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Trash contract changes hands

12/07/2017
Recology, an employee-owned waste management company that dates back to the 1920s in San Francisco and has pioneered the curbside collection of compostable material, will take over service in West Marin later this month. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the county’s...

State’s first-ever elk plan might inform Point Reyes

12/07/2017
To address growing numbers of native elk in California and heightened conflicts with public and private landowners, the Department of Fish and Wildlife released a first-ever comprehensive management plan that details recommendations for the state’s elk populations. The draft plan, which is available for public comment through January, describes the...

New law dims county’s fiber optic dreams

12/07/2017
A collaborative effort to bring broadband internet to Nicasio broke ground last month, but a difficult road lies ahead for other West Marin communities that hoped to benefit from a future expansion of the network. Private citizens raised $994,000 for the company Inyo Networks to begin the Nicasio project, which...

County and MALT preserve Furlong ranch, restore fish habitat

12/07/2017
The Board of Supervisors has approved over $1 million in Measure A funds for the preservation of a Point Reyes Station ranch seen as a key piece in a plan to restore steelhead trout habitat. The purchase of the conservation easement by the county and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust—which...

Behavior a hot topic at Bo-Stin

11/30/2017
A surge in student misbehavior, and how to respond to it, are hot topics at Bolinas-Stinson School, where staff, board members and administrators shared at times painfully different perspectives at a recent biannual meeting. A handful of board members who currently have children in the school said this year has...

Surprises at start of spawning season

11/30/2017
Marin Municipal Water District was halfway through a two-year project to improve floodplain in lower Lagunitas Creek on Aug. 22 when it was treated to a surprise: a rare chum salmon swimming through a channel that had just been excavated. It was the first time the district has spotted salmon...

Vehicle park among suggested fixes in Bolinas

11/30/2017
The construction of a vehicle park is one of six recommendations released by a subcommittee of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District last month, culminating several months pondering public concern over people living in and storing vehicles on the town’s roads. The committee also recommended the district work with the...

Final election results

11/30/2017
Nearly 42 percent of Marin County voters turned out for a special election last month; in West Marin, the day saw the passage of two measures and new board members appointed to the Muir Beach Community Services District. Turnout in Muir Beach was 74 percent. Together, Leighton Hills and Steven...

Lagunitas man given time to save structures

11/30/2017
Amid fierce community support for tea purveyor David Lee Hoffman and his legendary Lagunitas property, a superior court judge is moving cautiously to address the problems posed by its dozens of unpermitted structures. In a hearing late last month, Judge Paul Haakenson largely overruled the lawyer he appointed to help...

Stinson well goes forward despite takings claim

11/30/2017
After postponing a decision for two months to field concerns from a property owner who will be affected by the project, the county approved on Nov. 16 a coastal development permit for a new Stinson Beach Water District well. The well will provide up to 25 percent of the district’s...

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