Mosquito calls surging this year

Despite California’s drought offering mosquitoes fewer areas to breed, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District has reported a 42 percent increase in requests from people in the two counties for help with mosquitos, which propagate in open pools of water. The district received 23 calls from West Marin in...

Scoping opens for ranching plan

Public scoping for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s dairying and ranching plan, which will guide the management of 28,000 acres of land in the park’s pastoral zone, officially began on April 21 and runs to June 2. The scoping period allows the public to offer suggestions and concerns that the...

Poems for slaughtered deer read

Robin Lysne went on a vision quest in the Point Reyes National Seashore about 20 years ago. She was wandering the hills, fasting and deciding if she should become a writer. Then, turning a corner, she saw seven white deer on a hillside. “I didn’t even know these deer were...

East Marin stories tell what could have been on the coast

In the 1860s the unincorporated town of Kentfield, which sits in the lower Ross Valley, was affectionately called Tarantulaville by locals. The name comes from men who drank “tarantula juice,” a former slang term for subpar whiskey. According to historian Dewey Livingston, it was a rag-tag settlement populated by “hardworking,...

Stubbs still out of a job, despite 

Nearly every person in attendance took to their feet and stared down the four school board members seated before them. Sue Gonzalez, a reading intervention teacher at West Marin-Inverness School, spoke in support of Tom Stubbs, who submitted his resignation last week after the board indicated it would not renew...

Bodies found on Mount Tamalpais

The bodies of two missing women have been found roughly a mile apart on trails around Mount Tamalpais within a week. Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, of Menlo Park, was declared missing for two weeks after her rental car was found at the Bootjack trailhead. Her body was found on April 13...

Forum on elk dilemma planned

An expert panel will discuss the economic impact of tule elk on seashore ranches at a public forum hosted by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce on May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center. The park introduced the elk into the park’s unfenced wilderness zone in...

Drakes files with Supreme Court

Drakes Bay Oyster Company and its owner, Kevin Lunny, filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Monday asking the high court to reverse a circuit court ruling in a final effort to obtain an emergency injunction that would allow time to fight the federal government’s decision to remove the...

Lawson’s man skirts catastrophe

A propane tank exploded at Dillon Beach on Monday, leaving one man thanking his luck. Ryan Larsen, a cousin of Lawson’s Landing co-owner Willy Vogler, was cutting into an old tank to turn it into scrap metal when it exploded at his feet, sending out a huge bang. The 33-year-old,...

Energy source harnesses waves’ “rhythmic oscillations”

They say the moment of innovation is like the flash of a light bulb illuminating a darkened room: suddenly everything is clear. For Jeffrey Wessner, 68, a Point Reyes Station sculptor and designer, that “aha” moment for a new energy source came several feet underwater in the Pacific Ocean, as the waves pounded onto him. Diving for abalone in a wetsuit and fins, Mr. Wessner utilized the age-old trick of grabbing onto...


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