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More activities okay in new shelter order

04/29/2020
Marin has extended its shelter order through May, with eased restrictions on construction, childcare and outdoor businesses. The new order, effective May 4 in six Bay Area counties, is similar to the previous one, but allows a few lower-risk businesses to open. Childcare programs can serve families who are permitted...

With restaurants closed, oyster biz on pause

04/22/2020
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

04/22/2020
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

04/22/2020
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

04/22/2020
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

04/22/2020
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

04/22/2020
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,...

Face masks mandatory in many settings

04/22/2020
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...

Tourists still visit, despite shelter in place order.

04/17/2020
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.

Bolinas offers test to all in rare Covid-19 project

04/15/2020
Free Covid-19 testing for all Bolinas residents and West Marin first responders will roll out next week in an extraordinary project envisioned by two locals and led by a team of infectious disease specialists from the University of California, San Francisco. The program, among the first of its kind in...

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