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State’s draft pesticide program raises consumer questions

11/06/2014
Agriculture is a vibrant industry in California. Over 80,500 farms and ranches in the state grow over 400 crops, see revenues totaling $44.7 billion a year and collectively generate upwards of $100 billion in related businesses. Many crops are exported; almonds are the top commodity, followed by dairy products, wine,...

Ravens likely feasted on snowy plovers’ young

11/06/2014
Western snowy plovers, a threatened shorebird whose population the Point Reyes National Seashore has spent years trying to foster on sands from North Beach to Abbotts Lagoon, suffered a high rate of nest failure this year. Thirty of 45 nests that cradled eggs either never hatched, or produced chicks that...

Preliminary election results

11/06/2014
Tuesday’s election had some surprising preliminary outcomes in local races, perhaps the greatest being the Marin Muncipal Water District Board race: Woodacre resident and incumbent Liza Crosse (who is also an aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey) lost to challenger Larry Bragman, a Fairfax town councilman, by less than two percentage...

Latinos fill first-ever 
empowerment training

10/30/2014
Last month, on the second night of a two-evening empowerment training for the Latino community in West Marin, about three dozen participants drew pictures of themselves and scribbled painful, belittling comments or ideas they felt others might have about them around the contours of the image. Then everyone picked out...

Alternative evaluations sought at 
Lagunitas

10/30/2014
The Lagunitas School District administration will renegotiate two clauses of its contract with the teacher’s union concerning staff development and teacher evaluation. The announcement, made at a sparsely attended board meeting last week, comes a month after teachers announced their intention to renegotiate salaries, benefits and class sizes and at...

Retired Channel Islands superintendent delivers a cautionary tale

10/30/2014
Tim Setnicka, the blunt-spoken former superintendent of Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California, told a crowd of over 60 people at West Marin School last Thursday that the National Park Service “has no soul.” Instead, he argued, it’s comprised of people maneuvering through a bureaucracy that...

Documentary film fest debuts in Stinson

10/30/2014
Documentary buffs rejoice: the first annual Stinson Beach Documentary Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 7. Five films released in the last year will be shown over the course of three evenings; from profiles to politics to pelicans, the selection covers a wide range of subjects. “We were...

County funds for locals

10/30/2014
The Board of Supervisors approved $100,000 in allocations for nonprofits in Marin this week, including close to $10,000 for groups in West Marin. The San Geronimo Valley Community Land Trust nabbed $1,500 for community outreach, such as “signage, website design and maintenance, and brochures,” to help lure community members that...

Theme set for spring writers conference

10/30/2014
Women and the Land will be the theme of the next Geography of Hope conference, a literary gathering hosted by Point Reyes Books and designed to highlight the human relationship with wilderness. The event, held in March, will feature a dozen or more writers who use their craft to express...

Painting the family Bible in Bolinas

10/30/2014
Janis Loewengart Yerington, an artist who has lived in Bolinas for four short years, recently painted a dramatic rendition of the biblical story from the Book of Exodus—Moses breaking the tablets given to him by God—on a huge piece of driftwood in her backyard. The piece, she said, hasn’t been inside her home yet; instead, it’s sitting on an easel outside, valiantly surviving recent deluges...

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