Bolinas-Stinson parents, officials disagree over learning

As enrollment at Bolinas-Stinson Union School District continues to plunge, a group of parents have pegged a large share of the blame on what they decry as educational shortfalls, particularly in math. The group maintains that at least 55 families have left the district since 2007, driven away by fears...

Western Weekend draws service-minded highschoolers

Two Tomales High School students are running for Junior Grand Marshal, the successor title to the Western Weekend Queen, a scholarship contest over six decades old. Last month, the West Marin Lions Club announced that it would nix the crown competition and instead select a Junior Grand Marshal. The change...

Houses to come down in creek project

Clearing the way for an upcoming habitat restoration project along Lagunitas Creek, the National Park Service is set to remove 15 vacant homes and accessory structures that formed the historic neighborhoods of Tocaloma and Jewell. With the buildings out of the way, the nonprofit Salmon Protection and Watershed Network plans...

Low scores, big gaps in test’s first year

With the school year winding down, many students in West Marin have breathed sighs of relief after completing California’s new standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, late last month. As the state tabulates scores for this year’s round of testing, local administrators are hashing out how to interpret last year’s...

Western Weekend art exhibit joins two forces

Opening on Western Weekend, an exhibit showcasing student artwork and pictures snapped by local Latinos will be on display at Toby’s Gallery. From Saturday through June...

Facing relocation, seniors form tenants association

Faced with temporary relocation while their apartments undergo renovations over the summer, over a dozen elderly tenants living at Point Reyes Station’s Walnut Place have formed an association to bring their concerns to the building’s nonprofit owner, EAH Housing...

Muir Beach lawyer’s suit on takings shot down in court

Swatting down a challenge to how much power Marin County and the California Coastal Commission have when approving or denying building permits, a county superior court judge last Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by a

Fresh Focaccia in Dogtown

MAKING DOUGH: Dogtown residents Claudia, Stella and Enzo Buckenmeyer took advantage of the tourist traffic—and their mom’s bread oven—on Sunday, selling baked focaccia by the side of the road. After about 45 minutes, they had sold seven loaves at $10 a piece. (The youngest sibling, Stella, was spied eating half...

Pesticide okayed in West Marin septics

Small doses of a pesticide long banned from West Marin will now be allowed for use in septic systems under a new agreement between the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and the West Marin Mosquito Council . Capping off months of negotiations mediated by Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the parties...

SPAWN drops lawsuit as county prepares report on development impacts

The nonprofit Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is poised to drop its suit against Marin County over a stalled 2013 streamside conservation ordinance that it said inadequately addressed development impacts on endangered coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek. The Forest Knolls-based nonprofit is scrapping the case on grounds of irrelevance: the...


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