A Christmas story

In early November, Seahaven resident Lena Bivens woke up around 1 a.m. to a cacophony of mysterious crackling, booming and popping. When she opened the door to the living room, where her teenage daughter was sleeping on the sofa, she discovered a room suffused with smoke and French glass doors...

Vedanta remains identified

Skeletal remains found scattered around the secluded Vedanta Retreat in Olema over the summer have been linked to Umesh Shantaram Bhende, a known missing person, by state DNA tests. The remains of Mr. Bhende, a 72-year-old retreat resident originally from Goa, India, were discovered in July by another resident two...

Youth group meeting

A coalition raising awareness about youth drug and alcohol use is brainstorming ways to address the issue in Marin, where state surveys say teen substance use has been among the highest of California counties. “Some kids think it’s a rite of passage—this is what you do to be part of...

Walnut Place’s senior tenants look ahead to relocation

Twenty-five Point Reyes Station seniors will have to move out of their apartments at Walnut Place for weeks or months while renovations to the facility are undertaken next year, according to plans laid out during a meeting last week by the building’s nonprofit owner, EAH Housing. Tucked in a corner...

Flights over Tomales Bay under scrutiny

Flights over Tomales Bay may face more stringent regulations in a few years, depending on the findings of a newly formed working group of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The group, chaired by Marshall resident George Clyde, includes both pilots and wildlife biologists. It will examine whether a number...

Meadery’s estate release

West Marin’s meadery has announced the second release of an estate varietal made from honey sourced from within 30 miles of its Point Reyes Station headquarters. Heidrun Meadery owner Gordon Hull, who may be the country’s only meadmaker to naturally ferment honey to make his sparkling product, said this year’s...

Absence of candidates leads county to fill seats

Two local service districts are set to have county supervisors appoint members to their boards after the districts failed to turn out any candidates for open seats prior to November’s election, echoing instances among other organizations in West Marin that have struggled this year to fill vacancies in their administrative...

Bill requiring the sale of housing facility to Marin passed by Senate

The United States Senate passed legislation late last week requiring the Coast Guard to sell its Point Reyes Station housing complex to Marin County, so that it can be used as affordable housing. The legislation prevents the Coast Guard from publicly auctioning the surplus property, although the agency has said...

Opt-out fee for clean energy users to double

A monthly exit fee that customers of alternative energy providers like Marin Clean Energy pay Pacific Gas and Electric Company to recoup money lost from historical contracts will double in the new year, following a 4-1 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission last Thursday. The price hike is projected...


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