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Longtime Nicasio teacher to retire

04/17/2014
Laura Rogers, a public school teacher in West Marin since 1976, will retire at the end of the school year. Currently a first and second-grade teacher at the Nicasio School, Ms. Rogers said her teaching philosophy can be summed up simply: “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.” Fresh from earning a teaching certification, Ms. Rogers took at job at Tomales Elementary in the older grades. Somewhat overwhelmed, she was relieved to be transferred to the younger children at Bodega Bay Elementary the next year, where her classroom had views of the water. The following year, she moved to Inverness School and later to West Marin Elementary, where she stayed until 1986. Ms. Rogers took a break from her job to raise her children, but she still helped as a volunteer and later as a substitute teacher and part-time reading...

Supes deny Forest Knolls appeal

04/17/2014
The Board of Supervisors rejected an appeal to alter construction plans for a new home at 195 Resaca in Forest Knolls that neighbors said would block road access and build a leach-field on improper soil that could leak into a drainage ditch. The two-level, 1,902-square-feet residence was designed by Richard Rushton to fit against a steep hillside—an average slope of

Marin Sun begins slaughter, producers note prices

04/10/2014
The Petaluma slaughterhouse under new ownership by Marin Sun Farms’ CEO David Evans launched into a quick reopening this week under a cloud of skepticism from local ranchers and an animal rights protest. “Welcome to 1522 Petaluma Boulevard, the new home of Marin Sun Farms-Petaluma,” Mr. Evans told reporters last...

Stinson preschool approved for mobile classroom

04/10/2014
The Stinson Beach Preschool received approval from the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District trustees in a unanimous vote Tuesday to install a portable classroom on the K-2 campus. “We’re very thrilled,” said Susan Tacherra, the preschool’s longtime director, “and now we can start raising the $115,000 to complete the project.” When...

Jamison Watts on the future of farmland conservation in Marin

04/10/2014
In response to fears that West Marin’s agricultural lands would succumb to development, destroying an economy and a tradition of stewardship more than a century in the making, two women spearheaded a solution. In 1980 biologist Phyllis Faber and rancher Ellen Straus co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. The nonprofit protects ranches, farms and dairies by purchasing conservation easements from landowners that prevent the...

Mac Holliday, pioneer in kidney treatment, dies at 90

04/10/2014
Malcolm “Mac” Holliday, Jr., a doctor who pioneered kidney treatments for children and retired in Inverness, died on March 26. He was 90. Mac was born on January 12, 1924, in Staunton, Virginia, a low-lying city in a valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachians...

Raw milk bill fails in committee

04/10/2014
A bill that went before a state agricultural committee on Wednesday but did not have the support to come to a vote would have legalized and regulated direct-to-consumer, on-farm sales of raw milk from home dairies with three or fewer cows, or 15 or fewer hooved animals like goats or...

Tomales woman dead in accident

04/10/2014
A Tomales woman died in a collision on Bodega Highway slick with rain on Friday afternoon. Lynne Forester, 70, was driving eastbound on the narrow and winding highway in a Volkswagen GTI shortly after 4 p.m. outside Sebastopol, near Furlong Road. She crossed over the double-yellow line on a curve...

Supper-club benefit for KWMR

04/10/2014
Neshama Franklin, a librarian, radio host and Bolinas resident since 1971, has a story to tell. “It’s about my enormous collection of shoes, all of which came from the Bolinas free box,” she said, referring to a collection of over 100 pairs. Ms. Franklin will spin her yarn at the...

New supe for Bo-Stin, Lagunitas

04/10/2014
A Woodacre resident and parent of two children at San Geronimo School will become the superintendent for both the Lagunitas and Bolinas-Stinson Union School Districts this fall. John Carroll is currently the assistant superintendent of human resources at Tamalpais Union High School District, and has worked as the principal at Tamiscal High in Larkspur. He grew up in Marin and has master’s degree in...

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