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Fire on Vision slow, thanks to moist fuels

06/13/2019
The weekend’s intense heat wave coincided with a fire on Mount Vision that gave responders a chance to gear up while fire fuels are at their peak moisture after winter’s heavy rains. On Monday afternoon, a branch fell on a power line on Mount Vision Road in the Point Reyes...

Lagunitas teachers press Carroll over hiring practice

06/13/2019
At an emotional Lagunitas School District board meeting, teachers criticized the administration’s failure to follow a school policy of assembling a committee to screen candidates for interviews when hiring instructors. Superintendent John Carroll said his administration has not been following the policy because the procedure is outdated and unwieldy. “It...

Poor start to snowy plover nesting season

06/13/2019
Western snowy plovers, federally threatened shorebirds that stand just six inches tall, likely struggled in the winter’s heavy storms. Biologists in the Point Reyes National Seashore are seeing fewer nests than expected on the dunes of the bird’s breeding beaches. As of last week, just 18 plover nests have been...

Survey shows restrooms top priority for Point Reyes Station

06/13/2019
The majority of residents who completed a recent county survey regarding water and wastewater use and systems in Point Reyes Station identified the lack of public restrooms as a top concern, though the response rate so far is low, just 18 percent. Last Wednesday, county representatives presented the preliminary results...

County will shift to centralized vote tally

06/13/2019
Marin County Elections officials will count ballots in a central location within the next few years, eliminating the practice of local poll machines tallying votes. The change, expected by November 2020, comes alongside the purchase of a new voting system approved the Board of Supervisors last week. The system upgrade...

Marin recognizes women's role in ocean conservation

06/13/2019
As a result of ocean warming and acidification, the majority of the planet’s coral reefs—which support a quarter of all marine species—will likely die by 2050. This week, the Marin County Board of Supervisors drew attention to this fact and numerous others related to the declining health of the ocean...

New R.V.s at Dillon Beach Resort draw criticism, trigger permit

06/06/2019
Complaints from residents have prompted the California Coastal Commission to review recent changes at Dillon Beach Resort, where the new owner has replaced 12 R.V.s with tiny-home-style R.V.s to be rented on a nightly basis. Although the resort is compliant with its county use permit, residents counter that the new...

Point Reyes moo clock revived for parade

06/06/2019
For the last five years, downtown Point Reyes Station has been unusually quiet—at least, when it comes to livestock sounds. Since the 1980s, a rooster’s crow and a cow’s moo had issued from the roof of the Western Saloon, indicating noontime and 6 p.m. every day. But one day it...

Michelle Lujan, a mother who brought beauty, dies at 51

06/06/2019
Michelle Lujan, an esthetician who dedicated her life to creating beauty of every kind, whether through dance, food or caregiving, died from ovarian cancer on May 14. She was 51 years old. Michelle moved to Bolinas in the early 2000s and later to Point Reyes Station, where she opened up...

Marin budget goes to public

06/06/2019
The proposed 2019-2020 county budget, part of a two-year plan approved by supervisors last June, is slated to be $677.1 million, a 7.3 percent increase from last year. That small jump is in keeping with that from the year before, and it reflects Marin’s slow growth. The county estimates that...

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