Disaster liaisons sought

The Inverness Disaster Council is building out its force of neighborhood liaisons, hoping to take advantage of a heightened focus on emergency preparedness following the Woodward Fire. Two new coordinators, Sally Fairfax and Connie Morse, took the reins last month, and they are looking for residents to fill 19 neighborhood...

Kim Chernin, who lived to write, dies at 80

Kim Chernin, a prolific author who explored the modern woman’s search for self-identity, died on Dec. 17 of Covid-19. She was 80 years old. Kim radiated a childlike openness, without judgment or fear. Her embracing attitude made her love others, and be loved, wherever she went. She lived the twilight...

Nicasio fire chief relinquishes top post

Eric Blantz, chief of the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, stepped down on Dec. 31 after eight years in charge, allowing a new guard to take over. He leaves the department in the hands of Kent Grady, his right-hand man since 2009. Captain Robyn Burton will become the new assistant chief,...

Jurisdictions asked to decide on Sir Francis Drake name change

Would you like to see Sir Francis Drake Boulevard renamed? After an upwelling of support for the idea last year from residents who advocated for cutting Marin’s ties with Sir Francis Drake’s legacy of slave trading, the county has pursued the idea of a name change for the boulevard that...

County to lower speed limit on Nicasio Square

After an intoxicated driver missed a 90-degree turn in the Nicasio Square and smashed into a house two summers ago, locals looked to the county for remedies to chronic speeding in the town. “For every one reported collision, there are a lot of near misses when people don’t adhere to...

New Bolinas group will work to combat racism

Fighting racism in West Marin is the mission of a new group of mostly Bolinas residents. The group convened for the first time last month, responding to the defacement of Black Lives Matter signs and a recent appearance of swastikas inside the Bolinas Post Office, which employees immediately took down...

Civil grand jury says county should do more to prevent opioid deaths

Opioid-related deaths reached their highest levels of the decade in 2019, prompting the Marin County Civil Grand Jury to push for a stronger local response to the epidemic. Twenty-two Marin residents died from an opioid overdose in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available. For the first...

Evacuation planning lacks leadership, jury finds

Choke points would abound in an emergency evacuation of West Marin. In Inverness, the problem is Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. In Bolinas, it’s Mesa and Olema-Bolinas Roads. And for the entire coast, any of the over-the-hill routes—through the San Geronimo Valley, past Nicasio or around Mount Tamalpais—would become congested if...

Study shows land-use policies dramatically segregate Marin

Marin is one of the most segregated counties in the Bay Area, with an overwhelmingly white population that is exceptionally separated from people of color, according to a new study published by the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. In West Marin, the San Geronimo Valley...


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