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Point Reyes man arrested for possessing child pornography

03/04/2020
A 21-year-old ranch hand living in Point Reyes Station was charged last week with possessing child pornography. Dailyn Gutierrez was arrested on Feb. 26 in San Rafael after the sheriff’s office received an online tip. Following his arrest, detectives served a search warrant at his home. “A preliminary investigation into...

Resilience in the time of COVID-19

03/04/2020
The coronavirus has reached us in California. Given how rapidly the epidemic is evolving, by the time you read this, some details—how many people have tested positive and the degree to which it is spreading—will have changed. The federal, state and local public health response will be more coordinated and...

Marin preps for spread of coronavirus

03/04/2020
Marin’s Health and Human Services department on Tuesday declared a local health emergency in anticipation of the spread of coronavirus, a move the Board of Supervisors can ratify on March 10. As of yesterday afternoon, there were no cases of COVID-19 reported among Marin residents. The emergency declaration will make...

Nicasio school struggling with water quality, planning system overhaul

02/27/2020
Nicasio School has received three citations for below-standard drinking water since 2016, but administrators are hopeful that installation of a new filtration system will end the issues with water quality. The citations, which came out of tests in August 2016, July 2018 and July 2019, are difficult to avoid because...

Lost couple found alive after week in the woods

02/26/2020
The couple that vanished on Valentine’s Day while vacationing in Inverness was found alive this weekend stuck in thick vegetation at the bottom of a ravine in Tomales Bay State Park. Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky, retirees from Palo Alto, survived by drinking from a puddle, eating ferns and holding...

West Marin schools planning ahead for power outages

02/26/2020
When Pacific Gas and Electric turned the power off in Marin last fall, schools were forced to close and instruction time was lost. With another round of planned public safety shutoffs anticipated next year, schools are building makeup days into their calendars and creating contingency plans to stay open. Nicasio...

Huge search for missing couple in Inverness

02/19/2020
After a four-day search, a Palo Alto couple who stayed in Inverness last week remains missing. Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin, retirees who enjoyed hiking in the area, were last seen on Friday afternoon near their Seahaven vacation rental. They did not check out on Saturday morning. Their disappearance prompted...

County increases building permit fees

02/19/2020
The cost of building is going up in Marin. The Board of Supervisors last week approved an average 44 percent increase for building permit fees, effective July 1. The fee increase, as much as 100 percent for some projects, is intended to enable the county to fully recover the cost...

Study to evaluate living shorelines as fix for rising waters

02/19/2020
By 2030, the projected sea level combined with a particularly nasty storm event could flood nearly everything west of Highway 1 in Stinson Beach: 590 parcels, 430 buildings and several miles of road. By the middle of the century, every high tide will bring flooding, and the roadways will likely...

Multi-agency research aims to fill the gap in bat data

02/19/2020
It’s wintertime and Townsend’s big-eared bats are well out of sight, their long, pointed ears rolled down tightly, and their heart, metabolic and respiratory rates slowed. Despite the difficulty of finding bats during the colder months, this week local biologists set out into the field to find Townsend’s and the...

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