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Woodward Fire boxed in and under control

09/09/2020
Anxiety has turned to cautious optimism as containment approaches 100 percent on the Woodward Fire this week. Lower humidity and temperatures approaching triple digits over the holiday weekend tested the 4,900-acre blaze, which stayed within the box that firefighters have built around it. An evacuation order was lifted on 90...

Schools search for internet solutions

09/09/2020
With classrooms operating online to start the year, school districts are hard pressed to solve a problem that has long plagued West Marin: internet connectivity. Despite a push by the Marin County Free Library to distribute Wi-Fi hotspots to schools, many students are still struggling to find a stable connection...

Changes in state Covid counting puts Marin's reopening on hold

09/09/2020
The stops and starts of Covid-19 restrictions continue. After Marin announced that restaurants, places of worship and personal care services could open indoors with reduced capacity on Tuesday, the state ordered the county to delay reopening the evening before it was scheduled. The 11th-hour reversal is a result of changing...

In separate panels, Miwok descendants support renaming boulevard

09/09/2020
Descendants of the Coast Miwok have expressed their support for the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, accepting a request made by many in the local movement that they help provide a new name. In August, a panel featuring members of the official tribe representing the Coast Miwok explored the...

Nature Notebook, September 10, 2020

09/09/2020
The autumn equinox arrives Tuesday, Sept. 22 with equal hours of day and night. In the Celtic tradition, it is the second great harvest festival, Mabon, a time to rest after hard labor, give thanks for the abundance of nature, and prepare for the long winter darkness ahead. My unexpected...

MALT sues county over public records request

09/09/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust sued the county last month for releasing documents it argues are private and privileged, seeking not only to reclaim them but to block the county’s impending release of more information. A Ross resident who sought unsuccessfully to collaborate with MALT to purchase a ranch several...

Marin's climate action plan to stress benefits of carbon farming

09/02/2020
In its quest to meet California’s goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, Marin considers its farmers and ranchers a key part of the solution. “There’s not another sector in which there’s potential to actually draw down emissions like there is in agriculture...

Marin in top tier of new state rating system, but may move down soon

09/02/2020
It’s hard to keep track of which sectors are allowable under Marin’s shelter order, but a new state program rolled out last week has made it easier. Last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new tiered rating system designed to pace counties through reopening, replacing the state’s watch list and...

A pioneer of grass-fed beef in Chileno Valley

09/02/2020
Mike Gale never planned on being a rancher. From a life as a champion football player at the University of Southern California to volunteering for the Peace Corps in Venezuela and later working as a civil servant in Hawaii, he travelled a long road to his Chileno Valley ranch. Once...

Park refutes activists’ claim that elk lack water

09/02/2020
Despite statements by Point Reyes National Seashore officials that the tule elk herd within the fenced enclosure at Tomales Point have an adequate natural water supply, activists are ringing an alarm. Last Sunday, around a dozen people took matters into their own hands, carrying buckets of water into the enclosure...

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