News

Rural schools hope to reopen with waiver

08/12/2020
Two small schoolhouses nestled in the pastoral valleys of Marin are well-positioned to bring students back to campus, but they will have to wait until public health officials grant them permission to do so. Laguna School and Lincoln School are seeking a waiver to allow for in-person learning this fall...

West Marin’s census response still well below national average

08/12/2020
The United States Census Bureau is ending its counting efforts a month sooner than previously announced, and West Marin’s response rates are still far below expectations. With seven weeks until the count ends, fewer than four of 10 households in coastal Marin have completed the survey. The San Geronimo Valley...

Sheriff places new watch commander in Point Reyes

08/12/2020
West Marin has a new watch commander. In June, Lieutenant Brennan Collins replaced Lieutenant Jim Hickey, who presided over the coast since 2018 and was reassigned to a night commander position over the hill. Lt. Hickey said the switch allowed him to spend time with his family on the weekends...

Ken Casey companies declare bankruptcy

08/05/2020
Two large real estate companies under federal investigation for defrauding investors have declared bankruptcy, giving investors a larger say in how their money is recovered. The companies—Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors Security Fund—were owned by the late Ken Casey, a Novato businessman who orchestrated a classic Ponzi scheme, according...

Closing shop in Covid's wake

08/05/2020
Five months have passed since the novel coronavirus upended life in West Marin, and some local businesses are now shutting down as a result of public safety concerns and regulations. The Light spoke with a dentist who has operated in Point Reyes Station for over 30 years, two business partners...

With pastures dry, county pursues aid

08/05/2020
Drought conditions have prompted the county to declare an agricultural emergency, which could free up federal monies for ranchers who have lost forage. Marin does not yet meet the requirements for the aid, but may when conditions are re-evaluated at the end of the summer. In June, the county agriculture...

Butch Giammona, 1941 — 2020

08/05/2020
Ciro “Butch” Giammona, a lifelong Point Reyes Station family man and walking archive of the town’s septic systems, died at home on July 12. He was 79 years old. A fixture of old West Marin, Butch “saw this town convert from what you’d call a one-horse town to what it...

Shoreline seeks parcel tax renewal in fall

08/05/2020
The Shoreline Unified School District will ask voters to renew its parcel tax in the November election, after the board of trustees last week approved placing a measure on the ballot to renew the tax at its current amount, $212 per parcel. The tax, which is set to expire after...

SPAWN can continue Roy's Pools project, judge rules

08/05/2020
A judge rejected a petition last week by golfers and valley residents to halt creek restoration work underway on the former San Geronimo Golf Course. The petition, which attempted to freeze county-issued permits for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network to re-engineer a portion of San Geronimo Creek, was part...

Night hours cut for sheriff's deputies on Marin's coast

07/29/2020
Coastal Marin will no longer be patrolled by the sheriff at night. Facing a budget shortfall, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is reducing staffing at the Point Reyes substation this week, leaving no deputies assigned to the coast between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. each day, when previously there were...

Pages

Subscribe to News