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Nature Notebook, May 9, 2019

05/09/2019
The late-night sparklers, the Eta Aquarids, remain active through May 28, but will be drowned out by the full moon on May 18, which also brings extreme low tides in early mornings. Across North America, this moon has many names associated with flowering and planting, and many calendars suggest it...

New funds allow for more beds, new programs for Marin's homeless

05/02/2019
Money is streaming into Marin this year to bring people off the street, though county officials say getting the word out to homeless people in West Marin is a challenge. Besides the $4.5 million in annual federal funds the county typically receives to address homelessness, another $4.8 million arrived this...

Change of chiefs at Bolinas fire station

05/02/2019
The Bolinas Fire Protection District will have a new chief at the helm as it prepares to tackle new issues, some bolstered by funding and others driven by increased need. Anita Tyrrell-Brown, who has led the department for over 15 years, is retiring in June, and this month George Krakauer—a...

Board chooses new approach for small Bo-Stin classes

05/02/2019
To better support the shrinking student body of the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, the board of trustees this spring created what it hopes will be a permanent configuration for the grades at the Bolinas campus. The restructuring—which includes combining every two grades into one classroom led by two primary teachers—came...

West Marin faces better representation on North Marin board

05/02/2019
West Marin residents will soon have more reliable representation on the North Marin Water District board, after directors voted last week to replace their at-large seats with seats tied to geographic districts. Over the coming months, the board will draw the boundaries of five new districts within its service area...

Former Point Reyes reporter sheds light on truffle industry

05/02/2019
West Mariners like to pay attention to food. Menus proudly display the names of local farms and purveyors that provide ingredients, and residents love to debate the merits of different diets. But there are limits to how much even a careful consumer can know. In a new book, “The Truffle...

Hopes for tighter parking rules strain Bolinas effort

04/24/2019
The county is working toward a summer deadline for the implementation of Measure X, which passed in Bolinas by a 52-percent majority last fall to regulate the overnight parking of oversized vehicles on several downtown streets. This month, however, the residents who wished the measure’s language had been stronger continued...

County asks Point Reyes Station residents about water issues in survey

04/24/2019
Point Reyes Station residents interested in the village’s water and wastewater use and systems can make their views heard through a new survey from the county’s Community Development Agency. The survey, which asks residents questions that address specific water concerns and the desire for potential projects, is the latest step...

Interim West Marin School principal hired on for fall

04/24/2019
Last Thursday, the trustees of the Shoreline Unified School District hired Beth Nolan, who has been serving as the interim principal for the West Marin and Inverness Schools since late January, to the permanent post. The decision comes as a relief for the district: the board reassigned the previous principal,...

Spring winds bring uptick in boat accidents

04/24/2019
Boaters, beware: spring brings balmy temperatures to Tomales Bay, but also heavy winds. April has seen back-to-back boating accidents that have deployed emergency water rescue teams from multiple public agencies, though officials report it is nothing out of the ordinary for the season. On April 9, air, land and sea...

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