SPAWN slammed in appeal denial

07/30/2015
Marin County supervisors on Tuesday blasted the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network for its attempts to block a proposed 1,400-square-foot home in the Lagunitas Creek watershed on the basis that it would contribute to cumulative impacts to the region. The appeal hearing, which began as a disagreement over county development...

Tom D’Onofrio, wood carver and baby blesser, dies at 73

07/30/2015
Tom D’Onofrio, a Methodist minister-turned-artist who blessed babies at the Bolinas Sun Festival for decades, died last month on July 16. He was 73 years old. Tom, who loved the outdoors his entire life, grew up in a church-going family in a New York mountain town. He planned to spend...

Public comment open for Point Reyes road repair

07/30/2015
Twelve deteriorating miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on the Point Reyes Peninsula could soon be repaved and longstanding flooding problems fixed by a federal highway authority, according to an environmental assessment and initial study of the proposed project released by the National Park Service. Public comment for the project...

Latinos prepare for business success

07/30/2015
A dozen West Marin residents participated in a three-class training session for Latino business owners that examined—entirely in Spanish—the necessary first-steps for starting and maintaining a viable business. That session, which was organized by West Marin Senior Services and ended last Thursday, represented the first time that a Spanish-speaking business...

Wheel of Self-Reflection taps into coincidences

07/30/2015
Like a great lone eyeball, the Wheel of Self-Reflection gazed upon Love Field on Saturday, surveying the crowd gathered for West Marin’s 10th annual Far West Fest. One reveler, Carol Kasparek, approached it curiously that afternoon, and Bill Braasch—a Bolinas software engineer who likes to call himself “Bill Bo”—rose from...

Sewer district settles

07/30/2015
Management of the Tomales Community Village Sewer District has been split into three positions, a change from business-as-usual after the district’s board of directors approved a settlement agreement with its longtime administrator, Karl Drexel, to end his contract at the end of the month. Mr. Drexel has worked with the...

Moving Out of the Frame: Claudia Chapline’s life in dance and art

07/30/2015
Unless you’re an intimate friend of hers, those of us who thought we knew Claudia Chapline will be astonished by her newest memoir (after the delightful “Falling Up the Stairs,” published in 2013). In less than 150 pages, which include a chronology and selected bibliography, “Moving Out of the Frame”...

Julia Adam’s dance in the woods

07/30/2015
Behind the dead center of the stage stood a tall and leafy bay laurel tree, a multitude of trunks shooting up out of the base. Its presence as a backdrop to a performance the past two weekends in Nicasio brought the unusual woodsy setting of the modern but balletic dance...

End trustee perks

07/30/2015
The Shoreline Unified School District’s board meeting on July 16 was a disappointment. For over a year the subject of ending school trustee health care benefits has been discussed at meetings, sometimes as agenda items and sometimes through public comment. I attend these meetings regularly, more so than some school...

Geoengineering: The real concerns

07/30/2015
A number of people are concerned about geo-engineering and contrails. Their concerns are misplaced. Cloud seeding, for purposes of rainmaking, has been going on for generations, especially when there are droughts. There has been no noticeable effect, either bad or good. If the contrails are for cloud seeding, nobody should...