Seal expert says agency ignored his findings

01/22/2015
A scientist told a national magazine that a federal agency changed his analysis of photographs of Drakes Estero to justify a claim of environmental harm against Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which ceased operations last month. Brent Stewart, who has been a senior research scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute for decades,...

Halfway to incentives retirement plan, Shoreline looks at changing inter-district transfer policy

01/22/2015
Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees addressed several measures aimed at correcting the district’s badly imbalanced budget during an all-day meeting last Thursday, but also passed over certain key topics that have vexed the community since fall. The board left two items off the agenda that were major subjects...

Tomales sewer charge raises new questions

01/22/2015
At last Wednesday’s monthly meeting, the directors of the Tomales Village Community Services District received two visitors, both of whom raised concerns over how the district has been conducting its business. The first to address the board was Gary Goelitz, a consultant hired by the service district to evaluate operations...

Dismal return for Lagunitas salmon blamed on ocean

01/22/2015
This year’s coho salmon run is coming to a “disappointing end” after a robust start early this winter, according to Eric Ettlinger, the aquatic ecologist for the Marin Municipal Water District, a result he attributed to above-average ocean mortality. The coho have made 110 gravel nests, known as redds, so...

At Iosis, waxing, tints and gentle pampering

01/22/2015
Michelle Lujan is wary of appearing “woo woo,” as she described it. An esthetician who opened a new salon in Point Reyes Station last year, Ms. Lujan likes to use stones and essential oils like orange blossom and clary sage during her sessions with clients, if they are open to...

Lagunitas must brace for cuts, superintendent says

01/22/2015
The Lagunitas School District needs to cut between $170,000 and $200,000 from its yearly budget if it wants to end ongoing deficit spending and avoid falling below reserve requirements, superintendent John Carroll told a newly formed finance committee this month. The county has asked to see a rough outline of...

Concert inspired by 
feminist author’s notes

01/22/2015
About 11 years ago, Jesse Olsen Bay found pieces of white and blue typewriter paper covered in hand-written notes and patchworks of poetry and prose written by his grandmother, the award-winning American author and activist Tillie Olsen, while he was helping her move to Oakland. She called them her “blueys.”...

Father-daughter duo starts mini-performance series

01/22/2015
Veteran thespians Shelley Rugg and her father, Ken Rugg, will host a monthly variety show in the Dance Palace Church Space open to anyone interested in performing on stage, starting Monday, Feb. 23. The program’s title, 10x10 Performance Lab, describes its format: each month, 10 groups or individual performers (of...

Tomales’s own Coast Roast Coffee

01/22/2015
At the far end of Jane Healy’s two-story hardwood house off Highway 1 in Tomales, dozens of burlap bags sit stacked against an old Diedrich roaster that her father, Jack, bought in 1978, when he began roasting his own coffee. It was from him that Jane learned how to roast,...