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Shoreline on cusp of budget crisis

06/05/2014
The Shoreline Unified School District will be insolvent within three years unless it can drastically cut expenses, according to early drafts of the budget. Next year’s costs will outpace revenue by $1.2 million, or 10.5 percent of total funds, gradually emptying millions of dollars saved up in reserves by the...

Seashore ranchers make case for workable future

06/05/2014
The Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association delivered a dense 32-page public comment letter to the park this week, outlining its collective vision of the future of agriculture in the seashore that includes more public education on ranching, uniform treatment of ranchers and the removal of tule elk from the pastoral...

Clean water at Muir Beach following creek restoration

06/05/2014
Muir Beach’s water quality has significantly improved over the past eight years, the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Control Board declared last month when it removed the beach from a list of water bodies impaired by bacteria. National Park Service spokespeople say the improvement was likely linked to the recent...

Lagunitas teachers out of work

05/29/2014
In the continuing fallout from the closure of the Waldorf-Inspired Program at the Lagunitas School District, two Waldorf teachers have lost their jobs at the district and the fate of a third tenured teacher is up in the air. According to principal Laura Shain, the district received one request from...

Buffalo gelato cart opens at Toby’s

05/29/2014
Last weekend marked the inauguration of a gelato cart stationed outside Toby’s Feed Barn. Its creamy merchandise is made not from cow milk, as most gelato is, but from the milk of water buffalos raised at Double 8 Dairy, north of Tomales. (Christian Caiazzo of Osteria Stellina manages the cart.) Double 8’s owner, Andrew Zlot, a former hedge fund manager in Asia, said he saw a possible market in the Bay Area for the milk, which in Italy is used...

West Marin Review’s Volume V

05/29/2014
The fifth volume of the West Marin Review, an award-winning literary journal published in collaboration with Point Reyes Books, has hit bookstores. This year’s 140-page collection of prose, poetry and artwork was curated by a steering committee from hundreds of submissions. The first line of verse in this edition begins,...

Weekend proved risky on the bay

05/29/2014
At least five pleasant outings on Tomales Bay over the holiday weekend turned life threatening for kayakers and boaters when strong gusts capsized their vessels and left them stranded in the chilly waters. With a mean wind speed recorded above 26 miles per hour in Point Reyes Station and stronger...

Mom found dead at Palomarin

05/29/2014
A Santa Rosa woman was found dead from an apparent suicide near a Bolinas trailhead on May 21, after a two-day search effort. Jade Dashiell, 41, dropped her three sons off at school on the morning of May 20 and was reported missing later in the day. Her S.U.V. was...

Scabies appears in Stinson Beach

05/29/2014
The first cases appeared unrelated: a rash from a brush with poison oak, perhaps, or maybe an allergic reaction to insect bites. But as more children at the Stinson Beach Preschool kept itching, the teachers realized something else was going on: the school had an outbreak of scabies, a skin...

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