Medical director will retire

After 37 years, Mike Witte announced that he will step down as the medical director of the Coastal Health Alliance in the fall, and ramp up his work with a Sacramento-based nonprofit that advocates for health care reforms. “One patient said, ‘Thirty-seven years and you’re gonna leave me?’ I said,...

Oyster racks will go

The Point Reyes National Seashore will be one step closer to removing 95 oyster racks in Drakes Estero with the expected approval by the California Coastal Commission next week of a plan to use mechanical excavators, divers and boat workers to excise the racks and remove debris from decades of...

Local offers to fund fog harvesting project

About three decades ago, when he lived in Dogtown, Richard Kirschman tried to extract water from fog with a box and a fan. It didn’t work, but late last year he came across a method for “harvesting” fog with extremely fine mesh nets, used in places, like parts of Chile,...

Fire stations, health office set for renovations

West Marin fire stations will receive an injection of money as a result of a county debt refinancing and restructuring plan that is estimated to generate between $28 and $32 million in additional bond proceeds. While much of the money—the county has not yet tallied an exact amount—will go toward...

Latino heritage night at Tomales High honors 
the 50 percent

Families in the Shoreline Unified School District joined with local and county service agencies to celebrate the First Annual Latino Heritage Night, hosted last Friday by the English Learner Advisory Committee at Tomales High. The evening served as an occasion to celebrate the fact that the Latino community makes up...

New water rules congeal for North Marin and 
Marin Municipal

On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation to ensure local water districts reduce water usage across the state by 25 percent, a target that was ordered by Governor Jerry Brown last month. This week, the board released draft regulations that widened the range of percentages...

Feinstein and Boxer support Coast Guard housing purchase

United States Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation on Tuesday to require the Coast Guard to first offer the 30-acre housing complex it owns in Point Reyes Station to Marin County for use as affordable housing, a companion to legislation authored by Rep. Jared Huffman. The county would...

Income marker highest 
in state

Marin County tallied the highest median income among all counties in California in 2013, according to new figures released last week by the state’s Franchise Tax Board. In 2013, the county’s median income was $57,224 for individual tax returns and $133,389 for joint returns. Marin has led the state in...

Light buys Citizen

Linda Petersen, the owner of the eight-year-old West Marin Citizen, signed a contract this week to sell the paper to the Point Reyes Light for $50,000, ending a longstanding competition for advertisers and community support first instigated by uproar over a former Light publisher. Ms. Petersen, who is moving to...

Lunny testifies in DC

Former oyster farm owner Kevin Lunny was among four panelists who testified yesterday in Washington, D.C., before a newly formed investigative subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The hearing, chaired by conservative Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, was titled “Zero Accountability: The Consequences of Politically Driven Science,” and highlighted...


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