Dance Palace terminates director, citing new goals

11/20/2014
Dan Mankin, who has led the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center since founding executive director Carol Friedman retired in 2008 after 37 years, will vacate his post on Dec. 15 after the board decided this month to let him go. Board president Ann Emanuels declined to elaborate on exactly...

Devil’s Gulch neighbors suing over rights to ranch road

11/20/2014
A rancher in Nicasio could lose access to the only road that reaches his home, animals and crops if a judge finds merit to a neighbor’s lawsuit challenging the legality of a 138-year-old easement. The suit, filed against Mark Pasternak by neighbors Kathleen and Joseph Jolson, is squarely focused on...

At Tomales Bay water quality and shellfish meeting, a call for more meetings

11/20/2014
The possibility of leasing more acres in Tomales Bay for shellfish cultivation—and the attendant water quality concerns—were discussed and debated among dozens of attendees at the first Tomales Bay Shellfish Technical Advisory Committee meeting in years, held at the Inverness Yacht Club on Tuesday. The committee had taken a hiatus...

A vegetarian’s defense of beef

11/20/2014
Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. By Nicolette Hahn Niman. 288 pages. Chelsea Green. $19.95. Beef is the most maligned of meats. It’s so regularly demonized as an environmental harm and a health hazard that its negatives are assumed to be common knowledge. Red meat reminds us of...

Fire burns over an acre near Point Reyes Hostel

11/20/2014
A fire sparked by a downed power line near the Point Reyes Hostel on Monday night burned about 1.6 acres of brush but luckily left the hostel undamaged, according to Point Reyes National Seashore rangers. Hostel manager Hannah Morris said she and her husband, Aaron Ely, noticed something was amiss...

EAC defends position on agriculture in letter

11/20/2014
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin responded to a recent opinion piece in this paper written by Corey Goodman and Peters Prows, in which the authors said they were “skeptical” that groups like the E.A.C. supported ranching. In an email to its listserv, the group argued it has no...

Bolinas faces million-dollar Big Mesa access question

11/20/2014
Bolinas residents at once pledged support and raised questions about a plan to save Terrace Avenue at Surfer’s Overlook, a road local officials stressed to a crowd of over 60 on Saturday morning would be unpassable within three to five years unless the community raises $500,000 for a short-term fix...

Bolinas-Stinson Youth Group gives thanks

11/20/2014
We are the Bolinas-Stinson Youth Group. We are middle school and high school-age youth who live in Bolinas and Stinson Beach, and we meet every Monday afternoon in Stinson. Young people get off the bus and gather at the park to share what we are thankful for, enjoy soft-serve ice...