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Watchdog says Marin should buy back guns, improve safety

11/11/2020
In Marin, thousands of guns are stored unlocked and loaded, accessible to anyone in the home, according to a civil grand jury report published on Oct. 30. The Marin County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office should do more to encourage firearm safety by launching public awareness campaigns, offering free gun...

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...

Niche radio station launches in Marshall

11/05/2020
A tiny radio station has quietly begun broadcasting from a Marshall sheep ranch, playing commercial-free music 24 hours a day. The station, KXCF, is about as small as it gets: At 10 watts, the antenna is just powerful enough to reach the west shore of Tomales Bay. It’s a passion...

Truck topples signs, damages power poles

11/05/2020
A truck carrying an asphalt grinder wreaked havoc on a portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness on Wednesday morning, hitting three power poles and numerous signs before the driver noticed his chute was unsecured. One power pole was severed in half, knocking out power to over 700 customers...

NOAA says drought will likely continue in winter

11/05/2020
The winter may not bring needed rains. With the La Niña climate pattern in play, drought is expected to continue and intensify in California through February, according to a winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The seasonal projection, which combined satellite observations and computer forecast modeling, predicts...

West Marin grapples with heavy election

11/05/2020
Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, many West Marin residents are disturbed that the race is even close. What they hoped would be an overwhelming rebuke of President Donald Trump’s regime is instead a tight contest, and ballot counting in battleground states continues. By Wednesday evening, neither...

CHA plugs away at merger

11/05/2020
Staffing shortages continue to hobble the Point Reyes and Bolinas health clinics, but the ongoing process of folding the Coastal Health Alliance into the Petaluma Health Center is helping to solve the problem. The health centers officially merged four months ago, dissolving the Coastal Health Alliance as a legal entity...

Conflicts of interest afflict MALT

10/28/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust is facing increasing public scrutiny for purchasing conservation easements from board members. The allegation that MALT has violated multiple conflict-of-interest laws and overvalued easements for the benefit of board members was brought before three legal bodies in September by whistleblower Kenneth Slayen. Subsequently, a North...

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