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Farmers market management shifts out of local control

05/05/2021
For 25 years, the Point Reyes Farmers' Market has been run by a steering committee of local volunteers. It has developed into a major community hub in the summer, featuring music, a kids’ zone and tantalizing samples from a rotating cast of chefs outside Toby’s Feed Barn, as well as...

Thomasina Wilson, saloon boss

05/05/2021
Thomasina Wilson, the owner of the Papermill Creek Saloon for over 50 years, died on Jan. 20 at 96 years old. Thomasina moved to the valley in 1948 and raised 14 children in Lagunitas. At the bar, she was known simply as “the boss lady.” She bought the saloon when...

Shoreline Unified will update its dress code, seeking fairness

05/05/2021
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Unified School District is updating a dress code policy that the school’s trustees and administration say is sexist, outdated and inconsistently enforced.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...

Record store opens this weekend next to Western

05/05/2021
The first-ever record store in West Marin is opening on Saturday in Point Reyes Station. Loose Joints Records, next door to the Western, is a venture by musician Dylan Squires and record collector Brian Ojalvo. Their goal is to create a customer-centric outlet for collectors and newbies alike. Their inventory...

Coastal commission approves park’s ranching plan

04/28/2021
After a sometimes-contentious meeting that lasted more than 10 hours on Earth Day, the California Coastal Commission approved, 5-4, an amended consistency determination for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s general management plan amendment, meaning the plan is considered consistent “to the maximum extent practical” with the state’s rules for the...

Neighbor appeals Bolinas affordable housing project

04/28/2021
A neighbor appealed the Bolinas Community Land Trust’s downtown affordable housing project last week, citing concerns with the buildings’ impact on his property. The land trust is digging in its heels ahead of a Board of Supervisors hearing anticipated in early June, and said the appeal would delay the project...

Rising numbers living in cars

04/28/2021
The number of people living in their vehicles in Marin nearly doubled in the past two years, reflecting a chronic issue that is complex and expensive to address. Homelessness on the coast continues to be a grueling ordeal, especially for mentally ill people struggling to maintain their stability. Marin is...

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...

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