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Library still making itself indispensable

05/27/2020
While its physical branches are closed, the library continues to be a critical resource for residents of West Marin. The Marin County Free Library has ensured that every student who needs an internet hotspot has one, and librarians are filling new roles as disaster service workers. Customers are checking out...

Bats and the search for the zoonotic link

05/27/2020
Gabe Reyes, one of the primary field biologists researching native bat populations in Marin, can no longer handle bats under guidance handed down this month by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The fear is that Mr. Reyes and the state’s 50-some researchers permitted to handle the animals could...

Station House will stay open longer than planned

05/27/2020
The Station House Café will not close on June 1 as previously announced: owner Sheryl Cahill and the property owners agreed on Wednesday to a new lease that extends through September, with the current of $8,372 reduced by about 80 percent. “The landlords have shown true generosity,” Ms. Cahill told...

New wildfire prevention authority meets for first time

05/27/2020
The first-ever meeting of the board of directors for the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, a new agency tasked with coordinating a countywide fire prevention effort, convened virtually last week. “The fire season is coming—there’s no stopping that,” said Bill Tyler, the Novato fire chief who chairs a committee that's putting...

Holiday draws crowds to beaches set to reopen

05/27/2020
Visitors to the coast, undeterred by signs warning of closed beaches, streamed into West Marin over Memorial Day weekend, encouraged by 80-degree weather and clear blue skies. With most parking lots closed, drivers parked wherever they could, lining the highway and clogging neighborhood streets. But soon towns will no longer...

Marin readies to relax again in June, citing progress

05/20/2020
Marin County is well-positioned to safely relax its shelter-in-place order. Over the past month, the number of Covid-19 tests has quadrupled, while the number of positive cases has only doubled. Hospitalizations remain stable, at around four patients. The county has met its goal of 500 daily tests for most of...

Forest Knolls man leads deputies on chase in stolen car

05/20/2020
An 18-year-old man from Forest Knolls stole two vehicles and led police on an erratic car chase across West Marin last Thursday. The crime spree began in the San Geronimo Valley and ended near Marshall, resulting in a totaled truck, a totaled car and a damaged fence. The suspect, Dylan...

Lagunitas to be part of pilot program for schools

05/20/2020
After more than two months away, special needs students will soon return to Lagunitas School for in-person instruction. The class is part of a pilot program run by the Marin County Office of Education meant to model safe practices for schools to reopen in the fall. The model hinges on...

Free meal program has dual benefits

05/20/2020
Starting this week, restaurants across the county are providing three free meals a day for delivery to 300 seniors, including to around 45 people in West Marin. The state initiative, which will pilot for two weeks in Marin, has a double purpose: to improve food access for older adults and...

In its second streamside property, SPAWN finds double benefits

05/13/2020
Turtle Island Restoration Network, the mother organization for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, has purchased its second property in the San Geronimo Valley. The group already owned a two-bedroom house on a two-acre lot in Lagunitas, and last fall it bought a second property, a four-acre lot with a...

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