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Indoor venues allowed limited opening with Marin's move to red tier

09/16/2020
Marin’s shelter order was loosened on Tuesday, a move that public health officer Dr. Matt Willis described as “the largest step we have taken as the county since the beginning of shelter-in-place.” As of Tuesday, retail establishments and indoor malls can open at 50 percent capacity; restaurants were allowed to...

Many changes in store for Election Day

09/16/2020
The good news about November’s general election is that voting in person at a polling station will be available on four days, from Saturday, Oct. 31, through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The bad news is that only three polling stations will be open in all of West Marin...

Changes in state Covid counting puts Marin's reopening on hold

09/09/2020
The stops and starts of Covid-19 restrictions continue. After Marin announced that restaurants, places of worship and personal care services could open indoors with reduced capacity on Tuesday, the state ordered the county to delay reopening the evening before it was scheduled. The 11th-hour reversal is a result of changing...

In separate panels, Miwok descendants support renaming boulevard

09/09/2020
Descendants of the Coast Miwok have expressed their support for the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, accepting a request made by many in the local movement that they help provide a new name. In August, a panel featuring members of the official tribe representing the Coast Miwok explored the...

Nature Notebook, September 10, 2020

09/09/2020
The autumn equinox arrives Tuesday, Sept. 22 with equal hours of day and night. In the Celtic tradition, it is the second great harvest festival, Mabon, a time to rest after hard labor, give thanks for the abundance of nature, and prepare for the long winter darkness ahead. My unexpected...

MALT sues county over public records request

09/09/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust sued the county last month for releasing documents it argues are private and privileged, seeking not only to reclaim them but to block the county’s impending release of more information. A Ross resident who sought unsuccessfully to collaborate with MALT to purchase a ranch several...

Woodward Fire boxed in and under control

09/09/2020
Anxiety has turned to cautious optimism as containment approaches 100 percent on the Woodward Fire this week. Lower humidity and temperatures approaching triple digits over the holiday weekend tested the 4,900-acre blaze, which stayed within the box that firefighters have built around it. An evacuation order was lifted on 90...

Schools search for internet solutions

09/09/2020
With classrooms operating online to start the year, school districts are hard pressed to solve a problem that has long plagued West Marin: internet connectivity. Despite a push by the Marin County Free Library to distribute Wi-Fi hotspots to schools, many students are still struggling to find a stable connection...

Marin's climate action plan to stress benefits of carbon farming

09/02/2020
In its quest to meet California’s goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, Marin considers its farmers and ranchers a key part of the solution. “There’s not another sector in which there’s potential to actually draw down emissions like there is in agriculture...

Marin in top tier of new state rating system, but may move down soon

09/02/2020
It’s hard to keep track of which sectors are allowable under Marin’s shelter order, but a new state program rolled out last week has made it easier. Last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new tiered rating system designed to pace counties through reopening, replacing the state’s watch list and...

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