In Inverness, neighbors fund a fuel break

09/22/2021
Just over a month ago, the homes at the end of Via de la Vista in Inverness sat right up against a serious fire hazard: a drought-afflicted bishop pine forest. Now, the underbrush, a thicket of lichen-covered bushes, gives way to a thin layer of wood chips stretching more than...

Sunken boat sees swift removal

09/22/2021
A fishing boat sank near Marshall last Monday, unleashing a sheen of diesel fuel over the surface of Tomales Bay before the wreck was refloated and removed. The Marian, a 33-foot wooden vessel, had been anchored in the area for several years and was apparently in derelict condition. The incident...

Marin turnout high for recall

09/22/2021
The gubernatorial recall vote on Sept. 14 brought lots of voters to the polls in Marin County: The current turnout tally is nearly 65 percent, with 16 percent of people voting to recall Governor Gavin Newsom and 84 percent voting against his recall. Marin, where 47 percent of voters are...

Stream rules to tighten for valley homes

09/22/2021
Marin County planners announced the first draft of a new stream protection ordinance for the San Geronimo Valley that will toughen the permitting process for streamside work in the Lagunitas Creek watershed. The draft stream conservation area ordinance, published last week, will enshrine protections for coho salmon that the Salmon...

McGill withdraws from two-man sheriff's race

09/22/2021
Adam McGill, the Novato city manager running for Marin County sheriff, announced he would drop out of the race due to unforeseen health issues, leaving incumbent undersheriff Jamie Scardina to run unopposed. “I cannot give the race the energy and focus it deserves,” Mr. McGill said in a statement last...

Concessions in national parks

09/22/2021
One of the dominant and oft-repeated arguments against agriculture in a national park is that it is a commercial venture and private commerce should not be allowed to flourish in national parks. It might surprise the folks who proffer this argument that there are today more than 500 private businesses...

Nature Notebook, September 23, 2021

09/22/2021
After this week’s equinox, the fall sky will see two overlapping but quiet meteor showers. The Draconids, a small shower, will be visible from Oct. 6 through Oct. 10, peaking on Oct. 7 just after the new moon. They will appear high in the sky after midnight and are slow...