With red tier, Lagunitas takes steps to reopen

02/24/2021
Lagunitas School is the only elementary school in Marin County that hasn’t brought students back to campus. On Monday, that will change: The state moved Marin into a less restrictive tier of reopening, allowing the 215 students in the valley to return for four hours of outdoor learning a week,...

Changes approved for Dillon Beach Resort

02/24/2021
The families that purchased the Dillon Beach Resort three years ago will complete the conversion of the business’s long-term R.V. housing into short-term rentals, thanks to an after-the-fact coastal permit issued this month. The owners may now add 13 new tiny homes slated for vacation rentals, with some rented at...

Housing limited by density fears in high-risk areas

02/24/2021
Supervisors paved the way last month for the creation of more affordable housing in West Marin, despite concerns that increased density will slow wildfire evacuations. New state regulations for accessory dwelling units seek to reduce permitting and building barriers, such as by expediting the review process and relaxing property line...

Sheriff’s office provides free gun locks in new safety campaign

02/24/2021
Guns in homes may be locked up thanks to free supplies available at all Marin County Sheriff’s Office substations. The office launched a public information campaign this week to improve access to gun locks among other gun safety measures, responding to urgings from the county’s civil grand jury. Although it...

For cows first and foremost, the grass is always greener

02/24/2021
Have you wondered why there are so many stray cows in the sheriff’s calls lately? West Marin cows tend to get out more often in the winter, and the explanation can be traced to an age-old idiom: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. “I...

Inverness parcel tax: Don’t forget Measure C

02/24/2021
Almost all of the letters to the Light about the proposal for a new Inverness parcel tax to fund fire safety projects and improvements to the water system have overlooked the creation in 2019 of the Marin Wildfire Protection Authority. At that time, 17 towns and fire protection agencies, including...

Nature Notebook, February 25, 2021

02/24/2021
The full moon on Saturday, Feb. 27 brings mid-morning to noonish high tides in the six-foot range with minus tides near sunset. To the Catawba of North Carolina, this moon is known as the “First Flower” moon, similar to what we are seeing in West Marin, where many flowers have...