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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 Superintendent John Carroll said his administration has not been following the policy because the procedure is outdated and unwieldy.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...

New R.V.s at Dillon Beach Resort draw criticism, trigger permit

06/06/2019
Complaints from residents have prompted the California Coastal Commission to review recent changes at Dillon Beach Resort, where the new owner has replaced 12 R.V.s with tiny-home-style R.V.s to be rented on a nightly basis. Although the resort is compliant with its county use permit, residents counter that the new...

Point Reyes moo clock revived for parade

06/06/2019
For the last five years, downtown Point Reyes Station has been unusually quiet—at least, when it comes to livestock sounds. Since the 1980s, a rooster’s crow and a cow’s moo had issued from the roof of the Western Saloon, indicating noontime and 6 p.m. every day. But one day it...

Michelle Lujan, a mother who brought beauty, dies at 51

06/06/2019
Michelle Lujan, an esthetician who dedicated her life to creating beauty of every kind, whether through dance, food or caregiving, died from ovarian cancer on May 14. She was 51 years old. Michelle moved to Bolinas in the early 2000s and later to Point Reyes Station, where she opened up...

Marin budget goes to public

06/06/2019
The proposed 2019-2020 county budget, part of a two-year plan approved by supervisors last June, is slated to be $677.1 million, a 7.3 percent increase from last year. That small jump is in keeping with that from the year before, and it reflects Marin’s slow growth. The county estimates that...

MALT protects Nicasio land

06/06/2019
A Nicasio dairy ranch is the latest beneficiary of county Measure A funds, after Marin County Parks this week awarded $1.5 million to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to purchase an agricultural easement on a 758-acre property owned by the Ielmorini family. Doug Ielmorini, a fifth-generation rancher, and Cathy Ielmorini,...

Angel sharks wash up on Chicken Ranch Beach

05/30/2019
Three angelsharks washed up on Chicken Ranch Beach last week, too decayed for necropsies by the time a Department of Fish and Wildlife researcher responded. Yet Dr. Mark Okihiro, a senior fish pathologist for the department, said sharks commonly die from naturally occurring pathogens that disorient them. “Most of these...

Olema Valley historic ranch leased to University of California for research

05/29/2019
The University of California this month expanded its Natural Reserve System with the inclusion of a historic Olema Valley ranch, which it began leasing from the Point Reyes National Seashore last year. The ranch, operated by the seashore since the early 2000s as the Pacific Coast and Learning Center, is...

Farmers market debuts in downtown Tomales

05/29/2019
It’s about to get easier for the residents of Tomales to get fresh, local food: a new farmers’ market begins on June 1 on the corner of Highway 1 and First Street, and will run through the summer on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There’s not a huge...

Inverness woman starts "conservative curious" discussion group

05/29/2019
Talking about politics is difficult, but it may be easier when your opinions don’t align wholly with one party. That’s the experience of Jessica Dang, an Inverness resident who founded a group called Conservative Curious in February. Ms. Dang is a registered Republican who identifies as a moderate, but in...

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