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The battle for Point Reyes

09/13/2012
When waves wash just right across Limantour Spit, chunks of pavement are set loose from sand, traces of development never completed. In 1960, Benjamin Bonelli, a San Rafael lawyer, had plans for a 900-home subdivision called Drakes Bay Estates. There would be a boat harbor, a golf course and homes...

Judith Elliott, Bolinas herbalist, 1946 — 2012

08/30/2012
Judith Elliott, longtime Bolinas resident and internationally celebrated herbalist known for her dedication to healing, passed away from colon cancer on August 10. She was 66 years old. Born on September 13, 1946 in Philadelphia to Harry Elliott and Betsy Jane Barlow, Judith moved around a lot growing up. Her...

After bed rest, triathlons

08/16/2012
When she isn’t designing jewelry or clothes, working on her book or coaching other athletes, Barbara Edleston Peterson gets in her car, drives an hour from her home in Berkley to Point Reyes, and proceeds to swim across Tomales Bay before riding her bike as fast as she can to...

Eileen Gleber, 1949—2012

08/09/2012
Eileen Gleber, a dedicated West Marin Medical Center physician who made patients feel special with her unwavering professionalism and warm heart, died July 31 after a long struggle with cancer. She was 62. Born on Christmas Eve in 1949, in Manhattan, to John and Therese McGuire, Dr. Gleber grew up...

Hunting for roadkill data

08/02/2012
If you’ve driven through Bear Valley much this summer, chances are you’ve seen deer crossing the road. And you might have passed dead deer, and perhaps more disturbingly, dead fawns. With well over 1,000 black-tailed deer in Point Reyes National Seashore, seeing struck animals comes as no surprise. What might...

Arletta McIsaac, 1927—2012

08/02/2012
Arletta Marie McIsaac, a lifelong nurse who brought her attentive touch to patients ranging from rural American Indian children to A-list Hollywood stars, passed away on July 11 in an auto accident. She was 85. “She was just an amazing, wonderful, special person,” said her daughter, Loretta. Arletta was born...

The Marin Community Foundation: An experiment in philanthropy

07/26/2012
The Marin Community Foundation, the dominant force in funding Marin County’s social sector, turns 25 this year. Its development—from its early days when it took over the Buck Trust from the San Francisco Foundation, to the supportive role it played for nearly all the county’s nonprofits, to its recent decision...

Eric Vaughn hits the right notes

07/26/2012
By day Eric Vaughn provides in-home care through West Marin Senior Services, but by night he sheds his delicate touch for that of a hard bebop and swing-playing pianist, preparing for the debut of his new album, Minor Relocation. The album, which hits shelves August 17, is the sum of...

Phillip Fradkin, 1935—2012

07/12/2012
Philip Fradkin, author, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist nationally renowned for his writing on the environment, died Saturday at his home in Point Reyes Station. He was 77. In his own words, Mr. Fradkin told stories. About the American West, about wilderness and its preservation, about earthquakes, and about a...

Songs for 
the dying

07/12/2012
While most of us sing lullabies to soothe our children’s cries or help them sleep, one woman is singing to the ears of the dying—along with hundreds of others she has trained around the world. “Watching and waiting by that beautiful gate, it’s welcoming door opens just for you, you...

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