Bolinas-Stinson School consolidates small classes

Bolinas-Stinson Union School District will have two new combined grade classrooms in its elementary program, creating larger classes with more balanced gender ratios, principal Jason Richardson said. The move comes as the district faces decreasing enrollment: this year it will educate 85 students, compared to enrollment in the “low 90s”...

Conservation league hosts agriculture talks

The Marin Conservation League is or- ganizing a four-part series in Septem- ber and October to inform people about ranchlands in the Point Reyes National Seashore before the park’s ranch manage- ment plan is released. “The Marin Conser- vation League has always been interested, as an environmental organization, in the...

County defends Woodacre home stalled for decade

The Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal, filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, of a proposed home in Woodacre that the nonprofit believes would harm fish and increase the likelihood of landslides. Plans for the 1,900-square-foot home, garage and septic system—plagued by a decade of delays because...

Report says coastal parks vulnerable to climate changes

While the National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday today, its recent report on the impact of climate change on the Bay Area’s nine national parks suggests that the coast and its tremendous biodiversity are at risk. In the highest emission scenario, sea levels could rise up to 39...

Joe Marino Capodice, theater stronghold, dies at 80

Joe Marino Capodice, a veteran of West Marin theater who lived a stripped-down life in Inverness, died this month. He was 80 years old. Joe, who for over four decades lived in a roughly 100-square-foot cabin almost completely off the grid, played a major part in the West Marin theater...

Bolinas woman opens downtown beauty salon

Eleven years after Amanda Ross-Mann moved to Bolinas and saw an empty storefront in town, the space is hers. Ms. Ross-Mann, who hosts events at the Mann Family Farm, is also an aesthetician; over the last decade, she has formulated and sold her own botanically based beauty product line, which...

Ranch workers focus at human rights meeting

The harsh lives of ranch workers in West Marin took center stage last week at a Human Rights Commission hearing held in Point Reyes Station, where workers and their advocates discussed long hours, precarious housing and virtually nonexistent access to mental health services, among other problems. Concerned citizens also spoke...

New education guidelines highlight LGBT history

Local school officials are keeping an eye on a revised framework for history and social science curriculum for California’s K-12 schools that for the first time includes contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and people with disabilities. Along with praise from L.G.B.T. advocates, the framework—approved by the state...

Environmentalists ask park to freeze ranch plan, longer leases

Environmental groups suing the National Park Service over the Point Reyes National Seashore’s ranch management plan asked a judge last Friday to issue a preliminary injunction to freeze the process and prohibit new long-term ranch leases until the park updates its 36-year-old general management plan..


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