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Crab opener delayed again while humpbacks linger in Bay Area waters

12/02/2020
Marin commercial crabbers are eyeing significant financial losses, after another delay in the season opener announced by Fish and Wildlife. The original start date of Nov. 15, pushed to Dec. 1, has been moved back Dec. 16 to preempt conflicts with migrating whales. A working group of Fish and Wildlife...

Girl drowns at McClures on Thanksgiving

12/02/2020
A 4-year-old girl from Pinole drowned on Thanksgiving after a wave pulled her into the surf at McClures Beach, where she had been walking with her family. Her father suffered hypothermia after spending half an hour in the water trying to rescue her. “The fall and winter swells are not...

Nonprofits hit by pandemic, survey shows

12/02/2020
West Marin nonprofits are managing to stay afloat despite the plethora of difficulties caused by the pandemic. Larger groups are faring better than smaller groups, though over half of the local organizations who participated in a recent survey reported that Covid-19 has reduced their effectiveness and impact. The survey was...

Student mental health is suffering, watchdog says

12/02/2020
Students in Marin are suffering from a mental health crisis, and the Shoreline Unified School District is trailing its counterparts in addressing the issue, according to a report published by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury in October. The 19-person watchdog group found that educators and mental health professionals agree:...

County moves to distance from MALT

11/24/2020
Marin County is reorganizing its partnership with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in response to allegations that the trust is acting as a government agency rather than the nonprofit it purports to be. Effective immediately, the Board of Supervisors will no longer appoint two residents to MALT’s 19-member board, and...

Schools stop and start in tough return

11/24/2020
West Marin schools continue to balk at reopening classrooms, despite six months of planning under their belts and a green light from public health officials. Lagunitas and Shoreline Unified School Districts will not reopen until January, and the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District opened for only its younger grades on Friday...

Grace Borello, 1928—2020

11/24/2020
Grace Borello, a talented homemaker who raised her children on a Marshall ranch and was known for her generosity, high spirits and warmth, died on Sept. 13. She was 92 years old. Grace was born in Marin to parents who had immigrated from Sombrerete, Mexico. After growing up in San...

Rains control Woodward Fire, do little for supply

11/24/2020
November’s rain has notably reduced the fire threat across Marin, though water providers on the coast have yet to loosen their belts. The Marin Municipal Water District has recorded 3.4 inches of rain on Lake Lagunitas since July, thanks mostly to two storms this month. On the coast, there was...

While staff quarantines, West Marin Community Services closes doors

11/24/2020
An outbreak of Covid-19 has struck West Marin Community Services, forcing the nonprofit to close its food pantry last week while staff quarantines for 14 days straddling the Thanksgiving holiday. The outbreak comes amid a surge in West Marin, where total cases rose from 65 to 87 this month, a...

Humane Society warns dog owners of distemper outbreak

11/24/2020
A fox in Bolinas was one of six animals in Marin discovered with distemper, a virus that spreads easily and can be fatal for dogs and several wildlife species. The majority of the infected animals—three foxes and three racoons—were discovered over the hill, and all of them were euthanized. According...

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