Blue whales converge at Farallones, where the eating is good

At least 47 blue whales, the largest animals on earth, converged around the Farallon Islands last Saturday to feed. They were spotted by scientists for Point Blue Conservation Science stationed on the island, who immediately reported the rare sight and record tally to the Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary, which in...

PG&E announces plan to shorten shutoffs, keep local power on

After widespread power shutoffs closed businesses, spoiled food and disrupted cell phone service last fall in West Marin, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working to make this fire season’s shutoffs smaller, shorter and smarter. The company hopes to restore power twice as fast and reduce the number of...

Pressure to defund sheriff persists, met with pushback

For the second week in a row, speaker after speaker called on the Board of Supervisors to shift funding away from the sheriff’s office and toward social services when the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget is considered next week. But in an interview with the Light this week, Sheriff Robert Doyle...

West Marin joins protests spurred by police killing

Hundreds of West Marin residents joined the nationwide movement against police brutality and systemic racism this week, as political pressure mounts for Marin to address its racial inequalities and decrease funding for the sheriff’s office. Marin is the most racially disparate county in California, according to Race Counts, a project...

County rejects appeal of SPAWN work

Supervisors dismissed an appeal last week by a San Anselmo golfer who argued that the county’s recent issuance of a permit for creek restoration on the former San Geronimo Golf Course property was illegal. As a result, Turtle Island Restoration Network, the mother organization for the Salmon Protection and Watershed...

Fire damages Bolinas building

A fire that started in an upstairs apartment of the Waterhouse building in downtown Bolinas last Friday displaced five residential tenants and seven businesses, including a hair salon, a real estate office and 2 Mile Surf Shop, which closed its doors indefinitely. The cause remains under investigation by the local...

Covid-19 cases rising in Marin, and models predict surge in August

A rise in positive Covid-19 cases in Marin this week can be attributed to Memorial Day weekend activity, an outbreak in the Canal area of San Rafael and increased testing, public health officials said. Marin now has over 600 cases and is seeing an average of 20 new cases a...

Inverness utility raises rates for capital improvements

The Inverness Public Utility District approved a 15 percent water rate increase last week to help the district replace two critical yet badly leaking tanks on the Inverness mesa, called the Tenney tanks. Customers were very supportive on the street, board president Ken Emanuels said. “I think people understood that...

Future Bolinas affordable home nabs TOT funds

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni urged his fellow supervisors on Tuesday to fully grant a request from the Bolinas Community Land Trust for $150,000 in Measure W funding to complete a renovation at 430 Aspen Road. In response, supervisors unanimously agreed to award the funds, denying county staff’s proposal to reduce the...


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