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Tax could fund agency on wildfire readiness

07/10/2019
Marin is buckling down on wildfire preparedness. Following the key recommendation of a civil grand jury report, representatives from cities, towns and fire agencies throughout Marin have formed a working group to explore the creation of a joint powers agency that would develop and implement a new countywide wildfire prevention...

Public presses sheriff over ICE transfers

07/10/2019
In a room full of immigrant advocates, Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act,...

Bolinas to be case study in evacuation

07/03/2019
In the event of a wildfire, the few and narrow roads out of Bolinas pose a particular danger. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, are launching a yearlong study in Bolinas that will employ new traffic simulation models to develop the most efficient method of evacuation. The Bolinas Fire...

Shoreline ramps up literacy effort

07/03/2019
Shoreline is doubling down on a new approach to reading, hiring a second literacy coach to assist teachers with English and language arts instruction at Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools this fall. “Many of our students were not reading at the levels we want them to, when you define...

From lifesaving station to marine lab

07/03/2019
The ghostly College of Marin marine biology lab stands across from the Bolinas Lagoon, on Wharf Road. The shabby appearance of the buildings belies their important and colorful history, beginning as the United States Coast Station No. 321 from 1917 to 1947. Later, from 1964 to 2005, the buildings served...

Bull kelp recovery plan looks at ecosystem out of balance

07/03/2019
To address the drastic decline in bull kelp along the Northern California coast, the Greater Farallones Association released a recovery plan last month to inform future management decisions. Purple urchins play an important role in the plan: the species, booming since the die-off of sea stars on the Pacific coast,...

Memorial planned for gray whale deaths

07/03/2019
The gray whales that washed up along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers this spring prompted researchers to launch an investigation into the cause—but several authors and artists in the area are taking another route to grapple with the loss. The group will hold a memorial service for the 171...

Bolinas will vote on school parcel tax renewal in August

07/03/2019
Residents in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District will vote on a tax for funding education programs on Aug. 27 in a vote-by-mail special election. If Measure B receives a two-thirds “yes” vote, a parcel tax that has been in place for over 20 years will go from $300 to $318—a...

Farallones poison plan goes to CCC

06/26/2019
A plan to rid the South Farallon Islands of invasive house mice by dropping poison pellets is moving forward: On July 10, the California Coastal Commission will determine if the eradication plan, which targets the islands’ only non-native species, is consistent with state law. If the commission gives its approval,...

Agriculture values high for Marin in 2018

06/26/2019
Thanks in part to the winter’s heavy rains, the gross value of Marin’s agricultural crops and products in 2018 jumped by $6.9 million, or 8 percent, from the previous year. Beef was largely responsible for the rise, although organic milk remains the county’s top commodity. Last week, Marin County Agricultural...

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