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Stream rules to tighten for valley homes

09/22/2021
Marin County planners announced the first draft of a new stream protection ordinance for the San Geronimo Valley that will toughen the permitting process for streamside work in the Lagunitas Creek watershed. The draft stream conservation area ordinance, published last week, will enshrine protections for coho salmon that the Salmon...

Sunken boat sees swift removal

09/22/2021
A fishing boat sank near Marshall last Monday, unleashing a sheen of diesel fuel over the surface of Tomales Bay before the wreck was refloated and removed. The Marian, a 33-foot wooden vessel, had been anchored in the area for several years and was apparently in derelict condition. The incident...

In Inverness, neighbors fund a fuel break

09/22/2021
Just over a month ago, the homes at the end of Via de la Vista in Inverness sat right up against a serious fire hazard: a drought-afflicted bishop pine forest. Now, the underbrush, a thicket of lichen-covered bushes, gives way to a thin layer of wood chips stretching more than...

McGill withdraws from two-man sheriff's race

09/22/2021
Adam McGill, the Novato city manager running for Marin County sheriff, announced he would drop out of the race due to unforeseen health issues, leaving incumbent undersheriff Jamie Scardina to run unopposed. “I cannot give the race the energy and focus it deserves,” Mr. McGill said in a statement last...

Marin turnout high for recall

09/22/2021
The gubernatorial recall vote on Sept. 14 brought lots of voters to the polls in Marin County: The current turnout tally is nearly 65 percent, with 16 percent of people voting to recall Governor Gavin Newsom and 84 percent voting against his recall. Marin, where 47 percent of voters are...

Social worker to be hired for Stinson Beach and Bolinas

09/15/2021
Bolinas and Stinson Beach will get their own dedicated social worker from Marin County, helping connect seniors, homeless people and other community members to the resources they need two days a week. The position, approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, fills a gap identified by community organizations. Currently,...

Boat sinks in Tomales Bay

09/15/2021
The Marian, a 33-foot wooden fishing vessel, sank off the eastern shore of Tomales Bay on Monday night after being anchored around the area for two years. Oil sheen was observed drifting from the wreckage on Tuesday, and oil spill responders laid boom that night. On Wednesday, the Coast Gaurd...

Park finalizes management plan update

09/15/2021
The National Park Service cemented a long-awaited decision for the Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday, approving the amended planning document that will dictate the management of ranchland in the seashore for decades to come. The announcement dealt a blow to the environmental groups whose 2016 lawsuit originally spurred the...

Parking fee proposed for Stinson Beach

09/15/2021
The Stinson Beach parking lot may soon become one of the first in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with parking fees. High operating costs coupled with a dramatic increase in visitation prompted the National Park Service to propose charging visitors $3 an hour to park at Stinson Beach, where...

Neighbor drops appeal of affordable housing project

09/15/2021
The neighbor who appealed a planned eight-unit affordable housing project in Bolinas withdrew his appeal the day before a California Coastal Commission hearing last week. Roland Crotts, who owns the house next door to the proposed complex, withdrew his objection in exchange for an opportunity to negotiate his concerns with...

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