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Neighbors dash Grady Ranch plan

04/12/2012
Lucasfilm announced Tuesday that it has quashed its bid to build a digital production studio on the old Grady Ranch in Lucas Valley, citing opposition from nearby homeowners and an unending county approval process. “The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us...

Shoreline adds administrator at Tomales

04/12/2012
As part of a personnel move that adds over $20,000 in expenses to a budget already accommodating the recent $33,000 acquisition of an interim principal, Shoreline Unified School District last Thursday introduced Nancy Neu as an additional administrator at Tomales High School for the remainder of the academic year. The...

Offender injures two in Bolinas

04/05/2012
Thoren Manetta, a 24-year-old Bolinas resident who served prison time for his role in the 2008 mob beating of the colorful street personality Ricky Green, is the lone suspect in an altercation that took place outside Smiley’s Schooner Saloon near midnight on Friday, March 23. Two men, both from out...

Amid crisis, new help for Rosenthal

04/05/2012
After an emergency meeting Tuesday evening in Tomales, the Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire an interim administrator to bolster leadership at Tomales High for the remainder of the school year. The move was made at the strong recommendation of Marin County Superintendent of Schools...

West Marin principal resigns

03/29/2012
Anne Harris is no longer serving as the principal of West Marin and Inverness Schools, where she has worked for the past six years. Harris has been placed on administrative leave until the end of the school year. Former principal Jim Patterson will assume the post in the interim, beginning...

Park misused sound data in oyster EIS

03/29/2012
Data indicating high levels of sound pollution from equipment at Drakes Bay Oyster Company was knowingly misrepresented by the National Park Service in its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the company, according to previous drafts of the document and new sound recordings taken at the farm. Point Reyes National...

Science and self-reliance, outdoors

03/29/2012
Eighteen-year-old Charity Befford lives in the projects of San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood. The monthly groceries her single mom buys with traded food stamps, she says, often don’t go far enough to last the two of them and the several half-brothers who frequently visit. Befford doesn’t much like school and...

Interior finds draft oyster EIS adequate

03/22/2012
An independent peer review released Monday by the Department of the Interior has backed the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Drakes Bay Oyster Company while highlighting several of its shortcomings—and sparking claims that one author had conflicting interests and another had been misled by faulty data. A number of...

Late rains won’t stop ag emergency

03/22/2012
The rain that pummeled West Marin last week was a welcome boon to area ranchers and dairymen struggling from an exceptionally dry winter, but it was far from enough to allay fears of impending summer drought or stiflingly high feed costs, some contend. “We wanted that rain bad,” John Taylor,...

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