time executive director, has announced that she is resigning. Her replacement will work fulltime, allowing the fund to step up its donor...

New majority on county board in favor of Laura’s Law

Three of five county supervisors have indicated their support for implementing a pilot program of a state bill commonly known as Laura’s Law, which governs mandatory outpatient treatment for the mentally ill. Under Assembly Bill 1421, which gives counties the discretion to adopt the provision, a judge can order a...

Parking survey shows discontent in Bo

Bolinas residents strongly support a parking plan that addresses the weekend chaos in town, according to the results of two recent online surveys. Over three quarters of the local respondents said the parking situation has a “negative or very negative impact on their lives in Bolinas” and 71 percent supported...

Cordell Bank offices tie into high-speed internet, seashore awaits okay

AT&T customers living near Bear Valley may soon have the ability to tap into a line of newly hung high-level fiber-optic internet cables. That’s courtesy of a modernization effort by the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is wrapping up a...

Hog Island looks to expand to Leali ranch

Hog Island Oyster Company is in the process of purchasing 250 acres of ranchland across the highway from its Marshall headquarters. In a preliminary application submitted to the county, the company outlined plans to develop less than five percent of the ranch for both aquaculture operations and sustainable agriculture education...


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