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Visitation levels peak in Stinson

10/21/2020
It was another chaotic afternoon in Stinson Beach on Saturday. Traffic on Shoreline Highway moved at a snail’s pace, the neighborhoods were crammed with cars and the beach parking lot was at capacity. The town was full, yet hundreds of drivers continued to stream in from the south. The overcrowded...

Schools inch toward reopening as distance learning takes its toll

10/21/2020
Schools have been allowed to reopen for in-person instruction for three weeks now, yet most West Marin students remain at home, learning online. Parents say that virtual instruction is impacting their children’s mental health, and teachers agree that it is not ideal. But tasks must be completed before classrooms can...

Indoor restrictions could ease as case rates decline

10/21/2020
Should Marin’s Covid-19 case rates remain steady, local businesses will be able to operate at an increased indoor capacity as soon as next Tuesday, in time for cooler weather and shorter days. Marin expects to meet the health criteria necessary to fall into the third out of four regulatory tiers...

Woodward Fire flares up as weather warms and dries

10/21/2020
Hot, dry weather has activated smoldering stumps and logs in the interior of the Woodward Fire, sending pillars of smoke into the blue sky and prompting 911 calls over the past week. But the continued burning, two months after the 4,929-acre fire ignited in the wilderness of the Point Reyes...

San Francisco man dies in motorcycle crash outside Bo

10/21/2020
A motorcyclist died after trying to pass a car at the Bolinas wye on Saturday, resulting in a fiery crash. Aaron Clayton, a 45-year-old man from San Francisco, was travelling northbound on Shoreline Highway behind an S.U.V. When the car turned left toward to Bolinas, Mr. Clayton tried to pass...

Nature Notebook, October 22, 2019

10/21/2020
The peak of the Orionid meteor showers passed on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with around 20 shooting stars an hour, but continue to watch the eastern sky as they trail through early November. Halloween, or its Celtic ancestor, Samhain, arrives with a blue moon on Saturday, Oct. 31. Traditionally this is...

Milestone decision for Lawson's

10/14/2020
Plans for a new wastewater system on the property at the mouth of Tomales Bay where the Lawson family has operated a campground since the 1950s were approved by the California Coastal Commission last week. The milestone decision marks an end to the family’s decades-long effort to permit its operations...

Patrol cut has little impact, sheriff says

10/14/2020
So far, fears of a crime wave after Sheriff Robert Doyle closed the Point Reyes substation at night have not come to pass, but many West Marin residents are still unhappy with the decision. In September, residents on the coast called the sheriff’s office 117 times between 11 p.m. and...

Marin's climate action goals rely on potential of carbon farming

10/14/2020
By 2030, unincorporated Marin must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 60 percent below levels recorded in 2005 and, by 2045, achieve carbon neutrality. Those are the goals set by the new Climate Action Plan, which the public can comment on through the end of the month, before supervisors finalize it...

Shoreline superintendent will retire at school year's end

10/14/2020
Bob Raines, the superintendent who oversaw a tumultuous five-year period at West Marin’s largest school district, will retire at the end of the school year. Since 2016, Mr. Raines has helmed the Shoreline Unified School District as principals have come and gone, staff have decried improper labor practices and a...

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