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Vaccination rates rise in Marin—though out west, not so much

01/29/2015
Many parents at Lagunitas and Bolinas-Stinson Union School Districts appear to be holding firm in their refusal to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases such as chicken pox, Hepatitis B and measles, despite a new California law passed last year that...

Safety concerns prompt traffic study at Stinson

01/29/2015
A forthcoming Caltrans study of traffic on Highway 1 at the elementary school campus in Stinson Beach could result in a flashing beacon on weekday mornings and afternoons, when students arrive and depart, according to a Caltrans spokesman. The light would remind speedy motorists that elementary students and preschoolers from...

Conference highlights women, money and spirit

01/29/2015
The idea that people can have a spiritual relationship with money may seem counterintuitive to some, but not to Kate Levinson. “For me, having a spiritual relationship with money means recognizing that I am part of larger whole—my local and the global communities—and that I can relate to money, and...

Bottlenose dolphins, new denizens of Dillon Beach

01/29/2015
“It’s sort of common knowledge in Dillon Beach that they’re out there now,” said Tom Thornley, a longtime resident of the tiny village. He was talking about bottlenose dolphins. The bottlenose dolphin, a roughly six to 12-foot cetacean that can live for 50 years, usually reside in southern California water...

Trial begins for Lawson’s Landing shooter

01/29/2015
Last March, 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson was shot dead outside the Dillon Beach trailer home where he had been paying weekly visits to a pair of older men. The teenaged Mr. Jackson was known as a “free spirit” in the Dillon Beach community; handsome and friendly, his violent death left many...

EAC joins suit against pest plan

01/29/2015
A state program to guide the eradication of invasive plant pests circumvents the public process and could have grave ecological consequences, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the City of Berkeley and a suite of environmental organizations, including the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin. The lawsuit, filed...

At Dance Palace town hall, enthusiasm for change palpable

01/29/2015
The overwhelming message from the organizers of the Dance Palace Community Center town hall meeting on Tuesday was clear: the center’s directors want to listen. And based on the turnout—roughly 100 people showed up, compared to 29 at last year’s...

Lagunitas must brace for cuts, superintendent says

01/22/2015
The Lagunitas School District needs to cut between $170,000 and $200,000 from its yearly budget if it wants to end ongoing deficit spending and avoid falling below reserve requirements, superintendent John Carroll told a newly formed finance committee this month. The county has asked to see a rough outline of...

Concert inspired by 
feminist author’s notes

01/22/2015
About 11 years ago, Jesse Olsen Bay found pieces of white and blue typewriter paper covered in hand-written notes and patchworks of poetry and prose written by his grandmother, the award-winning American author and activist Tillie Olsen, while he was helping her move to Oakland. She called them her “blueys.”...

Dismal return for Lagunitas salmon blamed on ocean

01/22/2015
This year’s coho salmon run is coming to a “disappointing end” after a robust start early this winter, according to Eric Ettlinger, the aquatic ecologist for the Marin Municipal Water District, a result he attributed to above-average ocean mortality. The coho have made 110 gravel nests, known as redds, so...

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