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Longtime teachers retire from Tomales

06/02/2021
Two teachers who spent a combined 62 years at the Shoreline Unified School District are retiring next week. Social science and history teacher Fred Gilardi and life science teacher Bernard Gregoris saw thousands of students come and go. Their classrooms transformed from having chalkboards to being online, and the curriculum...

Open space trust protects valley commons from development

06/02/2021
The county’s original dream of converting the former San Geronimo Golf Course into open space has been brought to fruition: The Marin Open Space Trust is purchasing a conservation easement from the property owner, ensuring that the land will not be developed. The $3.2 million deal covers 135 acres of...

Western Weekend parade and Fourth of July events canceled by Covid-19

06/02/2021
For the second year in a row, the pandemic is canceling some of West Marin’s beloved summer events. There won’t be a parade for Western Weekend this Sunday, and the Briones Lions Club won’t host a Fourth of July parade in Bolinas. The club had discussed discontinuing its parade for...

Bolinas driftwood creation likely to come down

06/02/2021
Public art or hazard? A man collected hundreds of pieces of driftwood and built fences, benches, stairs and an eight-foot dream catcher at the entrance to Brighton Beach, and he decorated it all with plants, shells and string art. But the creation crosses two private properties, and residents have complained...

Park terminates Point Reyes grazing lease

05/26/2021
Overstocking and a failure to maintain a healthy pasture led the National Park Service to end the grazing lease held by third-generation rancher Dan Genazzi, superintendent Craig Kenkel wrote in a letter last month. Mr. Genazzi, whose grandfather immigrated from Switzerland to Tomales at the turn of the last century,...

Commission rejects NMWD well appeal

05/26/2021
The appeal filed by Gordon Bennett of a proposed well outside of Point Reyes Station was rejected on Monday by planning commissioners, who said they did not have the expertise to evaluate it. Mr. Bennett says he will now appeal the project to the Board of Supervisors, and will keep...

Miwok council describes need for land

05/26/2021
To honor their ancestors and benefit future generations, the Coast Miwok are trying to get some of their land back. The Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin, a group that formed last year, is mobilizing and meeting with community groups, and they have ambitions to acquire property for a living...

One-room schools to merge districts amid declining rural enrollment

05/26/2021
Lincoln Union Elementary will merge its school district with Laguna Elementary this summer, protecting both historic one-room schoolhouses from demise. “If we don’t join forces, then this way of educating young people out in this community will go away,” Luke McCann, the superintendent of both school districts, said at a...

Point Reyes post office to close at night

05/26/2021
The doors of the Point Reyes post office will be locked at night, thanks to persistent problems with people sleeping, defecating and smoking in the lobby. Postmaster Lanhua Zhou said the final straw came last week when she found poop on the walls and a smoldering fire in the wood...

New fire plan takes a house-out approach

05/19/2021
The Board of Supervisors adopted an updated wildfire protection plan this month that emphasizes the importance of individual homes in preventing disaster. The plan contains dozens of maps detailing individual properties—showing wood roofs and unpaved roads, fire history, who is up for this year’s defensible space evaluations, and more. Combined...

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