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State agency recognizes villages’ value

11/18/2020
The Alliance of Coastal Marin Villages has been pleading with the California Coastal Commission to better recognize the ways in which coastal communities are impacted by increasing tourism and are in need of protection and relief. Now, after eleventh-hour changes made last week, the commission’s five-year strategic plan reflects those...

Highway patrol keeps eye on dump trucks

11/18/2020
With residents complaining about double-trailer dump trucks rumbling through Inverness and Point Reyes Station, California Highway Patrol officers are conducting focused enforcement almost every day on the large vehicles. Three speeding tickets have been issued to the trucks, which are making as many as 300 trips a day to and...

Smiley’s opens, with food, after major restoration

11/18/2020
After an extensive renovation, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon opened its doors last month for the first time during the pandemic. Before the weather turned wet, there were a few inaugural days of live music outside the local watering hole. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society played...

Study shows differences in river otter survival on Marin’s coast

11/18/2020
The results of a five-year study on river otter populations along Marin’s coast offer some of the first baseline data on the species’ recovery in the county. Out of 14 sites, four showed increasing populations, including in the Giacomini Wetlands, northern Tomales Bay and Lagunitas Creek and near Mount Tam...

Nature Notebook, November 19, 2019

11/18/2020
The fall has been full of celestial events, and now a lunar eclipse will arrive on Nov. 29 when the moon will pass through Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. On the West Coast, we late-night watchers will see the eclipse begin at 11:30 p.m., with the maximum eclipse at 1:42...

Protections for whales delay crab opener

11/11/2020
Marin commercial crabbers won’t be able to set their traps in time for Thanksgiving this year. It’s the second consecutive year that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has delayed the opener past the holiday to prevent whale entanglements, reflecting tightened regulations that some fishermen say could have dire...

New antennas bring better coho tracking

11/11/2020
A new and improved tool that tracks salmon survival in Lagunitas Creek was installed on ranchlands west of Point Reyes Station last month, potentially changing the way the Marin Municipal Water District manages the watershed. Every year, ecologists implant a rice-sized microchip in hundreds of juvenile coho salmon. Now, antennas...

High school seniors face uncertain fall

11/11/2020
College application deadlines are fast approaching, yet the next school year is a big question mark, leaving high school seniors in a tough spot. Counselors are still pushing college, and mentorship programs are moving forward virtually, but the uncertainty means that Tomales High School may see more of its 35...

Watchdog says Marin should buy back guns, improve safety

11/11/2020
In Marin, thousands of guns are stored unlocked and loaded, accessible to anyone in the home, according to a civil grand jury report published on Oct. 30. The Marin County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office should do more to encourage firearm safety by launching public awareness campaigns, offering free gun...

Former local newspaper editor likely dead

11/11/2020
Jim Kravets, a Fairfax man who played a role in the history of West Marin newspapering, has been missing since Aug. 18. According to his wife, he had been struggling for years with chronic pain and, before disappearing, indicated his intent to take his own life. Two weeks ago, his...

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