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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...

A pioneer of grass-fed beef in Chileno Valley

09/02/2020
Mike Gale never planned on being a rancher. From a life as a champion football player at the University of Southern California to volunteering for the Peace Corps in Venezuela and later working as a civil servant in Hawaii, he travelled a long road to his Chileno Valley ranch. Once...

Park refutes activists’ claim that elk lack water

09/02/2020
Despite statements by Point Reyes National Seashore officials that the tule elk herd within the fenced enclosure at Tomales Point have an adequate natural water supply, activists are ringing an alarm. Last Sunday, around a dozen people took matters into their own hands, carrying buckets of water into the enclosure...

Woodward Fire makes slow march through park

08/26/2020
Coastal residents are on edge as a large fire grows in the Point Reyes National Seashore, threatening homes, reshaping wilderness and saturating the sky with smoke. Firefighters are fully engaged on the front lines to contain the blaze, which has burned nearly 3,000 acres of parkland and jumped over at...

Shoreline starts school optimistically

08/26/2020
The first day of school is a time of new things: new classes, new teachers and new activities. In 2020, the first day of school is even more unfamiliar, as backpacks and classrooms have been replaced by Chromebooks and Zoom. The learning curve for distance learning is steep, but educators...

Vacation rentals open amid falling Covid cases

08/26/2020
Short-term rentals were finally allowed to resume on Monday as Covid-19 case numbers in Marin trend downward, though public health officials this week urged operators to prioritize providing shelter to wildfire evacuees. On the coast, some lodgings kept their doors shut under threat of the Woodward Fire. “Evacuees are the...

Saltwater intrusion at North Marin wells reaches historic high

08/26/2020
Salt levels are unprecedented in the drinking water pulled from North Marin Water District’s two wells in Point Reyes Station, following a year of little rainfall. The district has struggled for decades with periodic and seasonal salinity intrusion resulting from the wells’ proximity to Tomales Bay, but the problem is...

Nature Notebook, August 27, 2020

08/26/2020
As I write, the sounds of red-shouldered hawks and acorn woodpeckers are quiet; in the background, human birds—helicopters and planes—are at work. The deer have not been chowing on the cherry plums in the yard, perhaps sniffing the scent of fire in the air. I had hoped to share such...

Pandemic changes Election Day landscape; board races uncontested

08/19/2020
Marin’s elections will look dramatically different this year thanks to new laws meant to allow for safe voting amid a pandemic. Every registered voter in California will be mailed a ballot, and polling places will be open for the three days prior to Election Day, to make up for fewer...

Drive-in movie theater to donate proceeds to school

08/19/2020
A drive-in movie theater is popping up in Tomales. For 10 weeks this fall, the William Tell House is bringing a big screen to the old high school baseball field, along with beer, wine and a menu inspired by vintage drive-in fare. “The overarching idea is to bring our community...

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