Middle schoolers make headway on valley skate park

Three Lagunitas School eighth graders are one step closer to building a skate park on campus, after the school board officially recognized their skate club and cleared the way for fundraising last week. Ian Andrews, Atticus Bliss-McHone and Dylan Grimmer have spent the year organizing the club and planning the...

New fire plan takes a house-out approach

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...

McClure dairy shuts down

Bob McClure is closing his dairy operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore, putting an end to the largest and oldest dairy in the park and leaving the eight families who live on the land without housing or work. The McClures have lived on the peninsula for four generations, longer...

Supes looking at clubhouse for fire headquarters

Marin County is exploring the purchase of the former San Geronimo Golf Course clubhouse to use as a headquarters for its fire department. The Board of Supervisors discussed acquiring the 22-acre parcel in a closed-session meeting last week. Jason Weber, the Marin County Fire chief, said his department outgrew the...

An ecosystem in recovery at the Bear Valley Trail

A hike along the Point Reyes National Seashore’s newly reopened Bear Valley Trail, closed for nine months after last summer’s Woodward Fire, offers abundant signs of nature’s healing: A woodpecker drumming on a blackened tree, wildflowers basking in pockets of sunlight and a lingering scent of charcoal in the air...

Drakes Bay increasingly attractive to elephant seals

The number of breeding elephant seals that find refuge on the shores of Point Reyes exploded this year, with numbers climbing from 1,844 in 2017 to 2,524. Despite the effort by park service employees to reduce breeding activity on the most public part of Drakes Beach, the site only rose...

Marin vaccinating youths

Marin is aiming to be one of the only communities in the United States to reach herd immunity after the Pfizer vaccine passed regulatory approval for youth ages 12 to 15 this week. The county aims to give half of the roughly 4,000 adolescents in this group their first dose...

Combatting hate speech

Each year, eighth-grade social studies students at Lagunitas Middle School participate in something called a Change Project. It’s a chance for us to identify and address a problem in our community. Due to what we see and hear at a national and local level, we’ve decided on a Change Project...

Shoreline Unified will update its dress code, seeking fairness

The Shoreline Unified School District is updating a dress code policy that the school’s trustees and administration say is sexist, outdated and inconsistently enforced. A change was proposed by Thomas Tyson, a new trustee, who said his daughter came home in tears in fourth grade because a teacher found that...


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