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Burn team surveys fire's aftermath

09/23/2020
A team of specialists and scientists trekked into the heart of the Woodward Fire burn area last week, and they came away with a sense of what it will take to stabilize the reshaped wilderness: time, money and a lot of work. As the fire continues to smolder, the park...

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...

County joins lawsuit against Census Bureau over Sept. 30 deadline

09/23/2020
With less than a week left to respond to the 2020 census, Marin County has signed on to a lawsuit brought by a coalition of counties and cities against the Census Bureau, challenging its decision to rush the complete count of the population. Last month, the bureau abandoned Covid-19 plans...

Proposition 15: What is it and what will it do?

09/23/2020
Not everyone remembers Proposition 13. It was passed 42 years ago, in 1978. I am old enough to remember working with my colleagues in the League of Women Voters to defeat it back then and I still have my old bumper sticker “Vote No on Prop 13." So I have...

Activists' calls for sanctuary ordinance go unanswered

09/16/2020
The clash between immigration activists and Sheriff Robert Doyle that leaves the Board of Supervisors caught in the middle continued this week, as supervisors passed a resolution that urged the sheriff to reduce his cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The mostly symbolic act by supervisors was opposed by at...

Woodward a glimpse into fiery future

09/16/2020
As smoke from an unprecedented fire season fills the air, fire experts are sounding the alarm that the State of California is on an unsustainable path. Smoke is closing businesses and schools, deteriorating mental and physical health, and exposing a series of failures around forest management and climate change. Wildfires...

Climate adaptations lagging, jury finds

09/16/2020
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is urging jurisdictions countywide to join together to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy. In a report published last week, the jury found that efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Marin have been successful, but that the necessary adaptation of public infrastructure...

Indoor venues allowed limited opening with Marin's move to red tier

09/16/2020
Marin’s shelter order was loosened on Tuesday, a move that public health officer Dr. Matt Willis described as “the largest step we have taken as the county since the beginning of shelter-in-place.” As of Tuesday, retail establishments and indoor malls can open at 50 percent capacity; restaurants were allowed to...

Many changes in store for Election Day

09/16/2020
The good news about November’s general election is that voting in person at a polling station will be available on four days, from Saturday, Oct. 31, through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The bad news is that only three polling stations will be open in all of West Marin...

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