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Abalone season cut, catch trimmed due to ocean conditions

12/15/2016
The California Fish and Game Commission reduced the annual allowed catch of red abalone from 18 to 12 per person and cut the season by two months during an emergency rule-making session last week. The changes result from low population densities and increasing mortality and starvation among the sea snails...

Alice Beall, who touched the earth with her feet, dies at 67

12/15/2016
Alice Beall, a longtime Marshall resident who loved native grasses, embroidery and walking barefoot, died in her sleep on Nov. 10, ending a long battle with a degenerative disease. She was 67 years old. Ms. Beall will be remembered as a loving and determined individual who “existed on a plane...

Efforts for immigrant, religious rights underway

12/15/2016
With 36 days to go until President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Californian senators are reinforcing immigrant and religious rights with a recently proposed bill that aims to protect citizens’ data from federal immigration authorities and turn schools, hospitals and courthouses into safe zones. Senate Bill 54 would prohibit state and local...

In final dog plan, GGNRA adds Muir Beach loop

12/15/2016
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area released a final environmental impact statement of its Dog Management Plan, a document 14 years in the making. The creation of the plan and draft E.I.S. won the support of environmental groups like the National Park Conservation Association but riled dog enthusiasts, as it...

MMWD pump station will be emergency backup

12/15/2016
The San Geronimo Valley will soon have a more reliable water distribution system thanks to a new pump station that will serve as a backup for the San Geronimo treatment plant. Marin Municipal Water District will begin construction on the station, which will be located near the Smith Saddle tanks...

Inverness Association appeals Moonrise Kingdom project

12/15/2016
The Inverness Association has appealed the Moonrise Kingdom project, a residential development proposed by San Franciscans Trevor and Alexis Traina that the county green-lighted two weeks ago. The group cited a litany of concerns, ranging from the project’s size and potential to impact northern spotted owls to the property’s zoning...

Free preschool stokes fears in Bolinas

12/15/2016
A 4-year-old preschool in the works at the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has parents and community members both thrilled with a free program and fearful for enrollment and education at the decades-old Bolinas Children’s Center. Adding to the sense of instability is the fact that the only other local preschool,...

Gary Giacomini, powerhouse of West Marin, dies

12/08/2016
Gary Giacomini, who is as entwined with West Marin as the California poppy is with the state, died in his sleep from an apparent heart attack on Friday, Dec. 2, at his home in San Geronimo. He was 77 years old. The six-term District 4 supervisor boasted a bountiful list...

Judge enforces agreement, orders audit of DeCarli’s

12/08/2016
In a win for some propane customers, a county judge ruled Tuesday that the propane business DeCarli’s violated a 2011 settlement agreement by failing to bill a handful of customers for three years, and prohibited the company from seeking payments on bills sent to those customers more than 45 days...

Blue Waters Kayaking shuts down Marshall operation

12/08/2016
A once bustling business on the East Shore has packed it in: John Granatir, owner of Blue Waters Kayaking, decided not to renew a lease for his Marshall location after a report conducted a year ago by his landlords called into question the property’s permitting. The business will continue to...

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