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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...

AT&T plans to expand range on Point Reyes peninsula

11/11/2020
Cell service could improve in one of the most remote areas of the Point Reyes National Seashore not only to the benefit of tourists, first responders and the park service, but for Shoreline Unified School District students working from home. The county has approved a coastal permit, design review and...

County moves to purchase properties for homeless

11/11/2020
Facing a crunched timeline, the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the purchase of two buildings that will be occupied by homeless residents, despite mixed feelings from neighbors. The two properties—an office building in San Rafael and a motel in Corte Madera—will cost $7.2 million and $4.1 million...

Niche radio station launches in Marshall

11/05/2020
A tiny radio station has quietly begun broadcasting from a Marshall sheep ranch, playing commercial-free music 24 hours a day. The station, KXCF, is about as small as it gets: At 10 watts, the antenna is just powerful enough to reach the west shore of Tomales Bay. It’s a passion...

Truck topples signs, damages power poles

11/05/2020
A truck carrying an asphalt grinder wreaked havoc on a portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness on Wednesday morning, hitting three power poles and numerous signs before the driver noticed his chute was unsecured. One power pole was severed in half, knocking out power to over 700 customers...

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