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Final election tally leaves Cunha seven votes short

11/26/2014
November election results finalized on Friday left the three closest races in West Marin unchanged, though it brought a school board challenger in Bolinas within an even smaller margin of one opponent. Christine Cunha had hoped to unseat one of three incumbents running for the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District board,...

District moves to fix deficit

11/26/2014
Lagunitas School District’s trustees approved a qualified interim budget for the current school year, meaning the board is unsure the district can meet its financial obligations in the next three years, including state-mandated reserve benchmarks. The district suffers from a structural deficit; a budget update presented to the board last...

Supervisors support House bill for Coast Guard sale

11/26/2014
County supervisors unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday in support of federal legislation that would force the Coast Guard to give the county the first chance to purchase a 36-unit townhouse complex in Point Reyes Station for use as affordable housing. The legislation, authored by Congressman Jared Huffman and introduced...

For two nights, the public stepped into the park’s shoes

11/26/2014
Ranchers, environmentalists, elected officials and others didn’t arrive at a grand consensus during a pair of meetings focused on the seashore’s forthcoming ranch management plan last week, but they did get a chance to congregate in small groups and trade perspectives on a park they are all zealous about protecting:...

Shoreline’s trustee health benefits again dodge vote

11/26/2014
A vote on the future of health benefits for Shoreline Unified School District’s trustees was tabled for the second consecutive monthly meeting last week, after the board president said she couldn’t remain at her post without the perk and a question arose about whether trustees could even vote on the...

Ponderosa Pine, who chanted in Bolinas, dies in Ecuador

11/26/2014
Keith Lampe, known to his friends as Ponderosa Pine, penned countless articles when he reported for newspapers and wire services. In his last years, he wrote sweeping emails about planetary woes on an almost daily basis. But if you ask about Ponderosa, it’s his chanting that imprinted on everyone’s memory,...

Hidden Dragon development upsets, not the least Supervisor Kinsey

11/26/2014
The proposal to build a single-family residence at 135 Balboa in Inverness Park, the site of a Russian Orthodox Hermitage that was dismantled and abandoned some time ago, has triggered a wide-ranging protest. Locals have objected to various aspects of the proposed more than 8,000-square-foot development, including its total size,...

First Bolinas farm MALTed

11/26/2014
Paradise Valley Ranch, one of the oldest organic farms in the state, became the first ranch in Bolinas to be protected under an agricultural conservation easement—worth over $5 million—by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Peter Martinelli, who took over his family’s business, then known as Fresh Run Farm, in 1999,...

Shoreline hires chief business official

11/26/2014
It’s tempting to think that Bruce Abbott, the business manager at Lagunitas School District, is jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted on Thursday to hire Mr. Abbott to replace Susan Skipp, the district’s chief business official who is retiring...

Fire burns over an acre near Point Reyes Hostel

11/20/2014
A fire sparked by a downed power line near the Point Reyes Hostel on Monday night burned about 1.6 acres of brush but luckily left the hostel undamaged, according to Point Reyes National Seashore rangers. Hostel manager Hannah Morris said she and her husband, Aaron Ely, noticed something was amiss...

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