Park plans to keep agriculture and elk

08/14/2019
The National Park Service’s preferred alternative for the management of historic ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore and northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area supports the continuation of agriculture with leases of up to 20 years and constraints on tule elk. The alternative is one of...

Marin drafting plan for power shutoffs

08/14/2019
Elevated fire risk in California has created the need for Marin to plan for another kind of increasingly likely emergency: de-energization. After its equipment ignited multiple disastrous wildfires in recent years, Pacific Gas & Electric is addressing the wildfire threat by implementing preemptive power shutoffs. “The point of de-energizing is...

Supes signal intent to buy Coast Guard site

08/14/2019
Marin has officially announced its desire to purchase the Coast Guard facility in Point Reyes Station for use as affordable housing. On Tuesday, county supervisors agreed to vote during their Sept. 17 on the purchase of the property from the United States, at a cost of $4.3 million. Their notice...

Cleanup underway of longtime dump site on Stemple Creek tributary

08/15/2019
Two years ago, Deputy Jason Swift was patrolling a secluded stretch of Chileno Valley Road where people often stop to hang out. No one was there at the time, so he got out to take a walk. “You see a lot more, you hear a lot more and you smell...

Stefanie Keys, rock star with reach, dies at 51

08/14/2019
Stefanie Keys, a soulful singer and an Inverness native with a larger-than-life presence and a passion for personal transformation, died on July 11 in Santa Rosa, after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51 years old. Stefanie operated a massage studio above the Old Western Saloon for years, but...

Stacking the deck against ranching

08/15/2019
In our op-ed last month, we criticized Point Reyes National Seashore officials for spending millions of taxpayer dollars on planning efforts that produce many documents but few binding results. For example, the 1998 elk management plan and environment assessment gained the status of law when it was registered with the...

Inverness neighborhood to vote on road repaving tax

08/15/2019
A handful of Inverness residents are taking action to fix their cracked roads, imposing an annual tax to fund road maintenance in their neighborhood. If Measure C receives a two-thirds “yes” vote in the Aug. 26 special election, it will impose an annual $1,417 tax on developed properties and $708...

Activating the Green New Deal: A community conversation

08/15/2019
“The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world.” — Johanna Macy Most people in West Marin believe that climate change poses a major existential threat to humanity. Around here, the science of climate change...

Nature Notebook, August 15, 2019

08/15/2019
The last of the Perseid meteor showers may be difficult to see this week thanks to the full moon, and the skies will remain quiet until the Draconid showers in October. Belladonna lilies (Amaryllis belladonna), a South African migrant, has been coloring the landscape; these pale pink lilies are marching...