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Reopening stepped back as fall surge materializes

11/18/2020
Covid-19 is spreading more than ever, prompting stricter restrictions on indoor operations that will hamper local restaurants through the winter. And although vaccine trials have shown promise, any doses are months away from reaching Marin. This week, the county scaled back its reopening by closing indoor restaurants and reducing the...

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...

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...

NOAA says drought will likely continue in winter

11/05/2020
The winter may not bring needed rains. With the La Niña climate pattern in play, drought is expected to continue and intensify in California through February, according to a winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The seasonal projection, which combined satellite observations and computer forecast modeling, predicts...

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