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County moves to purchase properties for homeless

11/11/2020
Facing a crunched timeline, the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the purchase of two buildings that will be occupied by homeless residents, despite mixed feelings from neighbors. The two properties—an office building in San Rafael and a motel in Corte Madera—will cost $7.2 million and $4.1 million...

Protections for whales delay crab opener

11/11/2020
Marin commercial crabbers won’t be able to set their traps in time for Thanksgiving this year. It’s the second consecutive year that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has delayed the opener past the holiday to prevent whale entanglements, reflecting tightened regulations that some fishermen say could have dire...

Truck topples signs, damages power poles

11/05/2020
A truck carrying an asphalt grinder wreaked havoc on a portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness on Wednesday morning, hitting three power poles and numerous signs before the driver noticed his chute was unsecured. One power pole was severed in half, knocking out power to over 700 customers...

NOAA says drought will likely continue in winter

11/05/2020
The winter may not bring needed rains. With the La Niña climate pattern in play, drought is expected to continue and intensify in California through February, according to a winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The seasonal projection, which combined satellite observations and computer forecast modeling, predicts...

West Marin grapples with heavy election

11/05/2020
Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, many West Marin residents are disturbed that the race is even close. What they hoped would be an overwhelming rebuke of President Donald Trump’s regime is instead a tight contest, and ballot counting in battleground states continues. By Wednesday evening, neither...

CHA plugs away at merger

11/05/2020
Staffing shortages continue to hobble the Point Reyes and Bolinas health clinics, but the ongoing process of folding the Coastal Health Alliance into the Petaluma Health Center is helping to solve the problem. The health centers officially merged four months ago, dissolving the Coastal Health Alliance as a legal entity...

Niche radio station launches in Marshall

11/05/2020
A tiny radio station has quietly begun broadcasting from a Marshall sheep ranch, playing commercial-free music 24 hours a day. The station, KXCF, is about as small as it gets: At 10 watts, the antenna is just powerful enough to reach the west shore of Tomales Bay. It’s a passion...

Conflicts of interest afflict MALT

10/28/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust is facing increasing public scrutiny for purchasing conservation easements from board members. The allegation that MALT has violated multiple conflict-of-interest laws and overvalued easements for the benefit of board members was brought before three legal bodies in September by whistleblower Kenneth Slayen. Subsequently, a North...

Demand doubled at food pantries since pandemic's start

10/28/2020
What does it take to distribute half a million pounds of food during a pandemic? Teamwork, flexibility and a network of resource centers staffed with young people eager to make a difference. In every corner of West Marin, nonprofits are stepping up to serve the unemployed, the undocumented and anyone...

Land trust surveys residents on Bolinas affordable housing plan

10/28/2020
The story poles are up on a vacant lot on Wharf Road in Bolinas, outlining one of the most ambitious affordable housing projects undertaken by the Bolinas Community Land Trust to date. Yet in a survey of the town conducted this month, more than a third of respondents signaled concern...

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