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Monarchs on coast still face population crash

03/11/2020
The recent counts of overwintering monarch butterflies on California’s coast, including at long-surveyed sites in Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach, show that the western population of the species did not rebound from a crash last winter. Surveys conducted last Thanksgiving and in the first weeks of 2020—an annual volunteer...

Bid to keep golf course fails, Rodoni holds seat

03/04/2020
Initial election results are in, and it appears that Marin voters have rejected Measure D, the initiative that would have required the county to get voter approval before changing golf as the primary use of the former San Geronimo golf course. Elsewhere on the ballot, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni was re-elected,...

Nagle settles with Shoreline, resigns

03/04/2020
A former West Marin School principal and the Shoreline Unified School District superintendent signed their names to a settlement last month, putting to rest a two-year feud. Matt Nagle, who served as the principal from 2012 until 2018 when he was demoted to a kindergarten-through-second-grade teaching post, received a check...

Point Reyes National Seashore, a quieter place to be

03/04/2020
The Point Reyes National Seashore has below-average sound pollution in comparison to other lands managed by the National Park Service, according to a recent study based on data collected primarily by the park’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. Yet the level of anthropogenic noise found in the seashore, which...

Valley affordable housing group set to purchase Fairfax apartments

03/04/2020
A 10-unit apartment complex a mile north of downtown Fairfax will soon be owned and managed by the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association. The association plans to close on the of $2.65 million purchase in April with the help of grant monies, including $500,000 from the county awarded by...

Point Reyes man arrested for possessing child pornography

03/04/2020
A 21-year-old ranch hand living in Point Reyes Station was charged last week with possessing child pornography. Dailyn Gutierrez was arrested on Feb. 26 in San Rafael after the sheriff’s office received an online tip. Following his arrest, detectives served a search warrant at his home. “A preliminary investigation into...

Resilience in the time of COVID-19

03/04/2020
The coronavirus has reached us in California. Given how rapidly the epidemic is evolving, by the time you read this, some details—how many people have tested positive and the degree to which it is spreading—will have changed. The federal, state and local public health response will be more coordinated and...

Marin preps for spread of coronavirus

03/04/2020
Marin’s Health and Human Services department on Tuesday declared a local health emergency in anticipation of the spread of coronavirus, a move the Board of Supervisors can ratify on March 10. As of yesterday afternoon, there were no cases of COVID-19 reported among Marin residents. The emergency declaration will make...

Nicasio school struggling with water quality, planning system overhaul

02/27/2020
Nicasio School has received three citations for below-standard drinking water since 2016, but administrators are hopeful that installation of a new filtration system will end the issues with water quality. The citations, which came out of tests in August 2016, July 2018 and July 2019, are difficult to avoid because...

Lost couple found alive after week in the woods

02/26/2020
The couple that vanished on Valentine’s Day while vacationing in Inverness was found alive this weekend stuck in thick vegetation at the bottom of a ravine in Tomales Bay State Park. Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky, retirees from Palo Alto, survived by drinking from a puddle, eating ferns and holding...

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