Lagunitas teachers press Carroll over hiring practice

06/13/2019
At an emotional Lagunitas School District board meeting, teachers criticized the administration’s failure to follow a school policy of assembling a committee to screen candidates for interviews when hiring instructors. Superintendent John Carroll said his administration has not been following the policy because the procedure is outdated and unwieldy. “It...

Poor start to snowy plover nesting season

06/13/2019
Western snowy plovers, federally threatened shorebirds that stand just six inches tall, likely struggled in the winter’s heavy storms. Biologists in the Point Reyes National Seashore are seeing fewer nests than expected on the dunes of the bird’s breeding beaches. As of last week, just 18 plover nests have been...

Survey shows restrooms top priority for Point Reyes Station

06/13/2019
The majority of residents who completed a recent county survey regarding water and wastewater use and systems in Point Reyes Station identified the lack of public restrooms as a top concern, though the response rate so far is low, just 18 percent. Last Wednesday, county representatives presented the preliminary results...

Fire on Vision slow, thanks to moist fuels

06/13/2019
The weekend’s intense heat wave coincided with a fire on Mount Vision that gave responders a chance to gear up while fire fuels are at their peak moisture after winter’s heavy rains. On Monday afternoon, a branch fell on a power line on Mount Vision Road in the Point Reyes...

County will shift to centralized vote tally

06/13/2019
Marin County Elections officials will count ballots in a central location within the next few years, eliminating the practice of local poll machines tallying votes. The change, expected by November 2020, comes alongside the purchase of a new voting system approved the Board of Supervisors last week. The system upgrade...

Marin recognizes women's role in ocean conservation

06/13/2019
As a result of ocean warming and acidification, the majority of the planet’s coral reefs—which support a quarter of all marine species—will likely die by 2050. This week, the Marin County Board of Supervisors drew attention to this fact and numerous others related to the declining health of the ocean...

New at the museum—knots, weavings, watercolors and cyanotype

06/13/2019
New exhibitions by Bay Area artists Windy Chien, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Megann Riepenhoff and coastal Marin’s own Jan Langdon open at the Bolinas Museum on Saturday, June 15 with a free party and live concert featuring the smooth, surfy harmonies of the Bay Area band Sandy’s. In the main gallery, San...

Suicide: Our collective tragedy

06/13/2019
In the past few months, suicide has been on my mind. It’s there in the exam room, as I hold space for the overwhelming grief of a parent who has lost a child. It’s there as I talk with other mothers about the steep and shocking rise of suicidal thoughts,...