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Bicyclist dies after strike by SUV in Woodacre

11/01/2018
Debra DiBenedetto, a second-grade teacher at San Rafael’s Dixie Elementary School, was fatally struck while riding a bicycle on Monday night in Woodacre. The driver, 24-year-old Paula Drake, a Fairfax resident and waitress, was arrested on DUI allegations. Both she and Ms. DiBenedetto had been traveling west on Sir Francis...

Seashore, filing notice of intent for GMPA EIS, opens new comment period

11/01/2018
The National Park Service gave formal notice yesterday that it will prepare the documents required under the National Environmental Policy Act to decide the future of ranching and elk management in the Point Reyes National Seashore and northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a process that must...

Infected sea lions washing ashore on Marin beaches

11/01/2018
The California coast is seeing the second largest outbreak of sick sea lions in recorded history. Since January, 19 sea lions infected with leptospirosis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, have been picked up on Marin County shores. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center has responded to 220 infected sea lions—more than...

Tomales High gun incident shakes up Shoreline

10/25/2018
The consequences for an eleventh grader who brought two hunting rifles in his truck to Tomales High School late last month are not yet determined—but the incident has shaken the entire district. Parents have voiced concern over the school’s response, arguing that there should have been an immediate, district-wide alert...

Knotweed plan nabs funds for private lands

10/25/2018
Marin County approved federal funding last week for what officials described as a critical year in the battle against an invasive plant threatening the San Geronimo Valley. Japanese knotweed, a deciduous plant related to buckwheat that is considered one of the world’s 10 worst invasive plants, was first sighted in...

Inverness water under scrutiny after tests show high lead levels

10/25/2018
Inverness residents are advised to let the tap run for a while first thing in the morning—to flush out the lead. Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board notified the Inverness Public Utility District about problematically high levels of lead in several water samples taken from residential taps in...

Point Reyes Thanksgiving on hold

10/25/2018
No turkeys will be served at the Dance Palace this Thanksgiving Day. The community meal that has existed in various forms for over 30 years is being temporarily shelved as its organizer, West Marin Community Services, devises a new version that can better serve locals. According to executive director Socorro...

Time capsule pulled from lighthouse walls contained 1929 newspapers

10/25/2018
If the walls of the Point Reyes Lighthouse could talk, we now have an idea of the kind of history they would relay. Earlier this month, while removing a set of wooden panels during the structure’s $5 million restoration project, workers discovered a trove of newspapers from 1929. The five...

Ellie Cohen, long-time Point Blue CEO, moves on

10/25/2018
The consensus from speakers at last Saturday’s farewell celebration for Ellie Cohen, under whose two decades of leadership the small, Bolinas-based research group known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory transformed into the 180-employee conservation organization with a global reach now called Point Blue, was that she is a real-life...

Dillon Beach: Ready for disaster

10/18/2018
If disaster ever descends on Dillon Beach, residents and visitors will have food for several days—dehydrated packets of pasta marinara, pinto bean stew, vegetarian chili—that Ted Melden, operations manager of the Dillon Beach Emergency Response Team, calls “a five-star restaurant without the five stars.” The team, founded 11 years ago...

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