Ranch plan will balance mowing with bird nesting

02/11/2016
The harvest of silage, an important way some ranches curb costs and reduce their carbon footprints, impacts birds at three dairies in the Point Reyes National Seashore, according to a study released in December by Point Blue Conservation Science, a research-based nonprofit. The seashore commissioned the study as part of...

Bookstore presents day of reforestation conversation

02/11/2016
Trees are gatekeepers. Bridging earth and sky, they give us physical and emotional shelter—while filling myriad other ecological, aesthetic and spiritual roles. They inhale carbon dioxide, and lock it away in their wood. They turn the soil, catch the fog and slow the floods. They feed multitudes, human and otherwise...

Petition to draft Rodoni for county supervisor

02/11/2016
An online petition to lure Dennis Rodoni of Olema into the 4th District’s supervisor race may bear fruit: Mr. Rodoni, a lifelong West Marin resident and the owner of Rodoni Construction, who challenged Mr. Kinsey for the seat over a decade ago, said he is considering a run. “I need...

Huffman: “This land is your land”

02/11/2016
Housing supporters and a Congressional representative last Friday morning celebrated the passage of legislation that ensures the Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes Station is turned into affordable housing. The legislative mandate—part of the broader Coast Guard Authorization Act, which Congress passed two weeks ago and which was signed...

Coastal Commission fires director, citing lack of communication

02/11/2016
The California coastal commission voted 7-5 to fire executive director Charles Lester after a marathon 11-hour meeting on Wednesday, despite the reported 1,000 people—environmentalists, representatives of state legislators, the general public, and even coastal commission staffers themselves—who pleaded for Mr. Lester’s continued employment. Steve Kinsey, the chair of the commission,...

Cora Du Bois: Agent and rigorous anthropologist

02/11/2016
Cora Du Bois, an anthropologist who became the first female tenured professor at Harvard University in 1954, had a long and varied career. She studied outlier personalities in Western and American Indian cultures, wrote a book in the 1950s about personality and culture in a remote island of Southeast Asia, headed the Southeast Asian command in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and, following the war, studied the impacts of nation building in India. Yet there were elements of tragedy in the life of Ms. Du Bois, who, as a lesbian, could not be open about her longtime partner and who never managed to write a book about her studies in India.

EAC appoints new director

02/11/2016
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin promoted from within to fill its executive director position: Morgan Patton, the former membership and development director, will now lead the nonprofit. “She works here, she lives here and her roots are here,” said the group’s board president, Bridger Mitchell, of the choice...

Please don’t call it “affordable”

02/11/2016
How refreshing it is to watch a major project unfold in West Marin that appears to have absolutely no community opposition. There may well be some folks out there who, in the privacy of their living rooms, are opposed to affordable housing. But for reasons of their own, they appear...

Keeping the conversation open: A physician’s thoughts on vaccination

02/11/2016
I’ve awoken several mornings now thinking about the many people in our community upset by the opposition to vaccine mandates. I respect their frustration, as I myself, not so long ago, did not understand complaints about vaccines. I cannot recall a time when an issue has caused as much concern,...

Goodbye, West Marin!

02/11/2016
Editor’s note: For the last several weeks we have followed Ingrid’s travels in Mexico, where she goes each December with her boyfriend, our very own columnist Victor Reyes. Ingrid is a West Marin native, raised on a dairy ranch in Marshall. Over a year ago she lost her home there...