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New wildfire prevention authority meets for first time

05/27/2020
The first-ever meeting of the board of directors for the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, a new agency tasked with coordinating a countywide fire prevention effort, convened virtually last week. “The fire season is coming—there’s no stopping that,” said Bill Tyler, the Novato fire chief who chairs a committee that's putting...

Lagunitas to be part of pilot program for schools

05/20/2020
After more than two months away, special needs students will soon return to Lagunitas School for in-person instruction. The class is part of a pilot program run by the Marin County Office of Education meant to model safe practices for schools to reopen in the fall. The model hinges on...

Free meal program has dual benefits

05/20/2020
Starting this week, restaurants across the county are providing three free meals a day for delivery to 300 seniors, including to around 45 people in West Marin. The state initiative, which will pilot for two weeks in Marin, has a double purpose: to improve food access for older adults and...

Marin readies to relax again in June, citing progress

05/20/2020
Marin County is well-positioned to safely relax its shelter-in-place order. Over the past month, the number of Covid-19 tests has quadrupled, while the number of positive cases has only doubled. Hospitalizations remain stable, at around four patients. The county has met its goal of 500 daily tests for most of...

Forest Knolls man leads deputies on chase in stolen car

05/20/2020
An 18-year-old man from Forest Knolls stole two vehicles and led police on an erratic car chase across West Marin last Thursday. The crime spree began in the San Geronimo Valley and ended near Marshall, resulting in a totaled truck, a totaled car and a damaged fence. The suspect, Dylan...

In its second streamside property, SPAWN finds double benefits

05/13/2020
Turtle Island Restoration Network, the mother organization for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, has purchased its second property in the San Geronimo Valley. The group already owned a two-bedroom house on a two-acre lot in Lagunitas, and last fall it bought a second property, a four-acre lot with a...

PG&E will present on alternative power sources

05/13/2020
Thinking ahead, how can you keep the power on at your home during a PG&E shutoff this year? A sustainability team comprised of staff from the county’s Community Development Agency is joining representatives from PG&E to hold several free webinars over the next several months to help residents prepare. The...

Station House Café to close in June, citing high rent

05/13/2020
The Station House Café is closing its doors at the end of the month after 56 years in Point Reyes Station, owner Sheryl Cahill announced on Saturday. Pushed out by her landlords’ proposal to more than double her rent, Ms. Cahill will consider reopening at a different location in the...

Shops, parks start to reopen in phased plan

05/13/2020
The effort to reopen Marin is slowly picking up steam. As part of its Marin Recovers plan, the county is moving from allowing only essential activities to assessing activities based on their risk of virus transmission. On Monday, the county will update its shelter-in-place order to allow curbside retail, and...

Ranchers find allies in conservationists

05/13/2020
The National Park Service next month will make a final recommendation regarding the future of ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The recommendation, presented in a final environmental impact statement that will be sent to the park’s regional director for a decision, must address the thousands of public comments...

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