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Seashore superintendent takes permanent post as Yosemite head

10/28/2020
The superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Cicely Muldoon, is moving on after 10 years in charge. Ms. Muldoon accepted a new position starting Nov. 8 at Yosemite National Park, where she’s served as the acting superintendent since January. She led the seashore through high-profile issues and key projects,...

Public safety power shutoff hits the San Geronimo Valley hardest

10/28/2020
Power was shut off in Nicasio, the San Geronimo Valley and Stinson Beach for a day this week, as PG&E aims to reduce the fire threat by de-energizing when the weather is risky. The utility fulfilled its goal of making the shutoffs far shorter and less widespread than they were...

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...

Visitation levels peak in Stinson

10/21/2020
It was another chaotic afternoon in Stinson Beach on Saturday. Traffic on Shoreline Highway moved at a snail’s pace, the neighborhoods were crammed with cars and the beach parking lot was at capacity. The town was full, yet hundreds of drivers continued to stream in from the south. The overcrowded...

Schools inch toward reopening as distance learning takes its toll

10/21/2020
Schools have been allowed to reopen for in-person instruction for three weeks now, yet most West Marin students remain at home, learning online. Parents say that virtual instruction is impacting their children’s mental health, and teachers agree that it is not ideal. But tasks must be completed before classrooms can...

Indoor restrictions could ease as case rates decline

10/21/2020
Should Marin’s Covid-19 case rates remain steady, local businesses will be able to operate at an increased indoor capacity as soon as next Tuesday, in time for cooler weather and shorter days. Marin expects to meet the health criteria necessary to fall into the third out of four regulatory tiers...

Woodward Fire flares up as weather warms and dries

10/21/2020
Hot, dry weather has activated smoldering stumps and logs in the interior of the Woodward Fire, sending pillars of smoke into the blue sky and prompting 911 calls over the past week. But the continued burning, two months after the 4,929-acre fire ignited in the wilderness of the Point Reyes...

San Francisco man dies in motorcycle crash outside Bo

10/21/2020
A motorcyclist died after trying to pass a car at the Bolinas wye on Saturday, resulting in a fiery crash. Aaron Clayton, a 45-year-old man from San Francisco, was travelling northbound on Shoreline Highway behind an S.U.V. When the car turned left toward to Bolinas, Mr. Clayton tried to pass...

Nature Notebook, October 22, 2019

10/21/2020
The peak of the Orionid meteor showers passed on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with around 20 shooting stars an hour, but continue to watch the eastern sky as they trail through early November. Halloween, or its Celtic ancestor, Samhain, arrives with a blue moon on Saturday, Oct. 31. Traditionally this is...

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