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Raines's charge downgraded to misdemeanor

08/04/2021
The former superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District, Bob Raines, has been charged with a misdemeanor for molesting a 9-year-old boy—a downgrade from the suspected felony that prompted his arrest on June 8 for lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. The misdemeanor charge does not require...

Mixed odds for wildlife in severe drought

08/04/2021
Humans aren’t the only creatures affected by our drought. Last winter’s historically low rainfall is reshaping the habits and habitats of West Marin’s wildlife—helping some, hurting others. “Wherever there is water, animals are pulling in closer to it,” naturalist and tracker Richard Vacha said. While fog helps keep the region’s...

Seismic gauge in Nicasio will help complete network

08/04/2021
A new seismic monitoring station in Nicasio received approval from the county last week, part of an effort by the United States Geological Survey to fill the gaps in its expanding earthquake early warning system. Once the station is built later this summer, West Marin residents will be alerted more...

Marin returns to mandatory masking indoors amid surge spurred by Delta variant

08/04/2021
Marin and seven other Bay Area counties issued orders this week requiring all people to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. The orders, which are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also recommend that employers make face coverings available to individuals...

Initiative hopes to close communication gaps

08/04/2021
A new project is asking residents how to close West Marin’s communication gaps. A coalition of agencies and community organizations supported by the West Marin Fund launched a survey this week in the first stage of an effort to bridge language, technology and geographic barriers. “We love living here, but...

Youth center gains new parent organization

08/04/2021
The Tomales Bay Youth Center, a hub for young people located on the West Marin School campus, has been adopted by West Marin Community Services. The acquisition will provide a more secure future for the center, which started in 2011 as a program of the West Marin Lions Club. Over...

Judge upholds challenge to golf course suit validity

08/04/2021
The group of valley residents and golfers who sued to restore the former San Geronimo Golf Course have been dealt a blow in court. The Trust for Public Land, which owns the property, had demurred the San Geronimo Heritage Alliance’s petition, objecting to the validity of the lawsuit. Judge Andrew...

Judge denies animal clinic's elk injunction

08/04/2021
A federal judge denied an injunction against the National Park Service filed by animal rights groups who are suing over the management of tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore. After a hearing last week, Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California ruled that the Harvard Animal...

Tribe will fix Kule Loklo roundhouse

07/28/2021
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will rebuild the roundhouse at Kule Loklo, the main structure at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s replica Coast Miwok village. Graton will fund the project, and the roundhouse will reopen for ceremonial and educational purposes, the tribe announced this week. For four decades, the...

In booming market, renters lose toehold

07/28/2021
In May, after prospective buyers outbid each other in a walk-through, a house on Arroyo Road in Lagunitas sold for $2.1 million. News that the house went for almost 25 percent over its asking price trickled down to another nearby homeowner; soon, renter Adam Vurek, his girlfriend and his 12-year-old...

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