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Point Reyes moo clock revived for parade

06/06/2019
For the last five years, downtown Point Reyes Station has been unusually quiet—at least, when it comes to livestock sounds. Since the 1980s, a rooster’s crow and a cow’s moo had issued from the roof of the Western Saloon, indicating noontime and 6 p.m. every day. But one day it...

Michelle Lujan, a mother who brought beauty, dies at 51

06/06/2019
Michelle Lujan, an esthetician who dedicated her life to creating beauty of every kind, whether through dance, food or caregiving, died from ovarian cancer on May 14. She was 51 years old. Michelle moved to Bolinas in the early 2000s and later to Point Reyes Station, where she opened up...

Marin budget goes to public

06/06/2019
The proposed 2019-2020 county budget, part of a two-year plan approved by supervisors last June, is slated to be $677.1 million, a 7.3 percent increase from last year. That small jump is in keeping with that from the year before, and it reflects Marin’s slow growth. The county estimates that...

MALT protects Nicasio land

06/06/2019
A Nicasio dairy ranch is the latest beneficiary of county Measure A funds, after Marin County Parks this week awarded $1.5 million to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to purchase an agricultural easement on a 758-acre property owned by the Ielmorini family. Doug Ielmorini, a fifth-generation rancher, and Cathy Ielmorini,...

Angel sharks wash up on Chicken Ranch Beach

05/30/2019
Three angelsharks washed up on Chicken Ranch Beach last week, too decayed for necropsies by the time a Department of Fish and Wildlife researcher responded. Yet Dr. Mark Okihiro, a senior fish pathologist for the department, said sharks commonly die from naturally occurring pathogens that disorient them. “Most of these...

Inverness woman starts "conservative curious" discussion group

05/29/2019
Talking about politics is difficult, but it may be easier when your opinions don’t align wholly with one party. That’s the experience of Jessica Dang, an Inverness resident who founded a group called Conservative Curious in February. Ms. Dang is a registered Republican who identifies as a moderate, but in...

Bilingual principal named for Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools

05/29/2019
A bilingual administrator from Windsor with 20 years of experience in education will take the lead at Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools this summer. Norma Oregon-Santarelli, who grew up in a traditional Mexican family in Sonoma County, stood out among what Shoreline Unified School District Superintendent Bob Raines called...

SPAWN to restore Jewell floodplain

05/29/2019
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network’s largest conservation project to date is moving upstream. This month the group secured over half a million dollars to complete the second phase of its effort to improve habitat for endangered salmon in Lagunitas Creek between the ghost towns of Jewell and Tocaloma. The...

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...

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