Postal service pressed for impact study in advance of Petaluma closure

12/18/2014
The looming closure of the United States Postal Service’s distribution center in Petaluma will slow down service and could affect not just letters but medication delivery and voting by mail, according to local Congressional representatives and North Bay residents...

West Marin Senior Services seeks southern volunteers

12/18/2014
Marin County is quietly playing host to the state’s fastest growing aging adult population, and nonprofit organizations like West Marin Senior Services are calling for more volunteers to help fill the gaps in elder care. According to the 2010 census, 27 percent of Marin’s...

County approves first road and trail management plan

12/18/2014
The first plan to manage roughly 250 miles of road and trails in Marin’s open space preserves, and its environmental impact report, were approved by county supervisors on Tuesday after years of local input and pushback on restrictions in earlier iterations...

Flood busts through park repair at Stinson

12/18/2014
Last Thursday’s storm revealed flaws in a flood repair project undertaken this year by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when two feet of water pooled in the northern section of the parking lot at Stinson Beach, spilling over berms and into homes on neighboring Calle del Pinos. The parking lot sits in a low-lying flood plain between the beach and Easkoot Creek...

Disaster crew proves mettle

12/18/2014
The Point Reyes Disaster Council was activated last Thursday for the first time in over five years, and ran mostly without a hitch. The council consists of a radio network of eyewitness civilian radio operators and relays information to the county’s firehouse in Point Reyes Station. “Everybody stepped in and...

Radio device failed in storm

12/18/2014
Last Thursday morning, just after the brunt of the much-hyped storm, Richard Dillman realized something was wrong with West Marin’s emergency radio system. Lynn Axelrod, Point Reyes Station’s disaster council coordinator, had hopped on the system and tried to reach Mr. Dillman, KWMR’s transmitter wrangler. But her voice came through...

Rock icon celebrates novel

12/18/2014
Drummer Greg Anton says that music is the most expressive medium, but recently he decided to revisit that conviction in another art form: the novel. “[Music is] a pure expression of emotion. The only way to experience time is by playing or listening to music,” said Mr. Anton, who moved...

Drakes Bay counts down final days

12/18/2014
The last commercially grown oysters will be removed from Drakes Estero in the next 13 days, and the onshore buildings used by Drakes Bay Oyster Company—including the oyster shack and eventually the worker housing—will soon be gone, too. That’s despite calls from the rancher’s association last July to consider keeping the shack open for retail sales and the housing available for ranch workers as part...

Animating Grace Paley

12/18/2014
Last Sunday, Steve Costa stood in the rain, guiding cars into the parking lot of the Presbyterian church with a patient, bemused air. “Now I can add parking attendant to my resume,” he cracked as he embraced a guest. Behind him, a large Monterey pine had crashed through the fence,...