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Record store opens this weekend next to Western

05/05/2021
The first-ever record store in West Marin is opening on Saturday in Point Reyes Station. Loose Joints Records, next door to the Western, is a venture by musician Dylan Squires and record collector Brian Ojalvo. Their goal is to create a customer-centric outlet for collectors and newbies alike. Their inventory...

Nature Notebook, May 6, 2021

05/05/2021
The Eta Aquarids meteor showers peak on the very evening of this edition. Fog permitting, we should have good viewing after midnight. These meteors are thought to be bits of cosmic debris left from Halley’s Comet. The showers last through May, but the peak date is the most active night...

Work continues on American Challenger

05/05/2021
Salvage crews inspected the remaining four of 17 fuel tanks aboard the American Challenger this week, pumping out more than 600 gallons of oil and water and removing seven cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated debris. Oil sheen continues to be seen around the 90-foot ship, though the California Department of Fish...

Coastal commission approves park’s ranching plan

04/28/2021
After a sometimes-contentious meeting that lasted more than 10 hours on Earth Day, the California Coastal Commission approved, 5-4, an amended consistency determination for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s general management plan amendment, meaning the plan is considered consistent “to the maximum extent practical” with the state’s rules for the...

Neighbor appeals Bolinas affordable housing project

04/28/2021
A neighbor appealed the Bolinas Community Land Trust’s downtown affordable housing project last week, citing concerns with the buildings’ impact on his property. The land trust is digging in its heels ahead of a Board of Supervisors hearing anticipated in early June, and said the appeal would delay the project...

Rising numbers living in cars

04/28/2021
The number of people living in their vehicles in Marin nearly doubled in the past two years, reflecting a chronic issue that is complex and expensive to address. Homelessness on the coast continues to be a grueling ordeal, especially for mentally ill people struggling to maintain their stability. Marin is...

Shoreline will take over Tomales preschool, but wait on Papermill Creek

04/28/2021
The Shoreline Unified School District board voted last week to bring Shoreline Acres under its control starting this fall. The move is intended to align the Tomales preschool with the elementary school, boost staff retention by offering employees health insurance and allow for easier access to state funding. While trustees...

Tomales High School hires new principal

04/28/2021
A former language development teacher for English learners at Tomales High is returning to the school as its principal. On July 1, John McGurke, the vice principal at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, will replace Adam Jennings, who was promoted to the district’s superintendent position. “Having been part of...

Judge sides with SPAWN

04/21/2021
Marin County violated environmental law when it waited to adopt a stream conservation ordinance in the San Geronimo Valley, a judge ruled on April 9. Marin was sued by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or SPAWN, for delaying protections of coho salmon. A judge agreed that the county had...

North Marin's Gallagher well permit appealed

04/21/2021
Customers serviced by North Marin Water District may be facing another dry season with salty water. The coastal permit the district obtained last month to build a new well that would reduce its reliance on wells suffering from chronic saltwater intrusion has been appealed over a host of environmental concerns,...

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