Shoreline trustees to 
field questions from 
prospective candidates

Four of seven seats on Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees are up for election this November and at least one trustee, representing southwest Sonoma, won’t be running to keep her seat. To help drum up candidates this election season, the Family Engagement Committee at Tomales Elementary School is...

Second Mother’s Day fire scorches Bolinas ravine

At around 3 a.m. on Mother’s Day morning in Bolinas, Jeff Miottel walked outside after his wife smelled smoke. He spied a fire in Jack’s Cove, north of Agate Beach. He warned his neighbors, took a few pictures when it didn’t appear to be an immediate threat, and returned home...

Powell-Porrata family to host lemonade benefit

Ezequiel Powell, an Inverness boy who was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer a year and a half ago, finished his chemotherapy and radiation treatment in February, and his vigor is quickly returning. “He really has almost a different personality now,” said his mother, Alex Porrata. “He’s able...

Baseball matchup raises college funds on Saturday

Tomales High School will host the third annual Jake Velloza Memorial Baseball Game on Saturday, honoring a former alumni and United States Army soldier who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009. The occasion, one of the largest events of the year at the high school, consists of two...

Stinson project will wait for new coastal program

A decision on a contested development proposed for a low-lying neighborhood of Stinson Beach was once again postponed by supervisors—this time until the county approves a new Local Coastal Program, which could delay a call on the project until winter or next spring. In the meantime, the Community Development Agency...

The Shop opens shop in Olema

Liz Lavoie was cutting up a bright pink cashmere sweater on Saturday afternoon at a new mercantile in Olema that opened the first weekend of May. Ms. Lavoie turns hole-ridden cashmere clothing into mosaic-like scarves, throws, ponchos, hats and baby blankets. “I’m crazy for cashmere,” she explained. The new shop,...

Bolinas woman arrested

Sixty-five-year-old Bolinas resident Martha Wax was arrested at her home last Thursday for allegedly embezzling over $200,000 from her mother, Charlotte Speight, between 2009 and 2014. The arrest came just three weeks after Ms. Speight’s death on April 15, her 96th birthday. A handwritten note from Ms. Wax, published in...

soar to 
Surfer’s Overlook

Donations to a Bolinas committee devoted to rescuing a portion of road at Surfer’s Overlook, which experts say could collapse without swift intervention, skyrocketed this week. After collecting roughly $150,000 over the last six months, the committee raised more than $250,000 in the past week, with the help of a...

departure brings on déjà vu

The Board of Trustees of Shoreline Unified School District on Tuesday formally accepted Superintendent Tom Stubbs’s resignation, which will take effect on June 30. The board was required to hold a special meeting to accept the resignation, and they elected unanimously to do so after an hour-long deliberation in closed...

Medical director will retire

After 37 years, Mike Witte announced that he will step down as the medical director of the Coastal Health Alliance in the fall, and ramp up his work with a Sacramento-based nonprofit that advocates for health care reforms. “One patient said, ‘Thirty-seven years and you’re gonna leave me?’ I said,...


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