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and Tuesday, July 28

Grandi Building Reconstruction May Start Soon
Point Reyes Station’s biggest eyesore, the vacant brick Grandi Builiding, is slated for reconstruction. Project manager Marshall Livingston says that a building permit has been filed to begin renovation of the exterior as early as September.

Bolinas Resident Ronnie Wilhem Dies
Ronnie Wilhelm of Bolinas died last week at age 59.  He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.  Wilhelm was a grandson of "Smiley" Bianchini, the former owner of Smiley's Saloon.  A full obituary will appear in this week’s edition of the West Marin Citizen.

Dias Ridge Trail Project Nears Conclusion
The major re-construction of the Dias Ridge Trail near Muir Beach has been completed. KWMR’s Brenda Kohn interviews Catey Richie of the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy as the heavy earthmoving equipment is removed. For further information, see this webpage.

Far West Fest Enjoyed by Many
KWMR’s Director of Development Adrienne Pfeiffer and a host of community volunteers provide another successful Far West Fest at Love Field.  KWMR’s Alex Horvath observes the dunking booth.


 

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and Thursday, July 30

Dance Palace Packed as Ranchers and Enviros Spar
Ranchers and environmentalist faced off at the Dance Palace over the future of agricultural developments as the Marin County Planning Commission hosted a workshop on the Local Coastal Plan.  Alex Horvath reports and interviews Planning Commissioner Wade Holland, Bolinas organic farmer Peter Martinelli, and Fred Smith of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

Alice Cherrigan of Inverness Has Died
Longtime Inverness resident Alice Cherrigan, who was the Postmaster in at the Inverness Post Office in the 1970s, died last week after an accident at her home on Thursday evening.  She was 87 years old.

Seadrift Lagoon Sees Crab Eradication Experiment
The posh Seadrift Lagoon is the site of experiment to eradicate invasive crabs. Jacoba Charles and Sheila O’Donnell report, with an explanation from Biologist Ted Grosholz.  A Town Hall meeting on the Bolinas Lagoon restoration plans with further information will be held at the Stinson Beach Community Center Thursday evening at 6:00 PM.

Fatality on Highway One
Tuesday evening there was a fatal accident on Highway One North of Pt. Reyes Station near the Giacomini Dairy.  Richard Dillman reports. Update: the victim was a 52-year-old man from the Sacramento area.


 

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and the Weekend

Lycra Prevails as 2500 Bicyclists Come to West Marin Saturday
Many West Marin roads will be clogged by cyclists this Saturday as the Marin Cycling Club hosts 2500 riders in its annual “century” bicycle ride.  But, charities and merchants will benefit. Alex Horvath reports.

Manka’s Inverness Lodge Scheduled for Foreclosure
The Bank of Marin has scheduled a foreclosure sale of Manka’s for August 19th.  The sale can be avoided if Manka’s repays the loan balance of about $730,000. You can hear KWMR’s earlier and more extensive report on the foreclosure proceedings, which began in April, on the July 22 West Marin Report, below.

Woolsey “Earmark” May Help Speed Bolinas Lagoon Restoration
The Army Corps of Engineers may restart their feasibility study for the restoration of Bolinas Lagoon if a $200,000 “earmark” proposed by Representative Lynn Woolsey becomes law.  We speak with Ron Miska from Marin Parks and Open Space.  For more information, go to this website of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Alex Horvath is News Director of KWMR
Starting Monday the West Marin Report will be produced and hosted by Alex Horvath, who has Bolinas in his blood and a long history in West Marin.  Interim News Producer George Clyde will join the KWMR team of volunteer reporters.