Uniquities, a Bolinas variety shop, to close

Uniquities, a variety store tucked away behind the Bolinas post office, will close its doors when the lease runs out at the end of the month after six years in business. The store has sold inexpensive knickknacks donated or made by locals, premium pet food and West Marin’s only stock...

First bids for District 4 Supe

A rancher, a FEMA employee and the chair of a local planning group are among those who have taken preliminary steps to run for supervisor in District 4, a sprawling region of villages, coastline, ranches and urban centers. Last month, Supervisor Kinsey, a Forest Knolls architect who has represented the...

Lawyer sues over takings policy

A Muir Beach lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, Marin County and the Marin County Community Development Agency over what he calls an “underground” legal policy that may have a widespread influence on development in environmentally sensitive habitat areas along the coast. The policy, he says,...

Bridge advisory group forming

A small community advisory committee is being put together by Caltrans to provide further local input on how Point Reyes Station’s historic bridge should be replaced. “This is not really [Caltrans’] standard way of doing business, but I think West Marin is a nonstandard community deserving a voice about the...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part ten: Bad Data: Audit Trail

When a physician makes a cancer diagnosis, there are several ways the information is entered into the California Cancer Registry’s data base. In the mid-1980s, when the registry started, abstractors trained to turn handwritten notes into hundreds of numerical codes for computerization visited hospitals to look at medical records. The...

Inland emissions top coastal output

Marin likes to pride itself on pioneering efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. But how well does the county actually reign in its emissions? A study released last month that took a unique approach to analyzing greenhouse gas emissions across nine counties in the Bay Area said Marin had the...

Former health alliance doctor stripped of license

A former Coastal Health Alliance doctor was fired from her post as the medical director for Marin Community Clinics after two separate D.U.I. arrests for pill possession and consumption that stripped her of her medical license in November. Wendi Joiner, a 40-year-old Nicasio resident, was booked by California Highway Patrol...

West Marin’s last video rental shop for sale

The last dedicated video rental business in West Marin is for sale and, according to its manager, the next owner won’t be renting DVDs. “We’re not getting community support on the videos, so they have to go,” said the manager of Video West, the Forest Knolls video rental and take-and-bake...

Stinson neighbors appeal construction

Stinson Beach neighbors who have opposed the construction of a new house in their backyard filed an appeal of the project late last month with the California Coastal Commission, which has final say-so in the matter. As a result of previous appeals of the project, the county instituted a moratorium...


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