Features

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...

Merle Lawson, lifelong fisherman, dies at 86

05/03/2012
Merle Lawson, a dedicated family man, longtime operator of Lawson’s Landing campground and resort and legendary fisherman whose passion for the pastime was matched only by his desire to share it with family, friends and the generations of visitors who vacationed at the landing, died April 23 in Scottsdale, Arizona...

Dick Davis, 1922 – 2012

04/19/2012
Richard Davis, a former Nicasio homeowner and financial advisor who played a pivotal role in the formation of Marin Agricultural Land Trust, died March 25 at age 89. Davis’s work as a financier earned him the reverence of colleagues and many hobbyist investors, who saw in him the unwavering integrity...

Gloria Lafranchi, 1954 – 2012

04/18/2012
Gloria Lafranchi, a devoted mother, unwavering friend and ubiquitous church and community presence known and loved for her famously warm and outgoing personality, died of a stroke on March 14. She was 57. Lafranchi worked much of her adult life as an independent caregiver, traveling to her clients’ homes and...

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