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School tax may be a close win

06/06/2013
The parcel tax for the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Union School District may just get the two-thirds majority it needs for a renewal and increase after a vote on Tuesday. The unofficial tally had 68.73 percent of votes in favor of renewing the tax, which would be raised from $250 to $300...

Supes silent on MMWD plan

06/06/2013
The Board of Supervisors declined to implement a recommendation made in a recent Marin County Grand Jury report endorsing Marin Municipal Water District’s (MMWD) plan for limited use of pesticides around Mount Tamalpais on invasive broom, while ensuring not to condemn it either. The board said it would not endorse...

Braves win first baseball NCS

06/06/2013
The Tomales Bay High School baseball team won the North Coast Section Division 6 baseball championship on Saturday, beating defending Division 6 champions, the Point Arena High School Pirates 5-3. Tomales coach Bill Tucker said the division championship is a first in a school known for winning championships in football,...

Olema slide at last set for fix

06/06/2013
The section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Olema Hill, where traffic cones and provisional stop signs have created a one-lane road and slowed traffic for over two years, will finally be repaired. Construction to fix the road, damaged by storms in March 2011, will begin in late June and...

Bolinas bookstore robbed again

06/06/2013
A thief whose posterior was exposed to a surveillance camera stole the lockbox that collects donations at the Bolinas Book Exchange, where sales take place on the honor system, last weekend. A video posted to YouTube, which as of Wednesday morning had been viewed 85 times, shows the bandit, who...

SPAWN offers cash for fish-trap vandal

06/06/2013
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Restoration Network (SPAWN) believes recent vandalism to a trap box and fish net in San Geronimo Creek that may have resulted in the death of endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout likely stemmed from community anguish over pending streamside development restrictions that the organization has...

Bolinas parcel tax awaits vote

05/30/2013
Voters in Bolinas and Stinson Beach will vote Tuesday on a measure put forth by the school district that would renew a $250 parcel tax and increase it by $50. The district says the increase is necessary due to state and federal cutbacks and lower property values, in addition to the cost of inflation; even with the increase, however, district authorities say they will need to reduce expenditures. If the measure fails and the tax is not renewed, the district will be forced to downsize programs, including in the arts, physical education, counseling and support for non-native English speakers. The tax currently provides the school district with about $485,000 annually. A Bolinas resident, speaking anonymously, called such increases “really hard to stomach” and “always hard to agree to.” As someone who bought property...

Drakes counsel seeks correction

05/30/2013
As both sides in the battle over the future of Drakes Estero await a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, legal counsel for Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a letter with the court on Wednesday alleging that government lawyers made an incorrect assertion about the farm’s Environmental Impact...

Shop opens near Nicasio square

05/30/2013
Mother and daughter team Joanne Sollecito and Ruby Hackney describe their new store in Nicasio, Nutmeg, as eclectic country chic. The pair purchased the downtown building, a former barn with a corrugated roof, about five years ago and began reselling furniture that they refurbished, painted or otherwise fixed up. “People...

Lawson’s worker hit in gate bust

05/30/2013
Two men determined to camp at Lawson’s Landing were arrested on Saturday evening, one for assault with a deadly weapon after hitting a campground employee with the side of his truck and both for public intoxication. When told there were no empty campsites, Steven Reynolds and Ira Geist, of Yuba...

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