Marin

Marin County Honors Artist Tom Killion

Jan 6, 2017

Marin County artist Tom Killion has spent his life applying Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques to his views the region’s landscapes. Now he has received that county’s highest honor for his works.

Tamalpais Walking--first published in 2007 and reissued as a paperback in 2013 -- is the most recent in a series of collaborations between Killion and poet Gary Snyder. Their previous joint effort was The High Sierra of California in 2002.

SMART’s Pathway Progress Questioned

Oct 30, 2015

The voter-approved SMART train project includes a paved pathway for pedestrians and cyclists along the rails. But the Bicycle Coalitions of Marin and Sonoma County charge the transit agency is not fulfilling that part of their mandate.

Cricket Speeds Up, Gains Popularity in the North Bay

Oct 29, 2015
Napa Valley Cricket Club

  Playing cricket requires a bat and ball, and the ability to throw, catch and hit—just enough similarities to help the sport find a toehold in the North Bay.

  The Sonoma Gullies are one of three teams now active in the North Bay's Last Man Stands cricket games. The team takes its name from a Hindi word for “alleyway,” where kids will often play pick-up games in India. Team member Anu Shah says the local team also grew from informal beginnings.

Managing the Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Sep 29, 2015
John Wall

The conflict between wilderness and commercial uses of land within the Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up again—this time the focal point is competition for food between cattle and a protected species of elk.

  The roots of the current conflict between elk and cattle reach all the way back to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore, reports Bay Nature writer Alison Hawkes. But finding a balance between the two has become increasingly difficult for the park's managers. 

One Woman’s War on Plastic Litter

Sep 14, 2015
Heather Itzal

  Local parks are a popular place to escape the stress of urban life. But they’re not always free from urban problems… like litter. Litter in our parks and neighborhoods has become something of an obsession for one Marin county woman….and she’s on the quest to not only keep it at bay…but keep it out of the San Francisco Bay. Katie McMurran has the story.

Seeking a Sustainable Niche in the Operating Room

Jul 15, 2015

  Hospitals are notorious sources of voluminous waste. Rob Chase wants to change that, and has launched a new business aimed at moving the process forward.

   New Gen Surgical founder and CEO Rob Chase believes the time is ripe for bringing a focus on sustainability into hospital operating rooms, as industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the linkage between their patients and the world they live in.

Melding Old and New at Lincoln Elementary

Jul 15, 2015
Rhian Miller

  Old, one-room school houses can still be found hidden along rural roads in the north bay, and a few are still active, including three in west Marin. Lincoln Elementary is the oldest, open since 1872. Reporter Rhian Miller takes us on a visit there.

  Rebounding real estate prices and an ultra-tight rental market are squeezing out some multi-generation North Bay families. Solange Echeverria reports on this quiet erosion of the region’s middle class workforce.

The video produced by the Marin Association of Public Employees can be seen below.

Marin Museum of Bicycling Set to Open

Jun 3, 2015
Marin Museum of Bicycling

 

   A new and specialized “cultural center” opens Saturday in Fairfax: The Marin Museum of Bicycling, which will also be the new home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

This flyer has information about the new museum's June 6th Grand Opening. Find a full schedule of activities here.

West Marin Papers Merging

Apr 26, 2015

  For more than seven years, two rival weekly newspapers have struggled to survive serve western Marin County. Now their long-running competition is coming to a close.

ModMath App Assists Dysgraphic Students

Apr 16, 2015

 

  Mod Math is an app that helps students with disabilities do their arithmetic homework. But it doesn’t add, subtract, multiply or divide.

  Mod Math works to set up any basic arithmetic problems, says co-creator Josh Denberg. But it can be especially helpful for teaching long division.

Almost as soon as they had a working beta version of Mod Math, the Denbergs went public with it. Now, Josh says, they’re trying to add increased functionality that has been frequently requested.

The Mosquito District’s Assessment Election

Apr 2, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 Taxes aren’t the only thing due on April 15th; so are ballots in the current mail-in assessment election for the Marin-Sonoma Mosquito, Vector and Disease Control District. But this is not a typical election.

The Mosquito District will hold its only public hearing on the assessment election on the evening of April 15th. Voting will close at the end of that hearing, with the results to be announced on May 13th.

10,000 Degrees Heats Up Educational Opportunities

Feb 26, 2015
10,000 Degrees

  A pro-active college scholarship program in the North Bay is succeeding by starting early and getting involved in their students’ lives. Not only do most of them get their degrees, but many of the graduates return to help perpetuate the upward cycle.

Marin’s Breast Cancer Cluster Disputed

Feb 14, 2015

Despite years of reporting about the high incidence of breast cancer in Marin County, the reasons for it have never been conclusively identified.  But unpacking the data behind the reports suggests why the causes have been elusive.

 Not only do multiple mammograms detect more anomalies, says investigative journalist Peter Byrne, but it has turned out that one type that is commonly found doesn’t actually require treatment.

