Workers scarce for coastal businesses

06/16/2021
It has only become harder to recruit and retain a workforce in West Marin over the course of the pandemic, business owners and economists say. The decades-long issue is hampering businesses from reaching their full potential, despite a summer boom of tourists who are ready to spend. Help-wanted ads are...

Park service supplies water to tule elk preserve

06/16/2021
For the first time ever, the Point Reyes National Seashore is providing supplemental water to the fenced tule elk herd on Tomales Point. The park announced last week that it had installed three 250-gallon troughs at the south end of the reserve that will remain there at least until the...

Marin ticks carry more disease than thought

06/16/2021
Disease-carrying ticks are much more widespread in Marin than scientists once thought. In hotspots like the Bolinas Lagoon, roughly one third of ticks may carry human pathogens. Ticks are commonly associated with woodlands, and scientists have mainly studied Lyme disease rather than other tick-borne illnesses. But a recent study took...

Inverness revises rules for new service in drought

06/16/2021
Plans for a new home have prompted the Inverness Public Utility District to update its rules for new water connections during a drought. If the latest version of regulation 117 is approved, property owners would be allowed to connect to the water system only if they agree to defer landscaping...

Shoreline superintendent placed on leave while DA reviews case

06/16/2021
Bob Raines, the superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District who was arrested on June 8 on charges of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, was placed on unpaid leave by the school board last week. The county district attorney’s office is reviewing the case to...

Beleaguered Lagunitas tea seller given three months to vacate property

06/16/2021
Marin County is a step closer to winning its long legal battle with a Lagunitas tea seller whose property is filled with experimental, unpermitted structures. Last month, a judge ordered David Lee Hoffman to vacate and turn over possession of the property called the Last Resort, where Mr. Hoffman has...

Stuck in legal fight, county speeds up stream conservation ordinance

06/16/2021
Homeowners in the San Geronimo Valley are set to face stricter rules on changes to their properties by the end of the year. Marin is accelerating its timeline for adopting a stream conservation ordinance for the valley, after a judge ruled on a SPAWN lawsuit that the county violated environmental...

Nature Notebook, June 17, 2021

06/16/2021
The summer solstice arrives with the longest number of daylight hours. This year, it is shared by Father’s Day, on June 20. The solstice is considered mid-summer in Celtic tradition, with domestic crops planted earlier in the year and the promise of harvest ahead. The herdsman constellation, Bootes, releases a...