Surging vaccine rates for Marin county schools

04/20/2017
Immunization rates for Marin kindergartners have reached their highest levels since 2000, when the state began recording such data, with 93.2 percent of students across the county’s 73 schools meeting all required immunizations. The boost in Marin mirrors an overall increase throughout the state, according to the California Department of...

Sewer rate hike in Tomales would help pay off debt

04/20/2017
A backlog of debt has led the Tomales Village Community Services District to propose its first sewer rate increase in 11 years. The special district, which operates and manages both the town’s community park and a wastewater treatment plant for nearly 100 customers, is proposing to tack on an extra...

Parents concerned over Bolinas School class combos

04/20/2017
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is reconfiguring grade combinations and considering moving younger grades to the Bolinas campus next year—changes that have some parents troubled about the potential impacts. Two specific issues sparked much of the conversation at Tuesday night’s board meeting: combining third and fourth grades and moving first and...

Planned chinook release worries some

04/20/2017
A planned release of 250,000 chinook salmon next month in Bodega Bay has a local advisory council worried about the potential impacts to protected wild fish in West Marin. The release, intended to boost fishing prospects, will be the northernmost release in California to date. It will also be the...

County mulls Muir Woods road options

04/20/2017
Plans to restore a 2.4-mile section of Muir Woods Road have taken another step forward following a meeting this week hosted by the Marin County Department of Public Works. Department staff presented five project alternatives for addressing the winding stretch, which runs between the Muir Woods National Monument and Highway...

What the fox says is, “Let me be”

04/20/2017
Someone dropped a dime on a little fox that lived in my neighborhood in Forest Knolls last week, and animal control took him away. He was just enjoying his life; his coat was thick, and he was wary and alert. He was unafraid of people and accepted having to live...

Nature Notebook, April 20, 2017

04/20/2017
April showers are no longer rain, but meteors—and two showers will appear in a sky near you this month. First, the Lyrid meteor shower, which brings about 20 meteors per hour and originates in the constellation Lyra, will peak in the evening of Saturday, April 22 and the early morning...

¿Deportados o repatriados?

04/20/2017
Desde que inició su campaña como precandidato y luego candidato republicano, el presidente Trump tomó una dura postura antiinmigrante, especialmente contra aquellos llegados sin permiso para hacerlo, llamados “ilegales” o usando el término más suave de “indocumentados.” En este país de leyes es una contradicción y gran injusticia usar razones...