Local purveyors sue over oysters

07/24/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is set to close its shack next week per government orders, but local restaurants facing the loss of a West Marin staple are making a last-ditch effort to save the farm; a coalition of food purveyors and farm supporters filed a lawsuit late last week in federal district court to stop the eviction. The suit claims that then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar needed to follow certain legal procedures, such as consulting with a federal aquaculture coordinating group, before making his decision in 2012 on the farm’s...

CLAM rallies public for purchase of Coast Guard complex

07/24/2014
The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin is seeking broad support in their efforts to acquire the Coast Guard housing on the outskirts of Point Reyes Station. More than 110 people showed up at the Dance Palace for the land trust’s annual meeting on Sunday—a boisterous two hours of speeches punctuated with hoorays and applause, questions about the challenges ahead and, fittingly, a clam chowder dinner—to hear about acquiring roughly three dozen units on the 39-acre site. If successful, CLAM would hold the deed for the underlying land and make homes or rentals available at a much-reduced...

Mystery rocks draw scholarly investigation

07/24/2014
The hundreds of stones lined up off the Tomales Point Trial are so prominent that it’s visible on Google Earth, but high school science teacher Michael Wing missed it for years. When he first read about it, he was surprised. “I thought, ‘That’s crazy.’ I’ve hiked past it a million...

Interim principal at Bodega Bay School

07/24/2014
Joseph Nokes, the music teacher for Tomales Elementary and Bodega Bay School, will take over as interim principal at Bodega Bay School during the upcoming school year following Jane Realon’s resignation, Superintendent Tom Stubbs announced in a letter to parents on Tuesday. Mr. Nokes is well known for putting on musical and theatrical productions. He also worked as a school administrator for Live Oak Unified School District in...

History Walks Return

07/24/2014
The popular historical walking tours of Point Reyes Station will return this weekend for a summer run. The one-hour-plus tours, which take participants down A (Main) Street and back streets, are led by youths from West Marin School and adult volunteers under the guidance of local historians. Local geography, prehistory,...

Mitchell wins award

07/24/2014
The Light’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editor won another accolade last month, a lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. The Eugene Cervi Award, named for the late editor of the Rocky Mountain Journal in Denver, was presented to Dave Mitchell at the annual conference in Durango, Colorado, “not for a single brave accomplishment, however deserving, but for a career of outstanding public service...

Stein paintings at 
Dance Palace

07/24/2014
Ralph Stein suffered a stroke in 1962, when he was only 33 years old. It impaired his ability to speak. But in recent years he had discovered a new passion that didn’t require words: painting. When he lived in New York City in the early 1950s, he wrote in a brief biography of his life, he spent time at an artists’ hangout, Waldorf Cafeteria, in Greenwich Village and met Jackson Pollock and...

Marty Medin, fireman and fisherman

07/24/2014
Marty Medin, a fireman and 56-year West Marin resident known for his generosity and knack for fishing, died in Petaluma on July 9. He was 73. Marty was born in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1940s, to Dorothy Eldred, a Louisiana native who fastened rivets on the assembly line at...

Bolinas-Stinson schools survey is live

07/24/2014
Exhorting the community to “Make your voice heard!” the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has launched a community survey this week to solicit input from district voters on a range of proposed facility upgrades and improvements on Bolinas and Stinson Beach campuses. The survey, developed by the Fiscal Oversight & Facilities...

Tribal storytelling and modern challenges

07/24/2014
On Saturday morning Sherrie Smith-Ferri, of both Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo descent, played a recording of her grandmother’s older sister, a Dry Creek Pomo woman, telling a creation story. After the coyote begged the creator to make people, the creator finally told the coyote to plant feathers that...

Tigger still missing

07/24/2014
Tigger, the cat that lived at West Marin School for many years, went missing a month ago. Though there have been a few sightings, he has not been seen for a while, and it’s possible he was nabbed by a coyote. “[A] neighbor on Carmencita in Inverness Park has reported...

Park management flip-flopped on Lunny operation

07/24/2014
In the July 17 Point Reyes Light, Gordon Bennett counters the letter to the community from the Lunny family (July 10). Bennett’s op-ed is full of half-truths and innuendo, and is disingenuous. While the Lunnys were told fairly early on by park superintendent Don Neubacher that the park service did...