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Main break left Inverness boiling water

02/21/2019
One hundred and eighty-five Inverness households were instructed to boil their water for six days after a water main broke during the peak of last week’s storm, which dropped more than six and a half inches in town over the course of several days. At around 3 a.m. last Thursday,...

Documenting Latino photographers

02/21/2019
The participants of the Latino Photography Project document the traditions and vibrancy of West Marin’s Latino population—and for the last year, filmmaker Alejandro Palacios has been examining the photographers’ connection to the craft and their communities. On March 24, Mr. Palacios will screen a trailer of his documentary in a...

Leslie Scott, Jill-of-all-trades, dies at 71

02/21/2019
Leslie Richelle Scott, a Jill-of-all-trades who had a Ph.D. in philosophy and a sense of humor that saw her through the many twists of her life, died last month at her home in Inverness. She was 71 years old. During her nearly two decades in West Marin, Leslie worked as...

Storm made for difficult electric repair in Stinson

02/21/2019
Last week’s storm system took down numerous power lines in a canyon above Stinson Beach, cutting electricity to nearly 1,000 homes from Wednesday morning until Friday evening while PG&E crews and the Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department worked around the clock. “It was awful,” said Betsy Wood, a realtor with Seadrift Realty, which canceled all vacation rentals for the three-day weekend, though half of the renters ended up coming anyway on Saturday. PG&E spokeswoman Deanna Contreras said that normally the company would have accessed the fallen lines—which were on poles about halfway up the canyon, near “flat rock”—by helicopter, but the storm made flying conditions unsafe. Instead, employees had to hike in, clearing debris along the way...

Bookstore talk will explore immigration, children and the border crisis

02/21/2019
New York City writer Valeria Luiselli will speak about her new book, “The Lost Children Archive,” on Friday, March 1 at Point Reyes Books. The work is “the most honest take I’ve read” on issues of immigration, family separation and the border crisis, said bookstore owner Stephen Sparks, who said his shop is just one of two stops Ms. Luiselli will make on a Northern California tour. The book has received praise for the innovative way it handles its themes with humor, depth and a human touch; defying categorization, it is both a critique of the media’s approach to immigration, a magical-realism novella of Ms. Luiselli’s own making and a compelling narrative of a family slowly coming undone...

New storm rating system aims to sharpen California forecasts

02/14/2019
Is California, the state with the greatest year-to-year rainfall variability, prepared for the rain and snow when it comes? A team of hydrometeorological scientists and weather forecasters this month unveiled a new storm rating system in a peer-reviewed study published by the Atmospheric Meteorological Society that they hope will help...

District Attorney takes Drakes Estero case

02/14/2019
The Marin County District Attorney is now handling a criminal case referred by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding the alleged mishandling of fragments of treated wood and other debris at Drakes Estero during a restoration project conducted by the National Park Service in 2017. Abbott Dutton, spokeswoman...

County homing in on cannabis proposals

02/14/2019
It’s been two years since California approved the recreational use of cannabis, but Marin is still in a lengthy process of issuing delivery-only licenses for medicinal use to no more than four businesses in unincorporated areas. Earlier this month, the county’s Community Development Agency released the results of a lottery...

Coastal commission approves two LCP sections

02/14/2019
The California Coastal Commission certified two out of the seven amendments that compose the update to Marin County’s 1980 Local Coastal Program on Feb. 6 at a hearing in Half Moon Bay. The language in the two sections, which pertain to agriculture and definitions throughout the update, is that approved...

Bo-Stin voters will see parcel tax in June

02/14/2019
This June, residents of Stinson Beach and Bolinas will vote on a parcel tax to fund a range of needs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District. The special election, scheduled for June 4, will feature a proposal to levy a special tax of $300 per parcel for five years, beginning...

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