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Increasing hurdles for the unhoused

10/07/2020
Being homeless in West Marin has only grown harder since the start of the pandemic. An initial push by West Marin Community Services to shelter residents was successful for a few months, but the nonprofit ended the program, citing demand for other services, like rental assistance and the food pantry...

Inverness and Bolinas step up water restrictions, warn of rationing

10/07/2020
Residents of Bolinas and Inverness must take further steps to reduce their water consumption to stave off rationing. Both the Inverness and Bolinas Community Public Utility Districts lack significant water storage capacity in their systems; recently, they put increased pressure on their customers to cut water use and warned of...

Regional ranchers plan local option for slaughter

09/30/2020
Marin and Sonoma ranchers are leading a collaborative effort to launch a new mobile slaughter facility, taking matters into their own hands after the only regional slaughterhouse closed its doors to outside producers in January. The group—called Bay Area Ranchers Co-op, or BAR-C—will tailor the facility to meet their needs,...

Elk activists stage protest on ranch land

09/30/2020
After opening the gate to the McClure Dairy last Sunday, more than 200 anti-ranching activists marched up the dusty road to stage a protest. Robert McClure, a fourth-generation rancher in the Point Reyes National Seashore, walked out to meet them. After a surprisingly diplomatic exchange between the parties, Mr. McClure...

Nicasio joins small schools in reopening

09/30/2020
Nicasio School reopened its classrooms to students on Tuesday, an important change for kids who have been distance learning since March. Families and staff are enthusiastic, as Nicasio joins Laguna and Lincoln Schools as the third school to open in West Marin under Covid-19 safety protocols: mandatory face coverings, physical...

Agnes Von Burkleo, who exuded music

09/30/2020
Agnes Wolohan Smuda Von Burkleo, a mother and teacher who devoted her life to music and was known for her passion and generosity, died on Aug. 10. She was 79 years old. Agnes grew up with four siblings who reveled in the time they spent during summers in Inverness. Agnes...

Arti Café attacked in the night, community rushes in with support

09/30/2020
A family-owned Indian restaurant in Lagunitas was burglarized and vandalized under the cover of night last week, but an outpouring of community support has the owners of Arti Café back on their feet. Since the attack, the business has seen more customers than ever, and residents have donated over $15,000...

Brush fire threatened housing at Point Reyes Lighthouse

09/30/2020
A fire burned five acres of thick coastal scrub near the Point Reyes Lighthouse on Sunday, threatening a park service apartment but contained by an air tanker and winds blowing out to the ocean. The park service has not named an official cause, but Pacific Gas & Electric lines were...

Market pleads for local patronage

09/23/2020
The Point Reyes Farmers Market opened under blue skies this weekend after a four-week hiatus, but the improved weather doesn’t spell the end of the market’s struggles...

Marine advocates seek to expand protections off San Francisco Bay

09/23/2020
Sandwiched between the Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries is a 101-square-mile expanse of unprotected water that runs from outside the Golden Gate Bridge south to Pacifica. This fall, members of the Greater Farallones advisory council plan to outline recommendations for how the area could receive sanctuary protections...

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