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More monies for rental assistance are on the way

01/20/2021
Marin County is continuing to provide rental assistance to residents struggling with the financial ramifications of the pandemic. An estimated $7.75 million is expected to land at the county by early February as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Congress passed last month. The funding can go toward current...

Inverness scopes tax for fire, drought preparedness

01/20/2021
The smoke from the Woodward Fire was still lingering in the air when a group of Inverness residents decided that the village’s immediate needs related to wildfire prevention and water storage would require a new funding source. In a survey launched this month, residents are weighing in on whether they...

Agency fears easy pumps threaten clams

01/20/2021
A new and efficient tool used to dig up clams is posing a threat to clam populations, state Fish and Wildlife scientists say. Next month, the Fish and Game Commission will consider an emergency ban on hydraulic pumps, which have largely replaced the shovels historically used for clamming. Shovels typically...

Point Reyes lights obscure stars, village association says

01/20/2021
The Point Reyes Station Village Association wants to restore the visibility of the night sky. A new lighting review committee met earlier this month for a night walk and identified several buildings with lights that do not follow the town’s community plan. Now, they are reaching out to the building...

Vaccine rollout keeping up with scant supplies

01/13/2021
Marin will have to work overtime to keep pace with California’s plans to roll out the Covid-19 vaccines, thanks to its large aging population. Almost half of Marin’s population is prioritized to start receiving a vaccine as early as March based on the criteria of being age 50 or older...

Disaster liaisons sought

01/13/2021
The Inverness Disaster Council is building out its force of neighborhood liaisons, hoping to take advantage of a heightened focus on emergency preparedness following the Woodward Fire. Two new coordinators, Sally Fairfax and Connie Morse, took the reins last month, and they are looking for residents to fill 19 neighborhood...

Kim Chernin, who lived to write, dies at 80

01/13/2021
Kim Chernin, a prolific author who explored the modern woman’s search for self-identity, died on Dec. 17 of Covid-19. She was 80 years old. Kim radiated a childlike openness, without judgment or fear. Her embracing attitude made her love others, and be loved, wherever she went. She lived the twilight...

Nicasio fire chief relinquishes top post

01/13/2021
Eric Blantz, chief of the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, stepped down on Dec. 31 after eight years in charge, allowing a new guard to take over. He leaves the department in the hands of Kent Grady, his right-hand man since 2009. Captain Robyn Burton will become the new assistant chief,...

Jurisdictions asked to decide on Sir Francis Drake name change

01/13/2021
Would you like to see Sir Francis Drake Boulevard renamed? After an upwelling of support for the idea last year from residents who advocated for cutting Marin’s ties with Sir Francis Drake’s legacy of slave trading, the county has pursued the idea of a name change for the boulevard that...

County to lower speed limit on Nicasio Square

01/13/2021
After an intoxicated driver missed a 90-degree turn in the Nicasio Square and smashed into a house two summers ago, locals looked to the county for remedies to chronic speeding in the town. “For every one reported collision, there are a lot of near misses when people don’t adhere to...

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