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Low turnout, late start impedes district search

05/15/2014
The truncated search for a new superintendent for the Shoreline Unified School District commenced to low parent turnout at scoping meetings as many stakeholders awaited the board’s decision about whether the current superintendent, Tom Stubbs, will be offered another year on the job at tonight’s regular meeting. The board chose...

Coalition targets youth drug use

05/15/2014
Youth group coordinators, three principals and a superintendent, medical staff, pastors and parents joined together for a brainstorming meeting Tuesday about how they could fill a void in discussion forums, educational services and events for young people around the topic of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Tentatively titled the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Kids, the group taking shape is customizing an action plan unique to the needs of its rural community with funding from a county grant. “This isn’t some big prohibitionist movement,” Heather Richardson, who focuses on developing youth programs with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, said early in the meeting. “We’re looking at what our cultural thoughts are, what our mores are, and what we want to do around those things.” About 20 people arrived at the Tomales Bay Youth Center, sipping coffee with pastries and grapes at the morning meeting. After considering how to gather larger data sets from students and parents, much of the discussion focused on what the new coalition’s...

Annie Crotts, who sang the national anthem for Bolinas, dies at 91

05/14/2014
Annie Crotts, who lived in Bolinas since 1925 and belted the Star-Spangled Banner to commence the local Fourth of July parade for more over six decades, passed away last week, at age 91. Annie lived through upheavals in her community and tragedies in her own life, but her inner strength...

GGNRA releases final plan

05/08/2014
Fifteen million dollars in capital improvements and a shift to more interpretive services could be in store for Muir Woods National Monument, if the park adopts its preferred alternatives for a final general management plan and environmental impact statement that covers 50,000 acres of land in the Golden Gate National...

Men stabbed on a chicken ranch

05/08/2014
Two young men from Petaluma were literally stabbed in the back on Saturday evening at a chicken ranch northeast of downtown Tomales, in Chileno Valley. The men, both in their early 20s, were treated and released from the hospital. According to Lt. Jamie Scardina with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office,...

High price for Bolinas hookup

05/08/2014
A Bolinas water meter, the key to building a new home in a town that implemented a moratorium on new meters in 1971, is now on the market for $400,000. But time will tell if its scarcity—just one of 580 connections—will draw a high bid. The listing price is almost...

Body found near Stinson Beach

05/08/2014
The decomposed body of an adult man was found just uphill of Highway 1, a mile south of downtown Stinson Beach, on Golden Gate National Recreation Area land on Sunday. The park was alerted to the incident at 12:10 a.m., when the county fire department called the park with a...

Ranchers 
detail elk 
damages in public forum

05/08/2014
Ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore struggling with tule elk aired their concerns and fears directly to the public on Thursday, at a forum hosted by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce. Many of the ranchers have historically been wary of commenting publicly on the longstanding issue and how...

Coastal 
Commission set for vote on revision to LCP

05/08/2014
The California Coastal Commission has looked favorably upon the broader definition of agriculture proposed in Marin’s Local Coastal Program Amendment, which could support the preservation of family ranches and dairies. But in a staff report released Friday, the commission also recommended more stringent rules for development that could hamstring renovations...

At Rancho, inspector’s concerns were repeatedly ignored

05/08/2014
Newly disclosed documents about Rancho Feeding Corporation, the Petaluma slaughterhouse that closed operations after a sweeping recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef, reveal a cozy relationship between the plant management and the highest-ranking Food Safety and Inspection Service employee assigned to the plant. One inspector loudly called attention to...

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