Author Ann Pancake on West Virginia’s hurt and hope

The author Ann Pancake hasn’t lived in her home state, West Virginia, for years, but her stories are overwhelmingly set in hilly Appalachia, where she says her unconscious was formed. Ms. Pancake, who is a presenter at this year’s Geography of Hope Conference—a biennial gathering organized by Point Reyes Books...

The woman behind the Barbarian Beach Party

Last month, D.J. Barbarella, the host of KWMR’s Barbarian Beach Party, spun records for “Soul Nite” at the Old Western Saloon, a benefit for the Inverness Almanac. She granted few requests, and her playlist strayed far from the standard script. “This is not soul,” complained one local on his way...

Art Rogers Family Album, February 26, 2015

THE CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORPS AND VOLUNTEERS PULLING UP NON NATIVE BLACKBERRY BRAMBLES NEAR THE RANDALL TRAILHEAD IN OLEMA VALLEY The California Conservation Corps has a Watershed Steward’s Program that will be working in the Point Reyes National Seashore for the next year. A watershed steward works with park fisheries biologists...

Art Rogers Family Album, February 5, 2015

EVELYN “EVIE” ROSE DIETRICH — BORN JULY 20, 2013 Daughter of Jessica and Daniel Dietrich of Inverness Park. Granddaughter of Chris and Mit Landrum and Gary Klemp of Farmington, Missouri and Mary Lou and the late Bob Dietrich of Buffalo, New York. Great Granddaughter of Laverne Harris and Kathy and...

Lawrence Hall of Science engages West Marin youngsters

LEARNING: Middle-schoolers made wind-powered lifters, built miniature bridges and operated hydraulic cranes among other engineering activities in a Lawrence Hall of Science festival sponsored by the park service at West Marin School on Monday.

Cabaret Underground honors Coltrane and Angelou

On a recent Saturday night, singer Mwanza Furaha took the stage at the Two Bird Café to perform her monthly jam session. Other than her jade beads and jade-colored heels, Mwanza donned all yellow: tight, bright yellow pants, a yellow tunic that ran down to her ankles and a yellow...

Much ado about shucking

A friend of mine once remarked that the character of a city is more resilient than we think. Despite the surface changes of time—new clothes and cars, different shops and bars—there is something impalpable, determined by architecture and place, perhaps, or the taste of the air, that keeps a place...

Art Rogers Family Album, January 29, 2015

DOCTOR MICHAEL WHITT RETIRES AFTER 44 1/2 YEARS at THE WEST MARIN MEDICAL CLINIC “I saw my first patient on June 1, 1970 and my last patient on January 8, 2015. My practice aged with me, going from one focused on obstetrics (mainly home delivery) and pediatrics to one devoted...