Marin County

North Bay Bike Sharing Seeks Grant Funding

Jun 27, 2017

Bicycle sharing hubs could be installed at central points, from Santa Rosa to Larkspur, under a bi-county proposal being submitted to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Bruce Robinson takes a look ahead.

Details about how the program will work will depend on which one of several vendors is selected to operate it for the counties. But Bjorn Greipenberg of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition says there are two primary models currently in use.

How Sir Francis Drake Made History in California

May 24, 2017
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Sir Francis Drake, a critical figure in British naval history, left his mark on this region’s history as well. He visited the Pacific coast of North America during his circumnavigation of the globe in the late 1570s, several decades before the Mayflower sailed.

Bad News, Good Energy at Health Care Town Hall

Mar 13, 2017

A fired up crowd eager to defend the Affordable Care Act filled the Marin Civic Center, to hear a panel led by Congressman Jared Huffman detail the problems they foresee in the new, Republican-sponsored alternative.

While much of the testimony focused on the anticipated harms that would befall the North Bay should the Affordable Care Act be replaced with “TrumpCare,” Marin County Director of Health and Human Services Grant Colfax also noted that the Republican alternative would also slash funding for health care at the national level.

A Time Capsule from the 1960s

Jan 17, 2017

Surrounded by thousands of years of native history, the burned out ruins of a 196os commune in northern Marin County have yielded an unexpected glimpse into the details of “hippie” life  from that era.

While the extensive and varied collection of damaged vinyl records was perhaps the most interesting thing he found in the wreckage of the Burdell Mansion, State Parks archeologist Breck Parkman says there were some other things that were more surprising.

Tiffany Camhi

For years history buffs and archeologists have said Drakes Bay, in Marin County’s Point Reyes National Seashore, is the first North American landing site of the English sailor Sir Francis Drake. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Interior officially recognized the bay as a National Historical Landmark. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports now the site is getting attention again with a new plaque commemorating the historical event.

Marin County Parks

For over a year close to 100 cameras have been taking candid pictures of deer, squirrels and sometimes even mountain lions that live on Mount Tamalpais. It’s part of a worldwide effort to inventory wildlife in specific environments. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi went to a recent photo cataloguing workshop to find out more about the project.

    

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The Ritter Center in downtown San Rafael is Marin County's major provider of homeless services. But after years of public nuisance complaints from residents and business owners, the center has been in danger of shutting down. To avert that, the city of San Rafael and Ritter are working together to keep homeless services accessible in Marin. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find more information on services provided by The Ritter Center at its website.

Primary Votes Set Political Races for November

Jun 8, 2016

  The fields were narrowed in California’s contested electoral even in races that have established a clear front-runner. That was mostly the case for incumbents, some of whom face ongoing challenges from members of the same party.

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Take one step into Marin County’s Muir Woods and it’s easy to see why so many visitors trek to the national monument that lies just north of San Francisco. But the popular park has been experiencing overwhelming visitation the past few years. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports a plan to manage traffic and parkgoers is making slow progress.

    

Tiffany Camhi

After this fall there will be no trace left of the historic West Marin town of Jewell. At least that’s what some local environmentalists are hoping for. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the plan is to restore the one mile long area along Lagunitas Creek to its natural habitat.

    

Draft SMART Train Schedule to be Tested

May 12, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The SMART Train has not yet announced a start date for their commuter rail service between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, but they do know how often the trains will run each day when regular operations do get going.

The proposed SMART schedule grids, for weekdays and weekends, look like this.

Tiffany Camhi

A proposed runway extension of Marin County’s only public airport may be closer to reality after the Federal Aviation Administration approved a revised plan this week. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the expansion idea was first proposed more than a decade ago.

    

Non-Lethal Predator Controls for North Bay Ranchers

Mar 23, 2016

  Predators, especially coyotes, pose a clear hazard to sheep and other livestock in the North Bay. But an advocate for non-lethal controls cites both cost savings and environmental benefits in that approach.

Not only are attempts to eradicate common livestock predators, such as wolves and coyotes, rarely successful, says Keli Hendricks of Project Coyote, but they can have counterproductive consequences.

Tiffany Camhi, KRCB

  The past year has been a tough one for Marin County’s History Museum. Ongoing financial troubles and declining public trust led the historic institution to close its doors last year. But KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the museum is looking to re-open this year...with an infusion of donated money and new leadership.