Porch fire threatened historic Point Reyes Station building

A structure fire broke out for unknown reasons midday last Friday at the Foresters Hall, a century-old, multi-use building on Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station. The tenants safely evacuated the building and Marin County Fire, which responded to the scene within minutes, contained the flames to the exterior where...

Face masks mandatory in many settings

Marin is newly requiring its residents to wear masks in a variety of settings, a policy change reflecting evidence that a significant number of individuals are asymptomatic or contagious before showing symptoms of Covid-19. With continued low case numbers in the county, health officials say there is still widespread vulnerability...

With restaurants closed, oyster biz on pause

Aquaculture is permitted to continue under the state shelter order, but local farmers are wondering what will happen to the millions of oysters growing in Tomales Bay, considering that restaurants—the main shellfish market—are either closed or sticking to foods that are easier for take-out. “We have no business,” said Terry...

Universal Covid-19 testing wrapping up

The dirt lot at Mesa Park was transformed by wedding tents and dozens of geared-up medical workers and volunteers as drive-through Covid-19 testing rolled out in Bolinas this week. Over 1,400 people registered for the program, spearheaded by wealthy Bolinas homeowners who organized a wide range of community stakeholders and...

With much of state, Marin is in a moderate drought

Winter is over and the rainfall recorded since last October is low. California saw less than half the average amount of rain—including a record-setting, bone-dry February—and Marin was no exception, with 40 to 50 percent of normal levels reported countywide. The Inverness Public Utility District offered an illustration of these...

Social distancing led to sport fishery delays

California’s recreational salmon fishery did not open on April 4 as planned. In honor of the state’s social distancing rules, the National Marine Fisheries Service postponed the opener to the popular sport fishery by a month. Advisors from the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the California Department of Fish and...

State fire monies will help clear fuels in San Geronimo Valley

Amid the public health crisis, Marin County Fire Department continues to prepare for the fire season, and urges residents to do their share. Cal Fire last month awarded the county $12.5 million for two fuel reduction projects, including one encompassing 65 acres and 12 miles of non-county-maintained roads in the...

Downtown Bolinas to get solar panels, with major help from donors

The solar industry has not slowed. And thanks to recent hefty contributions from two anonymous donors, a project to bring solar energy to several downtown Bolinas properties owned by the Bolinas Community Land Trust—including the gas station—by the summer is underway. Finding an alternative energy source for the gas station,...

Tourists still visit, despite shelter in place order.

A group of friends from San Francisco picnicked in pullout on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness on Saturday. West Marin saw tourists over the weekend despite the shelter-in-place order. Deputies issued 97 parking citations over the weekend.

With few cases, Marin looks to ease sheltering

Marin has successfully curbed the initial spread of the novel coronavirus. With a welcome lull at hospitals and the economic impacts painfully clear, public health officials are planning to slowly relax the order to shelter in place. The move is expected to bring a secondary surge, but it’s one health...


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