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Sewer rate hike in Tomales would help pay off debt

04/20/2017
A backlog of debt has led the Tomales Village Community Services District to propose its first sewer rate increase in 11 years. The special district, which operates and manages both the town’s community park and a wastewater treatment plant for nearly 100 customers, is proposing to tack on an extra...

Parents concerned over Bolinas School class combos

04/20/2017
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is reconfiguring grade combinations and considering moving younger grades to the Bolinas campus next year—changes that have some parents troubled about the potential impacts. Two specific issues sparked much of the conversation at Tuesday night’s board meeting: combining third and fourth grades and moving first and...

Planned chinook release worries some

04/20/2017
A planned release of 250,000 chinook salmon next month in Bodega Bay has a local advisory council worried about the potential impacts to protected wild fish in West Marin. The release, intended to boost fishing prospects, will be the northernmost release in California to date. It will also be the...

County mulls Muir Woods road options

04/20/2017
Plans to restore a 2.4-mile section of Muir Woods Road have taken another step forward following a meeting this week hosted by the Marin County Department of Public Works. Department staff presented five project alternatives for addressing the winding stretch, which runs between the Muir Woods National Monument and Highway...

Lynn Woolsey to talk politics in Point Reyes

04/13/2017
Former United States Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will appear in Point Reyes Station next week for a conversation with Inverness journalist and historian Mark Dowie, a benefit for the activist group West Marin Standing Together. The pair will discuss the contemporary political climate in Washington, D.C. “I see this really as...

Report finds no evidence of Neubacher bias

04/13/2017
An investigation into allegations of bias and a hostile work environment at Yosemite National Park under former superintendent Don Neubacher—who also long served as chief of the Point Reyes National Seashore—found “no evidence” that his decisions were bias-driven but that his management style “may have contributed to what some Yosemite...

Electric charging stations depart Point Reyes

04/13/2017
Two electric vehicle charging stations were uprooted from their Point Reyes Station location in January due to the cost of maintenance and financial woes. “Basically, we weren’t making enough money,” Richard Sachen, owner of Sunspeed Enterprises, said. “We tried to get investors but there weren’t enough… and I’ve exhausted my...

No cannabis dispensary approved

04/13/2017
After the county spent almost two years creating a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance and assessing applications, the county administrator denied all 10 bids for storefront licenses, including two in West Marin that rankled many residents in the San Geronimo Valley and Marshall. In an announcement on Monday, Matthew Hymel, the...

Seawall bill stirs fears for coastal homeowners

04/13/2017
A bill governing seawalls introduced in the state assembly this month has some residents in Marshall and Stinson Beach concerned about their ability to protect their homes. But the organization that sponsored the legislation says the provision that has caused those concerns codifies in law an approach the California Coastal...

Marin groups tend to natives nursery

04/13/2017
A spray bottle filled with alcohol lies near the entrance to a new plant nursery at the Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters, in Bear Valley. The spray is used to disinfect the soles of shoes and defend against phytophthora tentaculata, a deadly plant pathogen that has alarmed Bay Area nurseries...

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