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Kim Chernin, who lived to write, dies at 80

01/13/2021
Kim Chernin, a prolific author who explored the modern woman’s search for self-identity, died on Dec. 17 of Covid-19. She was 80 years old. Kim radiated a childlike openness, without judgment or fear. Her embracing attitude made her love others, and be loved, wherever she went. She lived the twilight...

Nicasio fire chief relinquishes top post

01/13/2021
Eric Blantz, chief of the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, stepped down on Dec. 31 after eight years in charge, allowing a new guard to take over. He leaves the department in the hands of Kent Grady, his right-hand man since 2009. Captain Robyn Burton will become the new assistant chief,...

Jurisdictions asked to decide on Sir Francis Drake name change

01/13/2021
Would you like to see Sir Francis Drake Boulevard renamed? After an upwelling of support for the idea last year from residents who advocated for cutting Marin’s ties with Sir Francis Drake’s legacy of slave trading, the county has pursued the idea of a name change for the boulevard that...

County to lower speed limit on Nicasio Square

01/13/2021
After an intoxicated driver missed a 90-degree turn in the Nicasio Square and smashed into a house two summers ago, locals looked to the county for remedies to chronic speeding in the town. “For every one reported collision, there are a lot of near misses when people don’t adhere to...

Evacuation planning lacks leadership, jury finds

01/06/2021
Choke points would abound in an emergency evacuation of West Marin. In Inverness, the problem is Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. In Bolinas, it’s Mesa and Olema-Bolinas Roads. And for the entire coast, any of the over-the-hill routes—through the San Geronimo Valley, past Nicasio or around Mount Tamalpais—would become congested if...

Study shows land-use policies dramatically segregate Marin

01/06/2021
Marin is one of the most segregated counties in the Bay Area, with an overwhelmingly white population that is exceptionally separated from people of color, according to a new study published by the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. In West Marin, the San Geronimo Valley...

CCC signals concern over testing in park

01/06/2021
A process for monitoring water quality should be better fleshed out in the National Park Service’s plan for managing ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the California Coastal Commission states. The commission is one of a handful of regulatory agencies tasked with reviewing the seashore’s general management plan amendment,...

New Bolinas group will work to combat racism

01/06/2021
Fighting racism in West Marin is the mission of a new group of mostly Bolinas residents. The group convened for the first time last month, responding to the defacement of Black Lives Matter signs and a recent appearance of swastikas inside the Bolinas Post Office, which employees immediately took down...

Civil grand jury says county should do more to prevent opioid deaths

01/06/2021
Opioid-related deaths reached their highest levels of the decade in 2019, prompting the Marin County Civil Grand Jury to push for a stronger local response to the epidemic. Twenty-two Marin residents died from an opioid overdose in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available. For the first...

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