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West Marin explores smaller, local banking options

01/12/2012
As the public learns more about federal funds that were given, sometimes secretly, to banks at no interest to avert an economic meltdown of their own making, anger grows among the 99%. Some of the largest banks added fuel to the fire as they responded to recent bank reform legislation,...

Stinson preschool in tight space

01/05/2012
Facing increased K-2 enrollment and shifting educational needs, Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District announced this week that it is considering ousting Stinson Beach Preschool from the room it has rented for the past several years. Parents and administrators are concerned that the eviction could leave the preschool with no space in...

Congress asks NAS to review EIS

12/29/2011
A United States Congressional committee has inserted language into an appropriations bill mandating that the National Academy of Sciences vet several claims put forth in a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the impacts of oystering in Drakes Estero. The insertion comes just weeks after the release of a highly...

Medicaid bridge plan expands healthcare in West Marin

12/29/2011
Amid erratic economic forecasts, West Marin residents living at or below the federal poverty line can soon rely on at least one certainty. Path2Health, a new County Medical Services Program (CMSP) initiative funded by California’s Federal Medicaid “Bridge to Reform” waiver and set to launch at the beginning of January,...

Dead orca leaves killer opportunity

12/28/2011
Wildlife officials are currently investigating the cause of death of an 18-foot killer whale that mysteriously washed ashore at Driftwood Beach, on Tomales Point, late last week. “We’re probably not going to know anything for a while,” said Jim Oswald of the Marine Mammal Center, which is handling the investigation...

New Spanish classes for children

12/22/2011
Two Spanish language immersion classes for young children their caregivers will be offered at the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church in January in partnership with Shoreline School Readiness. Canta Conmigo (“Sing with me”), for infants and children up to age four, will use song and movement and include a CD...

Tomales varsity basketball

12/22/2011
The Tomales varsity girls basketball team (5-3-0) fell to Sonoma Academy (8-0-0) in its first league game with a 49-19 route at home and quickly recovered with a 48-29 pummeling of non-league opponent Elsie Allen (0-4-0) last week. Head coach Chris Kenyon said his team could not contain Sonoma Academy...

Shoreline bus budget to get halved

12/22/2011
A new round of state budget cuts has left West Marin school districts scrambling to shed spending and share it where possible to ensure that, among other things, students can get to class. The cuts, announced last week by Governor Jerry Brown, will add another $1 billion to the $27...

Stagecoach south route will extend to Olema

12/22/2011
A contingent of West Marin residents convinced the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Monday to fill a service gap that will be left open in January by the elimination of the Stagecoach’s coastal route 62, which shuttles passengers from Stinson Beach to Point Reyes, with a northern extension of...

Low streams may threaten salmon

12/22/2011
Coho salmon that entered the Lagunitas Creek watershed to spawn are now under threat from an unusually protracted dry spell, according to Dr. Christopher Pincetich of the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN). The endangered fish typically swims upstream between November and February to mate and lay eggs, but low...

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