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Farmers face drought crisis

04/21/2021
Farmers and ranchers are scrambling to adapt to what may prove to be the driest year in coastal Marin in the last century. Some have halted crop production or turned to dry farming, while others are considering costly mitigations such as trucking water to their parched properties to keep livestock...

County will redesign dangerous curve on Lucas Valley Road

04/21/2021
A hairpin turn on Lucas Valley Road will be realigned this summer to soften a curve that has been the site of numerous accidents. Just east of the Big Rock trailhead, the Department of Public Works will install a 135-foot retaining wall, allowing the road to shift out from the...

Rise in cases delays tiered reopening plan

04/21/2021
After a slight increase in virus transmission likely due to spring break travel, county regulations did not loosen this week as expected. Despite the fact that Marin boasts high vaccination rates, its population remains vulnerable to Covid-19, public health officials underscored. Compared to 42 percent of Californians and 7 percent...

Green light for Bolinas affordable housing development

04/14/2021
An eight-unit affordable housing complex planned for downtown Bolinas has received permits from the Marin County Planning Commission, which issued the approval despite pushback from community members primarily concerned with the project’s size. In a 5:1 vote, commissioners on Monday approved the coastal permit, use permit and design review requested...

Stinson fire chief retires amid ambitious plans

04/14/2021
Kenny Stevens, the fire chief in Stinson Beach for the past 20 years, is retiring next month after more than five decades with the department, citing disagreements with the fire district’s direction. Assistant chief Jesse Peri will be promoted, and two duty officers have been hired to help. Though Mr...

Crab eradication gone awry ends in new strategy

04/14/2021
Scientists have given up hope on fully eradicating the invasive European green crabs that dominate the Seadrift Lagoon, after a research effort there went awry. They are now recommending keeping the population at a manageable threshold. The attempt to eliminate the species, which is ranked among the 100 worst invasives...

Historic sale for Black Mountain

04/14/2021
Black Mountain Ranch, the 1,200-acre property at the northern entrance to Point Reyes Station, is changing hands. Marcel Houtzager, a Dutch money manager from Ross and a supporter of agriculture in West Marin, is purchasing the land from Dave Osborn for $8.8 million. They are anticipating finalizing the sale in...

County appoints new head of community development

04/14/2021
Marin County has a new leader in charge of climate change planning, environmental review, land use, real estate development and code enforcement: Tom Lai was appointed this week to head the Community Development Agency. Mr. Lai is a Novato resident with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in...

Whale washes up on Muir Beach

04/14/2021
Over the course of eight days, four grey whales washed up in the Bay Area, including this one on Muir Beach on April 8. The Marine Mammal Center conducted a necropsy and found bruising and hemorrhaging around the jaw and neck, indicating a ship strike.

Seashore closes Drakes Beach for parking lot overhaul

04/14/2021
Drakes Beach will be closed from May 1 to Aug. 31 while construction crews reconfigure the parking lot and restore a wetland. The work is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore’s two-year road improvement project, which is over 70 percent complete. About half of the two-acre parking lot will...

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