Facing deficit, Lagunitas cuts special education director

The Lagunitas School District is working to address a $165,711 budget deficit, for starters by electing not to renew the contract of the district’s special education director, Pat O’Connor, at a savings of around $30,000 next year. Ms. O’Connor was hired by the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District for a one-year...

Seashore tallies oyster company leftovers

The Point Reyes National Seashore removed 37,000 pounds of oysters and growing materials from Drakes Estero in January, which the park believes is the “vast majority” of bivalves and aquaculture equipment, seashore outreach coordinator Melanie Gunn said in an email to the Light. The survey of Drakes Estero, conducted by...

Seashore elk herds rose and fell with fences in 2014

The fate of many tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore last year largely hinged on whether or not they were enclosed in a fence. The fenced herd at Tomales Point dropped by 20 percent during 2014, while the two free-ranging herds grew, according to seashore wildlife ecologist Dave...

Mosquito district seeking tax hike

Property owners in Marin have until April 15 to vote on whether the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District may levy a tax to maintain “baseline” services that the district says could be disrupted by high staff salary and benefits costs within the next few years. If approved, the assessment...

One man’s efforts may change oystering on bay

From his old silver Prius parked on the side of Highway One, Richard James pulls out oyster-growing gear he has collected from Tomales Bay in recent months: heaps of zip ties, chunks of rope, coated copper wire and a bag of blue gloves. There is a perfectly intact oyster-growing bag...

West Marin Pharmacy settles employees’ suit

The West Marin Pharmacy settled claims last month from three former employees who alleged they had not been paid enough for breaks and overtime—but that agreement was rescinded late Wednesday, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer. As reported by the Marin Independent Journal this week, the state Labor Commission ruled that...

Huffman tries again to force Coast Guard sale

The Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes Station is once again on the federal agenda. On Tuesday, Congressman Jared Huffman re-introduced a bill to give Marin County the first option of purchasing the 30-acre property from the federal government, for use as affordable housing. The Coast Guard told the...

Last round of ranch plan comments mixed

Last month, the Point Reyes National Seashore released a summation of public comments it received during two public workshops and a week-long comment period held last November about its forthcoming ranch management plan. The aim was to solicit extra input after a six-week scoping...

Jean Lyttle, longtime West Marin School teacher, dies at 87

Jean Lyttle, a retired kindergarten teacher at West Marin School who lived in Inverness and Inverness Park for over 50 years, passed away on March 7, at 87 years old. Jean was a Bay Area native who loved the outdoors, taking her kids to the beach during summers and backpacking...


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