Trustees okay Shoreline staff contract

At a special Shoreline Unified School District board meeting last week, trustees unanimously approved a three-year labor contract between the district and its classified staff, but not without testy exchanges and continued discontent over late payments. Staff members at the Sept. 5 meeting expressed frustration with delays in retroactive pay...

State bill reacts to golf course ruling

A new state bill clarifies an ambiguity in the California Environmental Quality Act exposed in a county superior court decision that required Marin to undertake an environmental review before purchasing the San Geronimo Golf Course. The decision led the county to back out of the purchase, but A.B. 782—signed into...

Fire officials pitch tax for wildfire prevention

Marin fire officials are making their rounds to the county’s 19 local fire agencies to pitch the case for a countywide wildfire prevention authority, outlining a proposed governance structure and annual funding plan. “The work that needs to be done to actually make a difference in how fires burn in...

Latest Inverness lead tests come back under limits

Inverness Public Utility District officials celebrated the results of another clear round of lead and copper testing last week. The State Water Resources Control Board reported to the district that just one out of 20 water samples drawn this spring showed elevated lead levels, which is allowable under federal regulations...

West Marin School adopts workshop model

As part of its renewed focus on literacy, West Marin School this fall changed its approach to teaching middle school history, reading, and writing: each of those subjects is now taught to combined classes of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, who will cycle through the curriculum every three years. The...

Author to speak about humane death and dying

Just as the sun sets and the seasons change, everyone dies. But not everyone dies in a peaceful, empowered and humane way, writes Katy Butler, the author of “The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life.” Her latest book gives readers a framework on...

The Little Store opens in Point Reyes Station

West Marin natives Terra Livingston and Sierra Swenson opened up their new shop, The Little Store, in Point Reyes Station last Friday. They will sell vintage clothing jewelry and handmade items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Interior moves to allow e-bikes in parks

Biking in the Point Reyes National Seashore may soon get a lot easier—and faster. United States Interior Secretary David Bernhardt last week ordered the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies to permit the use of electric bicycles on all trails currently designated for non-motorized bikes. In response,...

Public flocks to first park open house on draft EIS

How should the National Park Service manage land that has hosted private cattle ranching and dairying operations for the greater part of two centuries? Is ranching detrimental or beneficial to the environment? How should ecologists help maintain a healthy population of tule elk, a native species reintroduced to the Point...

Seabirds saw bad year at Farallones

Seabirds had abnormally low breeding success this year at the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where biologists with Point Blue Conservation Science observed one of the five worst breeding seasons on record for most species. A variety of weather conditions in California brought on by El Niño made incubating an...


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