Residents signal concerns over AT&T tower

03/22/2017
A proposed cell tower near a water tank on Inverness Public Utility District land has neighbors worried about public health, the environment and property values. The location, on Vision Road, has also raised questions about whether deed restrictions or access issues will hamper the proposal, which is still in its...

Lagunitas, facing budget crisis, will seek parcel tax

03/22/2017
Lagunitas School District trustees voted last week to put a parcel tax on the November ballot—critical funding for the district that still won’t balance an ongoing budget deficit that officials say is rooted in an unusually high number of special-needs students. Without the tax, the district says it would have...

West Marin workshops will help artists find their way

03/23/2017
A local printmaker has started a nonprofit aimed at helping artists acquire tools to sharpen their business practices through a series of educational seminars. The day-long courses are designed for visual and performing artists and feature hands-on mentoring from guest speakers. Sirima Sataman, owner of the print shop and studio...

Bolinas groups eyeing old Wharf Road marine lab

03/23/2017
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District is asking the College of Marin for a meeting to discuss the future of a historic property on Wharf Road that includes the town’s only public dock and a marine lab that shuttered in 2006. Last week, the district’s directors approved a letter to...

Tomales and Bodega Bay schools get principal after three years’ vacancy

03/22/2017
A founding director of a charter school in San Diego County will become Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools’ new principal, filling a three-year-old vacancy. Amanda Massey comes to the district from High Tech High Elementary North County, where she’s been a founding director of the charter network since 2014...

ESL classes quadruple thanks to school and library collaboration

03/23/2017
English as a Second Language classes are set to quadruple in West Marin thanks to a joint effort between Shoreline Unified School District and the Marin County Free Library, which together roped in $26,000 from state adult education funds to hire five new teachers and increase the number of classes...

County parks, businesses reviewing compliance of bathroom signs

03/23/2017
A new state law banning gender signs on single-use toilets went into effect on March 1, and the county parks department is reviewing its toilets while business owners are largely unaware of the law. The law requires all single-use toilets—defined as a bathroom with no more than one toilet and...

Bolinas woman would help bolster moms in fraternal order of mothers

03/22/2017
Elnora Mae Phillips is a student of motherhood. She has researched and unpacked the centuries-old restrictions Western civilization has placed on mothers, including as a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. “When I began my research there, I just wanted to know how mothering had become such a...

Sheriff could better protect immigrants

03/22/2017
In his recent opinion piece, Sheriff Robert Doyle sought to assure constituents that his office will neither initiate contact with anyone solely for immigration purposes nor target undocumented crime victims or witnesses. He emphasized that his policy “specifically forbids participation” in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, a claim many community...

Nature Notebook, March 23, 2017

03/23/2017
A new moon sets on March 27, and the days grow longer by about a minute each day as the vernal equinox slides behind us. Spring sightings include a family of great blue herons stalking gophers in the pastures around the Bear Valley Visitor Center. One of the most colorful...