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Faced with rise, county kicks off adaptation team

07/03/2014
Marin County is launching a two-year project to evaluate how it should prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise, kicking off the project with a public meeting next Thursday in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The project, called Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team, or C-SMART, will...

Bookstore launches documentary film series

07/03/2014
In “A River Changes Course,” lawyer-turned-filmmaker Kalyanee Mam’s first feature-length documentary, Ms. Mam follows three Cambodian families in remote villages who find the modern world closing in on their traditional ways of life. One young woman, Khieu Mok, leaves her village so she can work in a garment factory; she...

Watershed sees record migration of young coho

06/26/2014
About 20,000 young coho salmon—the largest recorded number and almost double the previous high—made the journey from the Lagunitas Creek watershed to Tomales Bay this spring, according to the Marin Municipal Water District, which has been tracking the population for nine years. If food in the ocean is plentiful, the...

Tomales Bay swimmer’s shark bite puzzles experts

06/26/2014
On Memorial Day Weekend, Lisa Ludwigsen went for an afternoon dip at Chicken Ranch Beach. A regular swimmer in the bay for two decades, she and a friend swam offshore as the tide ebbed to its lowest point. The water felt warm—no need for a wetsuit—but was cloudy and opaque...

Elementary principal could step down

06/26/2014
After several weeks of contentious debate about Shoreline Unified School District’s leadership, the board unanimously approved contracts for three administrators last week, leaving one top position noticeably unfilled. Jane Realon, the principal for nearly two decades at Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools and the district’s most veteran administrator, is...

Inverness cooperative closes, lacking members

06/26/2014
The Foodshed, a volunteer-run food cooperative that opened in Inverness in late 2012, will close this month, the result of an exhausted steering committee that says it doesn’t have enough help from the coop’s small membership. The closure is hopefully temporary, committee members announced at a meeting at the Dance...

Sewer districts can improve, jury says

06/26/2014
A recent civil grand jury report on Marin’s sewer systems describes “unacceptable” levels of sewage spills and aging infrastructure that will likely require the replacement of hundreds of lines of pipe in the near future. The jury undertook the report, “The Scoop on Marin County Sewer Systems,” because of the...

New rate hike and fees for NMWD users

06/26/2014
North Marin Water District approved a rate hike on Tuesday, effective July 1, which will increase yearly water bills by about five percent, or $31 for the typical customer. The district says it needs to raise prices to help fund a $1.25 million project to make its West Marin water...

Report finds Marin not prepared for seniors

06/26/2014
Preparedness for a “silver tsunami” is the focus of a civil grand jury report released last week, titled “Aging in Marin: What’s the Plan?” The report questioned whether the county has done enough to fund social services and develop a financial strategy for a growing contingent of senior citizens. “Marin...

Supervisors approve budget, without cuts

06/26/2014
Marin County supervisors approved a $490 million budget last week, a 5.8 percent increase from last fiscal year bolstered by a turnaround on the housing market. The budget did not cut any services and gave a 2.8 percent cost-of-living raise to public employees, totaling $7.3 million. Supervisors approved a 10...

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