Inverness scopes tax for fire, drought preparedness

The smoke from the Woodward Fire was still lingering in the air when a group of Inverness residents decided that the village’s immediate needs related to wildfire prevention and water storage would require a new funding source. In a survey launched this month, residents are weighing in on whether they...

Agency fears easy pumps threaten clams

A new and efficient tool used to dig up clams is posing a threat to clam populations, state Fish and Wildlife scientists say. Next month, the Fish and Game Commission will consider an emergency ban on hydraulic pumps, which have largely replaced the shovels historically used for clamming. Shovels typically...

Point Reyes lights obscure stars, village association says

The Point Reyes Station Village Association wants to restore the visibility of the night sky. A new lighting review committee met earlier this month for a night walk and identified several buildings with lights that do not follow the town’s community plan. Now, they are reaching out to the building...

West Marin back in class

The youngest students of the Shoreline Unified School District are back in classrooms for the first time in 10 months, and that’s just one of many moving parts at West Marin’s largest school district this month. Employees are getting vaccinated, Covid-19 testing efficacy has been thrown into doubt and administrators...

Cowgirl Creamery founders retire after 2016 sale to Swiss company

The time to retire arrived with the start of 2021 for the founders of Cowgirl Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, who started the business a quarter-century ago. “We are very proud to have been part of the development of the artisan cheese craft in Northern California, which has helped...

Vaccine rollout keeping up with scant supplies

Marin will have to work overtime to keep pace with California’s plans to roll out the Covid-19 vaccines, thanks to its large aging population. Almost half of Marin’s population is prioritized to start receiving a vaccine as early as March based on the criteria of being age 50 or older...

Disaster liaisons sought

The Inverness Disaster Council is building out its force of neighborhood liaisons, hoping to take advantage of a heightened focus on emergency preparedness following the Woodward Fire. Two new coordinators, Sally Fairfax and Connie Morse, took the reins last month, and they are looking for residents to fill 19 neighborhood...

Kim Chernin, who lived to write, dies at 80

Kim Chernin, a prolific author who explored the modern woman’s search for self-identity, died on Dec. 17 of Covid-19. She was 80 years old. Kim radiated a childlike openness, without judgment or fear. Her embracing attitude made her love others, and be loved, wherever she went. She lived the twilight...

Nicasio fire chief relinquishes top post

Eric Blantz, chief of the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, stepped down on Dec. 31 after eight years in charge, allowing a new guard to take over. He leaves the department in the hands of Kent Grady, his right-hand man since 2009. Captain Robyn Burton will become the new assistant chief,...


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