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From lifesaving station to marine lab

07/03/2019
The ghostly College of Marin marine biology lab stands across from the Bolinas Lagoon, on Wharf Road. The shabby appearance of the buildings belies their important and colorful history, beginning as the United States Coast Station No. 321 from 1917 to 1947. Later, from 1964 to 2005, the buildings served...

Bull kelp recovery plan looks at ecosystem out of balance

07/03/2019
To address the drastic decline in bull kelp along the Northern California coast, the Greater Farallones Association released a recovery plan last month to inform future management decisions. Purple urchins play an important role in the plan: the species, booming since the die-off of sea stars on the Pacific coast,...

Memorial planned for gray whale deaths

07/03/2019
The gray whales that washed up along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers this spring prompted researchers to launch an investigation into the cause—but several authors and artists in the area are taking another route to grapple with the loss. The group will hold a memorial service for the 171...

Bolinas will vote on school parcel tax renewal in August

07/03/2019
Residents in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District will vote on a tax for funding education programs on Aug. 27 in a vote-by-mail special election. If Measure B receives a two-thirds “yes” vote, a parcel tax that has been in place for over 20 years will go from $300 to $318—a...

Bolinas, preparing for July Fourth onslaught, questions future of festivities

06/26/2019
This year, you might consider skipping the famed Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas. Overcrowding has put the oldest Independence Day celebration in Marin County at risk of cancellation, organizers say. More than 3,000 and as many as 6,000 people are expected to attend this year, crowding the town of...

Special White Hill repaving

06/26/2019
A one-mile stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on White Hill will be repaved this summer with a high-friction surface to improve safety on the popular route over the hill. The $1.64 million project will start in mid-July and should take about three months, according to a press release from...

Farallones poison plan goes to CCC

06/26/2019
A plan to rid the South Farallon Islands of invasive house mice by dropping poison pellets is moving forward: On July 10, the California Coastal Commission will determine if the eradication plan, which targets the islands’ only non-native species, is consistent with state law. If the commission gives its approval,...

Agriculture values high for Marin in 2018

06/26/2019
Thanks in part to the winter’s heavy rains, the gross value of Marin’s agricultural crops and products in 2018 jumped by $6.9 million, or 8 percent, from the previous year. Beef was largely responsible for the rise, although organic milk remains the county’s top commodity. Last week, Marin County Agricultural...

County approves slow-growth budget

06/26/2019
After months of public hearings, the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday approved the 2019-2020 budget, which emphasizes new investments in infrastructure, improving disaster preparedness, preserving affordable housing and addressing climate change, priorities that reflect feedback from residents surveyed this year. The $631 million budget represents a 6.9 percent increase from...

Nicasio tables preschool idea for at least one more year

06/26/2019
Hoping to boost enrollment, the board of the Nicasio School is considering starting up a state-funded preschool, though not this fall. Last month, California pledged funding of roughly $50,000 for the program’s ongoing teacher costs and start-up expenses; the county has agreed to cover another $10,000 and the West Marin...

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