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Tomales principal to leave at year's end

03/20/2019
The principal of Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools, Amanda Mattea, who is finishing her second year in the position, has new plans for the fall. Ms. Mattea, a Point Reyes Station resident who is expecting her first child in April, is moving into a co-leadership position with her husband,...

Diesel generator providing power along Tomales Bay after widespread outage

03/20/2019
For many residents this week, time seemed to be speeding up—at least for those looking at oven clocks or other time devices plugged into a power source. In the aftermath of the extensive blackout last week, there’s an apparent explanation: A diesel-fueled generator housed by two 18-wheelers parked at the...

Shoreline teachers finalize contract, with pay raises and retirement incentives

03/20/2019
The teachers and other certificated staff of Shoreline Unified School District finalized a three-year contract with the district last week, obtaining a 3 percent salary increase each year for the next three years. Staff expressed satisfaction about both the bargaining process and its ultimate gains. Negotiations began at the end...

Seashore succulents tapped in global thieving scandal

03/20/2019
A vibrant, rosette-shaped succulent native to coastal Oregon and Northern California called bluff lettuce, or Dudleya farinosa , is the subject of an international thieving scandal, including from the beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Adrian Foss, a captain in California Fish and Wildlife’s law enforcement division, and his...

Health center grievances, ideas aired

03/20/2019
Bolinas and Stinson Beach residents aired a host of common grievances about the Coastal Health Alliance—long wait times, short visits, shoddy record systems and difficulty with receptionists, among others—at a meeting with C.E.O. Steven Siegel, doctor Anna O’Malley and a few other staffers on Tuesday night at the Bolinas firehouse...

Departments plan for W's fire monies

03/20/2019
Representatives of the seven fire departments that serve West Marin have determined how to divvy up funds provided by the increased revenue from the hiked transient occupancy tax, based on the impacts of tourism each department shoulders. “I’m so thankful,” Jason Weber, chief of the Marin County Fire Department, said...

'Wish-cycling' does no favors, Recology says

03/13/2019
When in doubt about the best bin for your paper or plastic, the counterintuitive solution may be the trash can. Last week, the Rotary Club of West Marin met with a specialist for the waste collector Recology Sonoma-Marin and were shocked to discover the nuances of what can and cannot...

Creek jumps at Chicken Ranch, shows need for work

03/13/2019
The years-long restoration plans for Chicken Ranch Beach were put to the test last month when storms led Third Valley Creek to jump its banks and take a new route across the beach into the bay. To assess the changes, Tom Gaman, chair of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, met...

Lagunitas tea purveyor given time to detail rescue plans

03/13/2019
David Lee Hoffman, a longtime Lagunitas resident and tea purveyor whose property was handed over to a court-appointed receiver in 2015 to bring dozens of unpermitted buildings into compliance, appeared in court last week without lawyers. It was new tactic based on financial strain, but it proved effective. Mr. Hoffman,...

Bonnie Clarke, guide for many, dies at 71

03/13/2019
Bonnie Clarke, a Point Reyes Station resident with an artistic eye, a generous spirit and enduring friendships, died on Jan. 2 at age 71. An active community member who served on the boards of the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin and Gallery Route One, Bonnie first fell in...

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