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Libraries plan reopening

04/07/2021
West Marin libraries plan to reopen the week of April 19. Through a new express, limited-capacity service, browsers will be allowed to linger up to 30 minutes while abiding by safety precautions at the Point Reyes, Inverness, Stinson Beach and Bolinas libraries, and curbside service will continue. The Marin County...

Youth center hopes for funding for skate or bike park in underserved area

04/07/2021
Young bikers and skaters in Point Reyes Station are petitioning for a park where they could safely practice and hang out. The California Statewide Park Program identified the area as a critically underserved community in 2018, a designation that allows for competitive grant funding under Proposition 68. Now, Madeline Hope,...

Tomales' Diekmann's General Store to close

03/24/2021
Changes are on the way for Diekmann's General Store in Tomales. The Singh brothers, who have together owned and operated the shop since 2010, are leaving, and the family of property owner Kristin Lawson will manage the store. Ms. Lawson’s parents, Walter and Mildred Diekmann, purchased the building in 1948.

Western Saloon on the market

03/24/2021
The owners of the Old Western Saloon put their building on the market this month for $2.2 million, and they say they will only sell to someone who will preserve the bar. The historic two-story building consists of the saloon and two retail spaces downstairs, and 10 small offices upstairs...

Private tests show bad water quality near park ranches

03/24/2021
Water quality testing commissioned by two groups lobbying for the end of ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore shows fecal contamination exceeding federal recreational standards in several waterways feeding the Pacific Ocean. In response, seashore personnel point to their nearly finalized general management amendment, which requires water quality improvements...

Moms to receive unrestricted cash in MCF project

03/24/2021
A group of moms in Marin will receive $1,000 a month for two years to demonstrate the impact of a universal basic income. Adding to a growing body of research that shows that providing an income floor results in dramatic improvements to quality of life, the Marin Community Foundation will...

Marin moves to orange tier as Covid case rates fall

03/24/2021
Restrictions on reopening were loosened in Marin on Wednesday, and the vaccine rollout is chugging along. An average of 3,700 vaccine doses are being administered in the county each day, and nearly half of adult residents have received their first dose. Marin is expected to complete vaccinations of all willing...

Recent rains a drop in the bucket in drought years

03/24/2021
A flurry of rainy days has yet to improve drought conditions in West Marin. Up from 13.7 inches at the beginning of March, Bolinas has now received a total of 16.15 inches since last summer—less than half of the annual recorded average. The Bolinas Community Public Utility District, which this...

Money available for widespread rent assistance

03/24/2021
Significant assistance is on the way for renters who have been unable to make their payments since the first shelter order one year ago. After receiving around $16 million in federal rental aid over the past month, Marin is training staff and has launched an online program to make money...

Recology rate increase to fund low-income discount

03/24/2021
With county approval last week of a 3.53 percent rate increase for West Marin requested by Recology, a 32-gallon cart will now cost $43.47 per month. The company sought the increase in part to fund a 20-percent low-income discount, which will mirror the CARE discount program operated by PG&E in...

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