Shoreline board ousts Stubbs and offers no 
explanation

04/17/2014
Last Thursday evening, the Shoreline Unified School District’s Board of Trustees convened a special meeting at a private home to discuss releasing the superintendent, Tom Stubbs, at the end of his first year on the job. When it appeared his contract would not be renewed, Mr. Stubbs submitted his resignation...

Lagunitas 
teacher 
resigns, prompting parent 
petition

04/17/2014
When the Lagunitas School District was seeking a new superintendent this year, Ashley Fullerton participated in a hiring workshop with a middle school social studies teacher named Yosha Bourgea. She hadn’t spent much time with him before, but the first-year teacher expressed a happy enthusiasm for the district, according to...

In draft ruling, state told to backtrack on oyster farm orders

04/17/2014
A Marin judge issued a tentative ruling on Tuesday that the California Coastal Commission failed to comply with state environmental law when it issued enforcement orders to Drakes Bay Oyster Company without undertaking a review of potential harmful impacts. Judge Roy Chernus also ruled that the commission abused its discretion...

Energy source harnesses waves’ “rhythmic oscillations”

04/17/2014
They say the moment of innovation is like the flash of a light bulb illuminating a darkened room: suddenly everything is clear. For Jeffrey Wessner, 68, a Point Reyes Station sculptor and designer, that “aha” moment for a new energy source came several feet underwater in the Pacific Ocean, as the waves pounded onto him. Diving for abalone in a wetsuit and fins, Mr. Wessner utilized the age-old trick of grabbing onto...

Lawson’s man skirts catastrophe

04/17/2014
A propane tank exploded at Dillon Beach on Monday, leaving one man thanking his luck. Ryan Larsen, a cousin of Lawson’s Landing co-owner Willy Vogler, was cutting into an old tank to turn it into scrap metal when it exploded at his feet, sending out a huge bang. The 33-year-old,...

Drakes files with Supreme Court

04/17/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company and its owner, Kevin Lunny, filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Monday asking the high court to reverse a circuit court ruling in a final effort to obtain an emergency injunction that would allow time to fight the federal government’s decision to remove the...

Forum on elk dilemma planned

04/17/2014
An expert panel will discuss the economic impact of tule elk on seashore ranches at a public forum hosted by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce on May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center. The park introduced the elk into the park’s unfenced wilderness zone in...

Supes deny Forest Knolls appeal

04/17/2014
The Board of Supervisors rejected an appeal to alter construction plans for a new home at 195 Resaca in Forest Knolls that neighbors said would block road access and build a leach-field on improper soil that could leak into a drainage ditch. The two-level, 1,902-square-feet residence was designed by Richard Rushton to fit against a steep hillside—an average slope of

Pulitzer for photography awarded to son of Point Reyes couple

04/17/2014
Josh Haner, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose parents retired in Point Reyes Station, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on Monday “for his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and is now painfully rebuilding his life,” the...

Longtime Nicasio teacher to retire

04/17/2014
Laura Rogers, a public school teacher in West Marin since 1976, will retire at the end of the school year. Currently a first and second-grade teacher at the Nicasio School, Ms. Rogers said her teaching philosophy can be summed up simply: “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.” Fresh from earning a teaching certification, Ms. Rogers took at job at Tomales Elementary in the older grades. Somewhat overwhelmed, she was relieved to be transferred to the younger children at Bodega Bay Elementary the next year, where her classroom had views of the water. The following year, she moved to Inverness School and later to West Marin Elementary, where she stayed until 1986. Ms. Rogers took a break from her job to raise her children, but she still helped as a volunteer and later as a substitute teacher and part-time reading...