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Coastal businesses see little help from stimulus

04/29/2020
Federal assistance has not yet materialized for most West Marin employers looking for financial relief. In a poll of 20 business owners who applied for a forgivable loan under the nation’s Paycheck Protection Program, only two said they have received money, the Light found. In the midst of widespread layoffs...

Farms, ranches pivot sales to consumers

04/29/2020
Many ranchers and farmers in West Marin have had to re-envision their business models this spring, finding new ways to sell their products after their large buyers disappeared overnight. Across agricultural sectors, reaching the consumer locally and directly has proven the key to success in the time of the pandemic...

Porch fire threatened historic Point Reyes Station building

04/29/2020
A structure fire broke out for unknown reasons midday last Friday at the Foresters Hall, a century-old, multi-use building on Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station. The tenants safely evacuated the building and Marin County Fire, which responded to the scene within minutes, contained the flames to the exterior where...

Covid-19 antibody tests rolling out at West Marin Medical Center

04/29/2020
The West Marin Medical Center is now testing for Covid-19 antibodies—and is aiming to test as many people as possible. Antibody testing, which detects a body’s immune response to the novel coronavirus, is a promising yet unproven tool for public health officials in their pursuit of an end to the...

More activities okay in new shelter order

04/29/2020
Marin has extended its shelter order through May, with eased restrictions on construction, childcare and outdoor businesses. The new order, effective May 4 in six Bay Area counties, is similar to the previous one, but allows a few lower-risk businesses to open. Childcare programs can serve families who are permitted...

With restaurants closed, oyster biz on pause

04/22/2020
Aquaculture is permitted to continue under the state shelter order, but local farmers are wondering what will happen to the millions of oysters growing in Tomales Bay, considering that restaurants—the main shellfish market—are either closed or sticking to foods that are easier for take-out. “We have no business,” said Terry...

Universal Covid-19 testing wrapping up

04/22/2020
The dirt lot at Mesa Park was transformed by wedding tents and dozens of geared-up medical workers and volunteers as drive-through Covid-19 testing rolled out in Bolinas this week. Over 1,400 people registered for the program, spearheaded by wealthy Bolinas homeowners who organized a wide range of community stakeholders and...

With much of state, Marin is in a moderate drought

04/22/2020
Winter is over and the rainfall recorded since last October is low. California saw less than half the average amount of rain—including a record-setting, bone-dry February—and Marin was no exception, with 40 to 50 percent of normal levels reported countywide. The Inverness Public Utility District offered an illustration of these...

Social distancing led to sport fishery delays

04/22/2020
California’s recreational salmon fishery did not open on April 4 as planned. In honor of the state’s social distancing rules, the National Marine Fisheries Service postponed the opener to the popular sport fishery by a month. Advisors from the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the California Department of Fish and...

State fire monies will help clear fuels in San Geronimo Valley

04/22/2020
Amid the public health crisis, Marin County Fire Department continues to prepare for the fire season, and urges residents to do their share. Cal Fire last month awarded the county $12.5 million for two fuel reduction projects, including one encompassing 65 acres and 12 miles of non-county-maintained roads in the...

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