Inverness scopes tax for fire, drought preparedness

01/20/2021
The smoke from the Woodward Fire was still lingering in the air when a group of Inverness residents decided that the village’s immediate needs related to wildfire prevention and water storage would require a new funding source. In a survey launched this month, residents are weighing in on whether they...

Agency fears easy pumps threaten clams

01/20/2021
A new and efficient tool used to dig up clams is posing a threat to clam populations, state Fish and Wildlife scientists say. Next month, the Fish and Game Commission will consider an emergency ban on hydraulic pumps, which have largely replaced the shovels historically used for clamming. Shovels typically...

West Marin back in class

01/20/2021
The youngest students of the Shoreline Unified School District are back in classrooms for the first time in 10 months, and that’s just one of many moving parts at West Marin’s largest school district this month. Employees are getting vaccinated, Covid-19 testing efficacy has been thrown into doubt and administrators...

Point Reyes lights obscure stars, village association says

01/20/2021
The Point Reyes Station Village Association wants to restore the visibility of the night sky. A new lighting review committee met earlier this month for a night walk and identified several buildings with lights that do not follow the town’s community plan. Now, they are reaching out to the building...

Investigation pending after Las Vegas man lands plane on Limantour Beach

01/20/2021
The faux military plane that landed on Limantour Beach the day after Christmas was removed last week, and an investigation is underway. A skid steer carried it above the pedestrian bridge, and a trailer towed it to an airfield; aircraft insurance paid for the removal. The pilot, Las Vegas resident...

More monies for rental assistance are on the way

01/20/2021
Marin County is continuing to provide rental assistance to residents struggling with the financial ramifications of the pandemic. An estimated $7.75 million is expected to land at the county by early February as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Congress passed last month. The funding can go toward current...

Cowgirl Creamery founders retire after 2016 sale to Swiss company

01/20/2021
The time to retire arrived with the start of 2021 for the founders of Cowgirl Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, who started the business a quarter-century ago. “We are very proud to have been part of the development of the artisan cheese craft in Northern California, which has helped...

Flowers and found objects guide one woman’s creative coping with the pandemic

01/20/2021
Discovering a morning ritual made all the difference for Carol Whitman in 2020, and that ritual has carried her into the new year. Before the sun comes up, she stands by the woodstove arranging a living mandala, often made from flowers or parts of flowers and other natural materials: feathers,...

Why you should get the Covid-19 vaccine

01/20/2021
Some people are concerned about taking the new vaccine. Should you get it now, wait, or take a pass? As a physician in the Bay Area, I jumped at the chance to get vaccinated out of fear of bringing the virus home to my family or infecting my patients. But...

My Covid story

01/20/2021
I’ve got Covid. I never thought I would say those words. My family has been in a bubble since last March, and now we all are ill. Four have positive tests. All have varying symptoms, none severe; two lost their sense of smell and taste. When I heard about the...