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Nature Notebook, October 8, 2019

10/07/2020
The new moon on Friday, Oct. 16 brings some extreme tides, the very highest in the middle of the day on Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19 at 6.6 feet just around 11 a.m. The moon will leave a dark night for the peak of the Orionid meteor showers,...

Nicasio joins small schools in reopening

09/30/2020
Nicasio School reopened its classrooms to students on Tuesday, an important change for kids who have been distance learning since March. Families and staff are enthusiastic, as Nicasio joins Laguna and Lincoln Schools as the third school to open in West Marin under Covid-19 safety protocols: mandatory face coverings, physical...

Agnes Von Burkleo, who exuded music

09/30/2020
Agnes Wolohan Smuda Von Burkleo, a mother and teacher who devoted her life to music and was known for her passion and generosity, died on Aug. 10. She was 79 years old. Agnes grew up with four siblings who reveled in the time they spent during summers in Inverness. Agnes...

Arti Café attacked in the night, community rushes in with support

09/30/2020
A family-owned Indian restaurant in Lagunitas was burglarized and vandalized under the cover of night last week, but an outpouring of community support has the owners of Arti Café back on their feet. Since the attack, the business has seen more customers than ever, and residents have donated over $15,000...

Brush fire threatened housing at Point Reyes Lighthouse

09/30/2020
A fire burned five acres of thick coastal scrub near the Point Reyes Lighthouse on Sunday, threatening a park service apartment but contained by an air tanker and winds blowing out to the ocean. The park service has not named an official cause, but Pacific Gas & Electric lines were...

Regional ranchers plan local option for slaughter

09/30/2020
Marin and Sonoma ranchers are leading a collaborative effort to launch a new mobile slaughter facility, taking matters into their own hands after the only regional slaughterhouse closed its doors to outside producers in January. The group—called Bay Area Ranchers Co-op, or BAR-C—will tailor the facility to meet their needs,...

Elk activists stage protest on ranch land

09/30/2020
After opening the gate to the McClure Dairy last Sunday, more than 200 anti-ranching activists marched up the dusty road to stage a protest. Robert McClure, a fourth-generation rancher in the Point Reyes National Seashore, walked out to meet them. After a surprisingly diplomatic exchange between the parties, Mr. McClure...

Park affirms support for agriculture in final EIS

09/23/2020
The historic ranches in the Point Reyes National Seashore will be allowed to continue for years to come under the terms of a plan the National Park Service released last Friday. The document, a final environmental impact statement for an amendment to the seashore’s general management plan, elects to give...

Burn team surveys fire's aftermath

09/23/2020
A team of specialists and scientists trekked into the heart of the Woodward Fire burn area last week, and they came away with a sense of what it will take to stabilize the reshaped wilderness: time, money and a lot of work. As the fire continues to smolder, the park...

Market pleads for local patronage

09/23/2020
The Point Reyes Farmers Market opened under blue skies this weekend after a four-week hiatus, but the improved weather doesn’t spell the end of the market’s struggles...

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