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Covid restrictions lifted

06/16/2021
California lifted its mask mandate for vaccinated people on Tuesday, but most shoppers in Point Reyes Station are still wearing their masks. People say they don them out of habit, because doing so is not a burden or because of social etiquette, and some shops posted signs that encourage mask-wearing...

Workers scarce for coastal businesses

06/16/2021
It has only become harder to recruit and retain a workforce in West Marin over the course of the pandemic, business owners and economists say. The decades-long issue is hampering businesses from reaching their full potential, despite a summer boom of tourists who are ready to spend. Help-wanted ads are...

Park service supplies water to tule elk preserve

06/16/2021
For the first time ever, the Point Reyes National Seashore is providing supplemental water to the fenced tule elk herd on Tomales Point. The park announced last week that it had installed three 250-gallon troughs at the south end of the reserve that will remain there at least until the...

Marin ticks carry more disease than thought

06/16/2021
Disease-carrying ticks are much more widespread in Marin than scientists once thought. In hotspots like the Bolinas Lagoon, roughly one third of ticks may carry human pathogens. Ticks are commonly associated with woodlands, and scientists have mainly studied Lyme disease rather than other tick-borne illnesses. But a recent study took...

Inverness revises rules for new service in drought

06/16/2021
Plans for a new home have prompted the Inverness Public Utility District to update its rules for new water connections during a drought. If the latest version of regulation 117 is approved, property owners would be allowed to connect to the water system only if they agree to defer landscaping...

School superintendent faces child molestation charges

06/09/2021
Bob Raines, the superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District for the last five years, was arrested on Tuesday for lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. The district reported the incident to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office a week earlier and placed Mr. Raines on administrative...

Strong spring winds drive record-breaking upwelling

06/09/2021
This spring delivered record-breaking upwelling off the Marin coast, according to data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. “May, I think, is the highest or second-highest month just after 1999, which was a record in upwelling,” said Marisol Garcia-Reyes, a principal scientist at the Farallon Institute, a Petaluma-based nonprofit...

At bars, like the old days—but not

06/09/2021
The social scene in West Marin is picking up steam as Covid-19 restrictions wind down and bars open up. The Old Western joined Papermill Creek and Smiley’s Schooner Saloons in reopening last week, and bartenders are excited to be back. Customers are returning to improved venues, with better lighting, fresh...

With MALT easement, Island Oyster Company keeps ranch, plans to farm

06/09/2021
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust will purchase a conservation easement from Hog Island Oyster Company, the first time the nonprofit has bought development rights from an oyster farm. The easement covers the 250-acre Leali Ranch, a property across the highway from Hog Island’s main buildings that the company purchased in...

Supervisors deny Bolinas affordable housing appeal

06/09/2021
The Bolinas Community Land Trust’s downtown affordable housing project cleared another hurdle this week when the Marin County Board of Supervisors denied a neighbor’s appeal. Roland Crotts, who owns the property next to the proposed eight-unit development, contested many parts of the project, including its size, parking and impact on...

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