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University hopes to build backyard chicken database through new survey

09/01/2021
Backyard chickens: the booming pandemic hobby. But with an increase in chickens comes an increase in disease transmission among them. A new survey from the University of California, Davis seeks to better understand how many backyard chicken flocks there are in the state, and where they are located, so the...

Park reports theft of elk skull from storage space

09/01/2021
It’s been discovered: The unmarked storage area where Point Reyes National Seashore officials temporarily keep tule elk antlers before placing them in the field, outside the gaze of would-be poachers. Park staff found a skull missing from the area, which is off limits to the public, on Aug. 20, and...

Medical board goes after local doctor

09/01/2021
A Point Reyes Station physician is seeking to dismiss an accusation of negligence made in June by the Medical Board of California. Dr. Colin Hamblin, who practices family medicine at West Marin Medical Center, called the accusation “unsubstantiated and specious,” and defended his practice as going above and beyond the...

Water districts move ration plans forward

08/25/2021
With creek levels dropping, Inverness moved to enact a mandatory water rationing plan on Wednesday. Rationing will be triggered if the Inverness Public Utility District’s water storage system falls below 50 percent capacity over a seven-day running average. “We’re not at that critical point yet, but it could happen quickly,”...

Marin preps food vendors for bioplastics ban

08/25/2021
Marin is hoping to phase out the use of plastics and so called-compostable bioplastics through an amended ordinance governing reusable food products in unincorporated parts of the county. Styrofoam has been banned in Marin since 2009, when an ordinance was passed that required restaurants and food vendors to use compostable...

Members sought for Measure W working group

08/25/2021
Marin County is seeking new members for a working group that sets priorities for community housing funds generated by West Marin’s transient occupancy tax. The current members of the Measure W working group, which advises the county’s Community Development Agency, met only once before the pandemic to discuss priorities. Now,...

Snowy plover breeding season ends on positive note

08/25/2021
At the tail end of the snowy plover breeding season, Point Reyes National Seashore ecologists have good news to report. The last month was the most productive of the summer: Park staffers announced the appearance of two broods near Abbotts Lagoon that had hatched from nests they didn’t know about...

Inverness club provides boost to school gardens

08/25/2021
For the first time since the pandemic started, students at West Marin and Inverness Schools can eat produce from their school gardens. The Inverness Garden Club used a grant from the West Marin Fund to spruce up the gardens—and create a website for the Parent Teacher Student Association. “Science becomes...

Marin begins resdistricting process with census release

08/25/2021
The United States Census Bureau released a raft of 2020 demographic data this month, allowing states and counties to begin a frantic process of redistricting that was delayed because of the pandemic. Marin County now has about four months to finalize its supervisorial district map. The data shows that in...

New retaining wall to close lane on Dillon Beach Road

08/25/2021
Dillon Beach Road will be under construction starting late August, with completion expected around mid-November. The only road in and out of Dillon Beach is receiving a new retaining wall about a quarter-mile west of Elephant Rock. While a section of the road was being repaved last fall, a portion...

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