Animal rights activists sue park over elk

06/23/2021
The National Park Service has been sued over its handling of the fenced tule elk herd on Tomales Point. The lawsuit, filed by the Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Clinic, alleges the park has failed to protect the animals from “horrific and preventable deaths,” allowing them to starve...

Forum a first step toward civilian oversight of sheriff

06/23/2021
Marin supervisors and residents expressed support last week for oversight of the sheriff’s office under a new bill that lets counties establish a civilian committee to hear complaints, issue subpoenas, investigate the sheriff and publish findings. At a forum hosted by the county’s Human Rights Commission, every speaker except for...

Tribal council seeks protection for Miwok sites

06/23/2021
A group of Coast Miwok are calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to reject the park service’s plan for the Point Reyes National Seashore and grant them more say over the park’s archaeological resources, which lie on unceded Miwok land. The Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin, a network of...

New parking rules soon for Bolinas and Stinson Beach

06/23/2021
New parking restrictions are coming to downtown Bolinas and Stinson Beach to improve emergency access, as more significant changes to address high visitation wait in the wings. Last week, county planners approved coastal permits for new fire lanes, the removal of outdated signs and the conversion of existing no-parking zones...

Evacuation tags available for West Marin residents

06/23/2021
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department are handing out evacuation tags to make it easier for first responders to know who was able to leave during a disaster. The tag, which says “EVACUATED” in red, can be fixed to a mailbox, front door, garage or the end of...

NMWD raises water rates

06/23/2021
Water customers in Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness Park will see their next water bill change after the North Marin Water District approved a new rate structure on Tuesday. The threshold to pay more was lowered from 400 to 250 gallons per day, at the same time the rate...

The sting of drought: Fewer flowers for bees means increased disease

06/23/2021
A honeybee zips by to forage on the bright orange pollen of a California poppy. A bumblebee bumbles past on its way to a California lilac. A carpenter bee bites on the base of a sage bud to slurp its nectar, too large to fit inside the flower. A sweat...