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McClure dairy shuts down

05/12/2021
Bob McClure is closing his dairy operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore, putting an end to the largest and oldest dairy in the park and leaving the eight families who live on the land without housing or work. The McClures have lived on the peninsula for four generations, longer...

Supes looking at clubhouse for fire headquarters

05/12/2021
Marin County is exploring the purchase of the former San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse to use as a headquarters for its fire department. The Board of Supervisors discussed acquiring the 22-acre parcel in a closed-session meeting last week. Jason Weber, the Marin County Fire chief, said his department outgrew the...

An ecosystem in recovery at the Bear Valley Trail

05/12/2021
A hike along the Point Reyes National Seashore’s newly reopened Bear Valley Trail, closed for nine months after last summer’s Woodward Fire, offers abundant signs of nature’s healing: A woodpecker drumming on a blackened tree, wildflowers basking in pockets of sunlight and a lingering scent of charcoal in the air...

Drakes Bay increasingly attractive to elephant seals

05/12/2021
The number of breeding elephant seals that find refuge on the shores of Point Reyes exploded this year, with numbers climbing from 1,844 in 2017 to 2,524. Despite the effort by park service employees to reduce breeding activity on the most public part of Drakes Beach, the site only rose...

Marin vaccinating youths

05/12/2021
Marin is aiming to be one of the only communities in the United States to reach herd immunity after the Pfizer vaccine passed regulatory approval for youth ages 12 to 15 this week. The county aims to give half of the roughly 4,000 adolescents in this group their first dose...

Combatting hate speech

05/12/2021
Each year, eighth-grade social studies students at Lagunitas Middle School participate in something called a Change Project. It’s a chance for us to identify and address a problem in our community. Due to what we see and hear at a national and local level, we’ve decided on a Change Project...

Record store opens this weekend next to Western

05/05/2021
The first-ever record store in West Marin is opening on Saturday in Point Reyes Station. Loose Joints Records, next door to the Western, is a venture by musician Dylan Squires and record collector Brian Ojalvo. Their goal is to create a customer-centric outlet for collectors and newbies alike. Their inventory...

Nature Notebook, May 6, 2021

05/05/2021
The Eta Aquarids meteor showers peak on the very evening of this edition. Fog permitting, we should have good viewing after midnight. These meteors are thought to be bits of cosmic debris left from Halley’s Comet. The showers last through May, but the peak date is the most active night...

Work continues on American Challenger

05/05/2021
Salvage crews inspected the remaining four of 17 fuel tanks aboard the American Challenger this week, pumping out more than 600 gallons of oil and water and removing seven cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated debris. Oil sheen continues to be seen around the 90-foot ship, though the California Department of Fish...

Satellite images offer cow, elk insights

05/05/2021
A new study that used satellite imagery to monitor the movements of cows and tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore could help the park manage grazing conflicts and monitor the spread of Johne’s disease. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, collected satellite images along with GPS...

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