Free preschool in Bolinas gets adequate interest

A dozen children are pre-enrolled for a public 4-year-old preschool program slated to start next fall at Bolinas-Stinson Union School District—enough potential students to get planning underway for the free program. Yet two other area preschools are worried about how it will impact their enrollment. The program will be the...

Opposition flares over proposed valley dispensary

Opposition to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary is ramping up in the San Geronimo Valley, with dozens of residents lobbying the local planning group and the school board to write critical letters to the county. As of this week, the Community Development Agency had received about 200 letters opposing the...

Lazy meter reading leads to high North Marin water bills

North Marin Water District is waiving all tiered charges for water from Nov. 10 through Jan. 5, forgoing an estimated $50,000 in revenue, after a rogue meter reader made up water use data for as many as 15 or 20 percent of customers. The issue came to light in recent...

Toxin in bay a risk for marine life, study finds

A largely unmonitored but worrisome toxin produced by freshwater algae has shown up in shellfish in San Francisco and Tomales Bays, though its presence in West Marin was low, according to a study by University of California researchers published last month. The toxin, microcystis aeriginosa, is produced by freshwater algae...

Changes meant to reinvigorate Bolinas land trust

The Bolinas Community Land Trust is making a push to reinvigorate itself: it just hired a new executive director, expanded its board and made a commitment to better involve its membership, the nonprofit said at its annual meeting on Sunday. The land trust is seeking to counteract some challenges it’s...

Breast cancer series wins gold from international science group

A series published in the Point Reyes Light last fall about the questionable science behind Marin’s breast cancer cluster won a gold award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association, a nonprofit that publishes the journal Science and has run the award program for 71 years,...

Herbicide fears upend county plan for guiding open space district

After spending eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars on an environmental review of a county vegetation and biodiversity plan meant to guide the management of Marin’s open space preserves, supervisors voted last week not to certify the review and instead accept the plan only as a “background” document...

Supervisors limit events and parking at Devil’s Gulch, but keep rabbits

Devil’s Gulch Ranch has new county limits on special events and the size of shuttles traveling to its Nicasio property, as well as a requirement that vehicles associated with the ranch park on the premises, according to a vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Co-owner Mark Pasternak and...

Muir Woods proposes new parking plan now open for comment

To alleviate parking woes at Muir Woods National Monument, the National Park Service has released a draft environmental assessment of its new Sustainable Access Project, with public comments accepted until Dec. 5. The draft details three alternatives: a no-action plan would maintain current parking—232 parking spaces located on four lots...


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