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Homeless on coast double, testing county solutions

10/23/2019
Renewed efforts to address homelessness in Marin in recent years have not reached the coast: although the number of homeless people has steadily dropped countywide since 2015, the number in West Marin has more than doubled. Representatives from Marin Health and Human Services and a partner charitable organization joined a...

Big benefits from fences on Olema Creek

10/23/2019
A study published this month by the Point Reyes National Seashore and the University of California’s Marin cooperative extension shows that fecal coliform levels in the Olema Creek watershed have dropped by 95 percent over the last 19 years—the result of local ranches implementing new best management practices around streams...

Trust fails to sway golf measure language

10/23/2019
The language of a March 2020 ballot measure that would require the county to seek voter approval before eliminating golf as the county’s stated primary use at the San Geronimo Golf Course property was approved last Tuesday, despite objections from the property’s owner, the Trust for Public Land. The golf...

Lunny visits the White House

10/23/2019
Kevin Lunny, the former owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, visited the White House this month as a guest of President Donald Trump to criticize the federal government for forcing his oyster farm out of business. On Oct. 10, after Mr. Lunny and other business owners who have faced costly...

Study shows mouse eradication would benefit ashy storm petrels

10/23/2019
The presence of predatorial burrowing owls on the Farallon Islands deep into winter is harming the survival of adult ashy storm petrels, according to a study published by Point Blue Conservation Science. Owls arrive in the Farallones around mid-October, when the islands’ invasive house mouse population is at its peak...

New book illuminates Gordon Onslow Ford

10/16/2019
The first major work on Gordon Onslow Ford, a 1930s surrealist painter who spent the last 40 years of his life in Inverness, was released last month by the Lucid Art Foundation, titled “A Man on a Green Island.” The 348-page fine press book spans from Mr. Onslow Ford’s first...

Stinson and Bolinas residents weathered PG&E outage

10/16/2019
Amid a three-day power outage, last Thursday night in downtown Bolinas was dark and sleepy—save the hum of a handful of generators and the glow of candles from the windows at Eleven, the only restaurant with its doors open. Residents of Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach scrambled over the...

Marin will expand restorative justice work

10/16/2019
A new state grant will help Marin expand its restorative justice program, allowing more victims to engage in a dialogue with those who committed crimes upon them. The county’s probation department said it will use the $439,515 grant to hire another facilitator, expand locations for victims and offenders to meet...

Tomales Bay State Park steward honored for career maintaining local lands

10/16/2019
A longtime steward of Tomales Bay State Park was honored on Tuesday in a resolution passed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors upon his retirement from 33 years of maintaining local state parks. Roberto Barajas spent the last 25 years of his career as the lone maintenance worker at...

Mammoth molar found on bay beach holds clues

10/16/2019
Ornithologist and Alaska transplant Sarah Warnock made a special find during a recent walk on the beach in the Cypress Grove Preserve: the molar of a mammoth. She knew what she was looking at because she had seen it before. “Up in Alaska, with the permafrost melting, people are finding...

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