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Shutoffs cause lost sales, spoiled food

11/06/2019
The lights came back on in West Marin last week, but the economic impact from recent power shutoffs by Pacific Gas and Electric will be felt for months. When power was restored for most of the county last Wednesday, the towns of Marshall, Tomales and Dillon Beach remained without for...

Lawsuit led to stalled crab opener; state warns of domoic acid in viscera

11/06/2019
Will there be crab on the table for Thanksgiving? California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife paired its opening of the recreational crab fishery last Saturday with an advisory from the public health department and, this week, announced it will delay the opening of the commercial fishery until Nov. 22 over...

Real solutions for Bolinas housing

11/06/2019
On a recent visit to the post office I saw on the wall a desperate appeal by a longtime Bolinas father and son for a place to live. Later, sitting down at my computer, I saw another plea for housing from a family of five who will soon lose their...

West Marin strains under power outage

10/30/2019
West Marin was not immune to the shutoff that left millions in California without power this week. Successive blackouts orchestrated by the Pacific Gas and Electric company began last Saturday evening as a preemptive measure in response to projected high winds and low humidity, affecting 99 percent of Marin residents...

Achievement gap persists at Shoreline

10/30/2019
The results from last year’s standardized testing are in, and Shoreline Unified School District continues to see a dramatic achievement gap between its white and Latino students, reflecting statewide trends. In English and language arts, 68 percent of white students and 27 percent of Latino students at Shoreline passed the...

Red-flag week saw hotel and brush fires

10/30/2019
With smoke from the Kincade Fire in the northern sky, West Marin firefighters contended with a pair of local fires this week: an escaped chimney fire at the Olema House hotel and a brush fire north of Muir Beach—the largest fire in Marin this year. The Muir Fire of Oct...

Library's mobile preschool bus gets ecological upgrade

10/30/2019
The county’s mobile preschool classroom just got a major upgrade. The Marin County Free Library’s FLAGship Bus was retired this month after 18 years and 147,000 miles in favor of a more sustainable vehicle: the Learning Bus. The 30-foot bus, stocked with books, games, arts and crafts for children under...

Seashore superintendent to leave for temporary post at Yosemite by year's end

10/30/2019
Point Reyes National Seashore superintendent Cicely Muldoon will move to Yosemite National Park by the end of the year to serve temporarily as the acting superintendent. Her transfer follows the reassignment of Yosemite superintendent Mike Reynolds, who is set to become the regional director of the agency’s Lower Colorado Basin,...

Dance Palace's Bonnie Guttman: Up to and up for the challenges

10/30/2019
When executive director Bonnie Guttman speaks about the Dance Palace—its long history, the myriad activities currently offered and those she envisions for the future—this normally reserved woman catches fire. Two and a half years into the position, she revels in challenges and hard work. “When I took the job, I...

Fire crews extinguish chimney fire at Olema House

10/26/2019
Adding to an already busy week for West Marin fire personnel, engines from Marin County, Inverness Volunteer and Bolinas Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a chimney fire at the Olema House, formerly the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, on Friday, October 25 just after 11 p.m. It took over three hours...

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