Swiss giant buys Cowgirl Creamery

05/19/2016
After a nearly two-decade run as a family-owned business producing and distributing local artisan cheeses, Point Reyes Station’s Cowgirl Creamery and its Petaluma-based wholesale distributor, Tomales Bay Foods, were sold last Friday to a large Swiss dairy company called Emmi. Cowgirl marks the latest in a string of artisan cheese...

The Light endorses Wendi Kallins for District 4 supervisor

05/19/2016
The intense and competitive race for District 4 supervisor is as important to our readers as any office or measure on the 2016 ballot. Our county representative must see the depth of the crisis facing West Marin—and understand how each of its pieces is interdependent with the others—if we are...

FBI searched for suspected killer

05/19/2016
Is there a high-profile fugitive in our midst? A 54-year-old man on the F.B.I.’s top 10 most-wanted list for murdering his wife and children in 2001 in Arizona may have been, or may be, in West Marin. A local told the online news site and aggregator the West Marin Feed...

Point Reyes bookstore is up for sale

05/19/2016
Steve Costa and Kate Levinson were Inverness weekenders with no retail experience when they bought a bookstore in 2002, in Point Reyes Station. At the time, the store was open mostly on the weekends and new titles filled up just a card table. But the couple, who left Oakland to...

Kinsey will sit out vote

05/19/2016
Marin County Supervisor and chairman of the California Coastal Commission, Steve Kinsey, is poised to recuse himself from an upcoming vote on a contentious project that proposes to erect houses, hotels and retail stores—alongside nature preserves and open space—on 401 acres in Newport Beach, representing Southern California’s largest remaining undeveloped...

Nicasio ranch wins right to road in court

05/19/2016
In a lawsuit between a Nicasio couple and the owners of Devil’s Gulch Ranch over the use of a private road and an easement from 1866, a county judge finalized a decision three weeks ago that largely favors the ranch, preserving access to the only road that leads to Devil’s...

West Marin's radio system gaps getting filled

05/19/2016
In The forthcoming update to the county’s communication system will fill coverage gaps in Tomales and Stinson Beach, a principal civil engineer told the Board of Supervisors last week. The system is crucial for first responders and county agencies like the Inverness Public Utility District and the Bolinas Fire Protection...

Candidates took sign rules lightly

05/19/2016
Candidates for District 4 supervisor hoping to broadcast their names and messages have picketed West Marin in recent months with a flurry of political signs, many of which violate county and state rules that prohibit signs in rights of way. Some candidates reason that the illegal placement of signs is...

Richard Havel, 1925 — 2016

05/19/2016
Richard Havel, a renowned medical researcher and elected member of the National Academy of Sciences who lived in Greenbrae and Inverness, died last month. He was 91 years old. Richard was outgoing but modest, and his passions stretched from the research lab to the natural world, particularly to birds and...

Teaching kids philanthropy

05/19/2016
In an era when happiness is generally believed to be based on the wealth and power a person accumulates, little attention is paid to the pleasure of giving to strangers. There are few venues for the practice of philanthropy by ordinary people; religious institutions, the most prominent places for people...

The inspiring Red Lions Dub

05/19/2016
Inspiration. When I first heard Burton Eubank’s disc, Red Lions Dub, I was inspired. Inspired to call him up and let him know that his music was having a powerful effect on our family. We were dancing in our socks on the kitchen floor, grooving to his beat. Burton (on...

Fear

05/19/2016
“If it bleeds, it leads” raises ratings for T.V. and radio shows. Sensational coverage of the latest “pandemic” strikes fear in our hearts and creates financial windfalls for government departments and drug companies. Isolated violent incidents are inflated into national threats. We are encouraged to fear whole segments of our...