CCC pushes back against poison plan

07/18/2019
The plan to eradicate house mice from the South Farallon Islands met resistance last week, when the United States Fish and Wildlife Service failed to convince the California Coastal Commission that dropping rodenticide from a helicopter is the best and only way to go. Advocates and opponents of the eradication...

Marin lays rules for small cell networks

07/18/2019
An urgency ordinance passed last Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors implemented several rules for the deployment of small-cell infrastructure on public roads, including procedural and aesthetic guidelines. The rush came in advance of applications expected within the month by telecom companies looking to build out 4G networks,...

Immigrant advocates working to educate amid threats of ICE action

07/18/2019
Community organizers in West Marin are on the ready in case of ICE activity coinciding with President Trump’s announcement of nationwide sweeps. “There is a lot of fear within the community,” said Jorge Martinez, a program assistant for West Marin Community Services. “We’ve only had rumors [in the past], but...

Siren calls coming to a bay near you

07/18/2019
Odysseus, homeward bound, told his men to seal their ears with beeswax so they wouldn’t be lured to their deaths as they passed the island of sirens. Yet he bound himself to the mast of his ship so he could hear the irresistible song of half-women, half-birds. Residents of West...

Respira grant will fund youth activities website

07/18/2019
Kids can ride bikes around Tomales Bay, enjoy a bonfire on Chicken Ranch Beach and skateboard at Mesa Park, thanks to a county park grant for Tomales Bay Youth Center that will be used to coordinate and connect the youth of West Marin. The grant will help pay for an...

Nature Notebook, July 1, 2019

07/17/2019
The full moon earlier this week continues a pattern of extra-low morning tides, most occurring just before dawn. The corresponding high tides in the five-foot range come in the afternoons, leaving plenty of beach. Summer meteor showers began on July 12 with the Delta Aquarids on the eastern horizon. They...

Census work group tackling West Marin challenges

07/18/2019
As Marin County continues to ramp up its census outreach efforts, it is specifically targeting West Marin as an area that is difficult to count. Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized a $120,000 grant to the Canal Alliance to conduct outreach for all of the county’s hard-to-count populations. As...

The mythical park planning process

07/18/2019
For decades now, National Park Service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore have been conducting formal planning processes, one after another. But for all the time and money spent on planning, nothing seems to stick. In 1998, the seashore published an elk management plan and environmental assessment that stated,...