Hardware store sells, no changes planned

A novice rancher and high-level executive at a luxury home-furnishing retailer finalized his purchase last week of Point Reyes Station’s lone hardware store, the Building Supply Center. The store’s new owner, Ken Dunaj, told the Light that he has no plans to change the nature of the store. Mr. Dunaj,...

Marshall man makes vision app

A new smartphone app that helps people with low-vision underwent a successful litmus test in West Marin last week. If the app—designed by a former professor who lives in Marshall—secures federal approval, it could provide millions with a relatively affordable option to remedy failing eyesight. Created by Frank Werblin, a...

Joey Mendoza, ranching fixture, dies at 71

West Marin lost an icon last month. Joseph “Joey” Mendoza Jr., a third generation rancher on the Point Reyes Peninsula well known for his kindness, community spirit, and work ethic, died on July 23 after...

Enigmatic 1946 bomber plane crash continues to intrigue

“Roger, I just want to get down to the field as soon as possible, I’m low on gas. Over.” These were the desperate words of pilot 1st Lieutenant Warder Skaggs as he contacted the U.S. Naval Air Station in Oakland just minutes before crashing into White’s Hill in Fairfax on...

Grant for Murphy Ranch MALT easement approved

A $412,000 grant to help preserve the 186-acre Murphy Ranch east of downtown Tomales was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The grant will fund half the cost of an agricultural easement that the Marin Agricultural Land Trust plans to purchase. The easement will require active agricultural use...

Lorraine Almeida’s visions displayed at Dance Palace

Many of the paintings by Lorraine Almeida, an artist who lives in Point Reyes Station, are a little bit dreamy. There are moons and mandalas, swirling galaxies and colorful goddesses. Ms. Almeida, who currently has an exhibition of her works at the Dance Palace Lobby Gallery and a reception coming...

New West Marin Review edition to launch

Evocative depictions of marine algae, a brief tale of a sensitive rancher, a moving poem about a man in a rocking chair, and a description of the world—“Small, sweet, one of many others. But it is our world”— are just a few of the highlights in the new volume of...

Latinos prepare for business success

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 Community Services and ended last Thursday, represented the first time that a Spanish-speaking business...

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

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...


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