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Annual bird count canceled

12/16/2020
For the first time in 50 years, local chapters of birders will not complete the Christmas bird count. The worldwide effort by the National Audubon Society feeds one of the longest-running citizen science datasets, serving as the foundation for vital climate change research. Inverness resident George Curth, who compiles the...

Point Reyes librarian retires after two decades at community post

12/16/2020
After the better part of two decades at the helm of the Point Reyes Library, Jennifer Livingston retired last week. Admired for her energy, dedication and can-do spirit, Ms. Livingston has been the glue between the library and community members of all ages throughout her tenure. “She’s a bridge builder,...

Marin orders holiday season shutdown

12/09/2020
With hospitals approaching capacity, Marin has once again issued a stay-at-home order, effective this Tuesday and lasting until at least Jan. 4. Unlike the order in March, retail stores may stay open with reduced capacity, and beaches, parks and trails remain open for all, but the four-week ban on dining...

Activists boycott sheriff forum on ICE

12/09/2020
At an annual forum held last week for Sheriff Robert Doyle to describe his cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Canal Alliance representative Lucia Martel-Dow shared a distressing scene, recorded on video by a community member. The night before the forum, a 19-year-old undocumented man was released from the Marin...

Meet the new superintendent of the Point Reyes seashore

12/09/2020
The Point Reyes National Seashore has a new superintendent. Come January, Craig Kenkel, who grew up on a farm in Iowa and has spent his career working for the National Park Service, will take up the reins. Mr. Kenkel currently serves as the superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in...

Salt in the water decreasing, but customers not yet out of the woods

12/09/2020
The level of sodium in Point Reyes Station’s drinking water is trending down, but the North Marin Water District is wary that unprecedented salinity intrusion could continue through the winter if rainfall is sparse. To mitigate the problem, the district is building a new well away from Tomales Bay and...

Marin County voted more progressive than California, results show

12/02/2020
Marin County certified the results of the Nov. 3 election on Wednesday and as usual voter turnout was high and overwhelmingly favored the Democratic Party. With 90 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot, the most since 2008, President-elect Joe Biden received 128,288 votes to President Donald Trump’s 24,612. Rep...

Crab opener delayed again while humpbacks linger in Bay Area waters

12/02/2020
Marin commercial crabbers are eyeing significant financial losses, after another delay in the season opener announced by Fish and Wildlife. The original start date of Nov. 15, pushed to Dec. 1, has been moved back Dec. 16 to preempt conflicts with migrating whales. A working group of Fish and Wildlife...

Girl drowns at McClures on Thanksgiving

12/02/2020
A 4-year-old girl from Pinole drowned on Thanksgiving after a wave pulled her into the surf at McClures Beach, where she had been walking with her family. Her father suffered hypothermia after spending half an hour in the water trying to rescue her. “The fall and winter swells are not...

Nonprofits hit by pandemic, survey shows

12/02/2020
West Marin nonprofits are managing to stay afloat despite the plethora of difficulties caused by the pandemic. Larger groups are faring better than smaller groups, though over half of the local organizations who participated in a recent survey reported that Covid-19 has reduced their effectiveness and impact. The survey was...

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