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West Marin schools planning ahead for power outages

02/26/2020
When Pacific Gas and Electric turned the power off in Marin last fall, schools were forced to close and instruction time was lost. With another round of planned public safety shutoffs anticipated next year, schools are building makeup days into their calendars and creating contingency plans to stay open. Nicasio...

Huge search for missing couple in Inverness

02/19/2020
After a four-day search, a Palo Alto couple who stayed in Inverness last week remains missing. Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin, retirees who enjoyed hiking in the area, were last seen on Friday afternoon near their Seahaven vacation rental. They did not check out on Saturday morning. Their disappearance prompted...

County increases building permit fees

02/19/2020
The cost of building is going up in Marin. The Board of Supervisors last week approved an average 44 percent increase for building permit fees, effective July 1. The fee increase, as much as 100 percent for some projects, is intended to enable the county to fully recover the cost...

Study to evaluate living shorelines as fix for rising waters

02/19/2020
By 2030, the projected sea level combined with a particularly nasty storm event could flood nearly everything west of Highway 1 in Stinson Beach: 590 parcels, 430 buildings and several miles of road. By the middle of the century, every high tide will bring flooding, and the roadways will likely...

Multi-agency research aims to fill the gap in bat data

02/19/2020
It’s wintertime and Townsend’s big-eared bats are well out of sight, their long, pointed ears rolled down tightly, and their heart, metabolic and respiratory rates slowed. Despite the difficulty of finding bats during the colder months, this week local biologists set out into the field to find Townsend’s and the...

Bill would require backup power for some cell towers

02/19/2020
When Pacific Gas & Electric turned the power off last October, more than half of the cell towers in Marin went out of service. In response, the Board of Supervisors last month endorsed a state bill that would mandate telecommunication providers have backup power for their cell towers in high...

New app brings emergency calls to the public

02/19/2020
During sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Now, Marin residents can receive instant information on their phones about emergencies in the county, including those in their immediate vicinity that could use their help. On Feb. 14, the county announced the availability of a free, multilingual app, called PulsePoint, that alerts...

Stream conservation rules first on the list for update of countywide plan

02/12/2020
As Marin embarks on a tune-up of its countywide plan—a mammoth planning document that guides policies and programs—the number-one priority is a new stream conservation ordinance for the San Geronimo Valley. “We are glad that they are taking this on as soon as possible, and our hope is that they...

Invasive plants in park a growing threat

02/12/2020
In the dunes at Abbotts Lagoon, the Western snowy plover is nesting, the Tidestrom’s lupine is germinating, and the sand is flowing. At most other beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the dunes are steep, continuous ridges infested with iceplant and European beachgrass. These invasive plants stabilize the sand,...

County expands affordable housing incentives

02/12/2020
The county has adopted several new regulations pertaining to accessory dwelling units in a continued effort to incentivize the creation of affordable housing. Last month, supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that ushered in a suite of changes that align with new state laws, and separately acted to expand existing breaks...

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