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Humane Society warns dog owners of distemper outbreak

11/24/2020
A fox in Bolinas was one of six animals in Marin discovered with distemper, a virus that spreads easily and can be fatal for dogs and several wildlife species. The majority of the infected animals—three foxes and three racoons—were discovered over the hill, and all of them were euthanized. According...

Reopening stepped back as fall surge materializes

11/18/2020
Covid-19 is spreading more than ever, prompting stricter restrictions on indoor operations that will hamper local restaurants through the winter. And although vaccine trials have shown promise, any doses are months away from reaching Marin. This week, the county scaled back its reopening by closing indoor restaurants and reducing the...

State agency recognizes villages’ value

11/18/2020
The Alliance of Coastal Marin Villages has been pleading with the California Coastal Commission to better recognize the ways in which coastal communities are impacted by increasing tourism and are in need of protection and relief. Now, after eleventh-hour changes made last week, the commission’s five-year strategic plan reflects those...

Highway patrol keeps eye on dump trucks

11/18/2020
With residents complaining about double-trailer dump trucks rumbling through Inverness and Point Reyes Station, California Highway Patrol officers are conducting focused enforcement almost every day on the large vehicles. Three speeding tickets have been issued to the trucks, which are making as many as 300 trips a day to and...

Smiley’s opens, with food, after major restoration

11/18/2020
After an extensive renovation, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon opened its doors last month for the first time during the pandemic. Before the weather turned wet, there were a few inaugural days of live music outside the local watering hole. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society played...

Study shows differences in river otter survival on Marin’s coast

11/18/2020
The results of a five-year study on river otter populations along Marin’s coast offer some of the first baseline data on the species’ recovery in the county. Out of 14 sites, four showed increasing populations, including in the Giacomini Wetlands, northern Tomales Bay and Lagunitas Creek and near Mount Tam...

Nature Notebook, November 19, 2019

11/18/2020
The fall has been full of celestial events, and now a lunar eclipse will arrive on Nov. 29 when the moon will pass through Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. On the West Coast, we late-night watchers will see the eclipse begin at 11:30 p.m., with the maximum eclipse at 1:42...

Former local newspaper editor likely dead

11/11/2020
Jim Kravets, a Fairfax man who played a role in the history of West Marin newspapering, has been missing since Aug. 18. According to his wife, he had been struggling for years with chronic pain and, before disappearing, indicated his intent to take his own life. Two weeks ago, his...

AT&T plans to expand range on Point Reyes peninsula

11/11/2020
Cell service could improve in one of the most remote areas of the Point Reyes National Seashore not only to the benefit of tourists, first responders and the park service, but for Shoreline Unified School District students working from home. The county has approved a coastal permit, design review and...

County moves to purchase properties for homeless

11/11/2020
Facing a crunched timeline, the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the purchase of two buildings that will be occupied by homeless residents, despite mixed feelings from neighbors. The two properties—an office building in San Rafael and a motel in Corte Madera—will cost $7.2 million and $4.1 million...

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