Ending stalemate, Open Classroom approves doors

The Open Classroom community reached consensus last week to approve the installation of sliding doors in the program’s facility at San Geronimo School. Principal Laura Shain spoke with parents and teachers during a three-hour meeting and helped mediate a resolution. Teachers had been divided in half on the issue, with...

Point Reyes Light and West Marin Citizen negotiations

F or the last eight years, we have published this newspaper alongside The West Marin Citizen , competing against it for advertising, readership and moral support. The Citizen, whose founders included former employees and contributors of the Light, is the longest-running competitor in our 67-year history. Over time, both its...

On senior stress

Senior year of high school is the year of lasts: your last first day, your last homecoming, your last Friday night football game, your last prom, your last goodbye. It’s the time of packing up your life, nicely and with a bow, to unwrap it again in August, miles away...

Ole Schell film featured in museum exhibit in April

Filmmaker Ole Schell, who grew up in Bolinas, has made documentaries about high-fashion models (by following around his ex-girlfriend, on and off, for five years) and about a hip hop dancer who performed in China with Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep. But he really likes stories of escape. “I always...

Lawson’s tenants sad as they enter final year

After nearly five decades, the long-term travel trailers at Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach are approaching the final year of their tenure. Last month, the campground’s co-owner, Mike Lawson, sent a letter alerting trailer tenants that they would be receiving formal eviction notices in April of next year, and that...

Planners in quandary over Valley addition

The Marin County Planning Commission sided with a San Geronimo Valley landowner last month in his quest to secure approval for a 93-square-foot addition to a second unit—despite the county staff’s argument that the addition is illegal. Commissioners unanimously ruled in favor of owner Dylan Arroyo, swayed more by personal...

Tomales baseball head coach to step down at season’s end

The Tomales High Braves baseball team is off to a 2-0 start to open up the 2015 season, which will be the last of coach Bill Tucker’s 20-year career at the high school. A seventh-grade core teacher, Mr. Tucker has taught for 26 years and coached for over 30 years...

Inverness Almanac combines the practical and the poetic

What week of the year should you plant spinach? When will California poppies bloom and pygmy nuthatches start nesting? What is it like to listen to the language of the natural world on a hike, to walk on Tomales Bay every morning for 20 years, to watch a deer die on the side of the road? What’s the best way to make huckleberry pie?

Shoreline gets tutorial on open-meetings act

Shoreline Unified School District’s administrators and trustees gathered last Wednesday for a workshop on California’s Brown Act and conflict-of-interest rules presented by Patrick Wilson, a lawyer with School and College Legal Services of California. The Brown Act is California’s open-meeting law that dictates what elected officials can and cannot do...

Benefit exhibit will 
showcase Bratenhal works

Alexander Bratenhal, who died of complications arising from AIDs in 1993, listened to funk music and R&B when he painted his lively, large-scale works teeming with social sature. One piece, “Space City,” reflects those big beats. “The piece is loud and rhythmic and funky,” said his sister, Laura Alderdice, an...


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