Penalties increase for open space preserves

To increase compliance with laws protecting Marin County’s Open Space, county supervisors on Tuesday recommended increasing the penalties for 11 violations on the court’s bail schedule. Eight of the offenses will be upped from infractions to “wobblettes,” a legal term for wobbling between an infraction and misdemeanor; three others appear...

Teachers ask to renegotiate class sizes, salaries at Lagunitas

The Lagunitas Teachers Association has asked to renegotiate three critical pieces of its contract, including compensation and class sizes. Though reopening contracts isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary, the request comes after five years of deficit spending by the district, which expects it will fail to meet state-mandated requirements for...

Outsiders say keep elk, 
not ranches

The National Park Service received more than 3,000 comment letters on the preparation of a plan that will govern the future of West Marin’s dairy and cattle ranches in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The vast majority of opinions, sent from outside West Marin, denounced attempts to remove free-ranging herds...

Baby Gym taken off chopping block, thanks to school grant

Baby Gym, a Dance Palace Community Center program for babies and toddlers that has run for three decades, will return this Tuesday after it was cut this summer as part of an attempt to reign in a budget shortfall. The free program, which provides a space for parents and young...

Sunken steamer found in Point Reyes waters

A ship that wrecked off the coast of Point Reyes over a century ago was discovered this week with sonar equipment and remote-controlled video cameras, a victory in the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s two-year mission to find about 300 ships that have wrecked in the Gulf of the Farallones...

Portable classroom flies to Stinson campus

The flatbed trailers came barreling down from Vacaville, led by an escort—a truck that appeared miniature beneath the flapping flags, the streaming banner proclaiming “WIDE LOAD,” and the two halves of what would be Stinson Beach Preschool’s new classroom, each 12 feet by 40 feet. The convoy made its way down to Novato, west to Point Reyes Station, south past Olema and Dogtown along Highway 1 to Stinson Beach. (One wonders how the drivers navigated the Thirteen Turns.) The trailers and a...

Stall fee hike could stress farmers market

The Point Reyes Farmers Market could face a large uptick in fees under a bill on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Authored by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Democrat representing Sacramento, and passed by the state legislature in August, A.B. 1871 proposes many changes for farmers markets: punishing deceptive claims about agricultural...

Michael Pollan post 
for Point Reyes retreat

Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in Point Reyes Station, is kicking off a new fellowship in honor of Michael Pollan, the author of numerous books on the modern eater’s relationship with food. For two weeks every year, the Michael Pollan Fellowship for Journalism will bring to Point Reyes a writer...

New buffer rule little help to rural cyclists

Becca Ruiz, a 20-year-old Texan who cycled through West Marin with a dog in tow on her way to Point Arena on Tuesday, often feels trepidation on the road. “People try to squeeze by me, and it scares the crap outta me,” she said. It’s one of the reasons a state law took effect this week that requires motorists to maintain a three-foot buffer while passing bicyclists—whenever possible. (California joined over 20 other states with its implementation of the three-foot buffer rule.) But the law makes an...

Tomales seniors to the trustees: Let us out 
for lunch, please

In keeping with tradition, Tomales High School seniors stayed late after school Thursday to make their annual case for off-campus lunch privileges to Shoreline’s school board. “I’d like to hear from the seniors,” trustee Monique Moretti said when the topic arose, and 15 of the upperclassmen jumped from their seats...


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