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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...

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...

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.”

Rodoni launches 2020 campaign

05/16/2019
Dennis Rodoni is rounding out his first term as Marin County’s fourth district supervisor, and his sights are set on 2020. Though he has yet to hear of challengers, he told the Light that he’s ready “to run a full-hearted campaign.” With support from several speakers, including State Assemblyman Marc...

Louise Dolcini, Hicks Valley school teacher, dies at 90

05/16/2019
Louise Dolcini, who for years taught at Marin’s only one-room schoolhouse in Hicks Valley, died on April 8 at 90 years old. Louise, who raised six children with her late husband Peter, was a quiet, forthright, capable woman who gardened and loved the outdoors. She taught for many years at...

Starving gray whales turning up in extraordinary numbers

05/16/2019
Gray whales are travelers, migrating the farthest of any other whale species, from Alaska to Baja and back again every year, but this spring California proved a dead end for some. Ten gray whales have washed up since March, primarily in and around the San Francisco Bay. The Marine Mammal...

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