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Heartwood secures charter with Sonoma school district

05/29/2019
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired program located in the White Hill Open Space Preserve, survived the year despite the odds. The program—which took the form of a non-profit and asked parents to file homeschool affidavits after losing its charter in early 2018—this month secured a new charter agreement, promising public...

County hopes to move sexual assault exams back to Marin

05/29/2019
The #MeToo movement put a nationwide spotlight on how the victims of sexual assault are treated. Now, local officials are looking at how to make it easier for victims to bring perpetrators to justice. District Attorney Lori Frugoli is developing a plan to return the forensic exams conducted after sexual...

Richard Vacha: Inside the tracker's mind

05/23/2019
What goes on among coyotes in the seashore when no one is watching? What is the bobcat’s favorite trail, the rhythm of otter play, the strategy of the red fox that arrived during the drought? Richard Vacha, a Point Reyes Station resident with more than 30 years of local tracking...

Land trust lays out vision as golf greens go brown

05/23/2019
Irrigation ceased at the San Geronimo Golf Course last week, and the property’s owner, the Trust for Public Land, announced the launch of a community engagement campaign to hear residents’ hopes for the 157-acre property—which the nonprofit does not plan to own in the long term. “What we have heard...

Nature Notebook, May 23, 2019

05/23/2019
The new moon of June 3 begins the cycle of extra-low summer tides, though it can feel difficult to figure out which season we are in as rainstorms wash across West Marin. The low tides will come just after sunrise each morning. Thursday, June 6 will see the lowest, at...

Nagle sues Shoreline for retaliation

05/23/2019
The former principal of West Marin and Inverness Schools sued Shoreline Unified School District and its superintendent, Bob Raines, this month, alleging retaliation, defamation and violations of his constitutional right to free speech. Matt Nagle, whom the school board demoted from his six-year post as principal to a kindergarten, first-...

Absent supe, late pay irk SUSD teachers

05/23/2019
Shoreline teachers expressed frustration with delays on payments that were contractually agreed upon in January in a letter delivered last week to Superintendent Bob Raines and the district’s board of trustees. The letter, signed by the Shoreline Educators’ Association and read aloud by eighth-grade teacher Julie Cassel at last Thursday’s...

Marin homeless counts down in biennial survey

05/22/2019
Once every two years, before the sun rises, a team of volunteers make the rounds, attempting to account for all the people asleep without a roof above them—numbers required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides the bulk of Marin’s operating budget to address homelessness...

Newly discovered coral named for Cordell Bank

05/22/2019
It’s bright yellow and fewer than five inches in diameter, and you’ve never seen it before: a new coral species, Chromoplexaura cordellbankensis. It’s named after Cordell Bank, where it was discovered last summer by scientists with the California Academy of Sciences and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Aboard the Bell...

Jury flags Marin wildfire danger, floats new tax for oversight

05/16/2019
The hills are green, but some Marin residents are already seeing golden brown—and the imminent threat of wildfire. The Marin County Civil Grand Jury last month released a damning report on wildfire preparedness, chiefly recommending a new, countywide quarter-cent sales tax to strengthen efforts. The 20-member jury proposed a new joint-powers agency to manage the new funds, taking on the challenge of “remedying troubling gaps in preparedness and demonstrating political will to improve public safety.”

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