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ESL classes quadruple thanks to school and library collaboration

03/23/2017
English as a Second Language classes are set to quadruple in West Marin thanks to a joint effort between Shoreline Unified School District and the Marin County Free Library, which together roped in $26,000 from state adult education funds to hire five new teachers and increase the number of classes...

Residents signal concerns over AT&T tower

03/22/2017
A proposed cell tower near a water tank on Inverness Public Utility District land has neighbors worried about public health, the environment and property values. The location, on Vision Road, has also raised questions about whether deed restrictions or access issues will hamper the proposal, which is still in its...

Lagunitas, facing budget crisis, will seek parcel tax

03/22/2017
Lagunitas School District trustees voted last week to put a parcel tax on the November ballot—critical funding for the district that still won’t balance an ongoing budget deficit that officials say is rooted in an unusually high number of special-needs students. Without the tax, the district says it would have...

Tomales and Bodega Bay schools get principal after three years’ vacancy

03/22/2017
A founding director of a charter school in San Diego County will become Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools’ new principal, filling a three-year-old vacancy. Amanda Massey comes to the district from High Tech High Elementary North County, where she’s been a founding director of the charter network since 2014...

Bolinas woman would help bolster moms in fraternal order of mothers

03/22/2017
Elnora Mae Phillips is a student of motherhood. She has researched and unpacked the centuries-old restrictions Western civilization has placed on mothers, including as a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. “When I began my research there, I just wanted to know how mothering had become such a...

Reviled invasive taking root in San Geronimo Valley

03/16/2017
Invasive plants are not uncommon in Marin, but a relatively new encroacher in the San Geronimo Valley has a particularly fearsome international reputation. Fallopia japonica, or Japanese knotweed, is considered one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. The plant can survive on volcanic slopes and punches through asphalt and...

Health care repeal threatens hundreds in West Marin

03/16/2017
The House Republicans unveiled legislation last week to replace the Affordable Care Act, and the bill’s various proposals—such as rolling back the expansion of Medicaid—have local health care officials considering the worst possible outcomes. Medicaid, which in California is called Medi-Cal, covers over 12 million people in the state, a...

Caltrans will widen highway and add rumble strips

03/16/2017
Caltrans is planning to create rumble strips through the center of 30 miles of Highway 1, and widen the roadway in 40 places, a $5 million effort to improve safety in Marin, according to the agency. Last week, the agency secured a permit for the project from the California Coastal...

Film screening on folksinger Phil Ochs

03/16/2017
Meegan Ochs-Potter feels confident that if her father, legendary folk singer Phil Ochs, were alive today, he’d be invigorated by the political climate. “I think this would bring him back to [making music]. It’s such a galvanizing time,” Ms. Ochs-Potter, who lives in Woodacre, said. Two pivotal pieces of Mr...

Tocaloma body identified as Penngrove woman

03/16/2017
The human remains discovered near Platform Bridge Road in Tocaloma last month have been identified as a 63-year-old Penngrove woman, and a homicide investigation is underway. Annie Bailly, who was reported missing by her husband on Dec. 7, 2014, was identified through dental records after a skeletal examination by the...

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