Ocean lawyer buys Smiley’s Schooner

A buoyant 36-year-old environmental lawyer from San Francisco might not sound like someone interested in buying a bar a little rough around the edges in a town known for its skepticism of outsiders. But Leila Monroe is poised to finalize the purchase of Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, one of the oldest continuously running bars in the state, at the outset of 2015. (The deal is currently in escrow, though...

Park service 
plans septic 
overhaul at 
Stinson Beach

The National Park Service is moving forward with a plan to overhaul its wastewater treatment facility at Stinson Beach, where septic tank leaks have long been suspected to pollute groundwater. The septic system services public bathrooms and showers for park employees and hundreds of thousands of beachgoers. Though the park says it is pursuing the project according a schedule of periodic rehabilitations through...

Through pictures and scat, tracking Marin river otters

While walking around Whitehouse Pool on Sunday morning, Megan Isadore slowed her gait as she passed by some feces, mentally checking whether it came from a river otter. (It didn’t.) “I’m always looking for scat. I’m always looking at scat,” she laughed. For Ms. Isadore, the executive director of the River Otter Ecology Project, based out of her home in Forest Knolls, collecting scat is a crucial part of the...

Special ed numbers high, district focuses on intervention

Shoreline Unified School District’s special education program has drawn attention since state data last year revealed a disproportionately large number of special ed students compared to the total student body. The sprawling district has about 500 students this year; 95 of them are enrolled in special ed programs...

Restaurateurs drop Drakes Bay suit, calling it moot

A coalition of restaurants and food purveyors from West Marin and the Bay Area dropped their case against the federal government this week, putting an end to legal action centered around Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which must cease operations by the end of this month. The move follows a federal...

Hidden Dragon postpones meeting until January

Tim Westergren, the Pandora founder who has proposed an over 8,000-square foot development in Inverness Park that has spurred protest from community members, postponed a meeting with the Inverness Association planned for Dec. 3 till January. He cited a need for time to assemble a formal presentation given the large...

Storm uproots trees, crushes car in Woodacre

The storm on Tuesday brought down over 20 trees in Marin, closing roads for several hours and knocking out a few residential power lines. Full crews from the county fire department and the Department of Public Works spent most of the day clearing roadways blocked by trees that had been...

Tomales Town Hall grant

The Tomales Town Hall has received a $5,000 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Hart Family Fund for Small Towns, which supports planning activities and educational efforts focused on preservation. The hall’s trustees will use the grant to hire San Francisco-based Garavaglia Architects, Inc., to create a...

Final election tally leaves Cunha seven votes short

November election results finalized on Friday left the three closest races in West Marin unchanged, though it brought a school board challenger in Bolinas within an even smaller margin of one opponent. Christine Cunha had hoped to unseat one of three incumbents running for the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District board,...

District moves to fix deficit

Lagunitas School District’s trustees approved a qualified interim budget for the current school year, meaning the board is unsure the district can meet its financial obligations in the next three years, including state-mandated reserve benchmarks. The district suffers from a structural deficit; a budget update presented to the board last...


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