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Marin enters escrow on Coast Guard property

09/19/2019
Marin moved one step closer to securing the Coast Guard facility in Point Reyes Station after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to make a $4.3 million offer on the 36-unit property, which is reserved for the county by federal legislation. County staff are arranging for 10 percent of...

Lyons Filmer, voice of KWMR, retires this winter

09/18/2019
Something in the tone of her voice—soothing, fireside, full-bodied—made radio the obvious fit for Lyons Filmer, KWMR’s program director who will retire in December after 19 years at the station...

Plan released for upgrade to emergency radio system

09/12/2019
The county’s emergency radio system is getting a major overhaul: the Marin Emergency Radio Authority is proposing the construction of eight new antenna sites and improvements on 10 others as part of an improved next-generation system. The details of the system are laid out in an environmental impact report released...

Big year for reeling in Chinook salmon

09/12/2019
The Chinook are bountiful in California this season, with preliminary numbers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife indicating that the commercial catch will be 50 percent above predictions. The good news, said Kandice Morgenstern, a marine biologist with the department, is likely due to improved ocean and river...

BCLT plans shrunk, appealed

09/12/2019
The Bolinas Community Land Trust staff’s efforts to permit two projects on the Big Mesa hit roadblocks this summer. Applications to develop two of its properties, one on Aspen Road and another on Overlook Drive, came before the county for approval in June. The deputy zoning administrator greenlighted both projects,...

West Marin youth to bus to San Francisco climate strike

09/12/2019
Across the world, people will gather for a youth-led climate strike on Friday, Sept. 20, in what climate activists hope to be their biggest mobilization yet. West Marin is sending its own coalition of young activists to San Francisco to join in: Claire Hutkins Seda, a board member of the...

Trustees okay Shoreline staff contract

09/11/2019
At a special Shoreline Unified School District board meeting last week, trustees unanimously approved a three-year labor contract between the district and its classified staff, but not without testy exchanges and continued discontent over late payments. Staff members at the Sept. 5 meeting expressed frustration with delays in retroactive pay...

Interior moves to allow e-bikes in parks

09/05/2019
Biking in the Point Reyes National Seashore may soon get a lot easier—and faster. United States Interior Secretary David Bernhardt last week ordered the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies to permit the use of electric bicycles on all trails currently designated for non-motorized bikes. In response,...

State bill reacts to golf course ruling

09/05/2019
A new state bill clarifies an ambiguity in the California Environmental Quality Act exposed in a county superior court decision that required Marin to undertake an environmental review before purchasing the San Geronimo Golf Course. The decision led the county to back out of the purchase, but A.B. 782—signed into...

Fire officials pitch tax for wildfire prevention

09/05/2019
Marin fire officials are making their rounds to the county’s 19 local fire agencies to pitch the case for a countywide wildfire prevention authority, outlining a proposed governance structure and annual funding plan. “The work that needs to be done to actually make a difference in how fires burn in...

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