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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...

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...

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...

Deficient report preceded permit to demolish Bo marine lab

05/05/2021
The Coast Guard lowered the flag at its old lifeboat station in Bolinas last week and handed it off to a professor from the College of Marin, which will raze the property this month to create a new marine laboratory. The ceremony marked the end of the historic buildings, but...

Farmers market management shifts out of local control

05/05/2021
For 25 years, the Point Reyes Farmers' Market has been run by a steering committee of local volunteers. It has developed into a major community hub in the summer, featuring music, a kids’ zone and tantalizing samples from a rotating cast of chefs outside Toby’s Feed Barn, as well as...

Thomasina Wilson, saloon boss

05/05/2021
Thomasina Wilson, the owner of the Papermill Creek Saloon for over 50 years, died on Jan. 20 at 96 years old. Thomasina moved to the valley in 1948 and raised 14 children in Lagunitas. At the bar, she was known simply as “the boss lady.” She bought the saloon when...

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