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Children’s center closing, free school expands

05/06/2020
Fears that the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District’s tuition-free preschool program would push the area’s longtime preschool out of business have come to pass. Next month, the Bolinas Children’s Center will close, and in its place, the school district will open its preschool to 3-year-olds. The children’s center, operated by Community...

Beat goes on for coastal musicians

05/06/2020
Just because the live performances have stopped doesn’t mean the music has gone away. West Marin musicians are being resourceful while they can’t perform for an audience by creating home studios, playing virtual shows and collaborating in new ways. For many artists, spring is a popular time to release music...

Western Weekend canceled due to coronavirus, but a grand marshal is chosen

05/06/2020
Western Weekend, an annual celebration of life in West Marin, will not take place in 2020. The organizers of the event, which was scheduled for the first weekend in June, this week announced it is canceled. It would have been the 71st anniversary. “I think it’s sad, but that’s the...

Modernized fire station opens in Tomales, with expanded capacity

05/06/2020
Yesterday, firefighters started their first shift in the brand-new Tomales Fire Station, after working in temporary quarters down the road for the past year and a half. For a total bill of $6.7 million, the county razed the 48-year-old station and rebuilt the modernized facility from the ground up. “The...

West Marin groups step in to provide rental assistance

05/06/2020
May’s rent is past due, and many cannot pay it. The Bolinas Community Land Trust, along with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and West Marin Community Services, is providing assistance for West Marin residents in need while a county rental assistance program is struggling to meet skyrocketing demand. “We’d...

Porch fire threatened historic Point Reyes Station building

04/29/2020
A structure fire broke out for unknown reasons midday last Friday at the Foresters Hall, a century-old, multi-use building on Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station. The tenants safely evacuated the building and Marin County Fire, which responded to the scene within minutes, contained the flames to the exterior where...

Covid-19 antibody tests rolling out at West Marin Medical Center

04/29/2020
The West Marin Medical Center is now testing for Covid-19 antibodies—and is aiming to test as many people as possible. Antibody testing, which detects a body’s immune response to the novel coronavirus, is a promising yet unproven tool for public health officials in their pursuit of an end to the...

More activities okay in new shelter order

04/29/2020
Marin has extended its shelter order through May, with eased restrictions on construction, childcare and outdoor businesses. The new order, effective May 4 in six Bay Area counties, is similar to the previous one, but allows a few lower-risk businesses to open. Childcare programs can serve families who are permitted...

Coastal businesses see little help from stimulus

04/29/2020
Federal assistance has not yet materialized for most West Marin employers looking for financial relief. In a poll of 20 business owners who applied for a forgivable loan under the nation’s Paycheck Protection Program, only two said they have received money, the Light found. In the midst of widespread layoffs...

Farms, ranches pivot sales to consumers

04/29/2020
Many ranchers and farmers in West Marin have had to re-envision their business models this spring, finding new ways to sell their products after their large buyers disappeared overnight. Across agricultural sectors, reaching the consumer locally and directly has proven the key to success in the time of the pandemic...

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