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Exacting seafloor maps make for better planning

06/04/2015
Extremely high-resolution maps of the seafloors offshore of Tomales Point, Drakes Bay and San Francisco Bay were published late last month by the United States Geological Survey, as part of a multi-million dollar, decade-long partnership with other agencies to pin down baseline conditions of the seafloor. The effort, called the...

Point Reyes health office plans to expand

06/04/2015
Neighbors of the county’s Health and Human Services outpost in Point Reyes Station protested a tentative proposal to double the size of the building at a public meeting on Monday evening. The expanded offices, the 10 or so residents who gathered in the West Marin School gym said, would be...

Woodacre couple brings garden skills to Lakota

06/04/2015
A Woodacre couple is giving their time and skills to support the Lakota living on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which stretches across two million acres and is home to one of the most impoverished areas in the United States. Alongside staggering unemployment and skeletal incomes, the roughly 40,000...

Kinsey opposes county fund revisions

06/04/2015
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to end supervisor sponsorship for individual grants and make other revisions to the county’s Community Services Program, which distributes $300,000 a year to nonprofits but has been criticized in the past for how it allocates the funds. Supervisor Steve Kinsey dissented, harshly...

Texas abalone diver dies in Tomales Bay

06/04/2015
A 67-year-old Texas man died on Tuesday morning in Tomales Bay as he and four other men, a group of friends and family, started diving for abalone, said Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso. The men, including Gerald McGuire of El Paso, launched a boat from Lawson’s Landing a...

With local hires, West Marin libraries stay open at mealtimes

06/04/2015
Libraries in Inverness, Bolinas and Stinson Beach are no longer closing for lunch and dinner breaks, as a tax approved by voters to help fund the library system is covering the cost of new hires. It is the first time ever that the three branches—the only ones in the county...

West Marin educators honored with Golden Bell

06/04/2015
Several West Marin educators were honored last week with the county’s Golden Bell Awards, which are given annually for outstanding service to local education. Two educators were presented with top awards: Richard Sloan, a longtime trustee of the Lagunitas School District, who was named a “Co-Trustee of the Year,” and...

Shoreline hires part-time interim superintendent for one year

05/28/2015
Nancy Neu, a longtime educator for Marin County, will return as an interim superintendent for Shoreline Unified School District following the resignation of the district’s most recent head, Tom Stubbs, in late April. Approved unanimously by Shoreline trustees last week, Ms. Neu’s part-time services will be contracted through the Marin...

SPAWN group appeals Lagunitas permit to county supervisors

05/28/2015
The Turtle Island Restoration Network has filed an appeal with the Marin County Board of Supervisors against a proposed residential development in the San Geronimo Valley, following a failed attempt to sway the county’s Planning Commission last month. On April 27, the commission voted 6-0 to deny an appeal filed...

Hanging baskets

05/28/2015
I’ve been in love with hanging baskets for many years. During college, my boyfriend’s mother hung them all over her screened-in summer porch, where they created a luxuriant, colorful room that I can still envision, 43 years later. Although I’ve experimented with different plants over the years, I find myself...

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