Outdoor experience now on Google Maps

This past summer, instead of strapping on bags filled with water bottles, sandwiches and trail mix, Google staffers slipped on backpacks outfitted with Google Trekkers, a strange blue sphere that hovers above one’s head and has big cut-outs for cameras that snap photos in all directions every few seconds. The employees hiked in 14 of California’s state parks, including Samuel P. Taylor, Tomales Bay State Park, Mount Tamalpais and China Camp. Thousands of images were assembled into trail versions...

Climate change threatens state’s birds

Over 170 birds in California are threatened or endangered because their climactic ranges are expected to shrink by half by 2080, according to a major study released last month by the National Audubon Society. The study, which took seven years to complete and assembled data from Christmas bird counts across...

Human-caused fire scorches redwoods

A fire burned on Tuesday morning across four acres of Roy’s Redwoods, a 292-acre preserve in Marin’s Open Space District just east of Nicasio Valley Road and home to home of the county’s oldest redwood trees. Fire officials say evidence indicates that humans started the fire, although it is not clear whether it was accidental or intentional. No injuries have been reported, and an investigation is...

Plans for hermitage 
still open for comment

County planners have asked Hidden Dragon, L.L.C., for more information about the 8,300-square-foot development planned for 135 Balboa Ave. in Inverness Park, a project that would raze four buildings that once constituted a Russian Orthodox monastery—St. Eugene’s Hermitage—to build a two-story home, a caretaker’s residence and several other buildings. In...

Inverness home raided in suspected 

A traffic violation in San Anselmo early last week rapidly escalated into a countywide drug bust, leading to the arrest of an Inverness couple on a host of charges, the discovery of marijuana operations at two of their residences and the storming of their home at the top of Drakes...

Settlement reached in Drakes Bay lawsuit

Drakes Bay Oyster Company must evacuate Drakes Estero and harvest its final bivalves by midnight on Dec. 31, 2014, according to a settlement reached last Tuesday between the oyster farm and the federal government and approved by a federal court this week.

Friends describe Sky Trail deaths as murder-suicide

More than a week after hikers discovered the bodies of a man and a woman last Tuesday near the Sky Trailhead parking lot, park rangers say they have no new information about the cause of death or the identity of the woman in a case that’s puzzled locals and reminded...

County buys 
Forest Knolls trailer park

One of West Marin’s few remaining trailer parks will continue to provide affordable housing in the San Geronimo Valley, unaltered by potential development. After the owners placed the Forest Knolls Trailer Court on the market, county officials quickly stepped in to...

Grand opening set for 
Nicasio history museum

A scale model of an 1830s-era Coast Miwok village in the Nicasio Valley, which features spears made from porcupine quills and woven baskets so tiny they “wouldn’t fit over your pinkie,” is the centerpiece of the first exhibit of the Nicasio Historical Society’s new museum on the town square, said...


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