Study highlights problem for visiting sea otters

Southern sea otters, the species that has historically inhabited California waters, have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since the ‘70s but have yet to re-establish an enduring population in the waters off Marin County. A new study published in August by scientists primarily from the University of California,...

Bolinas land trust projects fully funded

With a donation of up to $10 million and two grants, the Bolinas Community Land Trust has secured all of the funding it needs for two affordable housing developments: downtown townhomes and farmworker housing next to the fire station. A $400,000 grant that county supervisors approved this week will be...

A glimpse of West Marin's publishing history

Coastal Marin boasts a rich history of local newspapering and publishing over the past century, as documented in a new archive assembled by Lagunitas graphic designer and writer Nicole Lavelle. For the past six months, the surfaces in Ms. Lavelle’s attic office in Olema have been covered in yellowing newsprint...

Shutoffs cause lost sales, spoiled food

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

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

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...

Library's mobile preschool bus gets ecological upgrade

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

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

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...


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