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Vision Road cell tower proposal gets boot

05/11/2017
The proposal for a cell tower at the site of a water tank off Vision Road has been dropped. AT&T ended talks with the Inverness Public Utility District for a tower after a property owner who allows the utility district access to the site declined to grant AT&T access, according...

First elk calves born—to “supreme” forage

05/11/2017
The first tule elk calves of 2017 have been spotted at Tomales Point and Drakes Beach, said Dave Press, the Point Reyes National Seashore’s wildlife ecologist who leads annual surveys of the population. And though “the forage condition is supreme out there,” Mr. Press said, he cautioned that it’s too...

Cancer claims Bolinas and Stinson Beach pastor

05/11/2017
The 61-year-old pastor of the Presbyterian churches in Bolinas and Stinson Beach died in late April after she was diagnosed with cancer just two weeks earlier. Sharon Latour had driven north from her home in San Leandro for Sunday sermons since August 2015. She will be remembered for her loving...

Highway 1 closure opens this weekend

05/04/2017
Two sections of Highway 1—between Muir Beach and Green Gulch and between Stinson Beach and Muir Beach—have been out of commission for months following severe storm damage. The closures have led to increased congestion and plagued residents, but relief is coming: Steve Williams, a Caltrans spokesman, said the two-mile section...

Toxin closure precedes shellfish quarantine

05/04/2017
The California Department of Public Health warned consumers last Friday not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, scallops or oysters from Marin County, as dangerous levels of toxins have been detected in mussels from the region. In a press release, the department said there had been no reports of related...

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...

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