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Low scores, big gaps in test’s first year

06/02/2016
With the school year winding down, many students in West Marin have breathed sighs of relief after completing California’s new standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, late last month. As the state tabulates scores for this year’s round of testing, local administrators are hashing out how to interpret last year’s...

Western Weekend art exhibit joins two forces

06/02/2016
Opening on Western Weekend, an exhibit showcasing student artwork and pictures snapped by local Latinos will be on display at Toby’s Gallery. From Saturday through June...

Facing relocation, seniors form tenants association

06/02/2016
Faced with temporary relocation while their apartments undergo renovations over the summer, over a dozen elderly tenants living at Point Reyes Station’s Walnut Place have formed an association to bring their concerns to the building’s nonprofit owner, EAH Housing...

Muir Beach lawyer’s suit on takings shot down in court

06/02/2016
Swatting down a challenge to how much power Marin County and the California Coastal Commission have when approving or denying building permits, a county superior court judge last Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by a

Fresh Focaccia in Dogtown

06/02/2016
MAKING DOUGH: Dogtown residents Claudia, Stella and Enzo Buckenmeyer took advantage of the tourist traffic—and their mom’s bread oven—on Sunday, selling baked focaccia by the side of the road. After about 45 minutes, they had sold seven loaves at $10 a piece. (The youngest sibling, Stella, was spied eating half...

Pesticide okayed in West Marin septics

05/26/2016
Small doses of a pesticide long banned from West Marin will now be allowed for use in septic systems under a new agreement between the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and the West Marin Mosquito Council . Capping off months of negotiations mediated by Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the parties...

SPAWN drops lawsuit as county prepares report on development impacts

05/26/2016
The nonprofit Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is poised to drop its suit against Marin County over a stalled 2013 streamside conservation ordinance that it said inadequately addressed development impacts on endangered coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek. The Forest Knolls-based nonprofit is scrapping the case on grounds of irrelevance: the...

Court dismisses Bolinas woman’s elder abuse case

05/26/2016
Prosecutors on Wednesday afternoon dismissed an elder-abuse and embezzlement case against 66-year-old Bolinas resident Martha Wax, who was accused last year of allegedly pursing over $200,000 from her mother, Charlotte Speight, between 2009 and 2014. Ms. Wax was held for eight days in county jail following her arrest, which occurred...

Nicasio turns away outside kids

05/26/2016
About half of the students at Nicasio School live outside district boundaries, but in a wrenching decision last week, the school board denied all new transfer requests—along with three renewals for students who have attended the school for years. The parent of one child poised to be denied enrollment next...

Feds want seashore lawsuit ditched

05/26/2016
The Department of Justice says the lawsuit objecting to the Point Reyes National Seashore’s first-ever comprehensive ranch management plan is meritless, according to court filings. In documents submitted in federal district court in Oakland on May 13, department lawyers wrote that the lawsuit filed by the Resource Renewal Institute, the...

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