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Seashore closes Drakes Beach for parking lot overhaul

04/14/2021
Drakes Beach will be closed from May 1 to Aug. 31 while construction crews reconfigure the parking lot and restore a wetland. The work is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore’s two-year road improvement project, which is over 70 percent complete. About half of the two-acre parking lot will...

Limantour Road closure

04/14/2021
Limantour Road will be closed on weekdays until May 7 while construction crews replace old drainage culverts. The work takes four hours at a time, requiring weekday closures from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. The construction is part of the large-scale road rehabilitation in the...

Green light for Bolinas affordable housing development

04/14/2021
An eight-unit affordable housing complex planned for downtown Bolinas has received permits from the Marin County Planning Commission, which issued the approval despite pushback from community members primarily concerned with the project’s size. In a 5:1 vote, commissioners on Monday approved the coastal permit, use permit and design review requested...

Stinson fire chief retires amid ambitious plans

04/14/2021
Kenny Stevens, the fire chief in Stinson Beach for the past 20 years, is retiring next month after more than five decades with the department, citing disagreements with the fire district’s direction. Assistant chief Jesse Peri will be promoted, and two duty officers have been hired to help. Though Mr...

Crab eradication gone awry ends in new strategy

04/14/2021
Scientists have given up hope on fully eradicating the invasive European green crabs that dominate the Seadrift Lagoon, after a research effort there went awry. They are now recommending keeping the population at a manageable threshold. The attempt to eliminate the species, which is ranked among the 100 worst invasives...

Teacher dismissal prompts petition

04/07/2021
The fallout from the unexplained dismissal of a beloved teacher at the Lagunitas School District continues: A group of parents has created a petition and will deliver it to the school next week, and they’re exploring more drastic action, including a recall of trustee Denise Bohman. Tensions have run high...

MALT hires new leader

04/07/2021
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has selected Thane Kreiner, an entrepreneur and executive from Sebastopol, as its new C.E.O. His hiring marks a new chapter for MALT, as its mission is increasingly focused on sustainability, innovation and stewardship. “I’m really excited about working with the community to experiment, adopt and...

Vaccine eligibility and allowed activities to expand

04/07/2021
The state of the pandemic is shifting quickly. On April 15, all Marin residents over the age of 15 will become eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. By June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to dissolve the tiered framework that has limited activities based on disease transmission, reopening the economy...

True to boom and bust, fenced herd shrinks in drought

04/07/2021
The drought has caused a third of the tule elk that live in the fenced enclosure on Tomales Point to perish from malnutrition. The decline is the fourth on record, and it aligns with the boom-and-bust cycle the park service predicted after reintroducing the species to the Point Reyes National...

Point Reyes substation reopens at night after eight-month closure

04/07/2021
The coast will once again be patrolled 24 hours a day after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office reopened the Point Reyes substation at night on March 28, after an eight-month closure. “I’m very happy,” said Lt. Brennan Collins, the station commander. “We are very pleased that we’re able to provide...

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