Bottlenose dolphins, new denizens of Dillon Beach

“It’s sort of common knowledge in Dillon Beach that they’re out there now,” said Tom Thornley, a longtime resident of the tiny village. He was talking about bottlenose dolphins. The bottlenose dolphin, a roughly six to 12-foot cetacean that can live for 50 years, usually reside in southern California water...

Trial begins for Lawson’s Landing shooter

Last March, 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson was shot dead outside the Dillon Beach trailer home where he had been paying weekly visits to a pair of older men. The teenaged Mr. Jackson was known as a “free spirit” in the Dillon Beach community; handsome and friendly, his violent death left many...

EAC joins suit against pest plan

A state program to guide the eradication of invasive plant pests circumvents the public process and could have grave ecological consequences, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the City of Berkeley and a suite of environmental organizations, including the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin. The lawsuit, filed...

At Dance Palace town hall, enthusiasm for change palpable

The overwhelming message from the organizers of the Dance Palace Community Center town hall meeting on Tuesday was clear: the center’s directors want to listen. And based on the turnout—roughly 100 people showed up, compared to 29 at last year’s...

Lagunitas must brace for cuts, superintendent says

The Lagunitas School District needs to cut between $170,000 and $200,000 from its yearly budget if it wants to end ongoing deficit spending and avoid falling below reserve requirements, superintendent John Carroll told a newly formed finance committee this month. The county has asked to see a rough outline of...

Concert inspired by 
feminist author’s notes

About 11 years ago, Jesse Olsen Bay found pieces of white and blue typewriter paper covered in hand-written notes and patchworks of poetry and prose written by his grandmother, the award-winning American author and activist Tillie Olsen, while he was helping her move to Oakland. She called them her “blueys.”...

Dismal return for Lagunitas salmon blamed on ocean

This year’s coho salmon run is coming to a “disappointing end” after a robust start early this winter, according to Eric Ettlinger, the aquatic ecologist for the Marin Municipal Water District, a result he attributed to above-average ocean mortality. The coho have made 110 gravel nests, known as redds, so...

Father-daughter duo starts mini-performance series

Veteran thespians Shelley Rugg and her father, Ken Rugg, will host a monthly variety show in the Dance Palace Church Space open to anyone interested in performing on stage, starting Monday, Feb. 23. The program’s title, 10x10 Performance Lab, describes its format: each month, 10 groups or individual performers (of...

Seal expert says agency ignored his findings

A scientist told a national magazine that a federal agency changed his analysis of photographs of Drakes Estero to justify a claim of environmental harm against Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which ceased operations last month. Brent Stewart, who has been a senior research scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute for decades,...


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