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Evacuation planning lacks leadership, jury finds

01/06/2021
Choke points would abound in an emergency evacuation of West Marin. In Inverness, the problem is Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. In Bolinas, it’s Mesa and Olema-Bolinas Roads. And for the entire coast, any of the over-the-hill routes—through the San Geronimo Valley, past Nicasio or around Mount Tamalpais—would become congested if...

Study shows land-use policies dramatically segregate Marin

01/06/2021
Marin is one of the most segregated counties in the Bay Area, with an overwhelmingly white population that is exceptionally separated from people of color, according to a new study published by the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. In West Marin, the San Geronimo Valley...

Covid-19 cases rising in Marin as emergency staff makes plea to the public

12/30/2020
The highest-ever Covid-19 case counts were reported in Marin over the past two weeks, signaling more trouble is on the way for local hospitals—even before Christmastime transmission has been detected. The stress on Marin’s hospitals lessened this week, but the dip in admissions is likely short-term. On Tuesday, 24 patients...

On a delivery from Shanghai, crane ship moors in Drakes Bay

12/30/2020
A ship carrying some of the largest cranes in the country anchored in the sheltered waters of Drakes Bay for the past week before making the final leg of its journey to the Port of Oakland on Wednesday morning. The boat, the Zhen Hua 35, is carrying three 400-foot cranes...

Olema and Point Reyes businesses burglarized, suspects at large

12/30/2020
A couple suspected in a pair of burglaries in Olema and Point Reyes Station is at large, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the manager at Due West. A man and a woman were captured on video surveillance breaking into the market in Olema on the night of...

Revisions to Stinson Beach parking rules could help first responders

12/30/2020
New parking restrictions and signs may be coming to Stinson Beach, at the request of the town’s fire chief. On Monday, the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District board reviewed a number of proposals from Marin County’s traffic division, including changing no-parking zones to no-stopping zones, relocating signs so they are...

Covid testing expands amid ongoing surge

12/23/2020
There’s good news and there’s bad news about Covid-19 this week. The good news is that testing efforts are finally expanding in West Marin, and a group of first responders were vaccinated in Point Reyes Station on Wednesday. The bad news is that this week saw the largest number of...

Decimated monarchs wait for protection

12/23/2020
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service says protections for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act are necessary but less pressing than those for other species on the brink. The decision comes as biologists report the lowest numbers in history for the western population of monarchs, which overwinters on...

The chaos of 2020

12/23/2020
West Marin is sheltered in many ways, but it was not immune to the upheavals of 2020: the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, the consequences of climate change, and the political turmoil that swept the nation. Covid-19 cases stayed relatively low on the coast thanks to regional public...

Contemporary art and screen prints at new Inverness gallery

12/23/2020
Returning to his roots, artist Tom Biagini opened a new gallery this month in First Valley Inverness after years away in Los Angeles. He plans to use the space to display his oil paintings, sell screen-printed apparel and breathe new life into downtown with a community gathering space. “It was...

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