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Tomales High agriscience courses offers students practicality

11/05/2015
On Monday morning, six Tomales High School students in William Costanzo’s Soil Chemistry class sat hunched over their school-bought laptops as they waded through an introductory presentation and brief assignment on the basics of pH measurements. It’s a common classroom scene, save for the unique context: this class, for the...

State warns: Don’t catch crabs

11/05/2015
Crabbing in West Marin and along the state’s coast is officially shut down as of Thursday, after the California Fish and Game Commission voted during an emergency meeting to prohibit recreational take and possession of Dungeness and rock crabs from all ocean waters north of Santa Barbara. An unusually long...

Inverness man releases subtle, spooky tales

10/29/2015
Death is the unifying theme of four children’s stories released this month by Inverness author Jeff Hickey. The short collection is intended for middle schoolers and up. “It is about death within the presence of life,” he said. “Life goes on, life is all around us, and yet…death happens all...

Lack of candidates makes for uneventful election

10/29/2015
Residents of Inverness have the only issue up to vote on in all of West Marin in next week’s election. Measure G would allow the Inverness Public Utility District to keep the entirety of the property taxes it collects, which this year amounts to over $430,000. If the measure fails,...

Valley community center plans for big bucks

10/29/2015
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center has recently launched a campaign to improve salary and benefits for employees, establish an endowment and find extra space for its programs, among other goals. The center has been taking on a more vital role in the community within the last decade, particularly in...

Mosquito council hands off negotiations to BCPUD

10/29/2015
Elected officials, rather than an unelected ad hoc group, will take the lead in negotiating the renewal of a longstanding agreement that keeps a large swath of pesticides out of West Marin. Last week, the West Marin Mosquito Council asked the Bolinas Community Public Utility District to take the reigns...

Tougher restrictions on wood burning stoves aim to curb soot

10/29/2015
A set of important tweaks to rules that govern how and when wood-burning stoves may be used in West Marin homes has been approved by the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District, eliminating such stoves from all newly built residences and requiring homeowners whose sole source of energy is...

Tomales Bay Oyster Company burglarized over the weekend

10/29/2015
About $16,700 was stolen from a safe at Tomales Bay Oyster Company’s office in Marshall early Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office and company head Tod Friend said. Mr. Friend said it appeared that the thief disconnected the wires for the security cameras, kicked open the front door and started searching...

One dead, one missing after boat capsize

10/29/2015
A fishing boat accident on Monday at the mouth of Tomales Bay left one man dead and another still missing after crews permanently called off a search Tuesday night. A third boater was rescued from the rocks at Tomales Point. The trio launched from Lawson’s Landing at around 7 a.m...

Caltrans proposes drastic cuts in bridge construction timeline

10/22/2015
In response to public concerns over a lengthy construction schedule, the California Department of Transportation has unveiled a trio of designs aimed at drastically shortening the amount of time it will take to replace Point Reyes Station’s 86-year-old Green Bridge, which the agency has deemed substandard for modern safety and...

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