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West Marin grapples with heavy election

11/05/2020
Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, many West Marin residents are disturbed that the race is even close. What they hoped would be an overwhelming rebuke of President Donald Trump’s regime is instead a tight contest, and ballot counting in battleground states continues. By Wednesday evening, neither...

CHA plugs away at merger

11/05/2020
Staffing shortages continue to hobble the Point Reyes and Bolinas health clinics, but the ongoing process of folding the Coastal Health Alliance into the Petaluma Health Center is helping to solve the problem. The health centers officially merged four months ago, dissolving the Coastal Health Alliance as a legal entity...

Niche radio station launches in Marshall

11/05/2020
A tiny radio station has quietly begun broadcasting from a Marshall sheep ranch, playing commercial-free music 24 hours a day. The station, KXCF, is about as small as it gets: At 10 watts, the antenna is just powerful enough to reach the west shore of Tomales Bay. It’s a passion...

Conflicts of interest afflict MALT

10/28/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust is facing increasing public scrutiny for purchasing conservation easements from board members. The allegation that MALT has violated multiple conflict-of-interest laws and overvalued easements for the benefit of board members was brought before three legal bodies in September by whistleblower Kenneth Slayen. Subsequently, a North...

Demand doubled at food pantries since pandemic's start

10/28/2020
What does it take to distribute half a million pounds of food during a pandemic? Teamwork, flexibility and a network of resource centers staffed with young people eager to make a difference. In every corner of West Marin, nonprofits are stepping up to serve the unemployed, the undocumented and anyone...

Land trust surveys residents on Bolinas affordable housing plan

10/28/2020
The story poles are up on a vacant lot on Wharf Road in Bolinas, outlining one of the most ambitious affordable housing projects undertaken by the Bolinas Community Land Trust to date. Yet in a survey of the town conducted this month, more than a third of respondents signaled concern...

Internal appointments lead to new members on local school boards

10/28/2020
Although no school board seats are up for grabs this election, districts are reshuffling their boards as trustees’ terms expire at the end of the year. Some seats are being automatically filled by candidates who filed uncontested for the November election, while the rest of the seats are being filled...

Seashore superintendent takes permanent post as Yosemite head

10/28/2020
The superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Cicely Muldoon, is moving on after 10 years in charge. Ms. Muldoon accepted a new position starting Nov. 8 at Yosemite National Park, where she’s served as the acting superintendent since January. She led the seashore through high-profile issues and key projects,...

Public safety power shutoff hits the San Geronimo Valley hardest

10/28/2020
Power was shut off in Nicasio, the San Geronimo Valley and Stinson Beach for a day this week, as PG&E aims to reduce the fire threat by de-energizing when the weather is risky. The utility fulfilled its goal of making the shutoffs far shorter and less widespread than they were...

Visitation levels peak in Stinson

10/21/2020
It was another chaotic afternoon in Stinson Beach on Saturday. Traffic on Shoreline Highway moved at a snail’s pace, the neighborhoods were crammed with cars and the beach parking lot was at capacity. The town was full, yet hundreds of drivers continued to stream in from the south. The overcrowded...

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