Bolinas nabs funds to nix the wye

Plans to remove the connector road at the north end of Bolinas Lagoon to address flooding issues and sea-level rise nabbed a big financial commitment last month when the Board of Supervisors approved a $330,000 contract last week with a design and engineering firm that will start the restoration project...

Marin Sun gets organic badge for slaughterhouse

Marin Sun Farm’s slaughterhouse in Petaluma, the only slaughterhouse in the Bay Area, is now a certified organic facility, an effort to provide an option for local ranchers as well as boost business, the company announced this week. Animals that are raised on organic pastures without antibiotics cannot be labeled...

Countywide Plan proves overzealous

An overload of hundreds of programs approved in Marin’s 2007 Countywide Plan has proven to be too much to handle for the Community Development Agency, which told supervisors last week in a staff report that they should consider an amendment to the plan to “realign the lofty aspirations” with the...

Olema lodge and 
restaurant sells

The Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, which former co-owner Jeff Harriman put on the market in 2013 for $9.8 million, sold last month for about $7.5 million, according to county assessor’s records. The new owners of four contiguous parcels that comprise the lodge and Farm House Restaurant and Bar are two...

Kayaker dies off Dillon

One kayaker was killed and another survived with minor injuries when their kayaks overturned sometime after noon last Wednesday off Dillon Beach. 55-year old Nick Anast, a professor of life sciences at Santa Rosa Junior College, had launched from Miller Boat Launch that morning; the pair had made it to...

Dance Palace solicits 
applications for E.D.

The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center is accepting applications for a new executive director, a position the board of directors hopes to fill by late May or early June. The nonprofit has experienced budget struggles in recent years, and in late 2014, it terminated executive director Dan Mankin, who...

Early mosquitoes prompt early access to fish

Eight mosquito species—two of which are known to carry West Nile Virus—have been identified so far in Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Marshall, Olema, Dillon Beach and Tomales, prompting the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District to announce that mosquitofish will be made available to residents a month earlier than usual, on...

Historic Point Reyes bridge to be replaced, Caltrans says

The 86-year-old bridge that leading to Point Reyes Station will be demolished and replaced in what will be at least a seven-year process involving public input, lengthy environmental review and years of construction that will necessitate a temporary one-lane bridge across Lagunitas Creek. Public scoping for a replacement kicked off...

Woman dies in bluff collapse at Arch Rock

A section of a high bluff at Arch Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore crumbled on Saturday, killing a San Francisco preschool teacher and seriously injuring her hiking companion. The overlook had developed a wide, 40-foot long fissure last Thursday, seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso said. Arch Rock, carved from...

Neighbors lose appeal of Bolinas project

The Planning Commission this week struck down an appeal brought by Bolinas neighbors to rescind a coastal permit for a proposed residential development. Neighbors were concerned that the Big Mesa project—a two-story, single-family main house and artist studio whose owner said will be rented as affordable housing—could be used as...


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