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Tomales Elementary faces third year without principal

03/24/2016
Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees last week voted to hold off on searching for a full-time principal for Tomales Elementary until a new superintendent is hired later this year, a decision that troubled many parents—particularly Latinos—who have advocated strongly in recent months for the district to find a...

Early-morning fire burns cottage at Shallow Beach

03/24/2016
Judy O'Shea woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning thinking that deer were munching on her flowers. But when she peered out of her bedroom window, she realized the noise was not wildlife: a fire was consuming her and her husbband's studio, which housed artwork and served as...

Civil grand jury finds transparency lacking

03/24/2016
A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury evaluating how transparently the county’s public agencies provide access to information gave nearly all of West Marin’s 15 agencies failing grades—except for the Bolinas Community Public Utility district, which earned an “A+” mark. Jennifer Blackman, the district’s general manager, said...

An expert on seashore barns, and a collapsed one

03/24/2016
Three weeks ago the hay barn at B Ranch blew down during a storm—and Daniel Brown can pretty much explain why. Mr. Brown, who worked for the National Park Service for 38 years, spent a decade and a half of his career at Point Reyes National Seashore, preserving historic barns...

Bolinas committee encourages restoration of sewer ponds property

03/24/2016
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District will dedicate $3,200 to improve and provide long-term maintenance for a mile-long trail built in 2008 that connects the Big Mesa to downtown Bolinas. The decision follows a recommendation by a subcommittee that spent the last two years studying 40 acres adjacent to the...

Bolinas locals open new commons space

03/17/2016
A new community-oriented, multi-purpose space dubbed the Bolinas Commons has opened off Brighton Avenue in Bolinas, occupying the storefront that formerly housed the variety shop Uniquities. Funded by more than 20 residents, the Bolinas Commons has been billed as a more intimate alternative to...

Preschool expands with funding boosts

03/17/2016
Enrollment in Point Reyes Station’s preschool, Papermill Creek Children’s Corner, has jumped 50 percent over the past year due to a boost in funding that has allowed subsidies for low-income families. The school’s enrollment stands at 28 students, over half of whom are Latino, according to the preschool’s executive director,...

Study finds invasive, but not expanding, tunicate

03/17/2016
A study on the impact of a non-native tunicate called Didemnum vexillium—a Western Pacific native that has spread to the U.S., Europe and New Zealand within the past two decades—found that it hampered the growth of eelgrass in a study area on the west shore of Tomales Bay. Ted Grosholz,...

Villages unite in candidates night

03/17/2016
In the race to fill departing county supervisor Steve Kinsey’s District 4 seat at the end of the year, two groups in West Marin are mobilizing to host public forums at which supervisorial hopefuls will both field questions and sharpen their understanding of what matters locally. The first forum, on...

Drug prescriptions declining in county

03/17/2016
County health officials fighting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Marin declared a small victory earlier this month, when Health and Human Services announced a 41 percent drop in the average dose of opioid drugs prescribed to county Medi-Cal patients since 2013. The news left health providers and advocates...

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