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West Marin dogs have scents

06/28/2012
Last weekend over a dozen four-legged, sniff-happy guests assailed a bed and breakfast on the Bolinas Mesa. There was not a bomb threat, or any cocaine. The 14 dogs that wandered throughout the Ocean Song Retreat were in search of the scent of birch. A swab soaked in essential oil...

Nell Melcher, 1927—2012

06/07/2012
Nell Melcher, world traveler, teacher and local artist whose work was shown in more than 50 galleries, featured by Kenwood Vineyards, and honored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, died May 20 in Point Reyes Station after struggles with a long illness. She was 84. A life-long seeker...

Community sings ode to Bolinas-Stinson School legend

06/07/2012
A walk around this week’s art show at Bolinas-Stinson School might leave you staring at a peculiar photo in the room. Perched on the side of a window overlooking a tall building sits a curly-haired woman dressed in a cape and tight shirt bearing a giant “S”; the caption reads...

One woman’s life in fur

05/31/2012
For Allison Arnold, the secret to self sufficiency lies in one fuzzy word: Angora. The Woodacre farmer, who has been surrounded by rabbits for as long as she can remember, spins the fur of her seven-plus angora rabbits into high-end yarns. She barters their pelts and feeds them to her...

Don McIsaac, 1941—2012

05/31/2012
Donald J. McIsaac Jr., heir to West Marin’s golden era of dairy and cherished husband, father and friend, died on May 11 in Sparks, Nevada. He was 70 years old. Mr. McIsaac was born on August 29, 1941 to ranchers Lorraine and Donald J. McIsaac Sr. His Swiss-Italian great-grandfather had...

A Nicaraguan mission that altered history

05/17/2012
On April 31, 2012, Tomas Borge Martinez, the last of the founders of the Sandinistas, the rebel group that overthrew Nicaragua’s American-backed right-wing dictatorship 33 years ago, died. Most people remember Borge as a hero; some would argue he was the most powerful man in Nicaragua during his lifetime. He...

Growing care for paralytics, plant by plant

05/10/2012
Pumpkin, sunflower, kale, garlic, lettuce, roses, aloe, sedum, cosmos, hollyhock: Only speckles of concrete could be seen under the masses of plants that consumed Aneice Taylor’s Woodacre driveway last weekend. For those who just discovered the (18th annual) In Spirit plant sale by chance, the plants meant added decor to...

On the street with Diane Furst

05/10/2012
Sitting outside Dr. Insomnia’s coffee shop in Novato on a hot May morning, blonde and blue-eyed county supervisor hopeful Diane Furst has the easy warmth of a suburban mom. She’s exchanging text messages with her older daughter, arranging the 11-year-old’s summer softball plans. “Things seem to start earlier every year,”...

Bill Diekmann, 1946—2012

05/10/2012
Bill Diekmann, devoted brother, cousin, uncle and friend, was known as a kind and gentlemanly presence in Tomales, where his family ran Diekmann’s general store from 1948 until 2000. He passed away on April 22 after a long illness. He was 65. His parents, the late Walter and Mildred, founded...

Huffman, Solomon reflect on West Marin

05/03/2012
At first glance, congressional candidates Jared Huffman and Norman Solomon have much in common. Both are democrats hoping to inherit Lynn Woolsey’s seat, and both campaigns emphasize the need for job creation and environmental protection. They even share endorsements from Forests Forever, the California Federation of Teachers and the Service...

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