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Marin adds protection against future oil drilling

08/19/2020
This week, supervisors moved to create a new safeguard to further minimize the potential threat of offshore oil and gas exploration off the Marin coast. Developing onshore facilities that support offshore operations is already prohibited by the county, yet under the terms of an ordinance considered on Tuesday that will...

New sponge discovered in Cordell Bank sanctuary

08/19/2020
Before he died in May, a sponge expert who worked with the Royal British Columbia Museum discovered a new species of sponge among samples collected from the depths of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Farrea cordelli. The delicate, ruffled white sponge was discovered at nearly 7,000 feet below the...

Personal services face bumpy road during Covid

08/19/2020
Starting last Monday, a range of personal services were allowed to resume outdoors in Marin, including nail salons, massage therapy, esthetic services, cosmetology and skin care services. On the coast, providers are struggling to bounce back. It’s been a bumpy ride: Marin moved to reopen these industries in late June,...

Task force divided on Bo-Stin reopening

08/19/2020
The messy, uncertain planning process for reopening schools was on full display at the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District this week. As teachers prepare for a soft open to distance learning next Tuesday, the board continues to hash out a number of key questions for when students return to campus: How...

Lightning sparks major fire in seashore

08/19/2020
Sparked by lightning, a fire burned more than 1,100 acres of dense forest in the Point Reyes National Seashore this week, threatening the towns of Bolinas and Olema and sending clouds of grey smoke across the region. Firefighters struggled to access the blaze because of its remote location, and air...

Fire tax brings chipping, inspections

08/12/2020
Fire prevention initiatives are ramping up across the county thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. In most towns on the coast, residents can expect to be visited by a team of defensible space inspectors over the next couple of months, following a series of...

Rural schools hope to reopen with waiver

08/12/2020
Two small schoolhouses nestled in the pastoral valleys of Marin are well-positioned to bring students back to campus, but they will have to wait until public health officials grant them permission to do so. Laguna School and Lincoln School are seeking a waiver to allow for in-person learning this fall...

West Marin’s census response still well below national average

08/12/2020
The United States Census Bureau is ending its counting efforts a month sooner than previously announced, and West Marin’s response rates are still far below expectations. With seven weeks until the count ends, fewer than four of 10 households in coastal Marin have completed the survey. The San Geronimo Valley...

Sheriff places new watch commander in Point Reyes

08/12/2020
West Marin has a new watch commander. In June, Lieutenant Brennan Collins replaced Lieutenant Jim Hickey, who presided over the coast since 2018 and was reassigned to a night commander position over the hill. Lt. Hickey said the switch allowed him to spend time with his family on the weekends...

Rodoni, Doyle discuss shift cuts on the coast

08/12/2020
At a lukewarm town hall last week, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and Sheriff Robert Doyle offered two different perspectives on the sheriff’s decision to no longer patrol the Marin coast at night. Taking turns to answer questions, the supervisor and the sheriff subtly criticized each other, but agreed that the staffing...

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