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Shoreline will take over Tomales preschool, but wait on Papermill Creek

04/28/2021
The Shoreline Unified School District board voted last week to bring Shoreline Acres under its control starting this fall. The move is intended to align the Tomales preschool with the elementary school, boost staff retention by offering employees health insurance and allow for easier access to state funding. While trustees...

Tomales High School hires new principal

04/28/2021
A former language development teacher for English learners at Tomales High is returning to the school as its principal. On July 1, John McGurke, the vice principal at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, will replace Adam Jennings, who was promoted to the district’s superintendent position. “Having been part of...

Judge sides with SPAWN

04/21/2021
Marin County violated environmental law when it waited to adopt a stream conservation ordinance in the San Geronimo Valley, a judge ruled on April 9. Marin was sued by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or SPAWN, for delaying protections of coho salmon. A judge agreed that the county had...

North Marin's Gallagher well permit appealed

04/21/2021
Customers serviced by North Marin Water District may be facing another dry season with salty water. The coastal permit the district obtained last month to build a new well that would reduce its reliance on wells suffering from chronic saltwater intrusion has been appealed over a host of environmental concerns,...

Farmers face drought crisis

04/21/2021
Farmers and ranchers are scrambling to adapt to what may prove to be the driest year in coastal Marin in the last century. Some have halted crop production or turned to dry farming, while others are considering costly mitigations such as trucking water to their parched properties to keep livestock...

County will redesign dangerous curve on Lucas Valley Road

04/21/2021
A hairpin turn on Lucas Valley Road will be realigned this summer to soften a curve that has been the site of numerous accidents. Just east of the Big Rock trailhead, the Department of Public Works will install a 135-foot retaining wall, allowing the road to shift out from the...

Rise in cases delays tiered reopening plan

04/21/2021
After a slight increase in virus transmission likely due to spring break travel, county regulations did not loosen this week as expected. Despite the fact that Marin boasts high vaccination rates, its population remains vulnerable to Covid-19, public health officials underscored. Compared to 42 percent of Californians and 7 percent...

County appoints new head of community development

04/14/2021
Marin County has a new leader in charge of climate change planning, environmental review, land use, real estate development and code enforcement: Tom Lai was appointed this week to head the Community Development Agency. Mr. Lai is a Novato resident with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in...

Whale washes up on Muir Beach

04/14/2021
Over the course of eight days, four grey whales washed up in the Bay Area, including this one on Muir Beach on April 8. The Marine Mammal Center conducted a necropsy and found bruising and hemorrhaging around the jaw and neck, indicating a ship strike.

Seashore closes Drakes Beach for parking lot overhaul

04/14/2021
Drakes Beach will be closed from May 1 to Aug. 31 while construction crews reconfigure the parking lot and restore a wetland. The work is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore’s two-year road improvement project, which is over 70 percent complete. About half of the two-acre parking lot will...

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