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West Marin Fund nabs full-time director, a local with a global reach

05/04/2017
Following a two-month search, the West Marin Fund has announced a new executive director: Sarah Hobson of Inverness. Ms. Hobson will become the community foundation’s first full-time director, replacing Catherine Porter, who announced her resignation earlier this year. Ms. Hobson brings the experience of a career in community development that...

Stinson Beach seeking to draw less from creek

05/04/2017
The Stinson Beach County Water District is hoping to use a new well in order to rely less on creek water, an effort to reduce environmental impacts and better prepare for both drought conditions and high summer demand. The district just applied for a coastal permit for the $150,000 project,...

Sinkhole opens, then is repaired, in park

05/04/2017
Groundbreaking news out of the seashore last week: a three-foot by three-foot sinkhole was discovered on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, a few yards from the intersection with Pierce Point Road, early Friday morning. Road crews inspecting the pancake-shaped hole unearthed a busted culvert beneath the road surface, the likely culprit...

Parks invite public input on future of lagoon parcel

05/04/2017
Marin County Parks is exploring options for a six-acre parcel on the north end of the Bolinas Lagoon once inhabited by a vibrant local couple. The property, formerly owned by the late Lillian and Edward Letter, was condemned in the 1970s; the county returned a life estate deed to the...

Coastal Health Alliance votes for merger

05/04/2017
The Coastal Health Alliance will move forward with a merger with a Sonoma County health care center over twice its size, following a unanimous vote last Thursday by the alliance’s board of directors. The move is intended to sustain West Marin’s three nonprofit clinics into the future, and comes after...

Impacts of homes on fish avoidable, county says

05/04/2017
Under legal pressure from the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, Marin County released a draft supplemental environmental impact report last Monday that analyzes the impacts of future potential development on the San Geronimo Valley watershed. The county had stalled for almost three years on a court order to complete the...

Social trail plans in valley garners praise and concerns over closures

05/04/2017
The Marin County Open Space District is planning to integrate 5,000 feet of social trails known as the Hunt Camp Trail into its official network in the Gary Giacomini Preserve while upgrading those paths to reduce their environmental impact. But the project, which is open for public comment until May...

Green Bridge environmental review revealed

04/27/2017
Caltrans has released a draft environmental impact report for the proposed replacement of the Green Bridge, two years after it announced the project to the public. The over 400-page document describes impacts on a range of issues facing the replacement of Point Reyes Station’s historic crossing over Papermill Creek, including...

Shoreline and staff at odds over health benefits

04/27/2017
Shoreline Unified School District officials and the union representing classified employees have reached an impasse in year-long negotiations over health care benefits—at least, that’s what the district believes. The California School Employees Association, which represents clerical, transportation, maintenance and operations staff, says it has asked for more information from the...

Marin gets A and C grades for air

04/27/2017
Marin County received mixed grades in a nationwide air-quality report released last week by the American Lung Association, which for 18 years has graded cities and counties for ozone and particulate pollution. The latter has long been considered troublesome in the San Geronimo Valley, where the topography traps wood smoke...

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