Bikers ask for better access to seashore

12/06/2018
Bikers are lobbying for increased access to roads and trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where their options are currently limited. The Marin Bicycle Coalition submitted a proposal to the National Park Service last month that both requests new designations for bikes...

Plant pest prompts citrus quarantine

12/06/2018
The discovery last month of an aphid-sized insect could spell peril for citrus plants in Marin County. The Asian citrus psyllid, which was found in a trap in northeastern Novato on Nov. 22, is one of the world’s most dangerous threats to citrus flora and related plants such as curry...

Narrow just-cause moves to vote

12/06/2018
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night voted to move ahead with an initial draft of a just-cause ordinance—albeit one that would exclude most of West Marin, after county staff added an exemption for properties that contain fewer than three rental units. The exemption would constrict the ordinance’s applicability in...

Lagunitas Middle School puts focus on justice in new equity project

12/06/2018
Inside Lagunitas Middle School, Katherine Sanford is trying to change the way her eighth-grade students think about justice. Twice a week, as part of her new Equity and Activism Project, students take seats on the floor or in high-top desks and learn about inequity: how the discrimination and prejudices of...

Inverness landowner preserves Sonoma redwoods

12/06/2018
A deal between an Inverness resident and three public agencies has conserved over 1,600 acres of redwood forest in northwestern Sonoma County. The agreement, which took five years to come to fruition, will preserve the property—known as Rip’s Redwoods—both through a carbon credit project and a conservation easement. Sonoma County...

After latest tweaks, supervisors request more time for public comment on LCP

12/06/2018
The Board of Supervisors postponed its decision to approve the latest batch of amendments to the Local Coastal Program on Tuesday, granting a request from District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, who hoped to provide a larger window for public consideration. The newly scheduled hearing is now slated to take place...

Sheriff's Office to once again enforce vehicle code on private roads of Bolinas

12/06/2018
Sheriff’s deputies will soon enforce state and county vehicle regulations on the privately maintained roads in Bolinas, following a discovery a year ago that they did not have the power to do so, despite longstanding practice. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that designates a long list...

Novato educator tapped to lead West Marin School during principal's absence

12/06/2018
A retired Novato educator has taken the helm at West Marin and Inverness Schools, where the interim principal is out on an unexpected medical leave. Rey Mayoral, a native Spanish speaker with nearly four decades of experience as a public-school principal, started part-time work last week. He will stay until...

Nicasio's fiber optic network goes live

12/06/2018
For years, when Eric Blantz tried to work out of his home in Nicasio, his Skype calls with clients in Africa would routinely drop. “It was because I had no service, not them,” said Mr. Blantz, who at the time worked for a company that delivers computing and broadband assistance...

Three kings and a miracle: A one-act opera visits the Dance Palace

12/06/2018
Coming up this month is a musical event that is perfect for the holiday season, one that will entertain and enrich families. “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act opera, will show in the Dance Palace Church Space at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 and at 2 p.m. on...

Nature Notebook, December 6, 2018

12/06/2018
More winter meteor showers drop late at night this week, as the Geminids fall in the eastern skies. With 120 multicolored stars per hour, it is considered one of the most prolific showers of the winter. This week’s new moon, on Thursday evening, brings extreme high tides of over six...

What we can learn from the world's centenarians

12/06/2018
One of the daunting challenges of changing our lifestyle to a healthier one is our motivation. Do we care about our own health? Do we want a better quality of life, both physically and mentally? Do we want to live to enjoy our children and their children? Or do we...