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Schools stop and start in tough return

11/24/2020
West Marin schools continue to balk at reopening classrooms, despite six months of planning under their belts and a green light from public health officials. Lagunitas and Shoreline Unified School Districts will not reopen until January, and the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District opened for only its younger grades on Friday...

Grace Borello, 1928—2020

11/24/2020
Grace Borello, a talented homemaker who raised her children on a Marshall ranch and was known for her generosity, high spirits and warmth, died on Sept. 13. She was 92 years old. Grace was born in Marin to parents who had immigrated from Sombrerete, Mexico. After growing up in San...

Rains control Woodward Fire, do little for supply

11/24/2020
November’s rain has notably reduced the fire threat across Marin, though water providers on the coast have yet to loosen their belts. The Marin Municipal Water District has recorded 3.4 inches of rain on Lake Lagunitas since July, thanks mostly to two storms this month. On the coast, there was...

While staff quarantines, West Marin Community Services closes doors

11/24/2020
An outbreak of Covid-19 has struck West Marin Community Services, forcing the nonprofit to close its food pantry last week while staff quarantines for 14 days straddling the Thanksgiving holiday. The outbreak comes amid a surge in West Marin, where total cases rose from 65 to 87 this month, a...

Humane Society warns dog owners of distemper outbreak

11/24/2020
A fox in Bolinas was one of six animals in Marin discovered with distemper, a virus that spreads easily and can be fatal for dogs and several wildlife species. The majority of the infected animals—three foxes and three racoons—were discovered over the hill, and all of them were euthanized. According...

Reopening stepped back as fall surge materializes

11/18/2020
Covid-19 is spreading more than ever, prompting stricter restrictions on indoor operations that will hamper local restaurants through the winter. And although vaccine trials have shown promise, any doses are months away from reaching Marin. This week, the county scaled back its reopening by closing indoor restaurants and reducing the...

State agency recognizes villages’ value

11/18/2020
The Alliance of Coastal Marin Villages has been pleading with the California Coastal Commission to better recognize the ways in which coastal communities are impacted by increasing tourism and are in need of protection and relief. Now, after eleventh-hour changes made last week, the commission’s five-year strategic plan reflects those...

Highway patrol keeps eye on dump trucks

11/18/2020
With residents complaining about double-trailer dump trucks rumbling through Inverness and Point Reyes Station, California Highway Patrol officers are conducting focused enforcement almost every day on the large vehicles. Three speeding tickets have been issued to the trucks, which are making as many as 300 trips a day to and...

Smiley’s opens, with food, after major restoration

11/18/2020
After an extensive renovation, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon opened its doors last month for the first time during the pandemic. Before the weather turned wet, there were a few inaugural days of live music outside the local watering hole. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society played...

Study shows differences in river otter survival on Marin’s coast

11/18/2020
The results of a five-year study on river otter populations along Marin’s coast offer some of the first baseline data on the species’ recovery in the county. Out of 14 sites, four showed increasing populations, including in the Giacomini Wetlands, northern Tomales Bay and Lagunitas Creek and near Mount Tam...

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