Halleck Creek founder raises funds for book

07/23/2015
On a sunny July afternoon, a 13-year-old girl was lifted out of her wheelchair and eased into a saddle. Her legs, wracked by cerebral palsy, stretched rigidly along the neck of her horse as she settled into place. But after half an hour of riding in a covered arena, her tight muscles had loosened...

Clean Energy promises greener

07/23/2015
When Marin Clean Energy announced it would halve 2015 purchases of the controversial “unbundled” renewable energy certificates to only 15 percent of its total electricity, Paul Fenn, a pioneer in the community choice aggregation movement, was cautiously optimistic...

Shoreline halves caretaker hours

07/23/2015
Critics blasted a decision made last Thursday by Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees to cut the hours of a groundskeeper, Ernesto Orozco, from full to half-time while three out of the board’s seven...

Sacred Heart welcomes first Mexican priest

07/23/2015
This month, Father Rafael Antonio de Avila y Romero began a six-year post at Sacred Heart Church in Olema. He is the church’s first Mexican pastor in its more-than 100-year history, and he joins a community where over half of school-aged children are Latino. Soft-spoken, though conveying an intense conviction,...

Support for green changes

07/23/2015
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved resolutions that give property owners in unincorporated areas access to clean-energy financing in the form of county loans paid back through property-tax bills. The property-assessed financing was developed in 2008 to make it easier to fund energy-efficiency, water-conservation and renewable-energy improvements to homes...

Olema Creek smolt figure surprises researchers

07/23/2015
An estimated 2,343 coho salmon smolt migrated this spring from Olema Creek, an amount lower than last year but double what was expected, according to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Though an average number compared to all years since the park started trapping smolt in 2004 to collect data, the...

Mystery novel sheds light on global war

07/23/2015
Inverness author Ivan Light’s new novel, “Deadly Secret of the Lusitania,” is a story about two mysteries: one factual, one fictional. A partial account of the events surrounding the sinking of this great liner—resulting in the deaths of over 1,100 passengers and crew—is wrapped around a tale of a deadly...

Hello and goodbye to Peter Coyote

07/23/2015
To call Peter Coyote a hippie would be neither fair nor accurate, though he spent a lot of time in the great unwashed American counterculture and helped to shape its members. “I don’t like the word or the concept of hippie,” Coyote told a packed house in a hot second-floor...

Planning for pets in emergencies

07/23/2015
In the summer of 1995, locals Susan Sasso and Peter Svirsky penned columns for the Light on protecting animals in a disaster. It was especially timely: a couple of months later, the Mount Vision Fire broke out. Their advice remains vital today, with just a little updating. Contingency planning for...