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Closing shop in Covid's wake

08/05/2020
Five months have passed since the novel coronavirus upended life in West Marin, and some local businesses are now shutting down as a result of public safety concerns and regulations. The Light spoke with a dentist who has operated in Point Reyes Station for over 30 years, two business partners...

With pastures dry, county pursues aid

08/05/2020
Drought conditions have prompted the county to declare an agricultural emergency, which could free up federal monies for ranchers who have lost forage. Marin does not yet meet the requirements for the aid, but may when conditions are re-evaluated at the end of the summer. In June, the county agriculture...

Butch Giammona, 1941 — 2020

08/05/2020
Ciro “Butch” Giammona, a lifelong Point Reyes Station family man and walking archive of the town’s septic systems, died at home on July 12. He was 79 years old. A fixture of old West Marin, Butch “saw this town convert from what you’d call a one-horse town to what it...

Shoreline seeks parcel tax renewal in fall

08/05/2020
The Shoreline Unified School District will ask voters to renew its parcel tax in the November election, after the board of trustees last week approved placing a measure on the ballot to renew the tax at its current amount, $212 per parcel. The tax, which is set to expire after...

SPAWN can continue Roy's Pools project, judge rules

08/05/2020
A judge rejected a petition last week by golfers and valley residents to halt creek restoration work underway on the former San Geronimo Golf Course. The petition, which attempted to freeze county-issued permits for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network to re-engineer a portion of San Geronimo Creek, was part...

Ken Casey companies declare bankruptcy

08/05/2020
Two large real estate companies under federal investigation for defrauding investors have declared bankruptcy, giving investors a larger say in how their money is recovered. The companies—Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors Security Fund—were owned by the late Ken Casey, a Novato businessman who orchestrated a classic Ponzi scheme, according...

Closing the doors in Covid’s wake

07/29/2020
Five months have passed since the novel coronavirus upended life in West Marin, and some local businesses are no longer able to hold on. New regulations responding to the pandemic have caused significant financial strain, and for some business owners, safety concerns are paramount. This week, the Light spoke with...

Inverness declares water shortage emergency, sees quick response

07/29/2020
The Inverness Public Utility District declared a water shortage emergency last week amid one of the driest years in the past century, and is already seeing its supply bounce back. “People have cut back [on usage], and we are holding steady for the time being,” said Wade Holland, the customer...

Watchdog says public agencies should improve access to salary information

07/29/2020
A majority of Marin County websites failed to meet legal requirements to conspicuously link to recent information on officials’ compensation, a recent civil grand jury report found. To keep the public trust in government, the report called for greater transparency into the workings of public agencies, including the compensation of...

Night hours cut for sheriff's deputies on Marin's coast

07/29/2020
Coastal Marin will no longer be patrolled by the sheriff at night. Facing a budget shortfall, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is reducing staffing at the Point Reyes substation this week, leaving no deputies assigned to the coast between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. each day, when previously there were...

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