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Tea purveyor settlement may save structures

06/19/2019
David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident and tea purveyor who has protected dozens of unpermitted buildings on his property from demolition despite a decade of legal actions and mounting fines from the county, this month brought a briefcase with $46,000 in cash to court. The county did not touch the...

Don Jolley: Learning without bounds

06/19/2019
For Don Jolley, who retired this spring after 31 years teaching in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, learning is boundless. Inquiry must involve both hands, span academic and artistic disciplines, and leave no stone unturned. Mr. Jolley taught all subjects to sixth graders for 12 years, then specialized for the...

Civil grand jury calls for more school resource officers

06/19/2019
On any given workday, Marin County’s school resource officer might read with a class, respond to a weapon on campus or give perspective to a troubled child. “The only thing I know is that it is going to be different from the day before. No two days are the same,”...

Retiring Inverness resident leaves seat on aging commission

06/19/2019
The Commission on Aging is looking for a new member, and the outgoing commissioner would like to see a West Marin representative fill his role. Jim Monson, 86, is leaving the advisory board after nine years. “Jim is an extraordinarily kind, considerate, pleasant and patient person. He is smart and...

Marin free library system drops late fees, hopes to boost visitation

06/19/2019
In an effort to be more equitable and inclusive, the Marin County Free Library is getting rid of fines for overdue books. On July 1, all fines will be forgiven at the library’s 10-branch system, and the 25-cent daily late charge will be eliminated. “It costs the library more in...

Fire on Vision slow, thanks to moist fuels

06/13/2019
The weekend’s intense heat wave coincided with a fire on Mount Vision that gave responders a chance to gear up while fire fuels are at their peak moisture after winter’s heavy rains. On Monday afternoon, a branch fell on a power line on Mount Vision Road in the Point Reyes...

Lagunitas teachers press Carroll over hiring practice

06/13/2019
At an emotional Lagunitas School District board meeting, teachers criticized the administration’s failure to follow a school policy of assembling a committee to screen candidates for interviews when hiring instructors. Superintendent John Carroll said his administration has not been following the policy because the procedure is outdated and unwieldy. “It...

Poor start to snowy plover nesting season

06/13/2019
Western snowy plovers, federally threatened shorebirds that stand just six inches tall, likely struggled in the winter’s heavy storms. Biologists in the Point Reyes National Seashore are seeing fewer nests than expected on the dunes of the bird’s breeding beaches. As of last week, just 18 plover nests have been...

Survey shows restrooms top priority for Point Reyes Station

06/13/2019
The majority of residents who completed a recent county survey regarding water and wastewater use and systems in Point Reyes Station identified the lack of public restrooms as a top concern, though the response rate so far is low, just 18 percent. Last Wednesday, county representatives presented the preliminary results...

County will shift to centralized vote tally

06/13/2019
Marin County Elections officials will count ballots in a central location within the next few years, eliminating the practice of local poll machines tallying votes. The change, expected by November 2020, comes alongside the purchase of a new voting system approved the Board of Supervisors last week. The system upgrade...

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