Shoreline votes to bring back first grade teacher

Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bring back celebrated bilingual teacher Melissa Riley for the 2010-2011 school year during a packed meeting on Tuesday. Parents, teachers and staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when the board resolved to use an unexpected $87,000 property tax windfall...

Shoreline trustees split over teacher

The Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 not to provide funds for a first-grade teacher at Inverness School who lost the position to budget cuts. Melissa Riley, a bilingual teacher partially responsible for boosting test scores of the 50 percent Latino student population, needed four votes to...

Cracking down on family farms

A small organic farm in San Anselmo found itself in hot water last month when a random sweep by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement fined it for breaking the state’s farm labor laws. Jerry and Mea Draper received a $1,050 fine for occasionally allowing their sister, niece and nephew...

Valley Ford ranch protected

Two hundred and fifteen acres in Valley Ford will be protected from development in perpetuity, after Marin Agricultural Land Trust purchased its sixty-sixth conservation easement last week. The owners of the Mazzucchi Ranch, Stan Mazzucchi and his sister, Loretta Bidarruta, accepted $424,000 for forgoing their right to subdivide or develop...

None happy with draft tree rules

Environmentalists and San Geronimo Valley homeowners are butting heads over the county’s draft revision of an ordinance that would require permits to clear brush within 35 feet of creeks in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Environmentalists spoke out during Monday’s Planning Commission meeting against what they feel are liberal exemptions in...

Fisherman falls to death in sea

A 45-year-old man fell to his death while fishing from a bluff near Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands last Saturday. Bernin Alarcon Figueroa of San Pablo fell 30 to 40 feet into high-tide waters at around 3:15 p.m. His friend, who was not carrying a cell phone, contacted a...

McEvoy branches into wine

West Marin’s producer of high-end olive oil, McEvoy Ranch, is planning to expand its brand into wine made with grapes grown in between its olive trees. “The project came out of the idea of pairing wine and food in a natural way,” said Ranch Manager Dick Nielsen. The 550-acre ranch,...

Boat capsizes at Great Beach

Two people died after their 24-foot motor boat capsized at Great Beach near Abbotts Lagoon in Point Reyes National Seashore on Wednesday, leaving debris scattered a quarter-mile along the beach. A third person is missing. Authorities have not yet released the names of the boaters, who were most likely fishermen...

Commission tours Lawson’s

The entire California Coastal Commission visited Lawson’s Landing last Thursday for a 90-minute tour of the historic Dillon Beach campground and trailer park, which has been undergoing a complicated permitting process for the last two years. Commissioners were eager to see the site before an official hearing, which will take...


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