Supervisors approve budget, without cuts

Marin County supervisors approved a $490 million budget last week, a 5.8 percent increase from last fiscal year bolstered by a turnaround on the housing market. The budget did not cut any services and gave a 2.8 percent cost-of-living raise to public employees, totaling $7.3 million. Supervisors approved a 10...

Prostitution sting catches 22 Marin men

Twenty-two men in Marin were arrested this week on misdemeanor charges for trying to hire prostitutes at hotels in Novato, San Rafael, Corte Madera and Mill Valley in conjunction with an FBI sting, Operation Cross Country. Nine prostitutes were taken into stations for questioning and, if they had no outstanding...

Reactions mixed over court’s teacher tenure ruling

A court ruling earlier this month overturned California’s tenure laws as unconstitutional, drawing criticism from some West Marin union representatives and administrators. After a lengthy trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu sided with nine students who said their right to an equal education was being infringed by teachers’...

Marshall post office faces possible closure

Not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stops delivery of the mail, but the federal government can. The United States Postal Service’s comprehensive plan to reduce services and retail hours at small post offices across the country will come to Marshall next. The service will send surveys...

Girl spent night lost in state park

A nine-year-old girl who went missing in Samuel P. Taylor State Park on Friday was found 21 hours later, on Saturday morning, by two bikers who live in the San Geromino Valley. The search and rescue operation enlisted the help of teams from eight nearby...

No more downtown signs, village association decides

The disappearance of two sandwich boards from the West Marin Commons in May set off a discussion about sign policy at the Point Reyes Station Village Association meeting last Thursday. “Just the past few years I’ve noticed the beginnings of sandwich boards up and down Point Reyes Station, around the corners, when you enter town and leave town. The reality is that those are restricted and not allowed,” said Pamela Bridges, who led the discussion. “A merchant says, ‘Hey, they have a sandwich board. I’ll make mine a little bigger...

In pilot project, health alliance opens low-income dental clinic

A pilot dental clinic operated by the Coastal Health Alliance, which will serve low-income patients two days a week in Point Reyes Station, opened for business on Wednesday. The project, which will run at least till the end of the year, will allow the nonprofit to gauge..

Historic bluffside home to 
become park property

The Point Reyes National Seashore is on the cusp of taking possession of a historic residence sitting on sandstone cliffs overlooking South Beach, between B and C Ranches, after the couple who held the Reservation of Use and Occupancy died last fall and their children decided to give up the remainder, according to the seashore. Although the structures, many almost a century old, carry rich histories, their precarious position puts their future at risk. The park is awaiting final paperwork from the family, but the transfer of the three and a half acres is imminent, seashore spokesperson John Dell’Osso said….

Sea level raised in
school bond discussion

The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District may float a general obligation bond up to $13.7 million on the November ballot to renovate facilities and possibly expand its campuses with new construction. During an hour-long discussion at last week’s meeting, trustees...

Marin hit third hardest in whooping cough epidemic

California is in the midst of a pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic—and Marin County has the third-highest rate among the state’s 58 counties, according to recent data from the California Department of Public Health. (Sonoma and Napa have the highest and...


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