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Gerrymandering and voter suppression

08/21/2019
Our democracy is under attack. We feel it in our bones. Our vote—the foundation of our representative democracy—is being eroded. What’s happening is the result of gerrymandered electoral districts in states all over the country. This system allows the elected officials in power to draw electoral district maps that ensure...

Inverness neighborhood to vote on road repaving tax

08/15/2019
A handful of Inverness residents are taking action to fix their cracked roads, imposing an annual tax to fund road maintenance in their neighborhood. If Measure C receives a two-thirds “yes” vote in the Aug. 26 special election, it will impose an annual $1,417 tax on developed properties and $708...

Cleanup underway of longtime dump site on Stemple Creek tributary

08/15/2019
Two years ago, Deputy Jason Swift was patrolling a secluded stretch of Chileno Valley Road where people often stop to hang out. No one was there at the time, so he got out to take a walk. “You see a lot more, you hear a lot more and you smell...

Stefanie Keys, rock star with reach, dies at 51

08/14/2019
Stefanie Keys, a soulful singer and an Inverness native with a larger-than-life presence and a passion for personal transformation, died on July 11 in Santa Rosa, after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51 years old. Stefanie operated a massage studio above the Old Western Saloon for years, but...

Park plans to keep agriculture and elk

08/14/2019
The National Park Service’s preferred alternative for the management of historic ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore and northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area supports the continuation of agriculture with leases of up to 20 years and constraints on tule elk. The alternative is one of...

Marin drafting plan for power shutoffs

08/14/2019
Elevated fire risk in California has created the need for Marin to plan for another kind of increasingly likely emergency: de-energization. After its equipment ignited multiple disastrous wildfires in recent years, Pacific Gas & Electric is addressing the wildfire threat by implementing preemptive power shutoffs. “The point of de-energizing is...

Supes signal intent to buy Coast Guard site

08/14/2019
Marin has officially announced its desire to purchase the Coast Guard facility in Point Reyes Station for use as affordable housing. On Tuesday, county supervisors agreed to vote during their Sept. 17 on the purchase of the property from the United States, at a cost of $4.3 million. Their notice...

Huffman reaches out to West Marin at town hall

08/07/2019
Representative Jared Huffman, home in Marin during the congressional summer recess, paid a visit to Point Reyes Station this week to hear from his constituents. Comments and questions from residents at the Dance Palace on Monday largely reflected favor for his viewpoint: he won 77 percent of the vote last...

Native oyster plan urged by working group

08/07/2019
The only native oyster species found today on the Pacific coast, Ostrea lurida, is the subject of a new restoration effort on Tomales Bay. Last August, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s advisory council established a working group dedicated to developing recommendations to restore the species, not only to ensure...

Wild bee die-offs at center of new research

08/07/2019
The plight of honey bees has received nationwide attention for the past decade, as conventional agricultural practices, a changing climate and habitat loss have decimated their numbers. Yet the spotlight has largely passed over thousands of native bee species, whose populations have also declined. For Nina Sokolov, a Ph.D. candidate...

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