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KWMR offline while new console is installed

01/25/2018
West Marin’s homegrown radio station KWMR is solving a problem long before an issue even arises. Beginning in February, the station will beam its programs through a brand-new broadcast console. It’s a proactive move, since the current 16-year-old console continues to function, but executive director and station manager Amanda Eichstaedt...

County updates evacuation maps in tsunami annex

01/25/2018
Tuesday’s early-morning text message that awoke Marin County residents with a warning that a tsunami watch was in effect for the California coast came as no shock to the county’s emergency services coordinator, Ursula Hank. The 7.9-magnitue earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered evacuations in some coastal areas of...

Waldorf charter school loses public funding

01/18/2018
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired charter school formerly called WISE Academy where some parents in West Marin have opted to send their children since 2014, lost its access to public funds this week and must now rely on reserves to stay open. The umbrella school program through which Heartwood holds...

Drakes Estero shark bite was likely investigative

01/18/2018
Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet...

Redwood Creek salmon released

01/18/2018
They were carried in pairs, sloshing around inside Yeti coolers, from a water tank truck idling in the Muir Beach parking lot to the muddy shores of Redwood Creek. Volunteers used wheelbarrows to transfer them to biologists who hoisted them into the creek using nets. After a couple of hours,...

After suit, Marin County Open Space will monitor usage and close trails at night

01/18/2018
The result of a settlement agreement reached late last month with Marin Audubon Society, the Marin County Open Space District will launch a five-year pilot program this spring that involves seasonal nighttime closures at 10 different road and trail locations to benefit sensitive wildlife, such as northern spotted owls. The...

Newest Coastal Health Alliance doctor brings integrative health know-how

01/18/2018
A 33-year-old Santa Cruz native with a background in alternative medicine became the Coastal Health Alliance’s newest medical doctor this month. Gabriel Klapman, the son of an M.D. and a body worker, came “highly recommended for his degree of intelligence and compassion,” said Steven Siegel, the health alliance’s C.E.O. “His...

Rodoni rolls out local tax proposal

01/18/2018
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni began his 2018 policy agenda by promulgating his proposal to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, which would apply only to visitors who use short-term rentals, or accommodations that last under 30 days. He’s held meetings with village associations, planning groups and individuals to parlay the proposal, and...

Federal bill: Allow bikes in wilderness

01/11/2018
Do bikes belong in the 33,373-acre Phillip Burton Wilderness in the Point Reyes National Seashore? That’s a question that the hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists and park officials of West Marin may soon have to unite to answer. Last month, a bill that would overturn a longstanding ban on bicycles in...

Watershed council out of dormancy

01/11/2018
Members of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, which has been largely dormant for the past five years, have revived the organization with a new operating structure. The council, founded in 1999 and originally focused on writing guidance documents for stakeholder agencies, lost funding for its coordinator, Neysa King, in 2012...

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