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Dual 
immersion nixed by Shoreline task force

01/23/2014
The contentious question of whether Shoreline Unified School District should implement a dual language immersion program appeared to have been laid to rest last week, when a task force convened in 2012 to look at the issue recommended against it at last Thursday’s school board meeting at Tomales High School...

Seadrift home, 
rejected by supes, sets new standard

01/16/2014
Following two appeals, the Board of Supervisors issued a final decision Tuesday to reject the construction of a new home in Stinson Beach that would have been 3.32 feet over the county’s maximum height limits for homes in the coastal zone. After four months of debate over some 30-odd extra inches, the supervisors argued that their vote established an important precedent to slow the...

Bolinas stumped Ansel Adams

01/16/2014
A local photographer has discovered an Ansel Adams photograph once thought to be taken in Olema was actually shot on Horseshoe Hill in Bolinas. Uri Korn, a collector of vintage photography, found an online auction of Adams memorabilia being sold by the family of Vincent Gleason, the former chief of publications for the National Park Service. Among old letters and famous photographs of Yosemite, Mr. Korn stumbled upon an obscure 8-inch by 10-inch print of a eucalyptus stump in front of a white barn. Under a clear sky, the remnants of the tree stand in the day’s first light. The branches have been slashed down to the trunk, and its bark stripped, leaving only a memory of the once-living tree. A wooden fence extends from the tree’s base leading down the road to a white barn, as if these wooden structures are the elongation of former limbs. Or maybe the need for wood had been the tree’s undoing. For Mr. Korn, who had moved to the area from Berkeley just that month, the picture was intriguing...

Supes to open meetings with song

01/16/2014
The Board of Supervisors is initiating a new tradition to begin a meeting each month with an acoustic song. This week’s Tuesday meeting marked the kick-off with an instrumental guitar piece played by Anthony Lavezzo, a Tamalpais High School senior. “We have an abundance of musical talent in Marin that...

Author speaks on eating locally

01/16/2014
Author Vicki Robins, of Whidbey Island, Washington, was a self-described “local food dabbler” for a long time. She would shop at the farmer’s market if she had the time, and she joined a community-supported agriculture program—which she later quit because she didn’t use all the vegetables that came her way...

Shellfish harvest resuming in bay

01/16/2014
Hog Island Oyster Company started selling oysters from the outer reaches of Tomales Bay last week, after a sample harvest was cleared by the California Department of Public Health for consumption. Shellfish harvest had been banned in the entire bay since Dec. 20 due to the presence of a dangerous...

Point Reyes alluring as ever, Christmas bird count shows

01/16/2014
Avian enthusiasts spotted more birds during the annual Christmas count last month than in 2012, organizers report. The event, part of the Audubon Society’s census of birds in North America, took place at 27 separate sites in Point Reyes National Seashore, including birding hotspots like Abbotts Lagoon and Home Ranch...

County says dredging is best solution for Stinson homes

01/16/2014
The dredging of Easkoot Creek and the restoration of a wetland in the Golden Gate National Park may be the best answer to the threat of creek flooding in the coastal town, according to a new study by the county. At a public meeting at the Stinson Beach Community Center on Saturday, county staff presented 10 options for mitigating the impact of creek flooding...

Drakes Bay will appeal to Supreme Court

01/16/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a decision on Tuesday by the Ninth Circuit Court, which denied a request for a rehearing. The appeal to the nation’s highest court comes after a years-long debate between a historic shellfish farm that produces over a quarter...

Influenza already fatal for two

01/09/2014
Though in most cases influenza triggers a few days of fever or nausea, the virus ended two lives in recent weeks in Marin County, including a 63-year-old man with chronic ailments who died on Dec. 27 but also a previously-healthy 48-year-old woman who died of complications on Jan. 6, according...

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