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Evacuation planning lacks leadership, jury finds

01/06/2021
Choke points would abound in an emergency evacuation of West Marin. In Inverness, the problem is Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. In Bolinas, it’s Mesa and Olema-Bolinas Roads. And for the entire coast, any of the over-the-hill routes—through the San Geronimo Valley, past Nicasio or around Mount Tamalpais—would become congested if...

Study shows land-use policies dramatically segregate Marin

01/06/2021
Marin is one of the most segregated counties in the Bay Area, with an overwhelmingly white population that is exceptionally separated from people of color, according to a new study published by the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. In West Marin, the San Geronimo Valley...

CCC signals concern over testing in park

01/06/2021
A process for monitoring water quality should be better fleshed out in the National Park Service’s plan for managing ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the California Coastal Commission states. The commission is one of a handful of regulatory agencies tasked with reviewing the seashore’s general management plan amendment,...

New Bolinas group will work to combat racism

01/06/2021
Fighting racism in West Marin is the mission of a new group of mostly Bolinas residents. The group convened for the first time last month, responding to the defacement of Black Lives Matter signs and a recent appearance of swastikas inside the Bolinas Post Office, which employees immediately took down...

Civil grand jury says county should do more to prevent opioid deaths

01/06/2021
Opioid-related deaths reached their highest levels of the decade in 2019, prompting the Marin County Civil Grand Jury to push for a stronger local response to the epidemic. Twenty-two Marin residents died from an opioid overdose in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available. For the first...

Covid-19 cases rising in Marin as emergency staff makes plea to the public

12/30/2020
The highest-ever Covid-19 case counts were reported in Marin over the past two weeks, signaling more trouble is on the way for local hospitals—even before Christmastime transmission has been detected. The stress on Marin’s hospitals lessened this week, but the dip in admissions is likely short-term. On Tuesday, 24 patients...

On a delivery from Shanghai, crane ship moors in Drakes Bay

12/30/2020
A ship carrying some of the largest cranes in the country anchored in the sheltered waters of Drakes Bay for the past week before making the final leg of its journey to the Port of Oakland on Wednesday morning. The boat, the Zhen Hua 35, is carrying three 400-foot cranes...

Olema and Point Reyes businesses burglarized, suspects at large

12/30/2020
A couple suspected in a pair of burglaries in Olema and Point Reyes Station is at large, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the manager at Due West. A man and a woman were captured on video surveillance breaking into the market in Olema on the night of...

Revisions to Stinson Beach parking rules could help first responders

12/30/2020
New parking restrictions and signs may be coming to Stinson Beach, at the request of the town’s fire chief. On Monday, the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District board reviewed a number of proposals from Marin County’s traffic division, including changing no-parking zones to no-stopping zones, relocating signs so they are...

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