Rare pygmy whale beaches at Abbotts Lagoon

Since last Thursday afternoon, when hikers in the Point Reyes National Seashore found a five-foot whale washed up on the coastline near Abbotts Lagoon, scientists have been wondering why a rarely seen species beached on Marin shores with no obvious cause. The juvenile male pygmy sperm whale did not show signs presented by most beached members of its species...

Olema water bond paid 
off after four decades

Olema residents have finally paid off a 40-year, $70,000 water bond, the North Marin Water District announced last week. The bond was issued in 1975 when voters decided to switch their water-service provider from the Olema Water Company—a private group—to the water district. The Farmers Home Administration agreed to purchase...

Coastal Commission 
rejects Cowgirl barn appeal

Inverness resident Bridger Mitchell failed to sway the California Coastal Commission to review a permit issued by the county for a 23-foot tall office building in downtown Point Reyes Station, a height he argued was not allowed for accessory structures under the county’s current Local Coastal Program. In an appeal...

Citing shrinking student body, Tomales football drops down

This coming season, the Tomales High School football team will play games with eight men on each side of the ball instead of the traditional 11. The football program failed to sign up enough players to field a junior varsity team last year, forcing most of the varsity team’s starters...

seeks guidance from budget groups

Shoreline Unified School District administrators, trustees, teachers and parents met twice in one week to address transparency as the district moves forward with efforts to balance its deficit budget. A dozen staff and parents gathered for an ad hoc budget committee meeting on Monday night to tackle the budget head-on, while last Wednesday the district’s trustees held a working retreat during which a broad spectrum of topics were discussed—from enhancing inter-school communication to staffing development and funding accountability...

Juan de Dios Gutierrez, father and dairy worker, dies at 45

Juan de Dios Gutierrez, a father of four and dairy worker who milked cows at the Giacomini Ranch for 16 years, died peacefully in his sleep during the early-morning hours of Dec. 29, at his home in Tomales. He was 45 years old. He leaves behind his wife, mother and...

Martinelli to relinquish Tomales Bay cattle ranch

Two years after a 25-year reservation of use and occupancy for Leroy Martinelli’s ranch on Tomales Bay expired, several families are preparing to lose their homes and it’s uncertain which rancher will graze cows on the pasture in the future. Come July, the farmhouse and three trailers clustered around it on the roughly 250-acre Martinelli Ranch will be empty...

West Marin presses to restrict mosquito-control pesticides

Nearly 50 people gathered in the Bolinas Firehouse’s cramped conference room on Tuesday night to hash out the future of mosquito control in West Marin. Since 2005, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District has maintained and...

Auction set for Hedlund land, county readies funds

The primary lienholder on a storied property in San Geronimo will try to sell the parcel at a foreclosure auction on Tuesday, hoping to recoup his investment and clear the property of multiple liens that have dissuaded potential buyers. Victor Scheinman, a retired engineer who has known the property’s owner,...


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