Shellfish ban includes entire bay

Elevated levels of a dangerous biotoxin have shut down all commercial shellfish harvest in Tomales Bay—this during the industry’s busiest time of year. After a recreational closure affecting the inner bay was announced on Dec. 13, the California Department of Public Health last Friday banned harvest from the outer portions...

Home sales in 2013 shifting populace

The first signs of resurgence are beginning to show in West Marin’s real estate market since the Great Recession in 2008 first caused a downturn in home values. Fueled by the stock market’s recovery and an influx of wealth in the Bay Area, the increased activity on the housing market...

Dillman the best man for a lifeboat

Richard Dillman, a radio buff who created the West Marin Disaster Council’s emergency radio system in 2005, won the 2013 Lifeboat Award on Tuesday. Awarded by the Marin County Office of Emergency Services, the prize nomination form poses this question: “If you had to be stuck on a lifeboat, who...

Local radioactivity test sought

Bing Gong, co-host of KWMR’s Post-Carbon Radio, is collecting donations to monitor coastal waters for radioactivity following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, which led to meltdowns of the core reactors. Toxic water has continued to seep into the groundwater and flow into the...

Shopping shuttle starts in 2014

West Marin Senior Services nabbed a grant on Monday for $20,000 to run a 12-seat shuttle between Point Reyes Station and Novato. The pilot project will run for one year. The funding comes from Marin Transit’s Gap Grant Program, which aims to provide transport to underserved communities and is now...

Seashore shuttle starts up again

The 16th year of shuttle bussing between the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, the lighthouse and Chimney Rock starts Dec. 28, 2013 and runs till March 2014. Tickets are on sale during weekends and federal Monday holidays between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the visitor center. (The...

Toxin halts shellfish harvest

High levels of a dangerous biotoxin produced by algal blooms has prompted a prohibition of recreationally harvested mussels, clams and scallops in Tomales Bay south of Nick’s Cove. It is the first time the toxin, which typically closes non-commercial harvest during summer months, has appeared in winter in the inner...

Shoreline considers Latino 

Shoreline Unified School District board trustees are weighing the merits of appointing a Latino liaison to facilitate engagement with the district’s growing Spanish-speaking population. The idea made its way onto the board’s agenda after Avito Miranda’s campaign for trustee called attention to the lack of Latino representation on the board...

Wood-burning ban sets record

For nearly two weeks, there’s been no yule log and no chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Though the weather outside is frightful, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District banned wood-burning fires for 11 consecutive days, an unprecedented streak that surpassed the total number of days all last year...

Miss June returns to the stage with her trio, Kai Xin

She’s been June McCrory, June DiMorente and June Juna, but on a late Sunday morning, as the winter sun poured over the downtown commons and gave her respite from the chill of her Inverness Park home, June said she had outgrown these past iterations of herself. She would prefer to...


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