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Pulitzer for photography awarded to son of Point Reyes couple

04/17/2014
Josh Haner, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose parents retired in Point Reyes Station, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on Monday “for his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and is now painfully rebuilding his life,” the...

In draft ruling, state told to backtrack on oyster farm orders

04/17/2014
A Marin judge issued a tentative ruling on Tuesday that the California Coastal Commission failed to comply with state environmental law when it issued enforcement orders to Drakes Bay Oyster Company without undertaking a review of potential harmful impacts. Judge Roy Chernus also ruled that the commission abused its discretion...

Lagunitas 
teacher 
resigns, prompting parent 
petition

04/17/2014
When the Lagunitas School District was seeking a new superintendent this year, Ashley Fullerton participated in a hiring workshop with a middle school social studies teacher named Yosha Bourgea. She hadn’t spent much time with him before, but the first-year teacher expressed a happy enthusiasm for the district, according to...

Shoreline board ousts Stubbs and offers no 
explanation

04/17/2014
Last Thursday evening, the Shoreline Unified School District’s Board of Trustees convened a special meeting at a private home to discuss releasing the superintendent, Tom Stubbs, at the end of his first year on the job. When it appeared his contract would not be renewed, Mr. Stubbs submitted his resignation...

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...

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