 

Rescuing Coho Salmon from Redwood Creek

Dec 12, 2014
courtesy Manfred Kittel, CDFW

This summer fisheries biologists took drastic steps: rescuing the remaining juvenile Coho salmon from Redwood Creek in Muir Woods. These roughly 100 fish are now being raised at Warm Springs Dam fish hatchery, at Lake Sonoma, waiting to grow and, one day, return to the wild. 

A Little Paper with a Big Archive

Nov 19, 2014

  Back in 1974, the little west Marin town of Bolinas started its own community newspaper, The Bolinas Hearsay News. Remarkably, it’s still going, but now the paper’s full 40 year history is collected and on display at the town’s museum. The exhibit opened over the past weekend.

Early editions of the Bolinas Hearsay News were handwritten or drawn, but today the paper is published online. You’ll find a link to their digital archives on their website, as well.

Betting on Zinc in the Race for a Better Battery

Nov 12, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A vital piece of our renewable energy future depends on better batteries.  A Marin-based company, working with the US Navy, is developing a new type of battery that uses an old material—zinc—in a new way.

There is a sense of urgency in the En-Zinc product development efforts, as Burz is well aware that many others, all over the globe, as seeking solutions to the better battery need.

Unusual Perspectives on Mount Tamalpias

Oct 29, 2014
Gary Yost

  Mount Tamalpias may be the most visible feature of the North Bay landscape, but we mostly see it from a distance. Tomorrow night, KRCB television will show a pair of short documentary films that take a closer look at the mountain and its vistas. They are titled The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket, both created by Mill Valley filmmaker Gary Yost.

The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket will be shown together on Channel 22 Thursday night. Oct. 30, beginning  at 10:30 pm. 

Water Emergency in Inverness, Despite Ample Supplies

Aug 22, 2014

  Water reservoirs are full in the small West Marin town of Inverness, yet the community has been ordered by state water officials to implement water emergency measures. That may be unnecessary, but the local water district is taking it all in stride.

The Point Reyes Light published a detailed report on how the Inverness District manages its water  in early 20123.

A Call to Share Historic Photos from Marin

Jun 10, 2014

Anyone with pictures from the past in Marin County is being invited to share them—just long enough to be scanned—for inclusion in a forthcoming photo-history book.

Bruce Robinson, talking with Jean Zerrudo from the Marin History Museum. Those photo scanning sessions are coming up later this month (see schedule below),  and you can find the submission guidelines and other details here.

Expanding Graywater Use in Marin

Apr 17, 2014

  Wider use of waste water--from sinks, showers and laundry-- for landscape irrigation can preserve diminished freshwater supplies. A pilot program in Marin is out to make that both easier and more common.

  As this chart indicates, more than half of a typical home's water use could be recycled through a graywater system.

Marin's Water Shortage Eases

Mar 13, 2014
Marin Municipal Water Distric

The drought has eased a bit for much of Marin County, even as traffic congestion is getting worse. And overall optimism in the business community is increasing. All this and more from the annual Impact Marin conference in San Rafael Thursday morning.

A Life of Rhythm

Feb 18, 2014

From pounding out a rhythm on kitchen implements as a child, to traveling the world with a hand drum and an open heart, Marin County resident Barbara Borden has lived life to the pulse of her own beat. It’s a journey traced in the new documentary film, Keeper of the Beat.

As a high school and later, college student, Barbara Borden began to realize her fixation on drumming was unusual for her gender, but even then, Borden says, she was too deeply into her craft to be dissuaded.

Zero Waste Living

Dec 30, 2013
Kelly Ryan, KRCB

 Creating lifestyle that doesn’t create any waste—that’s right, zero—requires considerable preparation and focus. But it can be done, as one Marin County family demonstrates every day. She explained it all to reporter Kelly Ryan.

Bea Johnson, author of the book and blog, Zero Waste Home, says one unexpected benefit of her family's no-garbage lifestyle has been added time for more important activities.

The Race to Save the Record Plant

Nov 11, 2013

  From 1972 into the new century, The Record Plant in Sausalito saw dozens of memorable songs and albums created in its studios. Today, a last-minute fund-raising effort is underway to preserve the space for further music-making.

August to June

Sep 9, 2013

August to June, a documentary portrait of an open classroom grade school in west Marin, is both a showcase of contemporary alternative education, and an inspiration for public schools elsewhere.

August to June is being shown tonight on  KRCB Television, at 9 pm. You can see a trailer below:

Mandatory Agricultral Use Easements

Aug 21, 2013

Protecting farm and ranch lands from residential or commercial development is one thing. Ensuring that they remain in active agricultural production is taking things a big step further. It’s a step now underway in Marin County.

  As part of their Mandatory Agricultural Use requirements, explains MALT Executive Director Jamison Watts,  the property owners must develop a carefully thought-out plan to live up to that obligation.