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Stinson preschool approved for mobile classroom

04/10/2014
The Stinson Beach Preschool received approval from the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District trustees in a unanimous vote Tuesday to install a portable classroom on the K-2 campus. “We’re very thrilled,” said Susan Tacherra, the preschool’s longtime director, “and now we can start raising the $115,000 to complete the project.” When...

Jamison Watts on the future of farmland conservation in Marin

04/10/2014
In response to fears that West Marin’s agricultural lands would succumb to development, destroying an economy and a tradition of stewardship more than a century in the making, two women spearheaded a solution. In 1980 biologist Phyllis Faber and rancher Ellen Straus co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. The nonprofit protects ranches, farms and dairies by purchasing conservation easements from landowners that prevent the...

Mac Holliday, pioneer in kidney treatment, dies at 90

04/10/2014
Malcolm “Mac” Holliday, Jr., a doctor who pioneered kidney treatments for children and retired in Inverness, died on March 26. He was 90. Mac was born on January 12, 1924, in Staunton, Virginia, a low-lying city in a valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachians...

Raw milk bill fails in committee

04/10/2014
A bill that went before a state agricultural committee on Wednesday but did not have the support to come to a vote would have legalized and regulated direct-to-consumer, on-farm sales of raw milk from home dairies with three or fewer cows, or 15 or fewer hooved animals like goats or...

Tomales woman dead in accident

04/10/2014
A Tomales woman died in a collision on Bodega Highway slick with rain on Friday afternoon. Lynne Forester, 70, was driving eastbound on the narrow and winding highway in a Volkswagen GTI shortly after 4 p.m. outside Sebastopol, near Furlong Road. She crossed over the double-yellow line on a curve...

Supper-club benefit for KWMR

04/10/2014
Neshama Franklin, a librarian, radio host and Bolinas resident since 1971, has a story to tell. “It’s about my enormous collection of shoes, all of which came from the Bolinas free box,” she said, referring to a collection of over 100 pairs. Ms. Franklin will spin her yarn at the...

New supe for Bo-Stin, Lagunitas

04/10/2014
A Woodacre resident and parent of two children at San Geronimo School will become the superintendent for both the Lagunitas and Bolinas-Stinson Union School Districts this fall. John Carroll is currently the assistant superintendent of human resources at Tamalpais Union High School District, and has worked as the principal at Tamiscal High in Larkspur. He grew up in Marin and has master’s degree in...

Herbicide plan for Bo Lagoon

04/10/2014
Despite previous eradication efforts, last year two colonies of spartina, commonly called cordgrass, invaded 1,000 square feet of mudflats on the eastern shores of Bolinas Lagoon. Last week Marin County’s Open Space District released a study and draft negative declaration of environmental impact for a plan to use a single...

NMWD starts voluntary rations

04/10/2014
The failure of a rain gauge at Kent Lake to meet a key threshold has triggered voluntary rationing for North Marin Water District customers in West Marin, with mandatory rationing set to begin on July 1. The district’s water rights to Lagunitas Creek stipulate that the gauge needs to receive...

Schools 
diverge on discipline

04/03/2014
A group of intoxicated Tomales High School students busted through locked gates and spun donuts on the football field’s new grass late one night in February, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage. Eight of the students were suspended from classes. One girl, a freshman suspended for five days, later said...

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